Senior Scientist

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 a Senior Scientist to oversee the organization's Science Team and to ensure that the organization's policies and practices are based on the best available science. The incumbent reports directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer. The location of the position is negotiable, but could include Arlington, Virginia, the home office of the organization, or Boise, Idaho, the home office of many Trout Unlimited science staff, or potentially another location.

Trout Unlimited has an impressive cadre of professional staff who work in offices across the nation on policy, outreach, and restoration initiatives. Trout Unlimited also has a staff of more than 25 scientists spread across the organization. Approximately 12 of these staff directly report to the Senior Scientist, and form the Science Team. The Science Team provides technical guidance to the restoration, policy and conservation activities of the organization, and coordinates with a larger group of scientists within and outside of Trout Unlimited. Trout Unlimited partners with state and federal agencies to develop and use cutting edge scientific information to conserve coldwater fisheries across the country. The incumbent is responsible for maintaining a very strong profile of science in our organization and for maintaining a team to help deliver science products and technical assistance to our organization, and our partners.

Excellent communication skills are required, including the ability to distill complex scientific information into terms that Trout Unlimited's staff, members, and the general angling community can readily understand. This is particularly important as citizen, or angler-science, is a priority for the organization. The incumbent must have a strong track record and communication skills within the academic community. The ability to lead a diverse team of scientists and support personnel is critical. In addition to the topics above, areas of emphasis for the Science Team include encouraging communication of the organization's science activities both through peer reviewed literature and communications to our members and supporters.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide science leadership to the organization
  • Provide science program direction and coordination
  • Develop and execute science program budgets
  • Coordinate with Senior Staff
  • Coordinate with fisheries program staff in federal and state agencies
  • Supervise staff
  • Provide technical support
  • Maintain a personal reputation as a highly published scientist and well-respected expert on coldwater fish conservation and management


  • A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral level degree in fisheries, conservation biology, or related field plus at least five years of relevant experience in fisheries/restoration
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge and experience in trout and salmon biology
  • Knowledge and experience in restoration ecology
  • Demonstrate publication and science communication skills
  • Demonstrate ability in written and oral communication
  • Demonstrate ability to lead complex scientific investigations
  • Knowledge of federal land management agencies and laws governing public land management
  • Passion for trout and salmon and the places they live
  • Love of fly-fishing a plus

Significant amounts of travel and occasional fieldwork are required. The incumbent is expected to continue existing projects and develop proposals for future work that will ensure continued funding for the Science Team. Salary and benefits are competitive.

How to Apply

Please send a letter of interest and resume to Vivie Yen at

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 hires staff without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.


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