Local recruitment: Stream Restoration Field Specialist

Trout Unlimited

La Grande, OR, USA 🇺🇸

Baker City, OR, USA 🇺🇸

Job Type

Full-time, Temporary


Trout Unlimited in Northeast Oregon is looking for an energetic, hardworking, and motivated individual to join our team in 2023. TU is working with the U.S. Forest Service Wallowa-Whitman and Umatilla National Forests, the Bureau of Land Management, and private landowners to conduct stream restoration that supports native trout, salmon, and ecosystem conservation. This is an excellent position for individuals who want to get more involved in the field of ecological restoration.

We are looking to fill a temporary position with negotiable summer start dates (preference June 12th) and an anticipated end date of late-August – Mid-September. Some potential exists for extension with a maximum 6-month term. The successful candidate will receive training and experience in multiple stream restoration activities. They will work primarily with physically demanding restoration work adding habitat features like large woody material and beaver dam analogues to headwater streams.

The crew works 40-hour weeks (with primitive camping) that require traversing difficult terrain while carrying field gear and supplies in all weather conditions. Successful applicants must be team-oriented with a positive attitude. The position will be based out of NE Oregon (Baker City, La Grande, or other local area), with travel and camping at multiple sites. While a variety of conservation activities may be encountered, the primary duties are listed below.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Enhance fish and meadow habitat in headwater streams using tools including grip hoist, winch, hand tools, chainsaws, pulleys, levers, and muscles
  • Transport heavy gear daily over difficult terrain 
  • Work in a close-knit team with a high degree of coordination and communication 
  • Keep a positive attitude and follow directions while conducting physically demanding work
  • Maintain equipment and report maintenance/equipment needs to TU staff 
  • Design and implementation of restoration actions to enhance stream morphology – this training will be provided although previous experience is preferred
  • Perform all duties with safety as the top priority. Maintain situational awareness and manage risk in a remote field environment.
  • Additional duties in support of the watershed program may be required and include, but are not limited to planting riparian areas, fence maintenance, habitat assessment and monitoring, stream surveys, and education/outreach  
  • Maintain a high level of integrity throughout the season

*The above is not an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities. 



  • Previous leadership and teamwork experience
  • Working knowledge of watershed health and function
  • Knowledge of hydrology, ecology, fish, riparian, botany and/or floodplain habitats 
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to quickly acquire skills and learn new techniques
  • Willing to work long days in challenging environments doing physically demanding work. 
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to pass background checks for employment 
  • A strong passion for native fish, wildlife, and watershed ecology
  • Wilderness/remote camping experience
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team with varied skills, abilities, and perspectives 
  • Ability to keep an open mind, and take constructive feedback 
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to pass background checks for employment, personal vehicle is required

Preferred additional qualifications include one or more of the following: 

  • Chainsaw experience (U.S. Forest Service Certification Preferred) 
  • Wilderness First Aid/Wilderness First Responder Certification/First Aid and CPR
  • Trail maintenance and/or construction experience 
  • Previous field work in remote environments 
  • Knowledge of basic mechanical repair 

Salary and Benefits

$20-25 per hour. Mileage will be reimbursed at the 2023 federal rate when using a personal vehicle.. 

How to Apply

Please submit a letter of interest (1 page maximum), resume (2 pages maximum), and contact information for 3 professional references. The hiring team will begin reviewing applications on April 3, 2023.

Salary Description: $20-25 / hour




IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development