California Streamflow Project Coordinator

About Trout Unlimited

Trout Unlimited (TU) is North America's leading coldwater fisheries conservation organization, dedicated to the conservation, protection and restoration of trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds. The organization has about 300,000 members and supporters organized into over 400 chapters and councils across the United States, including 10,000 members in California. TU's vision is that, by the next generation, trout and salmon will be restored throughout their native range so that our children can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters. To accomplish this vision, TU works to protect, reconnect, and restore fish populations and their habitat, and to sustain this work by building a diverse movement of businesses, people, and communities dedicated to our mission.

Position Summary

Trout Unlimited is seeking a qualified individual to help TU implement on-the-ground construction projects to restore and enhance habitat for native fish populations in California, specifically salmon and steelhead. The individual will work with the California Water Project Attorney and other staff to coordinate and manage construction projects, primarily in northern and central California. While the initial job focus will be construction management, the ideal candidate will have sufficient familiarity with fisheries, land and water management, and landowner relations to ultimately assume responsibility for developing and assessing potential projects as well.

Projects will include a range of habitat improvement measures, including construction of storage tanks and offstream ponds on agricultural and residential properties to reduce dry season diversion, modifying diversion structures to improve fish passage and/ or water management, installing fish screens at diversions, installing irrigation efficiency improvements, and instream placement of large woody structures and other habitat improvements, removal of small dams, concrete fords or aprons and construction of small private bridges for agricultural equipment or cars. Construction and design tasks are performed by subcontractors, typically hired with funds from public grant programs. The size of projects varies widely, from individual residential water tank systems with a budget of less than $100,000, to bridge and diversion replacement projects with a budget of $2 million or more. Projects will be located primarily in coastal watersheds from San Luis Obispo County in the south to Humboldt County in the north, with possible expansion to inland counties in the next few years.

The California Streamflow Project Coordinator will report to the California Water Project Attorney for the coastal area, based in the Emeryville office. Depending on the growth of our project portfolio, he or she will likely work with project management staff based in Carmel and Fort Bragg as well.

Duties and Responsibilities

Manage the implementation of individual restoration projects. This will include:

  • Selecting and managing subcontractors, including bid packages where required;
  • Managing project budgets;
  • Coordinating or securing project permitting;
  • Maintaining positive and productive relationships with funders, agency and private partners during implementation/construction;
  • Coordinating individual landowner and project partner participation in projects during implementation phase;
  • Organizing stakeholder involvement and outreach meetings during implementation phase;
  • Completing individual restoration projects in a timely and successful manner;
  • Creating and processing project expenses and invoices (internal and external);
  • Providing documentation for final grant reports

Assist other project management staff (California Water Project Attorney, Central Coast Steelhead Coordinator, Stewardship Coordinator, North Coast Coho Project Manager) in identifying and developing new projects. This may include:

  • Identifying and scoping potential project sites;
  • Initiating landowner discussions;
  • Initially assessing the feasibility of projects based on cost, ease of implementation, and potential fishery benefits.
  • Developing project budgets;
  • Assisting with the review of conceptual and final project designs;
  • Provide support for fundraising, including applications to public and private grant programs and other funding sources;
  • Assist with grant reporting.
  • Assisting with internal and external communications about projects


  • Proven experience managing project implementation, specifically managing subcontractors, reviewing designs, budgeting, and construction permitting.
  • Ability to work constructively with a wide range of potential partners.
  • Willingness to travel to California coastal areas and to the TU California Headquarters in Emeryville. Valid California driver's license and own vehicle required.
  • Motivated, enterprising personality.
  • Must be able to work independently often in remote settings
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Familiarity with natural resource management and fisheries science is a plus
  • Demonstrated commitment to river and fisheries conservation needed, obsession with fish or fishing happily accepted, and knowledge of TU preferred.
  • Bachelor's degree.

Location and Compensation

We expect the position to be located in our California headquarters in Emeryville. Other locations may be considered. Compensation will be in the range of $50,000 - $55,000 per year, plus benefits. We currently have funding to cover the position for two years.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, references, and a writing sample by email to:
Matt Clifford, California Water Project Attorney, at
Include "California Streamflow Project Coordinator" in the subject line.

No phone inquiries, please. Applications will be accepted until at least February 3, 2017, and the position will remain open until filled.

This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties. The responsibilities, tasks, and duties of the employee might differ from those outlined in the job description and that other duties, as assigned, might be part of the job. Relocation assistance is not included.

Please fill out this voluntary form and submit it as an attachment to this email address.

TU is an Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action Employer pursuant to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act & Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistant Act.

TU hires staff without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.


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