Big Wood River Project Manager

About Trout Unlimited

Trout Unlimited (TU) is a national conservation organization with a mission to conserve, protect and restore North America's cold-water fisheries and their watersheds. From the beginning, TU has been guided by a principle grounded in science, if we "take care of the fish, then the fishing will take care of itself." With more than 155,000 volunteers organized into 400 chapters nationwide, this dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of organizers, lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of more than 30 offices across the country.

Position Summary

This is an exciting opportunity to join TU and use your talents to plan and implement on-the-ground projects designed to further TU’s mission in the iconic Big Wood River watershed.

The Project Manager will be responsible for all aspects of TU's Big Wood River Home Rivers Initiative. Home Rivers Initiatives are national programs that place a full-time TU staff member in a watershed to live and work with, and within, the local community, and bring the full range of TU's scientific, policy, grassroots, and legal expertise to bear on watershed-scale restoration and protection. TU established the Big Wood River Home Rivers Initiative in an effort to take advantage of a supportive local angling community and TU's long history of restoration success to restore the full wild trout potential of the Big Wood.

The Project Manager will be located in TU's office in Hailey, Idaho and will be required to travel occasionally throughout Idaho and conferences outside the state. This is a full-time position and periodically requires evening and weekend hours.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work closely with TU members and other local stakeholders to develop and implement habitat restoration and reconnections projects.
  • Develop volunteer opportunities, in close coordination with the local chapter, including direct project engagement and citizen science initiatives, as appropriate.
  • Fundraise for both program and project support, including identifying potential funding sources, writing grant proposals, and developing relationships with funders.
  • In cooperation with TU staff, actively participate in the Wood River Water Collaborative, a diverse group of stakeholders working to create a process to resolve water supply demand challenges while preserving community values including safe, clean drinking water; sustainable water availability for farmers and ranchers; and conserving riparian and river habitat.
  • Manage on-the-ground construction for restoration/reconnection projects and develop and implement monitoring plans.
  • Perform administrative duties including contracting, grant reporting, invoicing and budget management.
  • Expand youth education outreach and activities in coordination with the local chapter.


  • Five years professional experience or advanced degree equivalent in natural resource management, with an emphasis on restoration/conservation project management.
  • Bachelor's degree required; graduate degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated performance in grant writing and other fundraising activities.
  • Experience in fisheries, water quality or fluvial geomorphology a plus.
  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to work constructively with diverse partners and private landowners.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are required.
  • Previous experience with media and outreach helpful.
  • Excellent, creative problem solving abilities required.
  • Previous experience in youth education helpful.
  • Ability to work independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside of TU.
  • Ability to manage complex projects.
  • Willingness to travel within the region as necessary.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and GIS software strongly preferred.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • High energy and a passion for protecting and restoring trout and salmon and their watersheds.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume with a letter of interest describing how you meet the qualifications and three professional references to Kira Finkler at by March 24, 2017. No phone calls please.

Please fill out this voluntary form and submit it as an attachment to this email address.

TU is an Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action Employer pursuant to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act & Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistant Act.

TU hires staff without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.


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