New Jersey Upper Delaware River Restoration Coordinator

ABOUT TROUT UNLIMITED

Trout Unlimited is a national organization with 300,000 members and supporters organized into over 400 chapters and councils nationwide. This dedicated grassroots base 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 coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.

POSITION SUMMARY

TU is seeking a highly motivated and self-driven River Restoration Coordinator to collaborate with private and public landowners and partner organizations to protect, reconnect, and restore coldwater resources in New Jersey, with an emphasis on the Upper Delaware River watershed. The coordinator will work closely with TU volunteers, landowners, agricultural producers, state and federal agencies, and other partners to coordinate all aspects of habitat restoration projects including identification of new project opportunities, securing project funding, implementing funded projects, conducting field work, and monitoring completed projects to ensure a benefit to native and wild trout.  The position will be based in northwestern New Jersey in the watersheds of Flat Brook, Paulins Kill, Pequest, Lopatcong and Musconetcong.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct outreach and provide technical assistance to agricultural producers and other landowners on habitat improvement projects.
  • Identify, develop, and manage specific coldwater habitat assessment, protection, restoration, and research projects.
  • Coordinate implementation of funded projects. Manage and monitor grants and contract budgets, including compliance with grant and contract requirements. 
  • Develop and coordinate project timelines, scopes of work, and budgets.
  • Actively identify and pursue potential funding sources, including writing grant proposals and budgets, for high priority projects and develop relationships with funders.
  • Coordinate and facilitate volunteer activities in support of specific conservation projects.
  • Work with TU partners and funders to build a comprehensive network of community, nonprofit, business, and agency partners within the watershed.
  • Coordinate and implement communications and outreach efforts, including press opportunities to highlight project implementation, when and where appropriate.
  • Develop timely activity reports, financial reports and annual reports to describe the work accomplished, planned, and initiated.

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

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in fisheries, environmental sciences, or other related natural resources field required; Master’s degree a plus.
  • Professional experience in project management and river conservation required.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders including farmers and other landowners, federal and state agencies, biologists, and engineers.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, implement, and supervise multiphase stream restoration projects.
  • Experience with project and grant management and project permitting.
  • A working knowledge of principles and practices of fisheries and aquatic resource management with a particular emphasis on stream habitat requirements of brook trout.
  • Proficiency in GIS spatial data platforms, using hand held computers to record field data, and other technology skills.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Passion for protecting and restoring trout populations and their watersheds.
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving abilities.
  • Knowledge of the region and watersheds a plus.
  • Experience working on multi-disciplinary design teams on habitat restoration projects is desired.
  • Experience writing and managing grants, conducting field work, and overseeing construction for habitat restoration projects is a plus.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a letter of interest, resume and 3 professional references to Amy Wolfe at amy.wolfe@tu.org. Initial application deadline is Monday, September 16, 2019. Applications received after this date will be reviewed only if position has not yet been filled. Please insert the words “New Jersey Upper Delaware River Restoration Coordinator” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

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