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Beaver Dam Analog Restoration Program Director

Trout Unlimited, Inc.
Wenatchee, Washington, US
Closing date
Sep 23, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Informatics / GIS
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Full time
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TU is hiring a motivated and highly capable person to manage and implement TUs Beaver and BDA restoration efforts in the Upper Columbia Region with primary geographies in Chelan and Douglas Counties. A successful candidate will conduct work professionally and effectively, be flexible and innovative with program activities, serve as a public representative for TU, and maintain excellent working relationships with staff and project partners. The primary duty station will be the TU field office in Wenatchee, WA. Seasonal field activities are based at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery in Leavenworth, WA.

  • Experience in safely trapping, handling, conducting biological workups, and releasing beavers.
  • Secure and manage grants and permits to support program activities.
  • Hire and manage staff that help to carry out field activities.
  • Collect pre- and post-restoration data to inform project site select and evaluate effectiveness.
  • Work with agency biologists and landowners to conceptualize, develop, and implement beaver relocation, beaver dam analog, and other low-tech restoration projects.
  • Conduct public outreach and landowner assistance related to program activities, beaver ecology, and nuisance management strategies.
  • Maintain acclimation facility and field equipment, including beaver holding area, beaver traps, motion-sense remote cameras, GPS, and other gear/materials.
  • Prepare grant and permit reports summarizing activities, deliverables, and regulatory compliance.
  • This position will work collaboratively with US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service and other entities to plan and implement program activities.

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

  • College degree in fisheries, wildlife, water resources, natural resources and 3-5 years experience conducting restoration activities
  • Experience with data collection/analysis and technical writing
  • Experience communicating with resource professionals and the general public required
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and ESRI ArcGIS required.
  • Ability to think quickly and creatively in response to unanticipated challenges.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail required.
  • Must be comfortable working long hours in remote settings and under difficult conditions.
  • Must be able to use GPS and mapping tools to navigate and develop project sites
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Must have a valid drivers license; and obtain Washington State drivers license within first year of employment.
  • Must complete Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife beaver relocation certification training within first year of employment.
  • Overnight travel will be infrequent but may be required for training or job task purposes.

  • Experience managing natural resource projects/programs strongly preferred
  • Experience writing grants and managing budgets
  • Passion for outdoor recreation
  • Knowledge of landscapes, communities, and ways of life in North Central Washington


Please provide a resume (no more than 2 pages and not a C.V.), a cover letter (no longer than

1.5 pages), a writing sample that represents your professional skills, and the names and contact information for three references to Trout Unlimited via our online job application system. We will begin reviewing applications on September 1, 2022. The position is open until filled.

Staff and leadership at TU understand that life outside of work is important to personal health, and we strive to create a healthy and family-friendly atmosphere. This is a full-time position with a generous benefits package. The salary range is $60,000-$70,000.

At TU, we value a diverse representation of staff, and we actively seek candidates for this position who come from communities that have been historically under-represented in conservation and those who have been most impacted by degraded rivers and streams. We are committed to building space for all people to participate in our work to care for trout and salmon and clean our shared waters.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and welcome you to read more about TUs equity practice and values
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