Rogue River Basin Water Project Coordinator
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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 15 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 (TU) and lead work to restore adequate instream flows in the Rogue River Basin to support ongoing efforts to conserve and recover Oregon’s native salmon, trout, and riverine ecosystem. 

The successful candidate will be responsible for all aspects of restoration project management including outreach to landowners, project development, fundraising, furthering TU’s mission in the Rogue Basin, developing strategic approaches to meet that mission, participating in regional partnership efforts, providing fiscal oversight for project budgets, and directing support staff and contractors. 

TU’s staff work in a highly collaborative environment, with a diversity of partners including landowners, tribal partners, state and federal resource management agencies, private and public funders, and other NGO’s. 

The Program Coordinator will be located in the Rogue Basin and will be required to travel occasionally throughout 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 instream flow restoration projects
  • Evaluate feasibility and value of potential instream flow 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 water transactions
  • Complete state requirements for transacting water rights, including leasing and transfer applications to the Oregon Water Resources Department 
  • Manage project implementation including budgeting, scheduling, partner coordination, contractor selection and oversight, and reporting
  • Coordinate and develop communications materials
  • Consolidate, manage, and share hydrologic data to inform flow restoration needs and priorities
  • Prepare grant deliverables including quarterly, annual, and final progress reports
  • Monitor projects including tracking instream flow, compliance with instream water rights, and ecologic outcomes
  • 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

  • Bachelor’s degree in hydrology, water resources, ecology, fisheries, or a related field. Master’s degree or higher preferred. 
  • Knowledge of and experience working with western water law and water rights.
  • 2 years professional experience preferred.
  • Experience working or collecting data under potentially adverse conditions in the field.
  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to work constructively with diverse partners and private landowners.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to project sites, with occasional multi-day trips. Valid driver’s license and own vehicle required.
  • 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.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.
  • A passion for protecting and restoring trout and salmon and their watersheds.


• Experience with grant writing

• Experience working in the Rogue or Umpqua River Basins.

• 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 $60,000 - $70,000 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 using TU's Paylocity application system linked below.

Review of applications will begin on December 7, 2022 and will continue until position is filled. 

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.