Bighorn Basin Project Manager, Trout Unlimited

Cody, WY

Position Title: Bighorn Basin Project Manager

Organization: Trout Unlimited

Locations: Cody, WY

Organization Overview: Trout Unlimited (TU) brings together diverse interests to care for and recover the rivers and streams on which everyone depend on.  Currently, a national organization with 300,000 members and supporters organized into over 400 chapters and councils nationwide and dedicated grassroots volunteers who are matched by a respected staff of organizers, lawyers, policy experts, and scientists, who work out of more than 45 offices across the country.

Position Overview: This position is an exciting opportunity for a self-motivated, highly-capable person with a diverse skill set to advance TU’s conservation and planning efforts in the Bighorn Basin in NW Wyoming.  The Bighorn Basin Project Manager identifies and implements projects to improve fish passage, rehabilitate or replace aging irrigation infrastructure to accommodate fish movement, restore stream and riparian habitat, and improve streamflows and water quality in the Bighorn River Basin in Wyoming.

This is a cost share position with the USFS with approximately 50% of time spent on projects located on or adjacent to USFS lands. 

This work will require an individual who is action and solution-oriented, works well with diverse stakeholders and personalities, and can build a program from the ground-up. Candidates for this position will need to demonstrate strong project management skills and follow-through, community outreach experience, and experience related to river restoration, hydrology, aquatic ecology, working agriculture, and partnership-building. 

The position also participates in youth education programs, primarily through TU’s Adopt a Trout Program, with local school districts. The position is based in Cody, WY.


  • Work with the US Forest Service to prioritize and implement projects in the Shoshone and Bighorn National Forests.
  • Work closely with state and other federal agencies to implement projects and collect field data for project development and monitoring.
  • Work closely with the East Yellowstone Chapter of Trout Unlimited to coordinate project, fundraising, and volunteer efforts.
  • Maintain and strengthen existing partnerships with landowners and nonprofit organizations in the Bighorn Basin.
  • Work with Trout Unlimited staff and volunteers on fundraising, including identifying potential funding sources, drafting grant proposals, and developing relationships with funders.
  • Develop and implement curriculum with the Wyoming Council of Trout Unlimited for local youth education efforts.
  • On-the-ground project oversight and monitoring.
  • Office administration including grant reporting, invoicing and tracking project budgets.
  • Manage an average annual budget of $500,000 – $1,000,000.
  • Non-supervisory position.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Professional experience in fisheries, natural resource management and/or restoration/conservation project management.
  • Demonstrated performance in grant writing and other fundraising activities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with multiple and diverse partners in a highly collaborative and inclusive manner, even on contentious issues.
  • Demonstrated performance in grant writing and other fundraising activities.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience with communications, outreach and volunteer engagement. 
  • Good organizational and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to work independently while managing complex projects. The job requires the ability to prioritize workload, to be highly motivated and self-directed.
  • Knowledge of the region and watersheds a plus. 
  • Ability and willingness to travel; valid driver’s license and own vehicle required. 
  • Passion for trout and salmon and the places they live.

Salary/Pay: Staff and leadership at TU understand that life outside of work is important to personal health, and they strive to create a healthy and family-friendly atmosphere. This is a full-time position with a generous benefits package. The salary range is $50,000 – $60,000. They are committed to building space for all people to participate in the work to care for trout and salmon and clean shared waters. They are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and welcome you to read more about TU’s equity practice and values.

How to Apply: Please upload a resume and cover letter describing your interest in working for TU using TU’s Paylocity application system.