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Wilcox, Arizona, USA

Muleshoe Ranch Preserve



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.

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The Muleshoe Ranch Preserve Steward lives on site in housing provided by The Nature Conservancy and performs and coordinates construction and maintenance of Preserve buildings, infrastructure, and equipment, assists with stream and ecological monitoring and restoration projects, and may work with other Conservation staff as part of a team at other Arizona preserves.


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Required to live on-site; housing provided by TNC. The Muleshoe Ranch Preserve Steward is responsible for maintaining Preserve headquarters, including historic buildings, and assists with daily operations of the Preserve. The position supports the implementation of management plans, ecological restoration projects, and data collection, which may involve coordination with agency personnel, researchers or others. The Steward is also responsible for maintaining clean and functional housing and facilities for Preserve visitors and may assist with event preparation and execution. Position may supervise seasonal staff, interns, and volunteers.

Maintenance, 50%

  • Building maintenance (painting, plumbing, electrical, landscaping, etc.).
  • Road and trail construction and maintenance (remove fallen trees, road repair, mowing, etc.).
  • Equipment maintenance (service vehicles and equipment, etc., such as tractor, truck and chain saw).
  • Fence monitoring and repair.
  • Coordination and monitoring of maintenance activities with contractors, volunteers, work groups, or staff.

Land Management, 35%

  • Manipulation of soil, rock, and vegetation using heavy equipment and other tools to enhance ecosystem function.
  • Build and maintain fences to exclude livestock.
  • Implement Preserve management plans, which may include wildlife/vegetation surveys and restoration.
  • Fire prevention, fuel reduction, including chainsaw and heavy equipment work. May assist with prescribed fire.
  • Control and removal of exotic flora/fauna, invasive or incompatible vegetation, and feral livestock (primarily cattle).
  • Coordination and monitoring of land management activities with contractors, volunteers, interns, work groups, or staff.

General Public and Partner Activities, 10%

  • Coordinate and lead field trips for visitors, partners, volunteers, or staff.
  • Assist in facilitation of events, meetings, and workshops held at Preserve.
  • Keep guest housing clean, including sweeping, mopping, laundry, etc.
  • Open and close Preserve as needed.

Administration, 5%

  • Accurate and timely completion of required reports and other items such as timesheet and expense reports.
  • Maintain accurate Preserve records using a PC or mobile device.
  • Maintain database for monitoring information such as streamflow, rare species, and precipitation.
  • May collect and compile GIS (Geographic Information Systems) information and databases for the Muleshoe Cooperative Management Area.
  • May supervise seasonal staff, interns and volunteers.


  • May monitor work groups consisting of staff, interns, contractors, and volunteers covering a wide geographic area.
  • Coordination of some aspects of management and operation of the Preserve with governmental and other partners.
  • Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.
  • Resides and works in remote location around venomous animals (rattlesnakes, etc.).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Assist/travel to/from other preserves/programs as needed.
  • Other duties as required.



  • AS/Technical or vocational degree in science-related field and 1-year related experience in custodial and ecological land management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in operating and repairing various types of equipment and machinery (e.g., weed eater, chainsaw, tractor, two-way radio, GPS device, UTV, ATV or OHV, etc.).
  • Experience with natural systems (e.g., propagating plants, stream restoration, ecosystem monitoring, etc.)
  • Experience with ecological land management principles.
  • Able to obtain related licenses and/or certifications as required (e.g., First Aid, CPR, herbicide application, firefighting, etc.) within first year of employment.
  • 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, and move 25 pounds and occasionally 50 pounds.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Youth certified (within initial 30 days with TNC; annually thereafter) - involves signature of commitment, completion of Youth Abuse prevention training and must meet the organizational background screening.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • 1 – 2 years related experience in custodial and ecological land management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with riparian or upland restoration to improve habitat and ecological function.
  • General experience in agriculture or land management gained through working on a farm, ranch, or remote field station (including working with livestock such as cattle and horses).
  • General experience in construction, landscaping, building maintenance, excavation, or similar work including troubleshooting and solving basic electrical wiring, plumbing water systems, building fence, and/or other mechanical systems.
  • Experience in wildland firefighting, trail-building, forestry, and/or wildlife management field work.
  • 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.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to live and work with people in a remote duty station.
  • Experience managing, directing, and leading volunteers, interns, or entry level staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to live, work and navigate, alone or with a crew, in backcountry areas unsupervised for several days at a time.
  • Knowledge/understanding of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation/conservation or similar field.
  • Ability to accurately complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English.


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into 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 and partners, we impact conservation around the world!

TNC offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan with an 8% 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 on our Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports of the health and well-being of the people we employ.


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 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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