Seasonal Conservation Steward- Cold Spring Harbor

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Cold Spring Harbor, New York, 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.”


Working with the Conservancy’s conservation teams at the global and local levels will provide the selected candidate with the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of worldwide conservation issues and strategies for addressing threats to biodiversity. The Conservation Steward will be exposed to, and participate in, a broad range of educational opportunities, such as preserve stewardship, applied conservation, and outreach. The anticipated duration of this position is approximately 5 months; shared housing accommodations may be available.


Stewardship: Assist other team members with various aspects of preserve stewardship and facilities maintenance. Tasks may include trail management and maintenance, routine mowing of trails and grounds, event preparation/clean-up, invasive species removal and trash removal/recycling. Duties will require physical labor and the safe operation of hand tools and power equipment.

Applied Conservation: Assist other team members with a variety of conservation projects related to habitat management, wildlife monitoring, and research. Tasks may include GIS data collection and mapping, wildlife and vegetation surveys, data entry and analysis, literature reviews, and written reports.


  • High school diploma or GED and 1 year of related experience or equivalent combination.
  • Experience performing physically demanding work or activities and the ability to lift at least 50lbs.
  • Experience operating various types of tools and equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. handheld GPS, gardening tools, lawn mower, chainsaw, etc).


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Experience or degree in environmental education or related field preferred.
  • Knowledge of, or a demonstrated interest in, ecology and conservation biology.
  • Experience collecting spatial and biological data in the field.
  • Experience using ArcGIS and/or R statistical software.
  • Working knowledge of lawn mowers, weed whackers, and other landscaping tools.
  • Experience operating small watercraft (kayak, canoe, etc.)
  • Must have valid drivers’ license.
  • Experience driving automatic and manual pick-up trucks or off-road vehicles.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment cooperatively with a variety of volunteers and employees.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. Excellent organizational skills. Ability to manage several projects simultaneously.


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 hourly rate for a candidate selected for this position is $21.00. 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.

Job Family: Conservation

Internal Job Code: 450002

Salary Grade: 2


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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.