Terrestrial Invasive Species Manager

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Keene Valley, 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.”


The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) is an award-winning invasive species program that leads the Conservancy’s invasive species work in the Adirondack Park in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). APIPP serves as the Adirondack Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM), one of eight such partnerships in NY. The Adirondack PRISM’s mission is to work in partnership to minimize the impact of invasive species on the Adirondack region’s communities, lands, and waters. Program goals are to prevent new invasive species introductions to the region, to detect and rapidly respond to new infestations, and to mitigate harmful impacts of established infestations. APIPP advances a comprehensive, integrated approach that incorporates awareness building, prevention, early detection, rapid response, monitoring, restoration, and innovation strategies. Visit www.adkinvasives.com to learn more.

The Terrestrial Invasive Species Manager (TISM) is a lead member of the APIPP team who works in partnership with NYSDEC and PRISM partners to minimize the impact of invasive species on the Adirondack region and to achieve TNC’s 2030 Goals. The TISM coordinates and implements terrestrial invasive species (TIS) prevention, monitoring, and management efforts with contractors, partners, and volunteers. The TISM and provides technical leadership and scientific support for Adirondack PRISM TIS initiatives.


The TISM collects and manages invasive species data. They classify invasive species using New York State’s Tier Ranking System and use a variety of tools to prioritize areas for conservation. The TISM conducts scientific surveys and research, manages invasive species using mechanical, chemical, and biological means, records data, writes reports, and delivers educational programs. The TISM fosters community support, oversees multiple projects, sets deadlines and manages to completion.



  • Master's Degree in science related field and 1 year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience collecting, manipulating, analyzing and interpreting scientific data.
  • Experience preparing reports of findings.


  • Certification as a New York State Commercial Pesticide Applicator (category 3A preferred)If the candidate is not certified at the time of hire, the candidate must obtain certification within two months of their hire date.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Knowledge of Adirondack plant species and knowledge of current trends and practices in TIS prevention, monitoring, and management.
  • Three or more years of experience applying for federal, state, or local government permits and/or working with private landowners to manage lands.
  • Three or more years of experience managing contractors and seasonal staff, and doing adaptive management as conditions change on the ground.
  • Relationship building skills and ability to work closely with a variety of partners.
  • Experience giving public presentations on technical topics.
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English.
  • Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Strong knowledge of computer technology and common software applications, including advanced uses of Excel.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.


  • Cover letter and resume required for application to be considered.
  • The position is based out of TNC’s office in Keene Valley, NY. The candidate must be based in the Adirondack region of NY or willing to relocate before beginning work. This is not a remote position. Housing is not provided.
  • Use of a personal vehicle will be necessary on occasion and mileage will be reimbursed at the federal milage rate.


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 https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/careers/recruitment/ 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 range for a candidate selected for this position is generally within the range of $65,000 – 68,000 for annual base salary. 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: Science

Internal Job Code: 400001

Salary Grade: 6


To apply for job ID 54559, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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