Instream Flow and Water Policy Specialist- Trout Unlimited

Job Type(s): Communications, Programs / Services
Salary: $50000 – $58000
Deadline: February 10, 2019 12:00 am
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TU staffers occupy unique and diverse positions, requiring self-motivated and highly capable people to identify, plan, and implement instream flow conservation projects and assist project managers in addressing water rights aspects of fish passage and stream restoration projects to primarily benefit aquatic resources and fish populations in the Clark Fork watersheds and across Montana. The Specialist will work closely with Montana Water and Habitat Program attorneys and project managers, local watershed groups, and agricultural communities to seek opportunities to reconnect and restore instream flows on priority tributaries within public and private lands and coordinate with resource agency staff to navigate and improve water policy. The Specialist must possess experience with instream flow project development and implementation, water right transactions, water right administrative policy and processes, and a familiarity and willingness to work in tandem with experts in stream restoration, fish passage, and mine reclamation.

A significant focus will be placed upon building and maintaining partnerships with the Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program, the Montana Natural Resource Damage Program, and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. Good oral and written communication skills are required. In addition, the successful applicant will be expected to seek out and obtain grant funding along with team members to support project work and core operational costs. Permanent location is somewhat negotiable, but the Instream Flow Specialist will be required to work closely with TU’s Helena-based senior staff for a six-month training period. The position will be supervised out of Trout Unlimited’s office in Bozeman, MT. This position will require frequent local travel for field work.