Yampa-White Project Coordinator


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 than 155,000 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.


TU's Western Water and Habitat Program seeks a Project Coordinator to plan and implement on-the-ground projects that conserve and improve trout habitat in the Yampa River and White River basins in northwest Colorado. The Coordinator will be a TU employee, and for at least two years, work in a cost-share, partnership position with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The Coordinator's work plan will be jointly developed by TU and NRCS, and the Coordinator will assist both TU and NRCS staff. Projects will include efforts to improve irrigation infrastructure and stream flow, remove fish passage obstacles, and restore instream and riparian habitat. The Coordinator will be located in Steamboat Springs, CO. Continuation of the position beyond two years depends on the availability of funding.


The Coordinator will work closely with water users, private land owners, agency staff, and personnel from other non-profit organizations. Primary responsibilities will be to:

  • Develop relationships with the agricultural community and agency staff.
  • Assist private landowners with enrollment in Farm Bill assistance programs.
  • Plan and oversee projects.
  • Raise funds, as necessary, to implement projects.
  • Manage grant application and reporting requirements.
  • Identify opportunities and make recommendations for acquisition or appropriation of instream flow water rights.
  • Monitor project effectiveness.

Other responsibilities may include:

  • Working with agency staff and water providers to advocate for fish-friendly water management.
  • Sitting on technical advisory committees.
  • Completing other appropriate tasks as needed.


  • An advanced degree in biology, ecology, hydrology, engineering, or another related field.
  • Work experience and skills in aquatic ecology/biology.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of irrigation systems and experience working with irrigators.
  • The ability to secure grants and manage project budgets.
  • Practical problem-solving skills and a proven track record of attaining goals.
  • Ability to work with experts on, hydrologic modeling, water rights engineering, GIS mapping, instream flow quantification methodologies, biological sampling, and data analyses.
  • Willingness to travel locally.
  • Passion for the outdoors and TU's mission is essential. Fly fishing is a plus.


Please submit a cover letter, CV, writing sample, and list of three professional references to Brian Hodge at bhodge@tu.org. Include the words "Yampa-White Coordinator" in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted until May 31 or until the position is filled.

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

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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.