Northern Sierra Project Manager

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.   

Position Summary

Trout Unlimited is hiring a self-motivated and highly capable person to work as a restoration project manager in our California Inland Trout Program. The person will identify, plan, and implement opportunities for wild and native trout habitat restoration and connectivity projects across the Sierra Nevada, with a focus on the central and northern Sierra. The Northern Sierra Project Manager work closely with our California Inland Trout Program Director, science team and other field staff on a wide variety of headwater stream, meadow and associated habitat restoration projects. The person will work closely with state and federal agency partners, agricultural community members, conservation community partners and TU’s grassroots chapters. The person will ideally be based near the TU Truckee Office and report to the California Inland Trout Program Director. 

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. 
  • Lead field surveys, field crews, maintain equipment and manage data.
  • 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 California Field Coordinator. 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Minimum of 3 years of restoration project management experience on federal lands, 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-$72,400. 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 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