Piping Plover Technician

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The Nature Conservancy

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Center, ND, United States

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16 days ago


Center, North Dakota, USA

Cross Ranch Preserve


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 Piping Plover Technicians (PPT) are responsible for the surveying piping plover populations and conducting piping plover nest monitoring throughout the Audubon Alkali Lake Core Area that includes TNC’s John E. Williams Preserve and USFWS Audubon National Wildlife Refuge. The PPT will travel throughout the management area and may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstance.
This position is based on a 40-hour work week but may require irregular hours and long days. The duration for the position is approximately April 24th - August 11th, 2023. The pay range is $17.50-$20/hr. depending on experience.
Housing is provided and is located at USFWS Audubon National Wildlife Refuge. Transportation from the refuge will be provided.

Responsibilities may include:
  • Complete annual monitoring of piping plover populations, nest success, and fledgling success on the John E. Williams Preserve and Audubon National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Participate in the collection of research data on plover habitat enhancement projects.
  • Complete a final report summarizing plover monitoring and management activities.
  • May be required to submit a Background Check for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • May perform other duties as assigned.


Are you looking for a career to help people and nature? Guided by science, TNC creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that people and nature can thrive together. We’re looking for someone who is passionate, motivated problem-solver. Come join TNC and apply today!


  • Associates Degree in natural resources; environmental studies or equivalent combination of education and 6 months’ experience.
  • Experience managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources.
  • Completed at least two years in natural resource management field of study. Knowledge and field experience in ornithology highly preferred.
  • Ability to perform with a minimum of supervision and work cooperatively with a wide range of people.
  • Ability to operate all-terrain vehicles, motor boats, 4x4 trucks, trailering, and complete outdoor work using hand tools.
  • Experience with bird monitoring and identification preferred.
  • Willing to work long and irregular hours under adverse environmental conditions.
  • Willingness to live and work in an isolated rural environment and share living quarters and travel frequently.
  • Ability to collect and analyze data and produce written reports.
  • Current North Dakota Pesticide Applicators License preferred.
  • Current Department of Interior Motorboat Operator Certification Course (MOCC) preferred.
  • Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.


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 nature.org/careers.

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports of the health and well-being of the people we employ.


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.


To apply for job ID 52804, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on January 30, 2023. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org

For position specific questions, contact Chris Gordon at Chris_Gordon@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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Where legally permissible, TNC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and willing to keep up to date with vaccines that protect against COVID-19. By accepting an offer of employment, you agree to comply with this requirement, unless you are entitled to a legally mandated exemption.

An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.