TITLE: Jefferson River Watershed Project Manager

REPORTS TO: MontanaTrout Unlimited Executive Director



Trout Unlimited Project Managers hold unique and diverse positions depending on the needs and opportunities in different watersheds. In short, people in these positions “make things happen on the ground.”  In that spirit, we are hiring a self-motivated and highly capable person to identify, plan, and implement water conservation, fish passage, and stream restoration projects to benefit aquatic resources and fish populations in the Jefferson River watershed. The Project Manager will work closely with local agricultural communities to seek opportunities to reconnect coldwater sources to mainstem rivers and restore coldwater habitat on private lands, as well as coordinate with agency land managers to conduct similar work on public lands. The Project Manager will be responsible for all aspects of this work. In addition to working with private landowners and agency staff, this position will also engage other TU staff, TU chapter volunteers and chapters, and partner organizations working in the watershed. Experience with stream restoration, contractor oversight, and hydrology are key qualifications. Excellent interpersonal skills and communications –verbal and written – are a must.

A significant focus will be placed upon partnership-building with the Chuck Robbins Chapter of TU (Dillon, MT) and the George Grant Chapter of TU (Butte, MT), as well as local land trusts, conservation districts, state and federal agencies, landowners, watershed groups, and other non-profit organizations. In addition, the successful applicant will be expected to seek out, apply for, and obtain funding to support project work and core operational costs. The Project Manager will work closely with other TU Project Managers in the state to obtain experience and coordinate efforts. Ideally the successful candidate will live and work out of an office in Dillon, MT or the surrounding area. This position will require frequent local travel for field work.


  • Engage landowners, agencies, TU chapters and other stakeholders to prioritize projects, develop partnerships, and initiate restoration or instream flow planning activities
  • Develop and implement streamflow, habitat, and fish passage restoration projects and monitoring plans.
  • Coordinate with state and federal agencies and other TU staff to collect field data for project development and post-project monitoring
  • Work both independently and in partnership with other TU staff on fundraising, including identifying potential funding sources, drafting grant proposals, and developing relationships with funders to sustain the program budget.
  • Supervise interns and/or seasonal field technicians.
  • Perform basic administration duties including grant reporting, invoicing, and tracking project budgets.
  • Present project work and progress to chapter membership/meetings and/or at statewide TU meetings.
  • Attend and report work at quarterly MTU meetings, as well as attend numerous annual chapter functions/gatherings.

This is not an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities


  • Bachelor’s degree in water resource related field (e.g. hydrology, fisheries, engineering, etc.) required; graduate degree preferred.
  • Prefer two years of professional experience in natural resource project management.
  • Experience with irrigation design and water conservation, fish passage improvements, and stream restoration preferred.
  • Construction experience, including working with and supervising contractors preferred
  • Experience in fisheries, water quality, and/or water quantity restoration.
  • Demonstrated performance in grant writing and other fundraising activities.
  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to work constructively with diverse partners, community stakeholders and private landowners.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required.
  • Experience with media relations and public outreach helpful.
  • Good organizational and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to work independently while managing complex projects.
  • Willingness to travel within the region as necessary.
  • Ability to provide own transportation required, mileage reimbursed.
  • Passion for protecting and restoring trout streams and their watersheds!
  • Knowledge of the Jefferson River watershed a big plus!

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

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