Project Manager - North Coast Coho Project; Trout Unlimited

Job Title: 
Project Manager - North Coast Coho Project
Job Location: 
Emeryville, California


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. 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.

TU’s North Coast Coho Project (NCCP), based in Ft. Bragg, is a unique public-private partnership between TU, natural resources agencies, landowners, and industry to restore watersheds along the North Coast of California. Among others, the partnership includes timber companies and other large landowners, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, National Marine Fisheries Service, California Department of Parks and Recreation, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the US Forest Service, and the California Conservation Corps. 


The Project Manager will report directly to the NCCP Project Director and will be responsible for co-managing the portfolio of restoration projects comprising the NCCP. The NCCP restoration portfolio includes large wood augmentation, off-channel and floodplain enhancement, removal of fish passage barriers, road decommissioning, and other habitat restoration. Additional tasks include ensuring the strategic growth of the NCCP aligns with TU’s strategic framework. The position is based in Fort Bragg, CA.

The Project Manager will work with and receive mentoring from the NCCP Project Director. The Project Manager will work side-by-side with the NCCP Project Director and other NCCP staff to restore salmon and steelhead habitat and watersheds. Both the Project Director and Project Manager will have lead responsibility for their own individual restoration projects. 

The Project Manager will work in close collaboration with TU staff as well as TU members and chapters to ensure an integrated and team-based approach to salmon, steelhead, and watershed restoration. The Manager will be a part of a growing and dynamic team of staff in California, as well as a member of the organization’s larger nationwide watershed restoration program.


· This is a non-supervisory position that will manage and implement multiple individual restoration projects simultaneously. Depending on the complexity of the projects, this might include managing 6-12 projects in any given year. Duties include:

o Completing individual restoration implementation projects in a timely and successful manner.

o Completing grant applications and grant reporting.

o Maintaining project files and accounts.

o Advertising, awarding, and administering subcontracts.

o Securing permits and ensuring compliance as required for restoration projects.

o Managing project specific budgets and finances.

o Timely processing of invoicing (internal and external).

o Maintaining positive and productive relationships with all agency and private partners, including monthly coordination meetings and communication.

o Organizing stakeholder involvement and outreach meetings.

o Coordinating individual landowner and project partner participation in projects.

o Coordinating activities with tribal and scientific partners.

o Facilitating increased local TU chapter involvement in such projects.

o Ensuring a high degree of scientific and technical work product.

o Developing effective outreach and education initiatives.

o Coordinating growth with the California program’s water, inland trout, science, policy and public lands programs.

o Working closely with the TU California Director, NCCP Project Director and other staff, and with TU members and Chapters to carry out the program.

o Publicizing good practices, promoting the benefits of salmon conservation and List the essential responsibilities and duties required to carry out the job. 




· Bachelor’s degree necessary; Master’s degree a plus.

· Background in natural resource management, fisheries science, aquatic ecology, environmental science, and/or forestry.

· Superior writing and oral communication skills.

· Experience with grant writing.

· Experience in grant administration and project management.

· Ability to work constructively with a wide range of potential partners 

· Self-motivated and highly energetic, with excellent time-management skills.

· Strong organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail.

· Ability to manage multiple deadlines simultaneously.

· Ability to problem solve and think creatively to achieve a conservation mission.

· Must be able to work independently.

· Experience and understanding of CEQA and state and federal permits.

· Proven ability to manage project budgets (between $500,000-$1,500,000).

· Specific experience and relationships in northern California are preferred. 

· Experience managing instream habitat large wood installation projects is strongly preferred.

· Demonstrated commitment to river and fisheries conservation needed, obsession with fish or fishing happily accepted, and knowledge of TU preferred.

· Willingness to travel to California coastal areas and to the TU California Headquarters in Emeryville. Valid California driver’s license and own vehicle required.

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 $53,000-66,000 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.


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