NW Cascades Restoration Project Manager

Trout Unlimited

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $60,000 – $65,000 DOE
Deadline Nov 04, 2022
Required Experience 2 – 6 years


Trout Unlimited (TU) takes care of the rivers and clean water that trout, salmon and communities around the country depend on. We believe the most complex and seemingly insurmountable challenges can be solved when people come together and get to work. 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, making our water resources more resilient to climate change. We want to make sure healthy rivers and fisheries are available for all people to use and enjoy.

TU is a national organization with 300,000 members and supporters organized into over 400 chapters and councils nationwide. Our dedicated grassroots volunteers are matched by a respected staff of project managers, organizers, lawyers, policy experts, and scientists who work out of more than 45 offices across the country. In Washington State, TU has a full-time staff of 14 people working across the state in a highly collaborative environment, with a diversity of partners including landowners, Tribes, state and federal resource management agencies, private and public funders, and other NGO’s.


This position is a new and exciting opportunity to implement habitat restoration projects that improve native fish habitat in Washington’s Cascade Mountains on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (MBSNF). To begin, this project manager will work closely with the Forest Service and a diverse group of federal, tribal, state, and local partners within the Snoquera Landscape (White River and Green River watersheds) to take projects from start to finish: developing project opportunities, obtaining project funding, and managing project implementation. Many of the initial projects on the work plan for this project manager will target fish passage improvement, floodplain restoration, restoration feasibility, and riparian habitat enhancement.

TU has secured two years of funding for this position. The successful applicant will work with TU staff and stakeholders to secure additional funding for project activities and to cover core operational costs to sustain the program in future years.

The location for this position is flexible within the central/south Puget Sound region, including a work-from-home option. The Project Manager will be required to travel frequently to project sites within the MBSNF and to partner meetings throughout the region. 


In summary, this position will work closely with TU staff, MBSNF staff, and other partners to develop and implement habitat restoration and reconnection projects on the MBSNF, beginning with the White and Green River watersheds (Snoquera Landscape).

Specifically, this position will:

  • Manage on-the-ground restoration/reconnection projects, including project planning, permitting, implementation, and monitoring.
  • Build and maintain relationships with project partners and stakeholders to collaboratively implement projects.
  • Work with local/regional partners and TU staff to fundraise for both program and project support, including identifying potential funding sources, drafting grant proposals, and developing relationships with funders.
  • Perform administrative duties including contracting, grant reporting, invoicing, and budget management.
  • Collaborate with MBSNF on key presentations to potential partners/stakeholders to communicate the importance of watershed-scale restoration.
  • Coordinate with TU staff and TU members to support science-based advocacy for salmon and steelhead conservation, as needed.
  • Attend Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 9 (Puyallup/White) and 10 (Duwamish/Green) salmon recovery lead entity meetings to coordinate with implementation partners and agency staff.
  • Participate in WA TU Council meetings, and periodically participate in chapter meetings.
  • Execute media work, including writing content for TU’s social media platforms and coordinating with partner organizations.


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 salary range is $60,000 to $65,000 annually.

At TU, we value diversity, 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 https://www.tu.org/equity/.


  • Bachelors or advanced degree.
  • At least 5 years of experience working in the field of natural resource management, fish conservation, and/or aquatic habitat restoration.
  • Experience with river restoration principles, methods, and practices, including understanding engineering design/construction concepts; restoration project construction and management desired.
  • Experience with project permitting related to aquatic restoration projects and in-water work (i.e., federal and state permits).
  • Budget management experience.
  • Understanding of natural resource management issues relevant to the conservation of trout and salmon and their habitats in Washington State.
  • Demonstrable success working with diverse stakeholders and building partnerships.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to problem-solve and think creatively.
  • Ability and willingness to travel throughout the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and occasionally beyond for staff meetings, conferences, etc.
  • Valid driver’s license and own vehicle.
  • Experience using MS Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Please provide a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and list of three references to Trout Unlimited via our online job application system. We will begin reviewing applications on November 4, 2022. The position will be open until filled.


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