Conservation Crew Member


Trout Unlimited (TU) is a national organization with more than 150,000 volunteers organized into about 400 chapters nationwide. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of restoration professionals, who work out of more than 30 offices nationwide. These conservation professionals ensure that TU is at the forefront of fisheries restoration and protection work at the local, state and national levels. Our mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America’s cold water fisheries and their watersheds. Our vision is that by the next generation, Trout Unlimited will ensure robust populations of native and wild cold water fish once again thrive within their North American range, so that our children can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters.


The Crew Member for the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program of Trout Unlimited is generally knowledgeable in field construction techniques, fish and wildlife biology and ecology and habitat restoration. Duties include construction of stream bank fencing projects, native grass planting, field border cuts, and other habitat restoration activities. The Crew Member works closely with other Federal, State, and local agencies, non-government organizations, environmental constituents, and private citizens. Incumbent performs varied tasks required to accomplish the mission. The position is based in Elkins, West Virginia. This position is a 6-month position with the possibility of full time after the 6-month period has ended, funding and performance.


  • Organizes materials, labor and tools to carry out assigned tasks in an efficient manner
  • Inspects existing habitat restoration projects
  • Constructs habitat restoration projects for the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program; Pesticide Application Certification and other certifications may be required
  • Applies the fundamentals of safe high tensile fence construction and habitat restoration and insures that all safety procedures and rules are strictly observed by crew members
  • Prepares reports documenting completed work
  • Plans, implements and documents travel expenses, schedules and time sheets, monthly reports and other administrative duties as required
  • Represents the USFWS and TU in manner of dealings while on the job and on travel for Partners for Fish and Wildlife and Trout Unlimite
  • In the absence of the crew leader, crew member may direct other crew members, interns, material transport, and equipment usage to efficiently construct projects according to standard practice for the Partners for Fish and Wildlife/Trout Unlimited program


  • Knowledge of theories, principles and methods of fishery and wildlife biology and a working familiarity with related disciplines such as would be obtained by a college major or its equivalent, to determine the impact of habitat protection/restoration projects on the fish and wildlife resources of an area
  • Knowledge of high tensile fence construction methods and agricultural and engineering terms, data, structures, facilities, and procedures to be able to work with professionals and technicians in these fields, to recognize probable effects on resources, to read and write reports, etc.
  • Knowledge of basic construction practices.
  • Skill in writing objective reports requiring a minimum of review and editing
  • Skill in planning to develop sound work procedures and schedules
  • Skill to achieve plans, procedures and schedules
  • Skill necessary to evaluate special problems of limited scope and complexity related to field work
  • Skill in safely operating farm machinery such as farm tractors, skid loaders, and fence post drivers and power tools such as chain saws
  • Skill in operating motorized vehicles, including manual transmission trucks to 20,000 lbs, gross weight towing trailers to 10,000
  • Ability to any licenses, certificates, permits, or other requirements of operating machinery or tools in the performance of the work
  • Knowledge of and skill in administering the labor and travel expense, accounts payable and other programs as may be required by the nature of the work

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


Please send a letter of interest, resume and 3 professional references in a single attachment to Review of applicants will begin February 14th. Please insert the words “Conservation Crew” in the subject line of the message. No phone calls please.

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.

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