Flat Ranch Preserve Manager - Seasonal

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The Nature Conservancy

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Rexburg, ID, United States

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16 days ago


Island Park, Idaho, USA

Henry's Fork Preserve, Flat Ranch Preserve, H Bar L Ranch


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 Flat Ranch Preserve Manager is responsible for the daily operation and management of The Nature Conservancy’s Flat Ranch Preserve and H Bar L Ranch and will occasionally support stewardship projects elsewhere in eastern Idaho.

The Flat Ranch Preserve is a 1,600-acre working cattle ranch that is situated along 4 miles of the Upper Henrys Fork River in Island Park, Idaho. The H Bar L Ranch is a 634-acre working cattle ranch located 5 miles north of the Flat Ranch Preserve. The Preserve Manager will oversee the day-to-day activities of both properties including overall ranch maintenance, public outreach, and other related activities. The position requires safe operation of a variety of equipment (trucks, ATVs, tractor, skid-steer, and trailers). This position is supervised by and will work closely with the Resilient Forest Strategy Manager, who oversees TNC’s work in the Upper Henrys Fork. This position requires frequent interaction with landowners, partners, and staff, and he/she must be able to maintain positive relationships in a rural setting. This is a 5-month seasonal position beginning in mid-May. Housing will be provided, if needed.

Responsibilities and Scope:

  • Functions productively as a member or leader of a work team.
  • Supervises summer interns and volunteers. May lead or monitor work groups consisting of staff, interns, and volunteers.
  • Conveys clear instructions and expectations to other preserve management team members, including volunteers and interns.
  • Interacts with preserve visitors, ensures Visitor Center is staffed and provides basic preserve information. Provides visitors to the preserve a safe and positive experience with the Conservancy.
  • Maintaining areas frequented by the visiting public, trail, and grounds maintenance, posting signs, flood irrigation and other tasks.
  • Develop and lead outreach projects and public education events including interpretive outings.
  • Work closely with Grazing Lessee to coordinate grazing rotation and address grazing related management issues.
  • Assist partners with cooperative projects with surrounding landowners.
  • Assist with scientific monitoring/data collection, habitat restoration, including prescribed fire.
  • Monitor, map, and control invasive plant species (chemical, physical).
  • Maintaining facilities, tools and equipment, barb wire and electric fences
  • May organize or lead preserve field trips and tours.
  • Financial responsibility may include managing on-site donations and purchasing supplies.
  • May work under minimal and/or distant supervision; but maintains clear, regular communications with supervisor.
  • Makes day-to-day decisions and resolves typical preserve management problems as delegated by supervisor.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


This position is a great introduction to a conservation career focused on land management. The Preserve Manager will work out of the Flat Ranch Preserve office, located in Island Park, ID. The Flat Ranch Preserve is the hub of the Idaho programs conservation efforts in the Greater Yellowstone Area. The landscape hosts several charismatic species, including elk, pronghorn, grizzly bear, wolves, long billed curlews, and others. TNC works closely with partners in land management, including the US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, The Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service.


  • BA/BS/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 with natural systems.
  • Experience in ecological land management principles.
  • Experience operating and or repairing various types of equipment and machinery.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.


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!

The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package for seasonal staff. Learn more about our benefits at in the Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.

We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellbeing, 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 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.


To apply for job ID 52794, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on March 10, 2023. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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