Salmon SuperHWY Program Director
WFH Flexible Tillamook, OR
Job Type


Trout Unlimited takes care of the rivers and clean water that trout, salmon and communities around the country depend on. We believe the most complex and seemingly insurmountable challenges can be solved when people come together and get to work. We are a nationwide network of advocates, outdoor-enthusiasts, volunteers, anglers and staff dedicated to protecting places where trout and salmon thrive and recovering rivers and fisheries that need help, and making our water resources more resilient to climate change. We want to make sure healthy rivers and fisheries are available for all people to use and enjoy.  

In Oregon, the organization has a full-time staff of 14 people working across the state in a highly collaborative environment, with a diversity of partners including landowners, Tribes, state and federal resource management agencies, private and public funders, and other NGO’s.


This is an exciting opportunity to join Trout Unlimited and lead an innovative partnership for the reconnection of fish habitat. TU is hiring a self-motivated and highly capable person to coordinate the Salmon SuperHwy partnership (, which is a diverse group of partners working in collaboration to develop, facilitate and implement habitat reconnection projects and improve flood resiliency for local communities on Oregon’s North Coast. The candidate will be responsible for furthering the Salmon SuperHwy’s mission and developing strategic approaches to meet that mission, participating in regional partnership efforts, securing programmatic funding for the partnership, providing fiscal oversight for project budgets, and directing support staff and contractors. The successful candidate will also have responsibility for restoration project management including outreach to landowners, project development, and fundraising. This position manages one other staff member, the Salmon SuperHWY Project Manager, a role that focuses on implementation of fish passage projects in the geography.

TU’s staff on the Oregon North Coast partner closely with landowners, state and federal resource management agencies, private and public funders, watershed councils, agricultural entities and other NGO’s. These partnerships are critical to the on-going success of the Salmon SuperHwy and the successful candidate will be an individual that thrives working in a collaborative environment. 

The Program Coordinator will be located in the Tillamook-Nestucca area and will be required to travel occasionally throughout western Oregon and to conferences outside the state. This is a full-time position and occasionally requires evening and weekend hours.


  • Work closely with local stakeholders to develop and implement fish passage restoration projects
  • Evaluate feasibility and value of potential fish passage and restoration projects with private landowners and other stakeholders, both independently and in group settings 
  • Identify funding sources, prepare budgets and proposals, and secure funding for fish passage projects 
  • Complete state and federal permitting requirements for fish passage projects 
  • Manage project implementation including budgeting, scheduling, partner coordination, contractor selection and oversight, and reporting
  • Organize and facilitate Salmon SuperHwy Executive Team meetings, and support Technical Team meetings
  • Coordinate SSH outreach and development of communications materials
  • Consolidate, manage, and share SSH data from multiple sources
  • Coordinate and oversee partnership wide project monitoring
  • Follow all TU policies regarding federal and state grant compliance, including procurement processes
  • Foster and maintain positive relationships with landowners and other stakeholders with varying political and social backgrounds 
  • Collaborate closely with partners, including federal, state and local government agencies, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations
  • Additional duties may be assigned as necessary, including programmatic work in the region on other fish restoration and habitat improvement efforts
  • Five years relevant professional experience in fisheries, hydrology, natural resource management, or related field, with an emphasis on restoration and conservation project management.
  • Bachelor’s degree. Advanced degree may substitute for professional experience.
  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to work constructively with diverse partners and private landowners.
  • Professional experience working with landowners, donors, resource managers, and other interested parties in a collaborative setting.
  • Experience with grant writing and fundraising.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to work independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside TU.
  • Ability to manage complex projects and manage multiple deadlines simultaneously.
  • Ability to track and manage project spending and budgets.
  • Ability and willingness to travel. Valid driver’s license and own vehicle required.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.
  • A passion for protecting and restoring trout and salmon and their watersheds.


  • Experience working on the Oregon or Washington Coast.
  • Experience with GIS software. 

Work may at times be physically demanding. May require walking and maintaining balance on slippery surfaces and sloping, highly uneven stream banks, and in conditions of moderate streamflow; may require lifting, pulling, pushing, and carrying of field equipment over long distances. The position will also require day travel to remote areas. 

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 approximate salary range is $65,000 - $75,000 depending on experience. 

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.

Please upload a Resume (including 3 references) and Cover Letter.

Review of applications will begin on October 10, 2022 and will continue until position is filled. 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.