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Project Manager

Date Posted
Employer Name
Montana Aquatic Resources Services
Sector Name
Local Government
Career Level


MARS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2011 in response to the rapid loss of aquatic resources across the state. Originally formed for the purpose of sponsoring the Statewide In-Lieu Fee Mitigation Program, MARS has and continues to develop other programs that pursue innovative solutions to aquatic resource challenges and fit within our mission. Our mission is to restore, enhance and preserve Montana’s aquatic resources to maximize their ecological function into the future.


Job purpose

MARS is looking for a Project Manager that strongly believes in and shares our vision to raise the bar in protecting and conserving Montana’s precious stream, river and wetland resources. The position of Project Manager (PM) has the primary responsibility for managing and executing existing stream and wetland mitigation projects as well as developing new projects, through networking with private landowners, agencies, NGOs, and land trusts. The Project Manager will market MARS’ mission, programs and projects in close coordination with the Executive Director.

Duties and responsibilities

 Project Management Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with diverse project partners within Watershed Districts where MARS is obligated to implement mitigation projects
  • Provide monthly report to MARS Chair and Program Committee of ongoing project status
  • Successfully manage all aspects of projects; including personnel, budgets, contractors and schedules that meet or exceed goals and partners’ expectations
  • Prepare environmental permit applications, mitigation plans and designs, environmental assessments, and technical monitoring reports
  • Remain current on environmental regulations and their application, mitigation crediting procedures, and both stream and wetland mitigation and construction practices
  • Develop and maintain professional relationships with regulatory personnel, prospective partners, and other natural resource professionals

Program Support Responsibilities:

In-Lieu Fee (ILF) Program (70%)

  • Identify suitable stream and wetland mitigation projects to fulfill mitigation responsibilities
  • Prepare Amendments and Mitigation Plans to MARS ILF Instrument and in compliance with the Corps/MARS for ILF project process coordination
  • Work with consulting firms, Corps personnel, and 404 permit applicants to identify credit sale opportunities to ensure growth of the ILF program in all Montana watersheds
  • Assist in coordinating and developing Interagency Review Team (IRT) relationships, training, and review process
  • Hire and oversee contractors and consultants necessary for implementing mitigation project plans
  • Develop site protection instruments, including deed restrictions and conservation easements, for MARS mitigation projects
  • Develop project success criteria and monitoring protocols specific to each mitigation site and perform annual performance monitoring for active mitigation sites

Non ILF Program (30%)

  • Promote MARS’ mission by attending and presenting at conferences, workshops, and training sessions
  • Attend training sessions as needed to meet or exceed position responsibilities
  • Support Executive Director in fundraising and marketing efforts
  • Regularly attend board meetings and committee meetings


Minimum Skills:

  • Commitment and genuine passion for conservation of Montana’s aquatic resources
  • Ability to work in long-term collaborative relationships with multiple stakeholders
  • Demonstrated success for building community consensus around controversial issues
  • Ability to work on multiple complex tasks and to complete those tasks on schedule
  • Ability to work under the supervision of the Executive Director and a diverse Board of Directors while independently setting goals, work schedules, and identifying tasks to complete project objectives
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills (please provide sample)
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • High attention to detail, responsive and organized

Desirable Technical Skills:

  • Proficiency in use of GIS and Microsoft Office software, including electronic document preparation
  • Familiarity and experience with stream and wetland restoration design and permitting
  • Familiarity and experience with Montana Stream and Wetland Mitigation Guidance Documents and credit/debit procedures
  • AutoCAD and/or survey skills
  • Wetland delineation certification (not required)


  • Applicants for this position should possess an advanced graduate degree, (M.A., M.S., or equivalent) in a field relevant to stream and wetlands restoration (e.g. Fish and Wildlife Management, Natural Resource Management, Hydrology, Environmental Engineering, Biology, Environmental Studies). A combination of Bachelors degree level education in the above fields and work experience in disciplines that relate directly to this position’s responsibilities will be considered.

Specialized knowledge:

  • Thorough understanding of wetland and stream function and restoration project management
  • Thorough understanding of Federal, State, and Local environmental regulations and permitting requirements (e.g., Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Montana Natural Streambed and Land Preservation Act, etc.)


  • Ten or more years of experience working in the fields of stream or wetlands conservation or restoration, or natural resource management; experience in project management and/or contract administration, grant-writing and budgeting; and, work-unit based leadership experience (e.g. oversight of contractors, employees, and project partners.)

Working conditions, Compensation and Benefits

MARS believes in promoting a positive and fun work atmosphere that allows flexibility to balance both work and personal life. Position will involve frequent travel across the state of Montana. Although MARS is headquartered in Livingston, candidates residing in north, central, and eastern Montana will also be considered.  Salary range is expected to be $45-$55,000 per year commensurate with experience. MARS contributes approximately $500 in monthly stipends toward retirement and health savings accounts, and offers paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays.

 If you are interested in this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample via email to:

Wendy Weaver, Executive Director

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