Flint Hills Stewardship Technician

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The Nature Conservancy

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Emporia, KS, United States

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25 days ago


Strong City, Kansas, USA


The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there are lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube on Glassdoor.

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The Flint Hills represent the last functioning landscape-level expression of tallgrass prairie in North America, and the Flint Hills Stewardship Technician (FHST) will perform and participate in preserve operations, maintenance, and management as part of the Conservancy’s Flint Hills Initiative. The primary focus of the position will be at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, a 10,800-acre preserve primarily owned by TNC and managed in partnership with the National Park Service as the only unit of the National Park System devoted to the conservation and interpretation of tallgrass prairie.

This position will occasionally travel to other Conservancy-owned preserves within the Kansas portion of the Flint Hills, including to Konza Prairie Biological Station, Skyline Preserve, Flint Hills Prairie Preserve, and a new property that the Conservancy is acquiring in Cowley County, KS.

For the fall 2022 season, the Flint Hills Stewardship Technician will work regularly with the Flint Hills Initiative Manager on several focus projects:

  • Prepare for and implement the 2022 bison roundup at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.
  • Prepare for and construct fire-line for the 2022/ 2023 prescribed burn season.
  • Operate chainsaws, brush-cutters, or other small engines to control woody plant encroachment.
  • Develop the Conservancy’s Flint Hills shop and maintenance facility within a newly constructed building.

In addition to these projects, Flint Hills Stewardship Technician maintains preserve areas frequented by the visiting public and performs land management activities. The FHST removes exotic species and/or conducts species monitoring and may also manage livestock. The FHST may assist in prescribed burns and maintain tools, equipment, and land. May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.


Are you interested in conserving some of the last tallgrass prairie in North America? Do you love working outdoors on a variety of projects, from managing invasive species to assisting with prescribed fire, that are hands on and make a tangible difference on the land? 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.


  • High school diploma or GED and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience in land management.
  • Experience recognizing plant and animal species.
  • 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 working in a team environment.
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide or pesticide application).


  • 1 - 2 years’ experience in land management or related field.
  • Currently qualified, or able to obtain qualification, as a Fire Fighter Type 2 (FFT2) as described by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG).
  • Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems.
  • Experience in carpentry, welding, and/ or equipment maintenance.
  • Has or is able to obtain a driver’s license and able to maintain a good driving record.
  • Able to follow instructions from colleagues.
  • Familiar with PCs, mobile devices, Microsoft Office, and databases.
  • Multi-lingual skills and cross-cultural experience appreciated.


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 to include 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 in the Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.

We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, 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.


Salary Range: $16 - $23 per hour


To apply for job ID 51812, 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.

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