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Assistant Project Manager, North Coast Program

California Trout
Arcata, California, US
Closing date
Jan 20, 2022

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Aquarium / Zoo / Botanical garden
Informatics / GIS
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Position Summary: California Trout seeks to employ an Assistant Project Manager in the field of natural resource management to support program staff in managing the daily activities of restoration projects and initiatives in the North Coast region. Working in CalTrout's Arcata office, the Assistant Project Manager will join a highly dedicated team committed to the restoration and conservation of riverine and estuarine ecosystems and the recovery of native salmonid populations in the region. This position offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to project development and implementation, build strong partnerships with Tribes, resource agency staff in federal, state, and other organizations, as well as with private landowners and the general public.

California Trout ( CalTrout) is a highly recognized, effective and financially strong conservation-based non-profit headquartered in San Francisco. For 50 years, CalTrout has championed a remarkable number of initiatives focused on ensuring healthy waters and resilient wild fish for a better California. CalTrout has six conservation offices around the state and works closely with several universities to apply "the best of science" to direct conservation projects and influence statewide policy. Our regionally based offices partner with local communities to form strong collaborative partnerships. Our work ensures a viable and healthy future for wild fish, and people, given the looming threats of global warming, population growth, and increasing development. CalTrout is backed by a passionate Board along with highly committed donors and a strong membership base.

The Assistant Project Manager will contribute to a range of project activities, including proposal development and submittal; grant management and administration; budgeting, budget tracking, development of progress reports, and timely processing of invoices; assisting with managing subcontractors, project deliverables, and timelines; providing technical and administrative support to the project managers; and participate in communications among CalTrout's North Coast team, across our organization, and with our project partners.


The Assistant Project Manager should demonstrate a competence and dedication to CalTrout's mission, initiatives, and conservation issues. This primarily includes watershed and fisheries habitat restoration and conservation, recovery and protection of endangered species, and protection of water resources and their beneficial uses. This role requires an understanding of resource management, resource agencies and their mandates, and regulatory compliance for project implementation. The Assistant Project Manager is expected to relate well with others, and use good time-management and task prioritization skills to ensure that duties and responsibilities are carried out in an efficient manner and that policies and procedures are followed.

Education, Skills, and Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in biology, hydrology, geology, fisheries, botany, watershed management, environmental science/engineering, or closely related field.
  • Work experience with field data collection, planning and coordinating scientific data collection and analysis, interpretation of data, and report preparation to meet project scopes and objectives, timelines, and explicit deliverables, and within restricted budgets.
  • Solid written and oral communication skills essential. Examples of written work will be requested.
  • Ability to work with a range of computer software essential, including Office, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Sharepoint, Adobe, Zoom, and entry of proposals into online portals.
  • Computer file management, organizational and time management skills.
  • Experience with program and project scheduling (e.g., developing gantt charts); development of meeting agendas, meeting coordination and facilitation.
  • The following skills and/or areas of expertise are useful: GIS competency (we use ArcPro 2.8 and ArcGIS Desktop 10.8.); an understanding of hydraulic modeling and engineering design process; regulatory compliance (CEQA and permitting); field equipment such as water quality meters, drone imagery and software. Please specify any areas of expertise.


California Trout offers competitive compensation commensurate with experience; health benefits (medical, dental, and vision), retirement plan with matching, generous holidays and vacation benefits.

California Trout is an Equal Opportunity Employer : Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects CalTrout's mission is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.
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