Blue Boggy Preserve Manager

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The Nature Conservancy

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Ada, OK, United States

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30+ days ago


Stonewall, Oklahoma, USA


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 Blue Boggy Preserve Manager develops, manages and implements conservation and restoration projects on over 8,000 acres at four TNC properties, collectively called Blue Boggy Preserves. The Blue Boggy Preserve Manager provides technical leadership and support to the Oklahoma Business Unit by planning, directing, and implementing preserve management programs and stewardship, including prescribed fire. They supervise a small team of staff and volunteers to manage and restore preserve properties in Atoka, Bryan, Choctaw, Johnston, and Pontotoc counties. They address critical threats to natural systems and individual species, and supply conservation planning teams with site or landscape level information relevant to the planning process. They develop and implement conservation strategies, employ a full range of protection tools to acquire varying degrees of legal interest in land and implements a variety of strategies to secure public and private support for TNC conservation priorities. They coordinate community support and maintain preserve areas occasionally visited by guests and members. They network with diverse groups, including landowners, conservation partners, government entities, donors, board members, and the general public to recruit support for and publicize TNC projects and events. May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. Firearm possession and use is permitted for euthanasia and for the management of certain animal species to attain conservation goals.


Through the efforts of The Nature Conservancy 108,425 acres in Oklahoma have been preserved and protected for people and nature. From grasslands to forests, rivers to mesas, we envision an Oklahoma where our rich natural heritage is valued and protected, and people are inspired to conserve nature for future generations. This is an exceptional career opportunity for a highly motivated, capable individual interested in joining the world’s leading conservation organization!


  • BA/BS, natural resources, ecological restoration, environmental science or similar degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience negotiating complex contracts and agreements.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience communicating with scientists, the public and/or media both in writing and verbally.
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.
  • Qualified Fire Fighter Type 1 (FFT1/Squad Boss) and successful completion of FFT1 task book, or the ability to achieve in a short timeframe, and/or equivalent experience. Must achieve physical fitness standards as set by the local Fire Manager and the TNC Fire Manual. Requirements for FFT1 can be found at:
  • Experience with principles of land acquisition, land management, restoration and stewardship.
  • Experience operating and maintaining preserve stewardship equipment (e.g., ATV, UTV, trucks, tractor and skid-steer, chainsaw, etc.).


  • MA/MS, natural resources, ecological restoration, environmental science or similar degree and 7 years’ experience in natural resource management or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of land management, and restoration practices and deep understanding of current trends and practices in conservation science.
  • Completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means.
  • NWCG Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 1, 2, or 3 (RXB1, RXB2, or RXB3) qualified, including coursework, physical fitness, and experience requirements. See the Conservancy’s Fire Management Manual for a full explanation of qualification requirements: http://www.tncfiremanual. Org/BurnBoss.htm.
  • Experience using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to develop maps, spatially analyze ecological data, track and report preserve management activities.


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 Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including; health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, accrued paid time off (including annual, personal, and sick leave), life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellness benefits. Benefits may be subject to generally applicable eligibility, waiting period, contribution, and other requirements and conditions. Learn more about our benefits at We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellness, and flexibility needs of the people we employ.


Job Family: Conservation

Internal Job Code: 450005

Salary Grade: 6

Status: Annually ($57,000 - $64,000 based on experience and geographical location)


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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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