Smoky Valley Ranch Seasonal Conservation Steward

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The Nature Conservancy

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Oakley, KS, United States

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21 days ago


Logan County, Kansas, 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.

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For 30 years The Nature Conservancy has worked to conserve the lands and waters of Kansas, permanently protecting 139,470 acres, including five preserves that are open to the public and are enjoyed by thousands of people each year. In the next five years, we plan to double the number of acres protected and increase our work to conserve the water, soils, wildlife resources, and climate health that sustain Kansas communities. For more information visit


Smoky Valley Ranch (the Ranch) is a 18,600-acre, custom-grazed cattle and bison operation that carries 700 cow-calf pairs during a grazing season from March through October, with about 150 bison grazing year-round. The Seasonal Conservation Steward (Conservation Steward) is instrumental in helping the Conservancy meet it management and conservation targets on the ranch by helping with livestock handling, invasive plant control, and maintaining equipment, trails, and buildings.

More specifically, the Steward will:

  • Works with cattle and bison and attends daily to water, fencing, salt, and mineral.
  • Organizes and manages ranch inventory.
  • Maintains preserve infrastructure, including roads, water systems, fences, and other facilities.
  • Keeps vehicles clean and in good working order.
  • Carries out vegetation and other ecological monitoring and management activities as directed by the Ranch Manager or Rangeland Specialist.
  • Will require training to assist with prescribed burns, under the direction of the designated burn boss.
  • Performs various ranch work as directed by the Ranch Manager or Rangeland Specialist.
  • Work with outside entities (universities, extension, etc.) to design this grazing experiment.

Depending on experience, Conservation Steward may also devote a portion of their time to assisting with the development of a scientifically rigorous high-rest, management intensive grazing experiment.


Do you love working outdoors on a variety of challenges? Are you interested in gaining experience with sustainable grazing and conservation? We’re looking for someone who thrives doing hands-on work outdoors, enjoys working both independently and on a team, and is comfortable in an environment that can be physically demanding. We’d welcome experience with and/or interest in conservation, bison, prairie dogs, interacting with the public.


  • High school diploma or GED and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience in land management.
  • Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. trailer, lawn mower, chainsaw, tractor, ATV).
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required, e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide application.
  • Experience working with working with cattle, ranching, and constructing and maintaining fence.
  • Experience performing physical work, sometimes under adverse conditions or in inclement weather.
  • Must have or be able to obtain a valid driver’s license, be insurable under TNC policy, and comply with TNC’s Auto Safety Program.
  • Experience using computers and basic software, e.g. Microsoft Office, browsers, and cloud computing.
  • Ability to work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, under physically demanding circumstances, and hours that are sometimes long or irregular.


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!

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

Our Competencies:

Builds Relationships

Builds productive relationships by interacting with others in ways that enhance mutual trust and commitment.

Collaboration & Teamwork

Works collaboratively with stakeholders across levels, geographies, backgrounds, and cultures to improve decisions, strengthen commitment, and be more effective.

Communicates Authentically

Communicates proactively and in a timely manner to share information, persuade, and influence with the appropriate level of detail, tone, and opportunities for feedback.



Takes ownership to help develop others’ skills, behaviors, and mindsets to help them maximize their workplace contributions.

Leverages Difference

Demonstrates commitment to harnessing the power of differences strategically; consistently sees, learns from, and takes strategic action related to difference; and demonstrates the self-awareness and behaviors to work across differences of identity and power respectfully and effectively with all stakeholders. Actively seeks to build and retain a diverse workforce and fosters an equitable inclusive workplace by drawing upon diverse perspectives.



Thinks and acts from a broad perspective with a long-term view and an understanding of 1) the dynamic nature of large-scale challenges and 2) the need for integrating five key practices: skillfully engaging appropriate people; providing a clear process for change; taking a holistic view of situations; focusing on a small number of strategic actions, while learning from and adapting them over time; and being aware of how one’s own thinking or patterns of behavior may be limiting change.

This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.


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.


Salary Grade: $16 - $20 per hour


To apply for job ID 51831, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on August 9, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

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