Tillamook-Nestucca Salmon SuperHwy Project Coordinator

About The Salmon SuperHwy

The Tillamook-Nestucca Salmon SuperHwy project is a collaborative effort to restore access for fish to almost 180 miles of blocked habitat throughout six major salmon and steelhead rivers on Oregon's North Coast. Created and maintained through a unique community partnership, the project aims to repair or replace more than 90 barrier culverts, small dams and tidegates using a strategic approach that provides the highest conservation return on each dollar invested. Completion of these actions will reconnect historical habitat, reduce chronic flooding, improve recreation opportunities and stimulate the local economy.

About Trout Unlimited

Trout Unlimited (TU) is a national conservation organization with a mission to conserve, protect and restore North America's cold-water fisheries and their watersheds. From the beginning, TU has been guided by a principle grounded in science: if we "take care of the fish, then the fishing will take care of itself." With more than155,000 volunteers organized into ~400 chapters nationwide, this dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of organizers, lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of more than 30 offices across the country.

Position Summary

TU is hiring a self-motivated and highly capable person to coordinate the Salmon SuperHwy partnership, facilitate partnership activities and habitat reconnection projects, and develop and execute outreach and fundraising campaigns.

This is an exciting opportunity to join TU and coordinate an innovative partnership charged with reconnecting habitat for salmon and trout and improving flood resiliency for local communities on Oregon's North Coast. The successful applicant will use his/her talents to support local partners in the development and implementation of on-the-ground projects to reconnect rivers for fish and improve transportation infrastructure for people.

The Project Manager will be located in the Tillamook-Nestucca area, and will be required to travel occasionally throughout western Oregon and to conferences outside the state. This is a full-time position and regularly requires evening and weekend hours.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work closely with local stakeholders to develop, fund and implement fish passage restoration projects.
  • Develop volunteer opportunities, in close coordination with local partners and the Oregon Council of TU, including direct project engagement and citizen science initiatives, as appropriate.
  • Fundraise for both program and project support, including identifying potential funding sources, writing grant proposals, and developing relationships with funders.
  • Develop and implement monitoring plans to track SSH progress.
  • Perform administrative duties including contracting, grant reporting, invoicing and budget management.
  • Expand outreach to local businesses and non-traditional partners.
  • Organize and facilitate Salmon SuperHwy partnership meetings.
  • Maintain/update Tillamook-Nestucca fish passage barrier database (APASS).
  • Develop and organize Salmon SuperHwy outreach events like volunteer workdays, tabling at community events, etc.
  • Assist partners with grant writing, permitting, contracting and other project implementation elements as needed.


  • Five years professional experience or advanced degree equivalent in natural resource management, with an emphasis on restoration/conservation project management.
  • Bachelor's degree required; graduate degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated performance in grant writing and other fundraising activities.
  • Experience in fisheries, aquatic ecology or fluvial geomorphology a plus.
  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to work constructively with diverse partners and private landowners.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are required.
  • Previous experience with media and outreach helpful.
  • Excellent creative problem solving abilities required.
  • Ability to work independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside TU.
  • Ability to manage complex projects.
  • Willingness to travel within the region as necessary.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and GIS software strongly preferred.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • High energy and a passion for protecting and restoring trout and salmon and their watersheds.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume with a letter of interest describing how you meet the qualifications and three professional references to David Stillwell at dstillwell@tu.org. No phone calls please.

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm (PDT) on Monday, May 1, 2017. TU staff will contact qualified applicants during the 2nd week of May.

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

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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