Independence Lake Preserve Assistant

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The Nature Conservancy

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Reno, NV, United States

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30+ days ago


Reno, Nevada, 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 Independence Lake Preserve Assistant is responsible for the daily operation and management of the Nature Conservancy’s Independence Lake Preserve. The Preserve is a 2,200-acre natural preserve that is situated in the Sierra Nevada in Sierra and Nevada Counties in California, approximately 15 miles north of Truckee, CA. The Preserve Assistant will implement the day-to-day activities of the preserve including overall preserve and facilities maintenance, public outreach and recreation management, and other related activities, under the supervision of the Independence Lake Preserve Manager. Some of the Assistant’s time will be spent working in the field with volunteers, interacting with the public, and will assist with the in-basin watercraft program. This position requires working independently and as part of a team, sometimes in difficult physical conditions. This is a 6-month seasonal position beginning in May. Must have a valid driver’s license and safe driving record. The Preserve Assistant will be expected to live at the Preserve in a camper/travel trailer provided by The Nature Conservancy.


Are you looking for a career to help people and nature? Guided by science, TNC creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that people and nature can thrive together. Interested in maintaining preserve areas frequented by the visiting public? How about interacting with the public on nearly a daily basis, including assisting with operation of an on-site watercraft program and offering visitors a safe and positive experience with the Conservancy. You can monitor for the presence of invasive species and removing invasive species, as appropriate. How about some management tasks including but not limited to: electric fence maintenance and construction, building and equipment maintenance, trail layout and clearing, posting signs and other tasks as necessary.

We’re looking for someone who is passionate, motivated, and a problem-solver. Someone who can maintain preserve buildings, tools, and equipment (e.g., generators, solar arrays, water systems, motorboats, kayaks, etc.). How about assisting with research, habitat restoration projects, and scientific monitoring/data collection. Come join TNC and apply today!


  • High school diploma or GED and 6 months of related experience.
  • Experience interacting with a variety of people ranging from anglers to wildlife enthusiasts to ranchers.
  • Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g., power tools, chainsaw, 2-way radios, kayaks, motorboats etc.).
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certification as required. (e.g., First Aid, CPR, herbicide or pesticide application and CA Boater Card)
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and safe driving record.
  • Expereience working under close supervision or infrequent supervision, while performing outdoor physical work, including making independent management decisions as delegated.
  • Experience working in a physical exertion and/or muscular strain activities for long hours in an isolated setting.
  • Expereience with PC, including database knowledge, to maintain preserve records.


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 desired start date is May 23, 2023, however, due to snow conditions of the Sierra Mountains this may be delayed or in some cases moved up. There would be a discussion during the interview process regarding this date.


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.


This position is salaried position, 40 hours per week at a bi-weekly salary of $ 1,280.00.


To apply for job ID 53004 submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on March 20, 2023. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

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.

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