Eastern Washington Construction Contract Manager

About Trout Unlimited

Today, Trout Unlimited is a national organization with more than 150,000 members organized into about 400 chapters nationwide. This dedicated group of grassroots volunteers is matched by 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

TU seeks a full-time Construction Contract Manager to work with irrigators and contractors on projects that enhance instream flow and improve habitat for salmonids in Methow River. The position requires a person who is detail oriented and should be self-motivated. Skills relating to construction observation, contract management, hydrology, working agriculture, and project management are preferred in this position. The Construction Contract Manager will support TU's presence as a leader in working on project oriented streamflow restoration and habitat conservation. This position requires frequent travel and will be based out of Twisp, Washington.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with various stakeholders, project partners, design engineers and others to assist with day to day operations on construction projects including modification of irrigation infrastructure both on canal and on-farm.
  • Coordination and project planning, constructability reviews, project bidding and award to selected general contractor.
  • During constriction review and assistance on; RFI’s, design clarifications, submittals; change order requests; contractor applications for payments; documentation of project progress and as-built records and management of requests
  • Ability to resolve and identify unforeseen challenges while implementing the project plans and specifications.
  • Real-time resolution of engineering challenges stemming from the fast-paced and dynamic nature of projects.
  • Help to ensure overall Quality Control of Work, document construction activities, assist with preparation of project plans while managing the incorporation of design changes/clarifications.
  • Support project management with the preparation of schedule and reports
  • Establish working relationships with TU partners and help develop new partnerships
  • Represent TU professionally at various meetings

The above job description is not to be construed as inclusive of all responsibilities, skills or competencies associated with this job.


  • A minimum of 5 years relevant experience. Experience with water use and irrigated agriculture, construction management and complex multi-party negotiations is preferred
  • Natural resource project and budget management of federal, state, local and private funding
  • Proven ability to work constructively with a wide range of partners, including irrigators and landowners, industry representatives, scientists, engineers and public agencies
  • Demonstrated organizational and problem solving abilities. The job requires the ability to prioritize workload, to be highly motivated and self-directed.
  • A passion for fisheries conservation and for protecting and restoring rivers and streams.
  • Ability to travel, periodically overnight.


Competitive salary based on background and experience, including an attractive benefits package.

How to Apply

Please send a resume with a letter of interest describing how you meet the qualifications, a brief writing sample (3 pages or less), and names of three references to Jeri Timm; or by post to:

TU - Washington Water Project
Construction Contract Manager Position
103 Palouse, Suite 14
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Applications received by July 15th will receive full consideration either as a TU employee or as a contractor; interested persons are encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible. The funding for the Construction Contract Manager Position is dependent on federal and state sources and is funded until the completion of TU's Methow Valley Irrigation District Project, currently scheduled to conclude in June 2016. Additional tenure is likely, but dependent on similar project implementation.

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

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TU is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates in this search. TU hires staff without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.


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