Driftless Stream Restoration Specialist

About Trout Unlimited

Today, Trout Unlimited, TU is a national organization with more than 155,000 volunteers organized into about 400 chapters nationwide. These dedicated volunteers are paired with a respected staff of organizers, lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of more than 30 offices. Our mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America's cold-water fisheries and their watersheds.

Position Summary

Trout Unlimited in the Driftless Area (SE Minnesota, SW Wisconsin, NE Iowa and NW Illinois) is looking for an energetic, independent and motivated individual to join our Driftless Area Restoration Effort, TUDARE. TUDARE acts as a catalyst to assist landowners, TU chapters, private, county, state and federal agencies to conserve, restore and expand habitats that will increase natural abundance, diversity, and health of fish and other aquatic life. There are over 4,000 miles of cold-water streams with 1200+ miles of access for angling in the Driftless Area. The location of the position will be flexible within Southwest Wisconsin or Southeast Minnesota.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with landowners, TU Chapters, conservation clubs, county, state and federal individuals, etc. to develop cold-water restoration projects that meet USDA guidelines and specifications.
  • Provide the necessary assistance (permitting, survey, design, oversight, etc.) and guidance needed to carry out cold water restoration projects that may include habitat for nongame species.
  • Provide one-on-one training to county and federal employees working in the Driftless on stream restoration design that incorporates various habitat practices for trout and non-game species.
  • Coordinate workshops/field days for county and federal employees in conjunction with restoration projects.
  • Maintain project files, track budgets, reporting deadlines and meet deliverables for projects and grants portfolios and databases.
  • Provide design and construction work estimates and budgets.


  • A B.S. in a field related to fisheries management, watershed management, geomorphology, biological systems, or civil engineering or 5 years equivalent experience. Expertise in stream design techniques and demonstrated ability to design and oversee the installation of comprehensive habitat improvement projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, implement, and supervise multiphase stream restoration projects.
  • Experience with project and grant management, and project permitting.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders including federal and agencies, farmers, biologists, engineers, and other landowners.
  • A working knowledge of principles and practices of fisheries and aquatic resource management with a particular emphasis on stream habitat requirements of brook and brown trout, and Driftless nongame habitat.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Passion for protecting and restoring trout fisheries and their watersheds.
  • Two to five years' experience surveying and designing stream restoration projects, and ability to survey using laser levels and survey GPS equipment.

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

How to Apply

Please send a letter of interest, resume and 3 professional references to Jeff Hastings, Trout Unlimited's Driftless Area Project Manager at jhastings@tu.org by February 13, 2017. Please insert the words "Driftless Area Stream Restoration Specialist" in the subject line of the message. 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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