California Inland Trout Restoration Project Manager


Trout Unlimited is a national organization with 300,000 members and supporters organized into more than 400 chapters and councils nationwide. These dedicated grassroots volunteers are matched by a respected staff of project managers, lawyers, policy experts, and scientists, who work out of more than 45 offices across the country. Our mission is to conserve, protect, and restore North America's cold-water fisheries and their watersheds.

TU focuses on pragmatic, collaborative approaches and operates under a simple conservation formula – protect, reconnect, restore, and sustain. We protect intact habitat and fish populations, reconnect stream reaches by improving streamflow and removing barriers, restore degraded habitat, and sustain the beneficial effects of this work by building a diverse support base for trout and salmon and the rivers where they live.


Trout Unlimited is hiring a self-motivated and highly capable person to work as a restoration project manager in our California Inland Trout Program. The person will identify, plan, and implement with TU staff and partners opportunities for wild and native trout populations across the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain region, with a focus on projects in the Tahoe area and to the north. The California Inland Trout Restoration Project Manager will work closely with our California Inland Trout Program Director, science team and other field staff on a wide variety of projects. The person will work out of the TU Truckee Office and report to the California Inland Trout Program Director. The person will work closely with state and federal agency partners, agricultural community members, conservation community partners and TU’s grassroots chapters.


  • Manage restoration projects, from scoping and prioritization through financing, design, implementation, and monitoring, with direct responsibility for selecting and overseeing contractors implementing specific projects.
  • Identify and secure funding for Inland Trout Program conservation priorities and staff needs; meet strategic planning goals and objectives; implement conservation programs and projects.
  • Secure state and federal policy and permits; integrate the best available science; and build strong strategic partnerships.
  • Work collaboratively with the California Inland Trout Program Director and California Field Coordinator. Supervise AmeriCorps members and interns or temporary field technicians. Help with annual work plans and budgeting for the program.
  • Work closely with administrative, development, communications and conservation staff.
  • Support TU’s work to positively influence local, state and federal policy related to inland trout and mountain rivers, including, for example, fisheries management and forest plans. Depending on the candidate, the position description may include management or participation in public land policy advocacy throughout the state, such as efforts to protect the best headwaters habitat from outside threats and to keep public lands in public hands.

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


  • Bachelors or above degree in natural resources management, aquatic ecology, conservation biology, forestry, fisheries ecology, public and environmental policy, or a related field, plus a minimum of 2 years of related work experience.
  • Project management experience, including experience designing, implementing and directing multiple habitat restoration projects, setting deadlines, administering budgets, and providing project deliverables in a timely fashion.
  • Experience managing or coordinating river restoration projects and grants funded by the State of California and federal agencies a strong plus.
  • Ability to build lasting relationships with Trout Unlimited chapters, agencies, landowners, and other partners. Ability to plan strategically, be entrepreneurial, and work with multiple and diverse partners in a highly collaborative and inclusive manner.
  • Understanding of California water issues, wild and native trout, watershed science and restoration, and fishing related recreation.
  • Fundraising experience; experience drafting proposals and reports for state and federal grants a plus; experience with private donors a plus.
  • Ability to supervise AmeriCorps members, interns and/or seasonal field technicians.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to articulate conservation issues and TU’s mission to a wide range of audiences. Understanding of video and photography and use of social media platforms in order to convey TU’s work a plus.
  • Experience using MS Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently. Valid driver’s license and own vehicle required.
  • Passion for protecting and restoring trout streams and their watersheds required.
  • Love of fishing a plus.


Please send a letter of interest and resume by January 25, 2018 to No phone calls please. The position will remain open until it is filled.

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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