Indiana Grand Calumet River Restoration Field Crew Member

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Merrillville, Indiana, 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 Grand Calumet River Restoration Field Crew Member participate in restoration efforts as part of a Grand Calumet River Restoration Action Team. They assist in maintaining preserve areas and riverine marshes. Work may include controlling exotic invasive species; maintaining tools and equipment; monitoring wildlife; conducting preserve maintenance; learning how to identify native and non-native species; and preparing sites for prescribed burns.

Responsibilities & Scope:

  • Teamwork within TNC and across partner organizations; interact with diverse groups in a respectful and professional manner.
  • May work under close or infrequent supervision and make day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor.
  • Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.
  • Irregular work hours and long days, particularly during spring and fall fire seasons.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain.

This is a full-time (40 hours/week), hands-on, field position based at our Southern Lake Michigan Rim Office in Merrillville, Indiana, lasting until October 2025.


The Nature Conservancy in Indiana is looking for Grand Calumet River Restoration Field Crew Members to join our staff in protecting more than 500 acres, including globally rare dune and swale habitat, across northern Lake County, Indiana. Restoration efforts are geared towards reinstating beneficial uses related to wildlife and wildlife habitat. This is a unique opportunity to work in an area that contains more than 30 percent of Indiana’s rare and endangered species, while expanding your conservation knowledge and skills for the next phase of your career!


Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED; and 6 months of related experience as a land steward or conservation technician.
  • Experience performing physical work and ability to carry a 35-pound backpack sprayer.
  • Experience working in a team environment.
  • Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. lawn mower, chainsaw, brushcutter, etc.).
  • Able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required (e.g. First Aid, CPR, etc.).

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of Northwest Indiana plants/community types.
  • Experience using common and/or field related software applications (e.g.; Microsoft apps, web browsers, Google Earth, ArcGIS).


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.


The starting pay for a candidate selected for this position is generally $16.25 - $17.50 an hour (subject to required tax withholdings). This range only applies to candidates whose country of employment is the USA. Where a successful candidate’s actual pay will fall within this range will be based on a variety of factors, including, for example, the candidate's location, qualifications, specific skills, and experience. Please note countries outside the USA would have a different pay range in the local currency based on the local labor market, and not tied to USA pay or ranges. Your geographic location will be confirmed during the recruitment.


To apply for job ID 55143, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received, and the position will be closed once a strong candidate pool is identified.

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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.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.

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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.