Assistant Land Steward

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The Nature Conservancy

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Sheffield, MA, United States

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10 days ago

OFFICE LOCATION


Sheffield, Massachusetts, USA

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WHO WE ARE


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.”

WHAT WE CAN ACHIEVE TOGETHER


The Assistant Land Steward will fulfill a variety of stewardship and management duties on Conservancy preserves within western Massachusetts. Duties include legal compliance monitoring, ecological monitoring, invasive species control, wildlife research, updating management plans, using and maintaining equipment such as hand tools, chain saws and brush saws, safely applying herbicide, enforcing preserve policies and monitoring visitor use, performing trail, boundary, and sign maintenance, and maintaining cooperative relationships with preserve neighbors, agency partners, partner organizations and the general public.

WE'RE LOOKING FOR YOU


Are you looking for work you can believe in? At TNC we strive to embody a philosophy of Work that You Can Believe in where you can feel like you are making a difference every day. We’re looking for someone with strong experience in being a part of a diverse, multi-disciplinary team.

The ideal candidate should have experience identifying plant and animal species and the ability to drive oneself independently. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the ongoing mission of conservation by working in a key, hands-on role! Specific responsibilities include:

  • Conduct legal compliance monitoring and drafts compliance reports; enters monitoring data; works with Land Steward to notify parties in the event of a violation and on volunteer implemented activities.
  • Conduct rare species monitoring (plants and animals) and data collection via field surveys, radiotelemetry, and wildlife cameras. Responsible for detailed data collection, data entry and management in various systems including GIS and Excel.
  • Work with stewardship staff and volunteers to perform preserve maintenance tasks (maintain signs and registration boxes, build and maintain trails, mark boundaries, control invasive species (using hand tools and herbicides).
  • Interact with preserve visitors by providing information about the preserves, promoting the work of the Conservancy, answering questions, and enforcing preserve policies.
  • Assist with maintenance of stewardship equipment such as hand and power tools, chainsaws, brush saws, and coordinating maintenance for the work truck.
  • Assist with office operations and administration of the stewardship program.
  • Assist with other stewardship and science projects as needed.

WHAT YOU'LL BRING

  • High school diploma and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience in land management or equivalent combination.
  • Experience identifying plant and animal species.
  • Experience with mobile technology (tablets or smartphones) and interpreting mapped information.
  • Requires ability to work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Requires physical exertion and/or muscular strain, long hours in isolated settings, and presents frequent possibility of injury.
  • Requires valid driver’s license.
  • Requires either a current MA Applicator License (Core) or willingness to take the exam required to obtain a Core license.

WHAT WE BRING


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 nature.org/careers.

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

AUTO SAFETY POLICY


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.

SALARY INFORMATION

Salary: $19.90/hour (Housing available in exchange for property maintenance)

Job Family: Conservation

Job Number: 450002

Salary Grade: 2

APPLY NOW


To apply for job ID 52827, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on February 17, 2023. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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.

Do you have military experience? Visit our U.S. Military Skills Translator to match your military experience with our current job openings!

TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to applyhelp@tnc.org with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.

Where legally permissible, TNC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and willing to keep up to date with vaccines that protect against COVID-19. By accepting an offer of employment, you agree to comply with this requirement, unless you are entitled to a legally mandated exemption.

An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.