Beaver Restoration Technician
Job Type
Full-time, Temporary

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

The Beaver Restoration Technician will report directly to the Restoration Program Director and will be responsible for helping implement TU’s beaver restoration program in the Upper Columbia. A successful candidate will complete assigned duties safely and efficiently, conduct their work professionally as a public representative for TU, and work collaboratively with the Beaver/Dam Analogue Habitat Coordinator and Restoration Program Director. The primary duty stations will be the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery in Leavenworth, WA and the Trout Unlimited field office in Wenatchee, WA. Position duration: May 15 - October 20 or 27, end date flexible in October depending on needs of the program.

Duties and Responsibilities

· Trapping, handling, acclimating, and releasing beavers (25%).

· Beaver Dam Analogue site preparation and construction (20%).

· Field site evaluation, preparation, and monitoring (20%).

· Acclimation facility and equipment preparation, maintenance, and cleaning (10%).

· Public outreach, landowner communication, and education/interpretation (10%).

· Administrative, grant writing, reporting (10%).

· Other duties as assigned (5%).

· This is a non-supervisory position and does not have budget management responsibilities.

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


• Field experience in fisheries, wildlife, or other natural resources discipline (gained through education and/or employment) and enthusiasm for natural resources conservation 

• Must be able to work well independently and in a group setting with people of different ages and backgrounds 

• Ability to problem-solve and think creatively, as well as to handle conflict and contentious situations to achieve a conservation mission 

• Must be adaptable to challenging field conditions and changing schedules.

• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

• Must have a valid driver’s license and willingness to drive unimproved roads; no special certifications required.

• Ability to walk several miles on/off trail in remote forested, mountain, range, and stream settings.

• Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.

• Overnight travel will be infrequent but may be required for training or job task purposes.


· Experience handling/trapping fish/wildlife and collecting/analyzing field data

· Experience using Microsoft Office applications, ArcGIS software, and GPS units

· College-level coursework or degree in fisheries, wildlife, natural resources, water, or related field

· Experience communicating with resource professionals and the general public

Working Conditions 

The primary work schedule will be Monday-Friday but will vary depending on program activities and will occasionally include weekends. Beaver trapping will occur in parks, agricultural settings, and on both public and private properties. Beaver holding and acclimation will occur in a fish hatchery setting. Beaver relocations will occur in mountain streams within public and/or private forest and range lands. Applicants will work in swift streams, thick brush, heat/cold, and may be exposed to biting insects, thorny plants, and other challenging field conditions. Flexibility, good humor, and a positive attitude are imperative. 

Safety and Training 

Trout Unlimited is committed to a safe working environment. The field crew will receive training in procedures, best practices, and standard protocols for conducting program activities safely and efficiently. 


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 temporary, full-time position with a pay range of $19-$21 (DOQ). A personal vehicle may sometimes be required, and mileage will be reimbursed at the current federal rate. These positions are not eligible for benefits and the program is not able to offer housing.

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


How to Apply

Please upload a resume and cover letter using TU's Paylocity application system linked below.

Open until filled. First review round will occur for applications submitted by March 10, 2023 at 5:00PM. 

Salary Description
$19 - $21 /hour