Rocky Mountain Front Operations Assistant

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The Nature Conservancy

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Choteau, MT, United States

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10 days ago


Choteau, Montana, USA

Rocky Mountain Front Pine Butte Preserve, Montana, 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 Rocky Mountain Front Operations Assistant performs and participates in Pine Butte Preserve operations including the maintenance, management, development and coordination of conservation programs. They will also be responsible for a variety of operations activities in support of a Montana program’s approved tactics. This position primarily works on the Rocky Mountain Front operations in the summer and overall Montana program operations in the winter. The Rocky Mountain Front Operations Assistant is required to live on the Pine Butte Preserve as a condition of employment and housing is provided.

Rocky Mountain Front Operations
The Rocky Mountain Front Operations Assistant will conduct various stewardship and ecological monitoring activities on The Nature Conservancy’s Pine Butte, Crown Butte and Blackleaf Preserves and may travel to other Montana preserves and/or properties to conduct similar duties. Primary responsibilities will include but not be limited to prescribed fire operations; treating noxious weeds and monitoring control efforts; maintaining preserve equipment and facilities; assisting with the collection of ecological monitoring data, data entry, data management and providing information to preserve visitors.

Montana Program Operations
The Rocky Mountain Front Operations Assistant will be responsible for performing multiple administrative functions related to the assigned program. They may be responsible for scheduling and coordinating logistics for special events and/or meetings, purchasing, facility management and/or telecommunications. They may assist with the recruitment and training of program volunteers and may coordinate the activities of volunteers. In addition, the Assistant may perform Information Systems, Human Resources, and Finance administrative tasks, including processing forms, preparing reports, and monitoring budgets. They will use available systems and resources to maintain, track, and research data, and to produce and review reports. They will apply established processes and practices in order to improve effectiveness and to document program procedures for reference by staff. They will coordinate activities with multiple variables, set realistic deadlines and manage the timeline. The Assistant may handle inquiries about business unit activities and assist in the development of program materials and correspondence. They will work cooperatively with Conservancy staff, providing information necessary to make decisions and solve problems. The Assistant may communicate on behalf of Director of Finance and Operations with internal and external sources, including staff, donors, vendors, and businesses in order to coordinate arrangements, convey information, and ensure successful execution of program.


Want to help save the planet? Through the efforts of The Nature Conservancy, more than a million acres in Montana have been preserved for people and nature. From the mountains to the grasslands, the Montana Chapter is dedicated to conserving the natural resources that make Montana unique. This is an exceptional career opportunity for a highly motivated, capable individual interested in joining the world’s leading conservation organization!


  • BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in science-related field and 1-year related experience in custodial and ecological land management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with natural systems, including the ability to identify Montana flora and fauna.
  • Experience in ecological land management principles.
  • Experience operating and or repairing various types of equipment and machinery including ATVs and agricultural herbicide application systems.
  • Experience in business writing, editing, and proofreading;
  • Experience organizing time and managing diverse activities to meet deadlines;
  • Experience performing one or more administrative processes, including Non-profit business operations.
  • Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people;
  • Experience with GIS software and equipment, including Arcmap Pro and Garmin GPS systems.
  • Experience collecting and organizing GIS data for use in land management, including the creation of maps.
  • Experience in prescribed fire operations and planning.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.


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.


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.


Beginning salary is $22.36 to $24.73 per hour depending on experience.


To apply for job ID 52192, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on October 2, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

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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