Preserve Management Assistant (Summer) - Tallgrass Aspen Parklands

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The Nature Conservancy

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Roseau, MN, United States

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Karlstad, Minnesota, USA

Tallgrass Aspen Parklands


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 Preserve Management Assistant assists in all aspects of prairie management, including:

  • Prescribed fire
  • Invasive species removal using herbicides and other methods.
  • Prairie restorations, including seed collection, planting, and maintenance.
  • Data collection and monitoring.
  • Maintenance of preserve facilities and equipment.

Work will be performed in variable weather conditions, in remote locations and under physically demanding circumstances. The position, based in Karlstad, MN pays $15.50-$18.00 per hour dependent upon experience. Dorm style housing is provided. This seasonal position will run from April 17, 2023 to September 29, 2023.


This position is a great introduction to a conservation career focused on land management. The Preserve Management Assistant will work out of the Tallgrass Aspen Parklands office, located in Karlstad, MN. This landscape contains over 300,000 acres of conservation land, including almost 16,000 acres of land directly managed by TNC. The landscape hosts a number of charismatic species, including elk, bear, wolves and others. TNC works closely with partners in land management, including the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service.

Wildland fire is a major part of land management in this area, and the PMA will gain experience operating equipment and working with large interagency teams. Staff in this position will also gain experience in prairie conservation and restoration techniques in the context of large intact natural areas.


  • High school diploma or GED and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience in land management.
  • Experience recognizing plant and animal species.
  • Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. Lawn mower, chainsaw, UTV, ATV or OHV, two-way radio, or similar equipment).
  • Experience working in a team environment.
  • Experience working independently
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide application, Basic federal firefighting certifications).
  • Must be able to pass a fitness test (walk 2 miles, with a 25 lb. load within 30 minutes)
  • Must have a valid driver’s license


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.


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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For position specific questions, contact Jon Eerkes at

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