Desert Terminal Lakes Basin Project Coordinator

Trout Unlimited takes care of the rivers and clean water that trout, salmon and communities around the country depend on. 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. We want to make sure healthy rivers and fisheries are available for all people to use and enjoy.  Trout Unlimited has 300,000 members and supporters supported by a respected staff of organizers, lawyers, policy experts, and scientists, who work out of more than 45 offices across the country. The California program has 20 staff located in Emeryville, Ft. Bragg, Truckee, and home offices around the state. Every year our team manages dozens of river flow and habitat restoration projects, with focal areas on the North Coast, Sacramento Valley, and the Sierras, and we advocate for strong conservation policies by the state and federal government.

Trout Unlimited’s CA Inland Trout Program, based in Truckee, works to improve CA’s wild and native inland trout populations across the Sierra Nevada, Eastern Sierra, and parts of Southern California. We work to improve headwater habitat, primary located on public land, with a variety of federal, state, natural resource agency, industry and other NGO partners. We also work to protect and improve high profile recreational sport fisheries so that they can support the anglers, businesses and rural communities that depend on them. 

Trout Unlimited is hiring a self-motivated and highly capable person to work as a project coordinator in our California Inland Trout Program. The person will identify, plan, and implement opportunities for wild and native trout preservation, restoration, and conservation education across the Desert Terminal Lakes Basin (Truckee, Walker and Carson Basins), with a specific focus on the Truckee River Basin. This position will emphasize relationship building and engagement, working closely with state and federal agency partners, community members, conservation community partners and TU’s grassroots chapters/angling groups. The Desert Terminal Lakes Basin Project Coordinator will work closely with our California Inland Trout Program Director, science team and other field staff on a wide variety of projects. The person will ideally be based near the TU Truckee Office and report to the California Inland Trout Program Director. 

  Position-Specific Opportunities

  • Identify, plan, implement and monitor wild trout enhancement projects with the Truckee, Carson and Walker Rivers Basins (in both California and Nevada). 
  • Work closely with Inland Trout Director to implement headwater restoration and protection projects, such as meadow restoration, fish passage removal and roads restoration/decommissioning to improve quality headwater habitat and connectivity. 
  • Plan and implement volunteer activities and community engagement in support of conservation projects, river stewardship and public lands fishing access improvement.
  • Work closely with agency staff, landowners, and other watershed stakeholders to protect and improve streamflow conditions across these basins (emphasized focus on the Truckee River) to benefit fish and wildlife. 
  • Engage youth and young professionals in conservation opportunities that provide emphasized on-the-ground engagement, such as hosting youth trout camps and managing Americorp interns.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identify and secure funding for Inland Trout Program conservation priorities and staff needs; meet strategic planning goals and objectives; implement conservation programs and projects.
  • Function as a project manager with direct responsibility for selecting, financing, and overseeing contractors implementing specific habitat restoration projects.
  • Support TU’s work to positively influence local, state and federal policy related to inland trout and mountain rivers, including, for example, fisheries management and public lands management plans. 
  • Understand state and federal policy and permits; work across internal interdisciplinary leadership teams; integrate the best available science; and build strong strategic partnerships. 
  • Work collaboratively with the California Inland Trout Program Director and other TU CA/NV staff. Help provide supervision and mentorship for AmeriCorps members and interns or temporary field technicians. Help coordinate annual work plans and budgeting for the program. 
  • Work closely with administrative, development, communications and conservation staff. 
  • Depending on the candidate, the position description may include management or participation in public land policy advocacy throughout the state, such as efforts to protect the best headwaters habitat from outside threats and to keep public lands in public hands. 

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

  • Bachelors, Masters or PhD degree in natural resources management, aquatic ecology, conservation biology, forestry, fisheries ecology, public and environmental policy, or related field, plus a minimum of 1 years of related work experience.
  • Project management experience, including experience designing, implementing and directing multiple projects at once, setting deadlines and providing project deliverables in a timely fashion.
  • Experience developing and successfully administering project budgets.
  • Ability to identify and build lasting relationships with Trout Unlimited chapters, agencies, landowners, and other partners. Ability to work with multiple and diverse partners in a highly collaborative and inclusive manner.
  • Understanding of California and Nevada water issues, wild and native trout, watershed science and restoration, and fishing related recreation. 
  • Ability to work both independently and in partnership other Trout Unlimited staff on fundraising, including identifying potential funding sources, drafting grant proposals and grant reports, developing relationships with funders and major gift donors to sustain the program.
  • Ability to motivate, lead and supervise AmeriCorps members, interns and/or seasonal field technicians. 
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to articulate complex conservation issues and TU’s mission to a wide range of audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience using MS Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 
  • Understanding of basic communications, earned media, video production and use of social media platforms to conduct public outreach about TU’s work. 
  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently. Valid driver’s license and own vehicle required.
  • Passion for protecting and restoring trout streams and their watersheds required. 
  • Love of fishing a plus.

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 $62,400-$68,000. 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.

How to Apply

Please upload a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three

references to Trout Unlimited via our online job application system at the link below. The position is open until filled.