Executive Director – Coldwater Heritage Partnership - Pennsylvania
Remote - Pennsylvania, PA PATU
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Position Summary

The Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited (PATU) is seeking a full-time Executive Director to oversee the Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP) program. The Executive Director is responsible for providing strategic leadership, working with the PATU Executive Committee to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies to support fundraising efforts, grant programs and educational activities.

The Executive Director leads the PATU’s involvement in the CHP, directing the program that targets the conservation and protection of Pennsylvania’s coldwater streams that is a joint effort of PATU, the PA Fish & Boat Commission, the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, and the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The priorities of CHP are grant writing and reporting, coordinating the biennial Keystone Coldwater Conference and overseeing the Trout in the Classroom (TIC) program.

The Executive Director will be an energetic self-starter with excellent writing and organizational skills, and preferably an individual who understands the DCNR grant system portal. Grant administration includes the technical skills necessary to monitor and report on grant results; the candidate will need to complete on-site assessments of the technical work completed by grantees. They will have oversight of grant qualifications, oversight, and implementation. 

This position offers a lot of autonomy for the candidate who brings a passion for angling, the outdoors, and coldwater conservation. The ideal candidate has a finger on the pulse of conservation issues and can bring impactful changes within a statewide conservation organization. 

The Executive Director must have a range of skills to effectively execute varied responsibilities, which include staff and program management, strategic planning, the ability to provide technical support and guidance to council, chapters, and other conservation organizations, conduct meetings and trainings, and oversee communication of the Council. 

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Administer and manage the Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP) grants program.
  • Coordinate Keystone Coldwater Conference every other year.
  • Support the Coldwater Heritage Partnership Committee.
  • Administer and manage the Trout in the Classroom (TIC) Program.
  • Provide assistance and technical support to Trout Unlimited chapters and eligible watershed groups on the conservation and protection of Pennsylvania coldwater fisheries.
  • Work to educate the public and promote the conservation of PA’s coldwater streams.
  • Assist the Conservation Committee with administration of the Forever Wild grant program.
  • Serve as liaison between multiple agencies involved in PATU programs.
  • Administer budgets and project reports.

The following qualifications are required unless stated otherwise:

· Bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental science or related field.

· At least 5 years’ experience related to the duties of this position.

· Nonprofit experience preferred.

· Excellent interpersonal skills.

· Must be self-motivated, flexible, and able to work independently, with minimal supervision.

· Ability and willingness to travel statewide.

· Willing to work occasional nights and weekends to support directives.

· Proficient in Microsoft Office programs. 

· Experience with social media platforms.

· Provide direct support to the PATU board of directors and committees.

· Work to strengthen our relationship with the PA Fish and Boat Commission.

· Work with PATU Communications Director.

· Additional duties as assigned by the PATU Executive Committee.

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

This is a full-time position with an attractive benefits package. This position reports directly to the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited Executive Committee. 

The salary range is $62,000-$72,000 annually.  Applications will be accepted until Friday, May 31 by 11:59 PM 

About PATU:

The Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited (PATU) is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to conserving, protecting, and restoring Pennsylvania’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds, especially our wild trout resources. We are a unified voice for 49 local chapters in six regions across the state and represent almost 15,000 TU members statewide. 

PATU’s two signature programs are the PA Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP) and Trout in the Classroom (TIC). CHP is a collaboration between PATU, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, and PA Fish and Boat Commission. The CHP provides administrative support and funds grants for conservation and protection of Pennsylvania’s coldwater streams.


Information about the PA Council of Trout Unlimited can be found at www.patrout.org. Coldwater Heritage Partnership information can be found at www.coldwaterheritage.org. Trout in the Classroom information can be found at www.patroutintheclassroom.org.

PATU is an Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action Employer pursuant to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act & Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistant Act.

PATU is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates in this search. TU hires staff without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.

Salary Description
$62,000 - $72,000 + full benefit package