Science Director - Wild Steelhead Initiative

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 launching an ambitious Wild Steelhead Initiative focused on protecting and rebuilding wild steelhead populations throughout their native range in the United States from Alaska to California. The initiative is expected to last a minimum of five years, with the potential for continuation if necessary to achieve conservation objectives and funding is available. Two years of financial support is currently secured.

We are seeking a distinguished scientist with expertise and experience in steelhead ecology and management to guide this initiative. The Science Director will be part of a core team of TU staff focused on this initiative as well as a member of TU's Science Team. The other core team members will be primarily focused on grassroots organizing, communications, and policy advocacy. Other TU staff working to protect, reconnect and restore steelhead habitat also will be engaged in advancing the initiative.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Guiding development off state and basin-specific wild steelhead conservation goals
  • Serving as a spokesperson for the initiative and working with both traditional and social media to build public support for conservation goals
  • Educating external stakeholders, including government agency decision-makers, elected officials, and fishing and conservation groups about steelhead science and the need for, and conservation benefits of, new approaches to wild steelhead management
  • As a member of TU's Science Team, staying current on the latest steelhead/salmon science and advising TU staff on anadromous fish issues
  • Meeting with potential funders
  • Developing, funding and overseeing high-priority steelhead research projects


  • Advanced degree in fisheries science, Ph. D. preferred
  • Sophisticated understanding of state and federal policy arenas in which steelhead management decisions are made
  • Steelhead biology and ecology expertise
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong teamwork ethic
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Willingness to work on controversial issues and to work respectfully with stakeholders with opposing viewpoints
  • Passion for wild steelhead conservation
  • Active steelhead angler
  • Ability and willingness to travel within Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California, and possibly Alaska
  • Media experience a plus

How to Apply

Please send a cover, writing sample, resume and three professional references to Rob Masonis by July 18, 2014 and include "Application for Science Director, Wild Steelhead Initiative" in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

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.

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

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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