Habitat Program Director

Minnesota Trout Unlimited


Minnesota Trout Unlimited (MNTU) is a nonprofit environmental conservation organization with thousands of members and five chapters. The mission of MNTU is to conserve, protect, restore, and sustain Minnesota’s coldwater fisheries, their watersheds and groundwater sources. Guided by science and data, MNTU envisions a future when all can enjoy the benefits of robust populations of native and wild coldwater fish in Minnesota’s exceptional streams and lakes.  Since 2010 MNTU has restored or enhanced habitat for trout, as well as other aquatic organisms and riparian wildlife, on more than 100 miles of streams and rivers across Minnesota. 


The Habitat Program Director will oversee and implement Minnesota Trout Unlimited’s habitat restoration and enhancement projects throughout Minnesota.  Minnesota Trout Unlimited (“MNTU”) secures grants from the State of Minnesota’s Outdoor Heritage Fund and other sources for habitat projects on public and private lands statewide.  Working closely with MNTU’s Executive Director, this position will manage these grants, stream habitat restoration projects, budgets, and contracting.  


  • Manage work plans and budgets for all habitat grants, including securing necessary amendments from grant funders and preparing periodic status reports
  • Manage the design, permitting, and timely implementation of habitat projects
  • Develop RFPs for design, permitting, and construction oversight services and, for project construction, evaluate bids, manage contracts, and approve invoices
  • Hire and supervise field staff and contractors
  • Work with the Executive Director, MNTU chapters, and Minnesota DNR staff to identify and plan habitat restoration and enhancement projects
  • Coordinate with MNTU chapters on projects and project funding
  • Coordinate press opportunities with MNTU staff and volunteers to highlight project implementation and completion
  • Prepare and manage budgets for habitat projects, including reviewing construction invoices, preparing financial documents and reports, and submitting timely reimbursement requests


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant area of study
  • Professional experience managing construction projects, including contracts and budgeting
  • Professional experience managing large budgets
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving abilities and strong attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, implement, and supervise multiphase construction projects
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment with a wide variety of individuals – partners, stakeholders, landowners, staff, and board members – in achieving habitat and organizational goals
  • Well-organized, self-motivated, and self-directed
  • Highly attentive to details and follow-through essential for timely implementation of complex habitat restoration projects
  • Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, email, and calendar programs
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a motor vehicle.
  • Be fully vaccinated against COVID


  • Professional experience managing stream or river habitat restoration projects
  • Experience with public grant management
  • Experience with permitting of stream projects
  • Working knowledge of principles and practices of stream restoration, and fisheries management
  • Passion for protecting and restoring trout populations and their watersheds
  • Experience and proficiency with GIS programs, the generation of maps, natural resource information, and other spatial data


This position requires occasional travel to habitat projects around the state, primarily to streams in the southeast, northeast, North Shore, and Twin Cities metro areas of Minnesota.  It also requires the ability to hike into project sites in remote settings and traverse rough terrain.

This salaried position requires occasional long hours and weekend work, sometimes in excess of 40 hours per week.


Annual salary range is $65,000 to $85,000, depending upon experience.  Benefit package includes health insurance and retirement plan.


Please send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information of 3 professional references saved to a single PDF to John Lenczewski, Executive Director, Minnesota Trout Unlimited at john.lenczewski@mntu.org   Please insert the words “Habitat Program Director” in the subject line.  No phone calls please.

Review of applicants will begin January 20, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

MNTU is an equal opportunity employer.  MNTU hires staff without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.