Osage Plains Fire and Stewardship Coordinator

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The Nature Conservancy

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El Dorado Springs, MO, United States

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El Dorado Springs, Missouri, USA

Osage Plains Office in El Dorado Springs, Missouri, 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 natural world is in trouble, habitat loss and climate change are making it harder and harder for our native species to thrive! To meet these challenges, the Missouri chapter of TNC is developing regionally based habitat teams that can work across political and jurisdictional boundaries to improve habitat at the landscape level. The Osage Plains Fire and Stewardship Coordinator (OPFSC) will work as part of Missouri TNC’s Fire and Stewardship team and will play an instrumental role in the saving some of the last great places on earth!

For a short video about our fire work in Missouri click here.


The Osage Plains Fire and Stewardship Coordinator’s (OPFSC) primary work location will be in Cedar County, Missouri, but they will also assist in efforts on other natural areas across the state. This position will require strategic thinking, communications, and planning skills as well as the ability to work well with a team to establish and expand stewardship and outreach efforts. Duties will include coordinating with conservation partners; leading seasonal and volunteer work teams to conduct prescribed fire, invasive species control, and other habitat enhancement/restorations; tool and equipment maintenance; fencing and infrastructure repairs; and management planning for TNC preserves, state/federal lands, and priority private lands throughout southwest Missouri. Familiarity with various types of equipment including but not limited to work trucks, tractors, trailers, chainsaws, brush cutters, fire equipment such as drip torches, water tanks, pumps, and herbicide handling equipment such as backpack and UTV-mounted spray tanks is required. Experience preferred but, training will be provided for any unfamiliar tools to the selected candidate.

The OPFSC will be TNC’s representative in this region, working with private landowners, partners, and community stakeholders to engage them in conservation. They are expected to work together with conservation partners to set/assist in management goals/objectives and direct work teams to achieve those goals.

It is highly desired that the OPFSC will be increasing their fireline leadership skills and qualifications over time towards the goal of becoming a NWCG RxB2 (Burn Boss). The OPFSC should also be trained on the safe application of herbicides to control invasive/non-native species and/or woody species that are impairing natural systems.

This is a term position to be filled as soon as possible and guaranteed through June 30th, 2023. It is our intention to maintain this position into the future. One grant has already been submitted that would extend this position for 4 years (anticipated notification early December 2022).


  • 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.
  • Experience in ecological land management principles.
  • Experience operating and or repairing various types of equipment and machinery.
  • Must have a valid driver's license. Please indicate this in your resume.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • 1 – 2 years related experience in custodial and ecological land management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Some experience managing volunteers or entry level staff.
  • Ability to recognize plant and animal species to complete preserve management activities.
  • 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).
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.


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.


$38,000 - $42,000 commensurate with experience.


To apply for job ID 52134, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on September 27, 2022. 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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Where legally permissible, all TNC staff based in the U.S. or a U.S. Territory are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of receiving one of the vaccines approved in the U.S. (Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson) shall be a condition of employment and must be provided prior to starting work. TNC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and reasonable accommodations for candidates who cannot be vaccinated due to a valid medical or religious reason will be considered.