Local recruitment: Project Manager or Senior Project Manager, Northern Colorado

Trout Unlimited

Fort Collins, CO, USA 🇺🇸

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Trout Unlimited seeks to hire a self-motivated and competent person to identify, plan, and implement projects to benefit wild and native fish populations in Colorado’s Northern Front Range. The position will primarily support post-fire watershed restoration efforts in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. The position will also develop and implement other restoration projects across the Northern Front Range. Projects will include the removal of barriers for fish and aquatic organisms, infrastructure improvements, water quality assessments, and implementing form and process-based stream restoration at a watershed scale. The project manager will work cooperatively with partners of diverse backgrounds and interests. The project manager will be expected to secure grants and raise funds to cover project costs. Duties will also include active and effective participation in stakeholder groups to produce positive outcomes for coldwater fisheries. 

Competitive candidates for this position must demonstrate strong project management skills. Preference will be given to candidates with an understanding of fluvial restoration and morphology, hydrology and ecology, environmental engineering, Northern Front Range watersheds and associated partnerships. This position will work directly with the U.S. Forest Service, state agencies, municipalities and utilities, watershed coalitions and collaboratives, engineering firms, and local stakeholder groups on projects that mutually benefit stream health and watershed resiliency. Candidate must demonstrate a strong ability to work cooperatively with diverse project partners and stakeholders. The ability to effectively advocate for desirable outcomes for cold water fisheries is also required.

The position will be based in or near Fort Collins, Colorado.


  • Develop post-fire restoration projects in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, concentrating on the Cameron Peak, East Troublesome, and Williams Fork fires
  • Conduct analytical field sampling to guide project approach and quantify project outcomes;
  • Develop relationships with water users, as well as local, state, and federal agency staff; 
  • Work closely with partners to implement projects that benefit aquatic resources and fish populations;
  • Promote and implement farming and ranching practices that enrich soils, enhance biodiversity, restore watershed health, and improve overall ecosystem function;
  • Raise funds as necessary to design and construct projects. Manage complex budgets with multiple funding sources;
  • Develop and manage contracts with engineering consultants and contractors to design and construct restoration projects;
  • Write grant proposals to local, state, and federal agencies, as well as foundations and manage grant reporting requirements; 
  • Represent Trout Unlimited staff on local committees or stakeholder groups;
  • Attend Trout Unlimited chapter and council functions where appropriate;
  • Advocate for resilient and multi-use water management. 

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


  • Minimum of a graduate degree in biology, ecology, hydrology, engineering, or a related field, or five years of relevant experience in watershed restoration, fluvial geomorphology or hydrology, fisheries biology, restoration ecology, or a related field;
  • Experience working in post-fire landscapes and implementing projects to reduce impacts from wildfires; 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills;
  • Professional experience working with federal and state resource managers, and other interested parties in a collaborative setting;
  • Familiarity with regenerative agriculture principles and practices and ability to implement these strategies in coordination with partners; 
  • Experience with grant writing;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Ability to problem solve and think creatively to achieve a conservation mission;
  • Strong time-management and organizational skills, with exceptional attention to detail;
  • Ability and willingness to travel. Valid driver’s license and vehicle are required. 4×4 vehicle is beneficial.  

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 $55,000 to $75,000 annually.

Should the level or location of the role change during the hiring process, the applicable base pay range may be updated accordingly. Compensation decisions are dependent on several factors including, but not limited to, an individual’s qualifications, location where the role is to be performed, internal equity, and alignment with market data. 

At TU, we value diversity, 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/.


Please provide a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and list of three references to Trout Unlimited via our online job application system. We will begin reviewing applications on March 18, 2024. The position will be open until filled.

Salary Description

$55,000 – $75,000 + full benefit package





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