Local recruitment: South Fork Boise River Watershed Manager

Trout Unlimited

Boise, ID, USA 🇺🇸

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Trout Unlimited (TU) brings together diverse interests to care for and recover the rivers and streams on which we all depend. We are a national organization with 300,000 members and supporters organized into over 400 chapters and councils nationwide. Our dedicated grassroots volunteers are matched by a respected staff of organizers, lawyers, policy experts, and scientists, who work out of more than 45 offices across the country.

This position is an exciting opportunity for a self-motivated, highly capable person with a diverse skill set to advance TU’s conservation and planning efforts in the South Fork Boise River watershed (located in southern Idaho). The watershed manager will be responsible for establishing and coordinating a new watershed group for the South Fork Boise River watershed as well as identifying, planning, and implementing restoration projects. This work will require an individual who is action and solution-oriented, works well with diverse stakeholders and personalities, and can build a new program from the ground-up. Candidates for this position will need to demonstrate excellent meeting coordination and facilitation skills, strong project management skills and follow-through, community outreach experience, and technical abilities related to river restoration, hydrology, and aquatic ecology. The position is based in Boise, ID or nearby surrounding areas.


Watershed Group Coordination, 75% 

  • Carry out the goals and objectives of a TU-led Bureau of Reclamation Cooperative Watershed Management Planning grant for the South Fork Boise watershed, including:
  • Building a comprehensive network of agency, nonprofit, business, and community partners within the watershed. 
  • Overseeing organizational development, formal creation of a new watershed group, and meeting coordination. 
  • Coordinating community outreach, communications, and stakeholder engagement efforts. 
  • Conducting research and stakeholder interviews for watershed planning and setting the stage for a future stakeholder-driven watershed restoration plan.
  • Research, plan, and implement a recreational use survey within the watershed. 
  • Manage and maintain southforkboise.org website with relevant work, meetings, and documents.

Project Management and Administration, 25% 

  • Identify, plan, and implement on-the-ground projects, including: 
  • Identifying, developing, and coordinating priority fish passage and habitat restoration projects.
  • Actively identifying and pursuing potential funding sources, including writing grant proposals and budgets, for high priority projects.
  • Conducting on-the ground project oversight and monitoring in coordination with partner agencies.
  • Fostering and maintaining positive relationships with landowners and other stakeholders with varying political and social backgrounds. 
  • Administering projects including grant applications, contracting and procurement, reporting, invoicing, and tracking project budgets.

This is a non-supervisory position. This is not an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in fisheries, environmental sciences, or other related natural resources field required; Master’s degree preferred. 
  • Self-motivated and highly energetic, with excellent time-management skills and attention to detail.
  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to work with multiple and diverse partners in a highly collaborative and inclusive manner, even on contentious issues. 
  • Professional experience working with resource managers, landowners, and other stakeholders in a collaborative setting. 
  • Professional experience in natural resource management or conservation project management. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated performance in grant writing and other fundraising activities. 
  • Knowledge of conservation, hydrology, and water quality. 
  • Experience in meeting facilitation. 
  • Experience with communications, outreach, and volunteer engagement. 
  • Good organizational and problem-solving abilities. 
  • Knowledge of the region and watershed a plus. 
  • Ability and willingness to travel; valid driver’s license and own vehicle required. 
  • A passion for fisheries conservation and for protecting and restoring rivers and streams.


Staff and leadership at TU understand that life outside of work is important to personal health, and we strive to create a healthy and family-friendly atmosphere. This is a full-time position with a generous benefits package. The approximate salary range is $50,000 – $60,000 annually, depending on relevant experience. We are committed to building space for all people to participate in our work to care for trout and salmon and clean our shared waters. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and welcome you to read more about TU’s equity practice and values.


Please upload a resume (2 pages maximum) and a cover letter using TU’s Paylocity application system, accessed from: https://www.tu.org/about/jobs-and-internships/. We will begin reviewing applications on March 8, 2023. The position will be open until filled.

Salary Description

$50,000 – $60,000





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