Local recruitment: North Central Washington Project Manager

Trout Unlimited

United States 🇺🇸

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Trout Unlimited (TU) takes care of the rivers and clean water that trout, salmon and communities around the country depend on. We believe the most complex and seemingly insurmountable challenges can be solved when people come together and get to work. We are a nationwide network of advocates, outdoor-enthusiasts, volunteers, anglers and staff dedicated to protecting places where trout and salmon thrive and recovering rivers and fisheries that need help and making our water resources more resilient to climate change. We want to make sure healthy rivers and fisheries are available for all people to use and enjoy. The project manager joins a team of 12 TU staffers in Washington state including seven in Eastern Washington.


TU seeks to hire a self-motivated and highly capable person to implement restoration projects to benefit aquatic resources and native and wild fish populations in Upper Columbia Basin watersheds in Washington State. The project manager will be responsible for working cooperatively with partners to develop new and carry-forth ongoing restoration projects including the Enloe Dam removal feasibility study. The position requires an individual who is self-motivated, well organized, action oriented and capable of working well with a team having diverse backgrounds and personalities.

Competitive candidates for this position will need to demonstrate strong project management skills and technical abilities related to river restoration, hydrology, ecology, and partnership-building. The successful applicant manages projects but also works with TU staff and stakeholders to secure additional funding for project activities, conceptualize and develop new projects, and functions as part of the team assisting other staff as necessary. The Project Manager will be expected to manage projects from conception to completion and be a leader in working on project-oriented habitat restoration and conservation. This position may require travel, intermittent field work, and may be based out of TU’s Twisp or Wenatchee offices.


  • Develop, design, coordinate, and implement protection and restoration projects resulting in fisheries habitat restoration and/or enhancement of instream flow to benefit aquatic species and overall ecological function in priority watersheds.
  • Manage and direct TU’s coordination on the Enloe Dam Removal feasibility study.
  • Identify funding sources, prepare grant proposals, and secure funding for instream flow and habitat restoration projects.
  • Work with supervisor and other TU staff on priority project, Eastern Washington/Upper Columbia Region program strategies.
  • Foster and maintain positive relationships with landowners, tribes, state and federal agencies and other stakeholders with varying political and social backgrounds.
  • Attend, participate, and represent TU in meetings relevant to TU’s mission.

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


  • A minimum of 5 years relevant work experience and Bachelors or advanced degree.
  • Experience with riverine restoration techniques, project management fundamentals, construction management basics, irrigated agriculture, and complex multi-party negotiations.
  • Experience with project development, implementation and management including construction projects that involve development, partner coordination, securing funds and managing budgets, contractor selection and oversight, and reporting.
  • Functional knowledge of conservation, riverine ecology, fisheries biology, hydrology, and watershed processes.
  • Nuanced understanding of how to enable local knowledge to help shape projects and how to work respectfully in partnership with local leaders and rural communities.
  • Developed grant and technical writing skills.
  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to work constructively with a wide range of partners and personalities.
  • Capable of simultaneously managing multiple complex projects with multiple funding agreements.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as research and analytic skills.
  • Demonstrated organizational and problem-solving abilities.
  • Demonstrated experience indicating ability to prioritize workload, to be highly motivated and self-directed.
  • Comfortable with public speaking and meeting facilitation.
  • Have a passion for fisheries conservation and for protecting and restoring rivers and streams.
  • Experience using MS Office, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to periodically travel overnight.
  • Hold a valid drivers license.
  • Have a sense of humor and not take yourself too seriously.


  • Experience with large-scale, complex, restoration projects and thorough understanding of applicable construction methods and practices.
  • Understanding of engineering design concepts; restoration project construction and management.
  • Previous employment in North Central Washington or similar landscape.
  • Experience with project permitting for aquatic restoration projects and in-water work.


If you are interested in applying please complete the full application and include a cover letter with your resume. We will begin reviewing applications on October 18th. The position is open until filled.

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 salary range is $60-70k/year depending on experience.

At TU, we value a diverse representation of staff, and we actively seek candidates for this position who come from communities that have been historically under-represented in conservation and those who have been most impacted by degraded rivers and streams. 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 https://www.tu.org/equity/.




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