Local recruitment: Policy & Outreach Associate

Trout Unlimited

Idaho, United States 馃嚭馃嚫



Trout Unlimited takes care of the rivers and clean water that trout, salmon, and communities around the country depend on. 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. We want to make sure healthy rivers and fisheries are available for all people to use and enjoy.  


This is an exciting opportunity to advance strategic policy and outreach objectives related to TU priorities in Idaho. This position works with our talented Idaho Water and Habitat team, as well as our supporters and partners, to translate the shared values of river and fish lovers into meaningful conservation wins by developing and implementing policy and outreach strategies that support TU鈥檚 overall mission.  

The ideal candidate is creative and solution-oriented with a passion for collaborative conservation. They have demonstrated the ability to develop, implement and manage effective policy and outreach strategies to achieve desired outcomes. They are an excellent writer and able to work effectively both independently and as part of a team. At least some knowledge of Idaho鈥檚 various cultures, history, and political landscape is desired.

 This position may be located at TU鈥檚 Boise office or remotely from anywhere in Idaho.


路 Play a key role in defining and developing TU positions on critical water and habitat policies and legislation in Idaho.

路 Monitor ongoing policy and program activities of key government agencies and bodies such as the Idaho Water Resources Board and the Department of Water Resources among others.

路 Research and write comments on priority governmental agency actions.

路 Participate in various Idaho stakeholder collaboratives focused on solutions to water challenges.

路 Identify funding sources, prepare budgets, and write proposals, to further IWHP priorities.

路 Assist TU staff with policy and outreach strategy, writing and editing, and fundraising. Prepare grant deliverables including quarterly, annual, and final progress reports.

路 Use data and apply metrics to measure and maximize the effectiveness of strategies and tactics.

路 Assist the Director in hiring and managing interns.

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

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 is $55,000.  

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鈥檚 equity practice and values https://www.tu.org/equity/.


Please provide resume, cover letter, a writing sample that represents your professional skills, and the names and contact information for three references to Trout Unlimited via our online job application system. We will begin reviewing applications on August 16th, 2021. The position is open until filled.Requirements


鈥 A bachelor鈥檚 degree and 3-5 years of experience relating to natural resources policy or communications.

鈥 Creative, strategic, and collaborative 鈥減roblem-solver.鈥 Dependable teammate.

鈥 Demonstrated success managing multiple projects simultaneously and meeting deadlines with minimal supervision. 

鈥 Exceptional writing, editing, research, and framing/storytelling skills.  

鈥 Detail oriented.

鈥 Ability and desire to establish and build strong working relationships with teammates and diverse partners. 

鈥 Commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

鈥 Proficient in Microsoft Office 365 (particularly Excel and Word). 

鈥 Understanding of, or willingness to learn, Idaho鈥檚 geography, cultures, landscape, and communities.

鈥 Interest in conserving Idaho鈥檚 coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. 

This position is based in Idaho and will report directly to the Idaho Water and Habitat Program Director.