Ocean Career: Trout Unlimited Olympic Peninsula Restoration Project Manager

Trout Unlimited (TU) brings together diverse interests to care for and recover the rivers and streams on which we all depend. We are a national organization with 300,000 membersand supporters organized into over 400 chapters and councils nationwide.

Our dedicated grassroots volunteers are matched by a respected staff of organizers, attorneys, policy experts, restoration practitioners, and scientists, who work out of more than 45 offices across the country.

Position Summary:

This position is an exciting opportunity to implement impactful habitat restoration projects to improve salmon and steelhead habitat in critical Olympic Peninsula (OP) Watersheds, including the Sol Duc, Bogachiel, Calawah, Hoh, Queets, and Quinault Watersheds. This Project Manager will steward a spectrum of habitat restoration project types, including instream large wood placement projects, floodplain restoration projects, and fish passage projects from start to finish: developing project concepts, securing project partnerships, obtaining project funding, and managing project implementation. TU has secured two years of funding for this position. The successful applicant will work with TU staff and stakeholders to secure additional funding for project activities and to cover core operational costs to sustain the program in future years. The location for this position is flexible within or near the OP, including a work-from-home option. The Project Manager will be required to travel throughout the OP and to occasional meetings and conferences outside the region.

Duties and Responsibilities:

In summary, this position will develop and manage successful habitat restoration and reconnection projects. These duties include: securing project funding from local, state, and federal grant programs, and facilitation/oversight of project phases in collaboration with stakeholders and project partners. Specifically, this position will:

    • Work closely with TU staff and Washington Coast partners, stakeholders, and communities to develop valuable salmon and steelhead habitat restoration projects.
    • Work with local/regional partners and TU staff to fundraise for both program and project support, including identifying potential funding sources, drafting grant proposals, and developing relationships with funders.
    • Manage and complete project planning, design, permitting, on-the-ground implementation, and monitoring.
    • Attend regular Lead Entity meetings (for salmon recovery) and other meetings related to habitat restoration on the western OP.
    • Perform administrative duties, including grant writing, reporting, contracting, invoicing, and budget management.
    • Participate in WA TU Council and OP Chapter meetings, and engage TU grassroots, as needed.
    • Execute media work to highlight project success, including collaboration with TU’s Communications staff and coordinating with partner organizations.


      • Bachelors or advanced degree.
      • A minimum of 4-5 years of experience working in the field of natural resource management, fish conservation, and/or aquatic habitat restoration.
      • Experience with river restoration principles, methods, and practices, including understanding engineering design/construction concepts; restoration project construction and management desired.
      • Experience with project permitting related to aquatic restoration projects and in-water work (i.e., federal and state permits).
      • Budget management experience.
      • Understanding of natural resource management issues relevant to the conservation of trout and salmon and their habitats in Washington State.
      • Demonstrable success working with diverse stakeholders and building partnerships.
      • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
      • Ability to problem-solve and think creatively.
      • Ability to travel throughout OP and occasionally beyond for staff meetings, conferences, etc.
      • Valid driver’s license and own vehicle.
      • Experience using MS Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Salary and Benefits:

Staff and leadership at TU understand that life outside of work is important to personal health, and we strive to create a healthy and family-friendly atmosphere. This is a full-time position with a generous benefits package. The salary range for this position is $65,000-$75,000 per year depending on experience. In addition to the base salary range listed, TU offers a full health benefits package, short and long term disability, life insurance, and a 403(b) retirement plan with company match for full time employees.

At TU, we value a diverse representation of staff, and we actively seek candidates for this position who come from communities that have been historically under-represented in conservation and those who have been most impacted by degraded rivers and streams. We are committed to building space for all people to participate in our work to care for trout and salmon and clean our shared waters. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and welcome you to read more about TU’s equity practice and values: (https://www.tu.org/equity/).

Salary Details: $65,000-$70,000

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