Grassland Research Coordinator

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The Nature Conservancy

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Malta, MT, United States

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19 days ago


Malta, Montana, USA

Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge, Malta, Montana, 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 Grassland Research Coordinator is a cooperative position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that performs and participates in and coordinates data collection for grassland species and systems of greatest conservation concern to help inform conservation programs.

The Grassland Research Coordinator (Coordinator) conducts targeted local monitoring of priority grassland songbirds, compiles data, and assists with data analysis. Supports monitoring of waterfowl, water use, and grassland condition and use following established protocols. Performs selected data creation, manipulation, and analysis using ArcPro to assess habitat and land use at various scales across the grassland focal area. This position is supervised by the Rangeland Ecologist. This position requires frequent daily travel and interaction with landowners, partners, and staff, and must be able to maintain positive relationships in a rural setting. The office location for this position is on the Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge and optional housing is provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at fair market value. This is a federally funded position. We currently anticipate that the need and/or funding for this position will end on February 21, 2025; however, depending on business need and/or funding, there may be the possibility of an extension. The beginning hourly rate is $20.67.

Responsibility and Scope:

  • Coordinates targeted local monitoring of priority grassland songbirds working with a diverse group of partners.
  • Supports an expanded acoustic avian monitoring program, coordinates fieldwork, and compiles in-person and acoustic data at the end of the field season.
  • Works with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff to collect data on breeding waterfowl, water use, noxious weeds, and grassland management. Assists with waterfowl banding.
  • Utilizes ArcPro to create new data, manipulate existing data, and help assess vegetation and land use changes within the context of potential implications for selected wildlife.
  • Networks with diverse groups, including landowners, conservation partners, and government officials.
  • May work under minimal and/or distant supervision; may make some independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


Want to help save the planet? Through the efforts of The Nature Conservancy, more than a million acres in Montana have been preserved for people and nature. From the mountains to the grasslands, the Montana Chapter is dedicated to conserving the natural resources that make Montana unique. Come join TNC. Apply today!


  • 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.
  • Must meet U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Defensive Driving requirements.
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and TNC background check required.


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.


To apply for job ID 52776, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on February, 10, 2023. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

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