Sierra Headwater Project Manager via Idealist

Mammoth Lakes, CA, United States 🇺🇸

California Trout is a 44 year-old conservation organization with the mission to protect and restore California’s wild trout, steelhead, salmon, and their waters. CalTrout’s Sierra Headwater’s Program currently has a broad portfolio of projects across numerous watersheds and program categories throughout the region.

CalTrout is seeking a dedicated and talented natural resource scientist who will work closely with our Sierra Headwaters conservation team and under the supervision of the Sierra Program Director to execute all aspects of restoration and conservation project management, including: project development and implementation, proposal writing, grant management, contract development and administrative set-up, budget and contract management, subcontractor supervision, timely processing of invoices, report writing and project team collaboration. The position will involve both field and office-based work and requires interest and knowledge of a wide range of technical and policy topics related to freshwater fisheries, watershed restoration and management, and natural resource science.

The position will primarily focus on all aspects of CalTrout’s Headwater’s Program, including the native trout recovery, meadow restoration, partnership building, stakeholder outreach and collaboration. Secondary program activities will include forest and water policy as well as other tasks associated with California Trout’s regional and state-wide efforts. This position provides an excellent opportunity to put your skills to work while also providing an opportunity to expand your skills and understanding of critical water, watershed and fisheries issues.


1. MA/MS degree in biology, fisheries, hydrology, natural resource science or related planning or natural resources field.

2. 2-5 years’ experience managing various aspects of restoration projects, including grant management, contract and budget management, subcontractor management, timelines and deliverables.

3. Experience in leading field crews, planning and coordinating scientific data collection and analysis, and report writing.

4. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

5. Detail-oriented organization and time-management skills.

6. Ability to work independently on day-to-day activities to carry out project tasks.

7. Ability to coordinate and participate in focused meetings with a breadth of stakeholders, landowners, agency staff and managers, engineers, and university scientists.

8. Proficient with Mac and PC computers, MS Office software (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and Adobe products; familiarity with ArcGIS; experience with dataloggers and data management (e.g., temperature and streamflow data).

9. Knowledge of natural resource and regulatory agencies policies and mandates, public funding programs and proposal writing.


Please submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample by email to:

Mark Drew

Sierra Headwaters Program Director

[email protected]

Please submit application materials no later than August 19, 2016.