Great Lakes Stream Restoration Specialist
Fully Remote Upper Peninsula, MI
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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 bring together diverse interests to care for and recover rivers and streams, so our children can experience the joy of wild and native trout and salmon.


The Great Lakes Stream Restoration Specialist will report directly to the Great Lakes Habitat Program Manager and will be responsible for survey and design of aquatic habitat restoration projects. Project duties also require permitting assistance and construction oversight. Projects will occur on and adjacent to National Forest Systems lands and will provide multiple benefits including flood resiliency, improvement of aquatic habitat and water quality, and protection of aquatic health and biodiversity. The position will be based in northeast Wisconsin or the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan.


· Assess stream channel characteristics through various geomorphic and habitat surveys, using surveyors’ equipment to aid in restoration design.

· Develop hydrologic and hydraulic models for basis of design.

· Develop basemaps of existing conditions and proposed restoration design plans in AutoCAD for project construction.

· Prepare design plans, cost estimates, and specifications for aquatic habitat restoration projects.

· Assist with permitting and collection of pre-and post-construction data for monitoring of projects.

· Provide construction oversight for project implementation.

· Implement multiple restoration projects simultaneously on and adjacent to Great Lakes National Forests.

· Assist in grant writing and reporting.

· This position is a non-supervisory position.

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




· A P.E. or M.S. in fluvial geomorphology, geology, hydrologic engineering, civil engineering or biological systems engineering is preferred. A B.S. in geology, physical geography, fluvial geomorphology, hydrologic engineering, civil engineering or biological systems engineering with applied experience is required.

· Experience with the development and applications of hydrologic and hydraulic computer models using HEC-RAS for state and federal permit requirements related to culvert replacements and in-stream habitat restoration.

· Expertise in natural channel design, stream simulation design, large wood addition techniques, project permitting, and supervision of multiphase stream restoration projects.

· Experience in construction document development using computer aided design software such as AutoCAD Civil3D.

· Experience with ESRI GIS software and Rivermorph are preferred.

· Experience with road and culvert replacement construction standards and specifications.

· A working knowledge of sediment transport principles and general landform processes related to riverine systems.

· Ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders including federal and state agencies, farmers, biologists, geologists, engineers, and other landowners.

· Strong organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail.

· Self-motivated and highly energetic, with excellent time-management skills and ability to manage multiple deadlines simultaneously.

· Ability and willingness to travel. Valid driver’s license required.

· Passion for protecting and restoring trout populations and their watersheds.