Stream Restoration Field Specialist

Trout Unlimited

Baker City, OR, US


Trout Unlimited (TU) is a national organization with 300,000 members and supporters organized into over 400 chapters and councils nationwide. These dedicated grassroots volunteers are matched by a respected staff of Grant organizers, lawyers, policy experts, and scientists, who work out of more than 45 offices across the country. Our mission is to conserve, protect, and restore North America’s cold-water fisheries and their watersheds.


DEPARTMENT:  Western Conservation – Western Water & Habitat Program

REPORTS TO:  Levi Old, NE Oregon Project Manager

POSITION TYPE/HOURS:  Seasonal/40 hours

Trout Unlimited in Northeast Oregon is looking for an energetic, hardworking and motivated individual to join our team in 2020. 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 activities that support native trout, salmon and aquatic resource conservation. We are looking to fill a temporary position with negotiable early summer start dates (preference June) and an anticipated end date of late-August – Mid-September. Some potential exists for extension with a maximum 6-month term. The successful candidate may receive training and experience in multiple restoration activities. They will work primarily with physically demanding work adding large woody material to headwater streams.

Teams work 40-hour weeks (typically 4 days at 10 hours/day w/ primitive camping) that require traversing difficult terrain while carrying field gear and natural materials up to 75 pounds and working in inclement weather. Successful applicants must be prepared to integrate into a team. The position will be based out of NE Oregon (Baker City, La Grande, or other local area), with travel and camping at multiple sites. Please note, this is an extremely physically demanding position. While a variety of conservation activities may be encountered, the primary duties are listed below.  


  • Create fish and meadow habitat in headwater streams using tools including grip hoist, winch, hand tools, chainsaws, pulleys, levers, and muscles
  • Transport gear daily (up to 75 lbs.) 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, often in inclement weather  
  • Maintain equipment and report maintenance/equipment needs to supervisor 
  • On the spot design and implementation of structures to enhance stream morphology – this training will be provided although previous experience is preferred
  • Perform all duties with safety as top priority; maintain a high degree of 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 while on the job  

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


  • Demonstrable experience with physically demanding work 
  • Valid driver’s license 
  • Ability to quickly acquire skills and learn new techniques 
  • Willing to work long days in challenging environments 
  • Possess strong communication skills 
  • Working knowledge of watershed health and function 
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to pass background checks for employment 
  • A strong passion for native fishes and their watersheds 
  • Wilderness/Remote camping experience
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team with varied skills, abilities and perspectives 
  • Ability to think creatively, keep an open mind, and take constructive feedback 
  • Creativity and patience 

Competitive candidates will have 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 and knowledge of basic mechanical repair 
  • Knowledge of hydrology, fish, riparian and floodplain habitats 
  • Previous leadership and teamwork experience 


Competitive seasonal hourly wage based on experience. Mileage will be reimbursed at the 2020 federal rate of $0.575/mile, but personal vehicle is required.


Please send a letter of interest (1 page maximum), resume (2 pages maximum) with a letter of interest and 3 professional references in a single attachment to [email protected] or to the mailing address below.  Please note, this is a seasonal 3-month position with possibility for extension. Please insert the words “Field Specialist” in the subject line of the message. No phone calls please.  

Levi Old
TU Stream Restoration Field Specialist
2210 18th St., Baker City, OR. 97814

Only complete application packages will be considered. Position closes March 13th at 5 pm PST, interviews with qualified candidates will occur in late March.

TU is an Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action Employer pursuant to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act & Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistant Act.

TU hires staff without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.

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