Cross Ranch Assistant Preserve Manager

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The Nature Conservancy

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Center, ND, United States

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11 days ago


Center, North Dakota, USA



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Cross Ranch Assistant Preserve Manager (APM) is a North Dakota staff member within the Cross Ranch program. The position works under the supervision of Cross Ranch ND Fire Manager and is based at the Cross Ranch office near Center, ND. The APM performs and participates in preserve operations including the maintenance, management, development, and coordination of North Dakota’s nature preserves and conservation easements. They assist with planning and implementing preserve ecological management plans and projects for Cross Ranch Office.


The APM leads work teams to ensure implementation of preserve management plans across the three TNC preserves in central North Dakota- Cross Ranch, John E. Williams, and Davis Ranch which is roughly 15,000 acres. They address critical threats to natural systems and individual species, fosters cross-site learning among the conservation community, and supplies conservation planning with site level information relevant to the planning process. They oversee and direct stewardship activities, including the management of invasive species, grazing leases, facilities maintenance, and bison husbandry. This position will require irregular work hours and long days. While the position will work primarily from the Cross Ranch office, it will require occasional travel and overnight stays at other work locations. Steward will have the option to live on-site or in the neighboring communities. This is a regular, full-time salaried position.


  • Perform preserve maintenance tasks (control invasives, mark boundaries, check/maintain fences, upkeep of facilities, maintain trails)
  • Performs prescribed fire preparations and participates on prescribed burns on TNC, partner, and private lands.
  • May lead or assist with ecological monitoring on TNC lands.
  • May lead or monitor staff, contractors, and partners in completing projects and achieving management goals. Organize logistics, promote crew cohesion, and ensure a safe working environment.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development and fundraising targets.
  • Networks with diverse groups, including land owners, 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.


  • BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in science-related field and 3 years related experience in custodial and ecological land management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience (i.e.AS and 5 years related experience).
  • Experience in prescribed burning and/or wildfire suppression, qualified as a FFT1.
  • Experience with natural systems and ecological land management principles.
  • Experience with plant identification in the Great Plains
  • Experience operating and/or repairing various types of equipment and machinery.
  • Experience with GPS and GIS
  • Experience supervising staff or volunteers is required.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and good driving record. Ability to pass DOT health physical.
  • Must be able to achieve physical fitness standards as determined by the local Fire Program Manager and the TNC Fire Manual.


  • 2-3 years related experience in custodial and ecological land management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Single Resource Boss qualified and a desire to advance in NWCG fire qualifications towards RXB2.
  • Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. lawn mower, chainsaw, UTV/ATV or OHV, two-way radio, or similar equipment).
  • Experience controlling invasive species in prairie ecosystems via herbicide application from UTVs, ATVs, and backpack sprayers. Ability to become ND Commercial Applicator certified.
  • Experience working with or around livestock (cattle and/or bison) and working with grazing practices and fencing systems.
  • Knowledge/understanding of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation/conservation or similar field.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers, Collector, ArcMap).
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.


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 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.


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