University of Redlands Stewardship Assistant

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The Nature Conservancy

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Hayden, CO, United States

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Hayden, Colorado, 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 University of Redlands Stewardship Assistant performs and participates in preserve monitoring, management operations, maintenance, and visitation on The Nature Conservancy’s Carpenter Ranch Preserve, and various other preserves in Colorado. The 906-acre Carpenter Ranch preserve is managed as a platform for community-based conservation and is an active ranch. This position has an emphasis on applied GIS applications and land management that will be integrated with outdoor, team-based work on adaptive management and monitoring of ecologically significant lands, opportunities to engage with visitors and community partners, and strategic initiatives that include conservation of ecosystems,water, and sustainable livelihoods. Responsibilities include completing an independent project relevant to the position and conservation, for presentation at the end of the position.

Following a one-week orientation and training, the Stewardship Assistant will live in shared housing on the on the Carpenter Ranch Preserve and/or other preserves in Colorado, traveling between preserves with a small team of other University of Redlands Stewardship Assistants and/or other seasonal staff. This person will gain valuable experience in on-the-ground stewardship projects and outreach on multiple conservation areas within Colorado. Duties include working with staff and volunteers to: repair and maintain trails and fences; monitor rare plant species; map natural resources and facilities; maintain and repair buildings, tools and equipment; remove and treat exotic species; greet and guide visitors; patrol, open and close preserve buildings; respond to visitor inquiries; administer and coordinate volunteer days. The Stewardship Assistant will interact with visitors, donors, and other diverse guests including youth, providing a safe and positive experience.

Position requires performing work in variable weather conditions, in remote locations, on difficult terrain and under physically demanding circumstances, including using hand and power tools (e.g., loppers, hand saws, weed trimmers). Work may necessitate long hours, holidays and weekends as needed. This is a 10.5-week position starting June 5, 2023, through August 16, 2023. Accommodation is provided at no cost at Carpenter Ranch Preserve and other Preserves in Colorado. This may require a shared living space with other visiting staff if allowable by TNC COVID-19 guidance. Transportation to work locations is provided.


Are you looking for a career to help people and nature? 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. Come join TNC and apply today!


  • Must be a University of Redlands student working toward completion of an environmental undergraduate degree program.
  • High school diploma and 6 months of related experience.
  • Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g., hand tools, iPad, GPS).
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g., First Aid, CPR, driver’s license, TNC youth certification).


  • Ability to follow instructions from supervisor and colleagues.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • High level of responsibility and self-motivation.
  • Experience working and communicating with diverse groups of people.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs.
  • Enthusiasm for outdoor activities and willingness to work long hours, holidays, and weekends as needed.
  • Current valid driver’s license and proficiency with standard transmission vehicles.


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.


Salary is $15.00/hour.


As part of your cover letter, please describe one experience you have had with environmental (land, water, and/or species) conservation and why it was meaningful to you. This could be an academic, professional, or personal experience. Please limit to 500 words or fewer.

To apply for job ID 52824, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on March 17, 2023. 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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Where legally permissible, TNC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and willing to keep up to date with vaccines that protect against COVID-19. By accepting an offer of employment, you agree to comply with this requirement, unless you are entitled to a legally mandated exemption.

An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.