Steam Restoration Specialist

May 3, 2023


My organization is looking to hire a Stream Restoration Specialist for our Southern Appalachians program. This position will be focused on design and implementation of aquatic habitat projects such as road-stream crossing replacements, sediment reduction and stream channel restoration. The full job posting and information on how to apply can be found here.

ApplySouthern Appalachians Stream Restoration Specialist
Fully Remote • Asheville, NCDescription

This position requires education and experience in ecological and/or civil engineering.

Trout Unlimited is a national organization with 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 45 offices across the country.  Our mission is to bring together diverse interests to care for and recover rivers and streams, so our children can experience the joy of wild and native trout and salmon. 

Position Summary

 The Southern Appalachians Stream Restoration Specialist will be responsible for survey and design of aquatic habitat projects on and adjacent to National Forest Service lands in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Project types include, but are not limited to aquatic organism passage, sediment reduction, water quality improvement, stream channel restoration, habitat improvement and improved flood resiliency. Duties also include environmental compliance assistance, project management assistance and construction oversight. This position works in collaboration with Project Managers and reports to the Mid-Atlantic & Southern Appalachians Conservation Director. 

Ideally the candidate would be centrally-located in the region (near Asheville, NC). However, other locations within TU’s Southern Appalachians region (mountains of GA, NC, SC or TN) will be considered for the right candidate. Day trips and overnight travel to job sites is required.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assess or direct the assessment of project sites using various geomorphic and habitat survey techniques and standard surveyors’ equipment.
  • Develop hydrologic and hydraulic models for basis of design.
  • Develop base maps of existing conditions and proposed restoration design plans in AutoCAD for project construction.
  • Prepare design plans, cost estimates, and specifications for aquatic habitat restoration projects.
  • Assist with permitting and collection of pre-and post-construction data for monitoring of projects. 
  • Provide construction oversight for project implementation.
  • Implement multiple restoration projects simultaneously on and adjacent to National Forest land.
  • This position is a non-supervisory position.

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

  • B.S. in geology, physical geography, fluvial geomorphology, hydrologic engineering, civil engineering, biological systems engineering or similar with applied experience is required.
  • Experience with the development and applications of hydrologic and hydraulic computer models using HEC-RAS for state and federal permit requirements related to culvert replacements and in-stream habitat restoration. 
  • Expertise in channel design, stream simulation design, large wood addition techniques,.
  • Experience in construction document development using computer aided design software such as AutoCAD Civil3D.
  • A working knowledge of sediment transport principles and general landform processes related to riverine systems.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders including federal and state agencies, farmers, biologists, geologists, engineers, and other landowners.
  • Strong organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Self-motivated with excellent time-management skills and ability to manage multiple deadlines simultaneously.
  • Ability and willingness to travel within the Southern Appalachians region. Valid driver’s license required.
  • Passion for protecting and restoring trout populations and their watersheds.

Desired Qualifications

  • P.E. or M.S. in fluvial geomorphology, geology, hydrologic engineering, civil engineering or biological systems engineering..
  • Experience with ESRI GIS software and Rivermorph.
  • Experience with project permitting, and supervision of multiphase stream restoration projects.

Work may at times be physically demanding. May require walking and maintaining balance on slippery surfaces and sloping, highly uneven stream banks, and in conditions of moderate streamflow; may require lifting, pulling, pushing, and carrying of field equipment over long distances. The position will also require day travel to remote areas.

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 an anticipated salary range of $60,000 – $80,000, commensurate with experience, and includes a generous benefits package.

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 TU’s equity practice and values.

How to Apply

Please upload a resume and cover letter using TU’s Paylocity application system linked below.Salary Description$60,000 – $80,000