Land Conservation Specialist

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The Nature Conservancy

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Kissimmee, FL, United States

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30+ days ago


Kissimmee, Florida, 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.

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”


The Specialist participates in the implementation of land management and monitoring projects on TNC’s Central Florida Preserves. They are based out of Disney Wilderness Preserve with an emphasis on ecological land management programs. They perform tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and context. Manages designated stewardship staff, interns, and volunteers. This includes the following functions:

Natural Resource Management (55%)

  • Works on a natural resource management team to perform all aspects of land management under the direction of Senior Land Conservation Specialist including prescribed fire operations and wildfire response, invasive species prevention and control, maintenance and repairs of fences, roads, and trails.
  • Wildland fire management: Serves in a leadership role (NWCG Firefighter Type 1) on prescribed burns and wildfire incidents and will achieve ENGB or FIRB within 2 years of employment.
    • They ensure that fire-line prep is completed
    • Conducts mapping for burn plan maps and post fire effects
    • Maintains NWCG fire qualifications and annual NWCG arduous pack test (carry/walk 45lb pack for 3 mile within 45 minutes)
    • Achieves chainsaw qualification of an NWCG Intermediate Faller (FAL2) within 2 years
    • May serve as a cadre member in training courses
    • May travel to other TNC preserve’s outside of the Central Florida region to provide fire support as needed
  • Assists partners and represents TNC with fire management operations as requested as part of CFL’s ERT in accordance with programmatic objectives and grant deliverables.
  • Works on and may lead invasive species management teams to survey, control and monitor for upland and wetland invasive plants at DWP, Hatchineha Ranch and other CFL preserves.
  • Operates and is proficient in the use of various land management tools such as chainsaws, tractors, ATVs, UTVs, graders, mowers, and hand tools.
  • Works under minimal and distant supervision; must make independent decisions based on experience and judgments.
  • Must have the ability to work independently and as a team member on projects.
  • May lead or monitor work groups consisting of staff, interns, and volunteers covering a wide geographic area.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, and assisting with budget development.
  • In coordination with supervisor, engages with diverse groups such as landowners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, and the public.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.

Equipment and Fleet Maintenance (30%)

  • Manages fleet of vehicles and equipment- including 4-wheel drive trucks, UTVs and ATVs, swamp buggies, tractors and heavy equipment, chainsaws and other small equipment, including purchasing, repairs, and maintenance as well as providing training to insure safe operation.
  • Works with equipment service venders on purchase and repair of equipment and fleet vehicles when needed.

.Miscellanies support (10%)

  • Provides logistical support for outreach events and tours as needed.
  • Provides talks and presentations in support of events and tours as needed.

Other duties as assigned (5%)


  • 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.
  • 3-5 years related experience in custodial and ecological land management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 3-5 years of experience in fire management, qualified as a National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1).
  • 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, 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

The starting salary range for this position is between $44,965 and $52,900 annually. Starting salary will be commensurate with qualification and experience.

We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellbeing, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!

This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.


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.


To apply for job ID 52007, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on 9/30/22. 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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