Conservation Project Manager


The Downeast Salmon Federation, based in Columbia Falls, Maine, is seeking a Conservation Project Manager.

For thirty-eight years, DSF has been working to restore the Atlantic salmon and other sea-run fish to the rivers and streams of eastern Maine. As a Conservation Project Manager, you will be on the frontlines of a growing campaign to restore ecosystems that have been destroyed or damaged by centuries of industrial use. You will watch fish return to rivers that have been empty of them since dams were built blocking them from the sea. You will be part of the campaign to bring the fish back.

It’s an exciting job in a beautiful part of the world.

The Conservation Project Manager manages both organizational and programmatic projects. Organizational projects include new construction, refurbishment, or maintenance of DSF facilities. Programmatic projects include fish stocking, in-stream habitat restoration, fishway construction and maintenance, land stewardship, and fish monitoring. Programmatic projects may be initially designed by DSF staff scientists and then turned over to the Project Manager for execution. The Project Manager may also be required to assist in hatchery operations during busy times of the hatchery cycle.


  • Takes on and executes ad hoc and scheduled projects
  • Manages project staffing, budgeting, permits, and assists with fundraising
  • Supports projects being managed by other DSF staff on an as-needed basis
  • Supports operations of two salmon hatcheries
  • Maintains professional relationships with state and federal agency staff, civic leaders, and community members
  • Recruits and manages volunteers assisting in projects
  • Takes initiative to evaluate and adapt management approach to advance DSF’s methodology
  • Identifies opportunities for improvement of DSF’s project management


  • Strong commitment to land, river, and fish conservation
  • Strong project management skills
  • Ability to cultivate and develop constructive and effective relationships;
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • A team player with the ability to productively work with staff, volunteers, and the board
  • Knowledgeable about freshwater and sea-run fish and aquatic ecosystems;
  • Ability to work independently
  • Skilled with Microsoft Office—principally Word and Excel
  • GIS experience a plus

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Full time, with competitive salary and benefits based on experience and qualifications.

LOCATION: Washington County, ME. We have two offices, one located in Columbia Falls and the other in East Machias.


TO APPLY: Submit resume, cover letter, and three references to

APPLICATION CLOSE DATE: Until position is filled. Only those candidates we interview will be notified.