Prairie Management Technician

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The Nature Conservancy

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Morris, MN, United States

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17 days ago


Morris, Minnesota, 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 Prairie Management Technician (PMT) works throughout the Upper Minnesota River Valley area in west central Minnesota participating in prairie management activities. PMT conducts tree removal, invasive species control, native prairie seed harvest, data collection, and tool and equipment maintenance. Work will include collaboration with state and federal agencies in habitat management activities. PMT will be expected to work independently and in a team environment. Work will be performed in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. This position is based in Morris, MN. This position pays $14.50 to $15.50 per hour for duration of employment as well as benefits. The position will run from September 6th – November 18th, 2022. There are 2 openings for this position.


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!


  • Assist with maintaining public lands including state-owned Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and federally-owned Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs), as well as TNC preserves and other protected lands.

  • Cut and chemically treat herbaceous and woody exotic species.

  • Maintain records of herbicide use and management actions.

  • Native prairie seed harvest.

  • Identify management needs and communicate information to supervisor verbally or in writing.

  • Assist in directing and interacting with Conservation Corps Minnesota (CCM) crews on various projects.

  • Maintain tools and equipment.

  • Work independently and in team environment.

  • Maintain daily journal and work log, summarizing daily work completed.

  • Discuss calendar of proposed activities with supervisor daily.

  • Other preserve management activities as assigned.

  • Ability to perform heavy physical work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • High school diploma or GED and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience in land management.
  • Experience recognizing plant and animal species.
  • 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).
  • Experience working in a team environment.
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide or pesticide application).


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • 1 - 2 years of experience in land management or related field.
  • Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems.
  • Ability to obtain driver’s license, maintain a good driving record, and able to pass DOT federal medical exam.
  • Ability to follow instructions from colleagues/coworkers/team members.
  • PC and mobile device familiarity, including database knowledge or understanding.
  • Working knowledge of handheld GPS units.


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 to include 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 in the Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, and flexibility needs 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


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