Land Steward, Aravaipa

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The Nature Conservancy

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Phoenix, AZ, United States

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22 days ago


On site (TNC Housing); Aravaipa Canyon Preserve; Wilcox, AZ, USA


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The Aravaipa Land Steward performs and participates in preserve operations, maintenance and management.


Required to live on-site; housing provided by TNC. The Aravaipa Land Steward maintains preserve areas frequented by the visiting public and performs land management activities. The Steward coordinates preserve stewardship work and general operations including maintenance and general preserve management.

Land Management, 50%

  • Implement preserve management plans, which may include species monitoring, research, and restoration.
  • May assist with prescribed fire.
  • Boundary posting.
  • May also manage livestock.
  • Monitoring, such as streamflow, traffic counters, and vegetation.
  • Control of exotic species.

General Public Activities, 10%

  • Coordinate field trips and volunteer stewardship workdays.
  • Open and close the preserve as needed.

Maintenance, 30%

  • Building maintenance (painting, plumbing, electrical, yard maintenance, etc.).
  • Land/trail maintenance (remove fallen trees, road repair, mowing, etc.).
  • Equipment maintenance (oil change on tractor, etc.).

Administration, 10%

  • Accurately and timely completion of required reports and other items such as timesheet and expense reports.
  • Maintain accurate preserve records using a database, PC or mobile device.
  • Maintain database for monitoring information such as stream flow, rare species, and precipitation.
  • May create and compile GIS information and databases for the Aravaipa watershed and greater Galiuro Mountain complex.


  • Supervises no staff, but may help plan and direct preserve work groups, including staff or volunteers.
  • Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.
  • Requires long hours in isolated settings.
  • Makes day-to-day decisions as delegated by supervisor.
  • May work under infrequent supervision and make sound on-the-spot decisions.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain. Works under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Travel (AZ and occasionally in U.S. for training, retreats, etc.); work overtime; work evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Other duties as required


  • High school diploma or GED and 1 year of training in science-related field or related experience in land management including building construction and/or maintenance.
  • Experience in operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g., lawn mower, chainsaw, tractor, two-way radio, GPS device, UTV, ATV or OHV, etc.).
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses and/or certifications as required (e.g., First Aid, CPR, herbicide application, firefighting, etc.).
  • Experience working with computers and related software, such as Windows, Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel and Word), “Box”, web browsers and internet research.
  • Regularly lift, pull, push, move 25 pounds.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Youth certified (within initial 30 days with TNC; annually thereafter).


  • Associates or Bachelor of Science degree in related field.
  • 1 – 2 years’ experience related to farming and ranching.
  • 1 – 2 years’ experience in landscaping and building maintenance to include troubleshooting and solving simple electrical and plumbing issues.
  • Ability to recognize plant and animal species to complete preserve management activities.
  • Ability to independently manage time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.


The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including; health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, accrued paid time off (including annual, personal, and sick leave), life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellness benefits. Benefits may be subject to generally applicable eligibility, waiting period, contribution, and other requirements and conditions. Learn more about our benefits at We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellness, and flexibility needs of the people we employ.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy'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." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at

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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