Water Project Coordinator (Upper Klamath Basin)

Trout Unlimited

, OR, US

About Trout Unlimited

Trout Unlimited (TU) is America’s oldest and largest coldwater fisheries conservation organization. TU’s mission is to conserve, protect, and restore North America’s native trout and salmon and their watersheds. Founded in 1959, TU has more than 150,000 members nationwide organized into 450 local chapters. In Oregon, TU has a full-time staff of 10 working across the state in coordination with our over 3,000 members.

TU has an excellent track-record of conservation results. TU operates under a simple, yet effective conservation formula – protect, reconnect, restore, and sustain. Where rivers and fish populations are intact, we protect them. Where they are fragmented by dams or dewatering, we reconnect them. Where they are degraded, we restore them. And to sustain these efforts into the future, we invest in youth education and outreach, creating a new generation of stream champions to continue our work.

Position Summary

Trout Unlimited (TU) is pleased to announce an opening for a Water Project Coordinator to support ongoing efforts to conserve and recover Oregon’s native salmon, trout, and riverine ecosystem.

The Klamath Water Project Coordinator will work as part of TU’s Oregon Water Project. The candidate will be responsible for all aspects of restoration project management including outreach to landowners, project development, fundraising, furthering TU’s mission in the Upper Klamath Basin, developing strategic approaches to meet that mission, participating in regional partnership efforts, providing fiscal oversight for project budgets, and directing support staff and contractors.

TU’s Klamath staff work in a highly collaborative environment, with a diversity of partners including landowners, the Klamath Tribes, state and federal resource management agencies, private and public funders, and other NGO’s. The current Klamath Falls office includes a Restoration Program Director, two Restoration Project Coordinators, and a CREP technician that administers the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program in partnership with the Farm Services Agency.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Water Project Coordinator will:

  • Develop, design, coordinate, and implement instream flow restoration projects resulting in the rehabilitation and enhancement of habitat for aquatic and terrestrial wildlife species and overall ecological function.
  • Evaluate potential stream flow restoration projects with private landowners and other stakeholders, both independently and in group settings.
  • Foster relationships with landowners and partners to develop stream flow restoration projects and priorities.
  • Identify funding sources, prepare budgets and proposals, and obtain funding for restoration projects.
  • Complete state water right transfer processes as necessary.
  • Complete state and federal permitting requirements for restoration projects and conservation easements as necessary.
  • Manage project implementation including budgeting, scheduling, coordination of partners, contractor selection and oversight, and reporting.
  • Prepare grant deliverables including quarterly, annual, and final progress reports.
  • Monitor projects including tracking instream flow, compliance with instream water rights, and ecologic outcomes.
  • Foster and maintain positive relationships with landowners and other stakeholders with varying political and social backgrounds.
  • Collaborate closely with partners, including federal, state and local government agencies, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations.
  • Additional duties may be assigned as necessary.

The position is based at TU’s Klamath Basin office in Klamath Falls, Oregon. The position will require regular travel throughout the Upper Klamath Lake watershed, and periodic travel to other locations in Oregon and California to participate in collaborative meetings with our partners and to support other projects. The successful candidate will report to the Oregon Water Project Director.


  • Bachelor’s degree in hydrology, water resources, ecology, fisheries, or a related field. Master’s degree or higher preferred.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with western water law and water rights.
  • 2 years professional experience preferred.
  • Experience working or collecting data under potentially adverse conditions in the field.
  • The ability to develop and maintain professional relationships with multiple stakeholders.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to project sites, with occasional multi-day trips. Valid driver’s license and own vehicle required.

Desired Skills

  • Demonstrated commitment to river and native fisheries conservation needed, obsession with fish or fishing happily accepted, and knowledge of TU preferred.
  • Strong analytical, verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate with non-scientists.
  • Ability to work with multiple and diverse partners in a highly collaborative and inclusive manner, even on contentious issues.
  • Professional experience working with landowners, resource managers, and other interested parties in a collaborative setting.
  • Experience with grant writing.
  • Ability to manage multiple deadlines simultaneously.
  • Ability to problem solve and think creatively to achieve a conservation mission.
  • Self-motivated and highly energetic, with excellent time-management skills.

Work may at times be physically demanding. May require walking and maintaining balance on slippery surfaces and sloping highly uneven stream banks, and in conditions of moderate streamflow; may require lifting, pulling, pushing, and carrying of field equipment over long distances. The position will also require day travel to remote areas.

The salary range is commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Applications will be considered immediately and can be submitted from the posting date until the position is filled.

Please send a letter of interest and a resume to Chrysten Lambert at [email protected]. Subject line: Application for Water Project Coordinator Position.

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

This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties. The responsibilities, tasks, and duties of the employee might differ from those outlined in the job description and that other duties, as assigned, might be part of the job. Relocation assistance is not included.

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