Job posting: Project manager for Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative

Trout Unlimited wants to hire someone to make things happen on the Rogue River!

Trout Unlimited (TU) is North America’s leading coldwater fisheries conservation organization, conserving, protecting and restoring rivers and watersheds for trout and salmon. TU’s Home Rivers Initiative program was created in 1996 to perform collaborative, science-based watershed-scale restoration on coldwater rivers. To date, more than 20 Home Rivers projects have been initiated or completed across the country.

The Rogue River in western Michigan is the site of TU’s newest Home Rivers Initiative project. It is a short drive north of Grand Rapids, Michigan and is an extremely important trout fishery in southern Michigan. Lying in the urban shadow of one of the fastest growing areas in Michigan the related pressures from growth and development present challenges. TU will work with partners in the watershed to 1) improve habitat and water quality through restoration projects, 2) build support among local communities and promote protective municipal policies, 3) engage anglers, children, and community volunteers in monitoring, education, and other river events; and 4) fill key information gaps to guide future management and restoration.

Managers for Home Rivers Initiative projects hold unique and diverse positions. The shortest description of the job is to “make things happen.” In that capacity project managers act as ambassadors for the fishery and river and coalition builders working with the many parties to plan and implement project activities. They must be entrepreneurial, organized, and problem-solvers to implement a wide variety of program components. The principle duties of the project managers are to collaborate with partner organizations and communities on project direction and implementation, develop and manage restoration and protection projects, coordinate media outreach and trainings, and seek additional funding to implement various on-the-ground efforts.

The Project Manager reports directly to the Watershed Programs Director but will also be expected to work closely with local TU chapter and state council volunteers on project implementation. This is a full-time position and TU offers excellent benefits and a flexible collegial work environment.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience required, Master’s degree a plus.
  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to work constructively with a wide range of partners.
  • Prior experience with local communities, especially municipal governments and leaders, useful but not mandatory.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Previous experience with media, outreach, or education helpful.
  • Interest or background in watershed management, environmental studies, land use planning or natural resource management.
  • Good organizational and problem solving abilities.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative to coordinate among numerous partners.
  • Willingness to travel within the region as necessary.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office computer programs.

To apply, email a resume, letter of interest and references to [email protected] by July 2, 2010.

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