Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Conservation Project Director

About Trout Unlimited

Trout Unlimited is a national organization with about 300,000 members and supporters organized into over 400 chapters and councils nationwide. These dedicated grassroots volunteers are matched by a respected staff of organizers, lawyers, policy experts, and scientists, who work out of more than 40 offices across the country. Our mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America's cold-water fisheries and their watersheds.

Position Summary

Trout Unlimited is seeking to hire an experienced advocate/manager to oversee the organization's sportsmen-driven advocacy in Washington and Oregon and to manage the Wild Steelhead Initiative ( The incumbent will report directly to the Sportsmen's Conservation Project Director (SCP), and also will work closely with the Vice President for Western Conservation on the Wild Steelhead Initiative. The Pacific Northwest Director must have a diverse skill set and a range of experience to effectively execute his/her varied responsibilities, which are listed below. The position will be located in western Washington or Oregon.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supervision of SCP staff in WA and OR
  • Budget development and management
  • Campaign development and oversight
  • Strategic planning for, and day-to-day management of, the Wild Steelhead Initiative
  • Policy analysis and advocacy
  • Content production for Wild Steelheaders Initiative communications channels
  • Coordinate with Trout Unlimited’s Western Water and Habitat Program staff in WA and OR
  • With assistance of Pacific Northwest Volunteer Coordinator, inform and engage Trout Unlimited’s WA and OR councils and chapters
  • Build and maintain relationships with key external partners and decision-makers
  • Assist Trout Unlimited Development staff, SCP Director and VP for Western Conservation with fundraising, including identifying and meeting with prospective supporters and writing grant proposals and reports
  • Assist SCP Director with overall program management


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required, advanced degree in relevant discipline preferred
  • Minimum of five years of policy analysis and advocacy experience related to public lands and fish and wildlife management
  • Significant experience with, and knowledge of, steelhead management, steelhead fisheries and the political context in which they need to be addressed
  • Knowledge of steelhead biology and ecology
  • Staff supervision experience
  • Experience and demonstrated success managing teams
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Experience engaging and working effectively with volunteers
  • Experience working with rural communities on conservation matters
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strategic planning skills and experience
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability and willingness to travel often within OR and WA and occasionally beyond
  • Social and traditional media experience preferred
  • Passion for the outdoors and Trout Unlimited's mission is essential
  • Experienced steelhead angler preferred

How to Apply

Please send a letter of interest and resume to Katie Becker at by July 21, 2017.

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 is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates in this search. TU hires staff without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.


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