Rock Creek Project Manager

Trout Unlimited

Missoula, MT, US

About Trout Unlimited

Trout Unlimited 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 project managers, 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.

Trout Unlimited has been engaged in advocacy and restoration in the Clark Fork Basin of western Montana for more than two decades. Trout Unlimited project staff are focused on restoration work to benefit trout populations and their habitats in the Clark Fork watershed from the headwaters near Butte, MT downstream more than 250 miles to Thompson Falls. Trout Unlimited, in partnership with their Missoula-based WestSlope Chapter and Montana State Council, seeks to build upon that effort and launch a new program focused on protecting and restoring the Rock Creek watershed southeast of Missoula. To lead this program, we are seeking qualified applicants for the Rock Creek Project Manager position.

Position Summary

Trout Unlimited Project Managers hold unique and diverse positions. The shortest description of the job is to “make things happen.” In that spirit, Trout Unlimited is hiring a self-motivated and highly capable person to identify, plan, and implement water conservation, fish passage and stream restoration projects to benefit aquatic resources and fish populations in the Rock Creek watershed. The Project Manager will work closely with the local agricultural community and agency partners to seek opportunities to reconnect and restore coldwater habitat on both private and public lands. The Project Manager will be responsible for all aspects of restoration project work in Rock Creek, but will also work closely with other Trout Unlimited staff and volunteers working throughout the Clark Fork Basin. A significant focus will be placed upon partnership-building with the WestSlope Chapter as well as other local Trout Unlimited chapters and grassroots leaders, land trusts, state and federal agencies, landowners, watershed groups, and other non-profit organizations. In addition, the successful applicant will be expected to seek out and obtain grant funding to support project work and core operational costs. The Project Manager will be based with other Trout Unlimited staff out of our office in Missoula, MT.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Engage Trout Unlimited chapters, agencies, landowners and other local stakeholders to prioritize projects, initiate restoration planning activities, and develop partnerships.
  • Develop and implement streamflow, habitat and fish passage restoration projects and monitoring plans.
  • Coordinate with state and federal agencies and other Trout Unlimited staff to collect field data for project development and post-project monitoring.
  • Work both independently and in partnership other Trout Unlimited staff on fundraising, including identifying potential funding sources, drafting grant proposals, and developing relationships with funders to sustain the program budget.
  • Supervise interns and/or seasonal field technicians.
  • Perform basic administration duties including grant reporting, invoicing and tracking project budgets.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required; graduate degree preferred.
  • Professional experience in natural resource project management. Experience with irrigation design and water conservation, fish passage improvement, and stream restoration preferred.
  • Experience in fisheries, water quality, and water quantity restoration.
  • Working knowledge of Montana water law.
  • Demonstrated performance in grant writing and other fundraising activities.
  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to work constructively with diverse partners, community stakeholders and private landowners.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required.
  • Experience with media relations and public outreach.
  • Good organizational and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to work independently while managing complex projects.
  • Willingness to travel within the region as necessary.
  • Passion for protecting and restoring trout streams and their watersheds.

The position will be based in Missoula, MT and will require frequent local travel for field work. Ability to provide own transportation required. Position is full-time with benefits.

How to Apply

Please send a letter of interest, resume and three professional references to Casey Hackathorn, Upper Clark Fork Program Manager, at [email protected] by January 30, 2018. No phone calls please.

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

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