Land Steward

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The Nature Conservancy

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Breaux Bridge, LA, United States

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14 days ago

OFFICE LOCATION


Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, USA

WHO WE ARE


Founded in 1951, The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. Working in over 75 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org/Louisiana or follow us on social media at facebook.com/natureconservancylouisiana. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube on Glassdoor.

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”

TNC’s Louisiana Chapter comprises 21 employees who are committed to integrated teamwork; cross-collaboration; professional development; a fun and inclusive office culture; and diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice learning and practices. Although you’ll see requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Passion, innovation, and diversity are key components to advancing our Mission, and we encourage you to apply.

YOUR POSITION WITH TNC


The Nature Conservancy, Louisiana Business Unit seeks a broadly trained natural resource professional with expertise in land management and conservation methods to serve as Land Steward. The Land Steward will be primarily responsible for managing and directing conservation programs on TNC preserves in Louisiana west of the Mississippi River. The Land Steward will coordinate the work of land management contractors and may have direct or indirect supervisory responsibility for other TNC stewardship staff as well as volunteers.

The Land Steward participates in preserve operations and assists with the development, management, and maintenance of nature preserves and conservation servitudes, mostly in southwest and north Louisiana. The Land Steward also assists with the development and advancement of conservation programs, plans and methods for small to medium scale geographic areas. The Land Steward will be based primarily out of Cypress Island Preserve but will travel extensively across many areas of the state.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS


The Land Steward provides technical leadership and support to the Louisiana Stewardship Program and plans and directs preserve management programs and stewardship. He or she will lead the development of conservation management plans for preserves in southwest and north Louisiana and is the primary lead in the implementation of those plans, which may include the following management activities: control of invasive exotic and native species, restoration forestry, restoration plantings, preserve, servitude, and target monitoring, boundary posting/maintenance, oversight of hunting leases, trail maintenance, assistance with prescribed fire, maintaining areas frequented by the public, oversight of outside researchers, maintaining tools and equipment, operating heavy machinery, and other activities. The Land Steward develops and oversees contracts with private contractors for particular management activities on TNC preserves. He or She will assist with annual monitoring and reporting on TNC-Louisiana’s portfolio of nature preserves and conservation servitudes. The Land Steward coordinates community support, ensures the maintenance of preserve areas frequented by the visiting public and coordinates multiple projects, sets deadlines and manages completion and leads volunteer or staff events to accomplish preserve or project objectives.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

  • Performs tasks with minimal supervision and makes some independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • Performs preserve maintenance tasks (maintain kiosks, sign-in sheets/brochures, build and maintain trails, mark boundaries, control invasives).
  • May lead or monitor habitat and forest restoration projects.
  • Aids in prescribed fire preparation and participates on prescribed burns on TNC and partner lands.
  • Leads and monitors contractors; may lead and/or monitor work groups, staff, and partners in completing projects and achieving land management goals.
  • May lead or monitor work groups consisting of staff, interns, and volunteers.
  • May assist with fundraising efforts, budgets, grant proposals and contracts. Financial responsibility may include working within a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development and, public and private fundraising sufficient to meet project needs.
  • Works closely with the Louisiana Stewardship Manager and other Conservation staff to accomplish numerous tasks on preserves and from their office.
  • Networks with diverse groups, including landowners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public to recruit support for the Conservancy and publicize Conservancy programs/preserves.
  • May work under minimal and/or distant supervision; may make some independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Travels regularly and occasionally overnights for projects, monitoring, and other needs.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in natural resource management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience managing staff or volunteers.
  • Relationship building experience to work closely with a variety of partners, i.e., media, government officials, internal scientists.
  • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Experience with communication via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.
  • Experience in training.
  • Must have valid driver's license.


DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience with regional natural systems and ecological land management principles, with an emphasis on Louisiana and the Southeastern US. Knowledge of characteristic plant and animal species found on Louisiana TNC preserves and willingness to learn to identify native and non-native plant and animal species that are monitored as part of various land management programs.
  • Experience with GPS and GIS.
  • Ability to meet TNC training and health requirements for prescribed burning at the arduous physical conditioning level (45-pound pack test result of 45 minutes or less).
  • Ability and willingness to work outdoors in remote areas for long periods in remote areas in conditions of uncomfortable weather, biting insects, poison ivy, and potentially hazardous animals. Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • 3-5 years’ experience in natural resource management, similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.
  • Knowledge of forest management, silviculture, and/or wildlife habitat management
  • Familiarity with principles of land acquisition or similar asset acquisition.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation.
  • NWCG S130-190 Trained and FFT2 Certified.
  • Working knowledge of ArcView, ArcGIS, or ArcGIS Pro.
  • Familiar with data collection applications such as ArcCollector or Field Maps.
  • Experience with safe use and maintenance of hand and power tools and equipment.
  • History of safe operation of 4WD pick-up trucks, loaded trailers, ATVs, and/or small boats and outboard motors.

WHAT WE BRING


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become 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, we impact conservation throughout the world!

The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan to include 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 in the Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.

We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!

AUTO SAFETY POLICY


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with TNC’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/careers/recruitment/ under the FAQ section.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.

APPLY NOW


To apply for job ID 51665, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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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