Habitat Restoration Project Manager

Downeast Salmon Federation

Opening posted: 05/02/2024 | Expires: 05/31/2024

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Under the supervision of the Downeast Salmon Federation, the Project Manager will implement a

work plan developed by three project partners collaborating on the conservation and restoration of

coastal rivers, streams, and salt marshes in eastern Maine: Downeast Salmon Federation, Maine

Coast Heritage Trust, and The Nature Conservancy.

The ideal candidate is a biologist/ecologist with strong community outreach and communication

skills. She or he will possess a good understanding of diadromous fish and salt marsh ecology,

conservation, and restoration in the region, as well as experience working collaboratively with

communities, NGO’s, the private sector, municipalities, and state and federal agencies. Experience

managing multiple projects is preferred.



● Support and coordinate partner activities for coastal marsh, river restoration, and fish

passage improvement projects.

● Seek and write grants to fund project planning and implementation.

● Work with partners to review existing data and prioritize coastal smelt, brook trout, and

salt marsh culvert projects.

● Build relationships with municipal governments and community partners and provide

planning, fundraising, and implementation assistance for projects to establish fish friendly

crossing on priority smelt/ brook trout streams.

● Build relationships with state and federal agency staff associated with salt marsh

conservation and restoration in the region and work with partners to advance this work.

● Develop a sea level rise, saltmarsh migration comprehensive plan to assist municipalities,

NGOs, and other interested parties in planning to ensure that saltmarshes have room to

migrate as sea level rises.



Generally, none.



Required: Bachelor’s degree with at least three years of related experience

At least three years of experience managing or implementing environmental projects.



● Strong organizational and planning skills with attention to detail and follow-up

● Ability to work autonomously while keeping project partners apprised of progress,

opportunities, issues, and problems

● Excellent oral and written communication skills

● Ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive fundraising proposals.

● Experience working with and/or for nonprofit organizations

● Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with peers, associates, and a

wide range of people

● Passion for and knowledge of habitat conservation and restoration

● Willingness and ability to work differing hours and travel as necessary, occasionally on

weekends and evenings

● Experience with salt marsh restoration and/or fisheries ecology in New England preferred



Most of the work is performed in a normal office environment, with some field work performed

in a variety of outdoor locations which requires an ability to manage uneven terrain and unexpected

weather conditions and to work in remote locations. Operates computer, printer, and other office

equipment. Some off-site travel is required.



This position comes with a competitive salary and benefits package. This position is based on grant

funding for three years, continuation of the position will be based on the availability of funding

and the selected candidate will be expected to assist in finding additional funding.

Please submit your cover letter and resume to Charlie Foster, Associate Director, at: