Invasive Technician Internship - Agassiz Beach Ridges
The Nature Conservancy
Glyndon, MN, United States
30+ days ago
Glyndon, Minnesota, USA
Agassiz Beach Ridges Office
WHO WE ARE
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.”
WHAT WE CAN ACHIEVE TOGETHER
The Invasives Technician Internship (ITI) will work in the Agassiz Beach Ridges and Sheyenne Delta Landscapes in the Northern Tallgrass Prairie Ecoregion (western Minnesota and eastern North Dakota, respectively) as part of a crew managing prairie tracts and restorations at various nature preserves in these landscapes. Technician duties will include vegetation management (herbicide applications, brush removal, tree removal, mowing, biological control, etc.), equipment maintenance and organization, hand collecting native prairie seed, fencing and boundary posting.
The ITI will primarily focus on treating invasive plant species through the vegetation management techniques listed above. As part of the Technician’s ongoing professional development, the ITI will help with a wide range of stewardship activities including but not limited to equipment maintenance and organization, hand collecting native prairie seed, fencing and boundary posting to grow their professional development. The ITI will be expected to work independently and in a team environment. The ITI will regularly work with a 2-4 person crew.
This position occasionally requires irregular hours, and travel on short notice. May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. This position is based in Glyndon, MN and the pay is $14.00 to $15.50 depending on experience and housing is provided. Transportation from The Nature Conservancy office to the various preserves will be provided by The Nature Conservancy. There are three positions available. This is a full-time (40 hr/week) seasonal position with a start date of mid-May and end date of mid-August 2023.
WE'RE LOOKING FOR YOU
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. We are looking for someone who is passionate, motivated, and willing to learn. Come join TNC and apply today!
RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE
- Supervises no staff, but may help plan and direct preserve work groups, including staff or volunteers.
- Maintain preserve areas frequented by the visiting public
- Remove exotic species and/or species monitoring (including use of herbicides)
- Maintain tools and equipment
- Brush and tree removal
- Seed harvest
- Photo and vegetation monitoring
- Other preserve management activities
- May require considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.
WHAT YOU'LL BRING
- High school diploma or GED and 6 months of related experience
- 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).
- Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide or pesticide application).
- Multi-lingual skills and multicultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
- Ability to obtain a driver’s license, and maintain a good driving record and obtain a DOT Health card.
- 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).
- Ability and willingness to follow instructions from colleagues.
WHAT WE BRING
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.
AUTO SAFETY POLICY
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.
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