Range Management Fellow

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The Nature Conservancy

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Clear Lake, SD, United States

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9 days ago


Clear Lake, South Dakota, 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 Prairie Coteau landscape is a core landscape of Northern Tallgrass Prairie located in Eastern SD and Southwest MN. The Prairie Coteau is a glacially formed landscape that is key prairie pothole habitat for migratory and resident species. There is approximately 1 million acres of native prairie remaining in northeast SD and most of that is in private ownership. The Clear Lake program manages TNC sites along the MN River Valley and the Prairie Coteau in both eastern SD and southwest MN.

The Range Management Fellow (RMF) will participate in land management projects on TNC sites which may include: prescribed fire implementation and planning, GIS mapping, maintaining equipment, maintaining and building grazing infrastructure, noxious weed control, and other tasks. Their duties will include daily conversations with supervisor to receive assignments and efficient and concise communication of assignments to the land management crew. Personal organization and excellent communication skills are a must for this position. The RMF will be expected to travel individually or with a crew to perform various land management duties on TNC preserves throughout the Prairie Coteau in northeast South Dakota and southwest Minnesota. All duties listed under the Responsibilities & Scope section will be part of the position.

This position is based on a 40-hour work week, but may require irregular hours, long days, and travel on short notice. The office is located in Clear Lake, SD. The duration for the position is approximately December 5, 2022 through June 30, 2025. The pay range is $20-$25/hr depending on experience. TNC housing is available, but the RMF may opt to live offsite.

Transportation from TNC office to the various preserves will be provided by TNC. Full benefits are included with this position.
Responsibilities may include:

  • Assist with maintaining TNC land as well as public lands including state-owned Wildlife Management Areas (WMA's) and federally-owned Waterfowl Production Areas (WPA's
  • Prescribed burn implementation with partners including TNC, MN Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR), South Dakota Game Fish and Parks (SDGFP), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) staff.
  • Assist with prescribed fires which can include, preparation for prescribed burns and mop-up activities.
  • Ability to perform physical work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain.
  • Repair and organize field equipment.
  • Manage and maintain grazing systems which will include fence construction and water system installation and maintenance.
  • Locate and identify noxious and exotic species. Use biocontrol measures or herbicide application with back-pack and ATV type sprayers, mowing, hand cutting with machetes, chainsaws, brush cutters, and other tools to manage and control them.
  • Assist on prairie reconstruction projects including native plant identification, seed harvest, and post seeding management.
  • Install and maintain preserve boundary signs.
  • Identify observed management needs and communicate information to supervisor verbally or in writing.
  • Discuss calendar of proposed activities with supervisor daily.
  • Attending TNC or other appropriate conferences


Are you looking for the opportunity to expand your experience in natural resource management? The Nature Conservancy is dedicated to managing our preserves and collaborating with conservation partners to make landscape-level impacts. The Clear Lake/Prairie Coteau Program is heavily involved with outreach efforts across Eastern SD to increase more sustainable land management practices as well as exceptional management on TNC sites. We are looking for someone who is passionate, motivated, and willing to learn. Come join TNC and apply today!


  • 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 recognizing plant and animal species.
  • Experience working in a team environment.
  • Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. Lawn mower, chainsaw, UTV, ATV or OHV, small tractor, one ton trucks with trailers, or similar equipment).
  • Must have a valid driver’s license


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Must be qualified, or able to become qualified, as a Fire Fighter Type 2 (FFT2), including Introduction to ICS (I-100), Human Factors on the Fire line (L-180), Introduction to Wild Land Fire Behavior (S-190), Firefighting Training (S-130), and one training burn serving under the supervision of a qualified FFT2. See http://www.tncfiremanual.org/firefighter.htm Must achieve physical fitness standard as determined by local Fire Program Manager and the TNC Fire Manual.
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide or pesticide application, DOT Medical Examine Certificate).
  • Must be able to or be willing to be trained to drive one-ton trucks with wheel trailers loaded with various equipment.
  • 1 - 2 years’ experience in land management or related field.
  • Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems.
  • Must maintain a good driving record, and able to pass DOT federal medical exam.
  • Ability to follow instructions from colleagues/coworkers/team members.
  • PC and/or mobile device familiarity, including database knowledge or understanding.


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 including employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellbeing benefits. Learn more about our benefits at in the Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.

We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellbeing, and flexibility needs 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 XXXXX, 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.

For Position specific questions, feel free to email Ben Gery at benjamin.gery@tnc.org

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