Stream Restoration Project Manager

The Nature Conservancy Published: October 27, 2023
Bedford, IN
Skill Level
Mid Level
Job Type
Natural Resources/ Restoration / Project Management
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The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive.

Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube   to hear stories from staff or visit  Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


The National Forest Stream Restoration (NFSR) Project Manager will embed within the United States Forest Service (USFS) office, and coordinate directly and frequently with USFS Fisheries Biologists, Hydrologists, Soil Scientists, Ecologists, Engineers, Line and Staff Officers in the implementation of their duties.  The NFSR Project Manager develops, manages, and advances implementation of habitat improvement, bank stabilization, and aquatic organism passage projects on National Forest land.  The NFSR Project Manager will assist with the development and implementation of USFS Watershed Restoration Action Plans (WRAPs), including watershed and project prioritization, while also developing new, and cultivating existing, local watershed stakeholder relations. They develop both budget and work estimates, as well as assist with permitting, funding, and coordinating implementation of restoration projects on National Forest land. 

Job scope and responsibilities may include supervising project implementation; negotiating and contracting with vendors; developing, managing, and working within a budget; assisting with outreach and fundraising; working independently; sometimes in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.

This is a full-time position, located in the USFS Bedford, Indiana office, with some optional remote work available.  This is currently a 5-year term limited position, however, success of the work may lead to fulltime employment.  They will be a TNC employee, however, they will be based with the US Forest Service on this specific project.  


The Nature Conservancy in Indiana is looking for a Stream Restoration Project Manager to join our expanding Freshwater Team as they protect the waterways of Indiana and beyond!  The Hoosier National Forest and other USFS land covers over 400,000 acres in Indiana, traversing many small watersheds.  Historic use in USFS land creates impediments to aquatic organisms and altered natural stream flows.  Our Freshwater Team is currently partnering with the USFS to create capacity of existing efforts to create unimpeded passage for fish and other aquatic species at road-stream crossings and restoring natural stream conditions.  Come help us develop and deliver innovative strategies that will make Indiana forestland a place of pride to live, work, and play. 


  • BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in agriculture, conservation, natural resource management, fisheries, hydrology, geomorphology or related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with project management. 
  • Experience with conservation programs that address water quality and aquatic restoration.
  • Experience in collaboration or partnership development (NGO, community, government, etc.).
  • Experience negotiating and managing complex agreements and projects.
  • Experience communicating with the public and/or media both in writing and verbally.
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.
  • Must have and maintain a valid driver's license.


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world! 

TNC offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan with an 8% employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports of the health and well-being of the people we employ.


The starting pay range for a candidate selected for this position is generally within the range of $56,000 - $63,500 for annual base salary. This range only applies to candidates whose country of employment is the USA. Where a successful candidate’s actual pay will fall within this range will be based on a variety of factors, including, for example, the candidate's location, qualifications, specific skills, and experience. Please note countries outside the USA would have a different pay range in the local currency based on the local labor market, and not tied to USA pay or ranges. Your geographic location will be confirmed during the recruitment.


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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.

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