Great Lakes Stream Restoration 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 is seeking a Great Lakes Stream Restoration Manager to collaborate with National Forests in the Great Lakes Basin on planning, assessment, design, construction and monitoring of aquatic habitat restoration projects that benefit sensitive aquatic species and other aquatic resources valued by the U.S. Forest Service. Projects will occur on and adjacent or downstream of National Forest Systems lands and will provide multiple benefits to the U.S. Forest Service and the local community including flood resiliency, improvement of aquatic habitat and water quality, and protection of aquatic health and biodiversity. The position will be based in northwestern Michigan and will focus initially on projects on and adjacent to the Huron-Manistee National Forest.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate stream geomorphic surveys (dimension, pattern, profile, substrate), and stream habitat assessments, as well as aquatic passage assessments on and adjacent to Great Lakes National Forests.
  • Coordinate the design of habitat improvement, bank stabilization and aquatic organism passage projects on and adjacent to Great Lakes National Forests.
  • Oversee both budget and work estimates.
  • Oversee permitting, funding and coordinating implementation of restoration projects on and adjacent to Great Lakes National Forests.
  • Plan multiple restoration projects simultaneously on and adjacent to Great Lakes National Forests.
  • Coordinate with the U.S. Forest Service Virtual Design Team for review of all road-stream crossing and constructed stream channel designs.
  • Meet with the U.S. Forest Service to identify priority watersheds and projects on and adjacent to Great Lakes National Forests and provide annual performance reports to document progress.
  • Coordinate with TU chapters and councils within each watershed on projects and project funding.
  • Coordinate press opportunities to highlight project implementation, when and where appropriate.


  • Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree a plus.
  • Professional experience in project management and river restoration required.
  • Excellent organizational and problem solving abilities.
  • 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 trout.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Passion for protecting and restoring trout populations and their watersheds.

How to Apply

Please send a resume with a letter of interest, resume and 3 professional references to Elizabeth Maclin, Trout Unlimited's Vice President for Eastern Conservation at by August 25, 2014. Please insert the words "Great Lakes Stream Restoration Manager" in the subject line of the message. No phone calls please.

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

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.

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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