Stream Restoration Specialist

Updated as of 4/22/2019

ABOUT TROUT UNLIMITED

Trout Unlimited is a national organization with 300,000 members and supporters organized into over 400 chapters and councils nationwide. These dedicated grassroots volunteers are matched by a respected staff of organizers, 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.

POSITION SUMMARY

TU is seeking an experienced stream restoration specialist with ecological and natural stream design and engineering expertise to support staff in the development of coldwater habitat improvement and reconnection projects in New York and New England. Education and expertise in ecological restoration is required.  A P.E. or M.S. in geomorphology or biological systems engineering is preferred along with demonstrated design experience.  The position location is flexible across New York, but ideally situated in the eastern part of the state.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with TU staff and our partners to identify high priority trout streams in need of restoration.
  • Prepare design plans, cost estimates, and specifications for aquatic habitat restoration projects and reconnection projects including, but not limited to culvert replacement, bank stabilization, and engineering log jams.  Tasks include:
    • Perform channel and topographic surveys using standard survey equipment to develop basemaps for existing conditions.
    • Conduct stream geomorphic surveys (dimension, pattern, profile, substrate), and stream habitat assessments, as well as aquatic passage assessments.
    • Develop hydrologic and hydraulic models for basis of design.
    • Develop basemaps and design plans in AutoCAD.
  • Implement restoration designs and oversee construction including, ordering of materials, arranging deliveries, and hiring contractors.
  • Assist with permitting and collection of pre-and post-construction data for monitoring of projects.
  • Present at technical workshops and provide education to other professionals, elected officials, and partner groups.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A P.E. or M.S. in geomorphology or biological systems engineering is preferred. A B.S. in watershed management, geomorphology, or biological systems engineering with applied experience is required.
  • Expertise in natural stream design techniques and demonstrated ability to design and oversee the installation of ecologically focused habitat improvement projects.
  • Experience with developing and applying hydrologic and hydraulic computer models.
  • Experience with project design development, project permitting, and supervision of multiphase stream restoration projects.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders including federal and state agencies, farmers, biologists, engineers, and other landowners.
  • Experience in construction document development using computer aided design software such as AutoCAD.
  • Experience with ESRI GIS software is preferred.
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work with other TU staff in New England. Valid driver’s license required.
  • Good written and oral communication skills. A working knowledge of principles and practices of fisheries and aquatic resource management with an emphasis on stream habitat requirements of trout.
  • Strong organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Self-motivated and highly energetic, with excellent time-management skills and ability to manage multiple deadlines simultaneously.
  • Ability to work with biologist and engineering staff.
  • Passion for trout and salmon and the places they live.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a letter of interest, resume and 3 professional references to Tracy Brown, tracy.brown@tu.org.  Candidate screening will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.  Please insert the words “Eastern Stream Restoration Specialist” in the subject line of the message. No phone calls please.

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

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.