Assistant Land Steward

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The Nature Conservancy

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Southern Pines, NC, United States

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22 days ago


Southern Pines, North Carolina, 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.”


In the Sandhills of North Carolina we are seeking an Assistant Land Steward (ALS) who works with and is supervised by the Stewardship Manager. This position is based out of our Southern Pines, NC. field office. This is a regular, full-time, salaried position with secured funding for 4 years with a possibility of extending.

The ALS will assist with planning and implementing preserve ecological restoration projects, including but not limited to restoration harvests, hardwood control, tree and ground layer planting. They will assist with stewardship activities including fire management operations, management of invasive species, facilities maintenance, and easement monitoring. This position will require irregular work hours and long days. While this position will work primarily within the Sandhills of NC., they could occasionally travel and stay overnight at other sites.

Some other responsibilities include:

  • Prescribed fire preparations and participating on prescribed burns on TNC, partner, and private lands.
  • Preserve maintenance tasks (control invasives, mark boundaries, check/maintain fences and upkeep of facilities)
  • Assist with project assessing river flows in 2 key waterways.
  • Lead or monitor staff, contractors, and partners in completing projects and achieving management goals. Organize logistics, promote crew cohesion, and ensure a safe working environment.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within a budget to complete projects and contracting with vendors.
  • Work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Other duties as assigned and as opportunities arise.


The Assistant Land Steward is a great position for someone who is looking to implement and expand on their ecological land management knowledge. In the Sandhills of North Carolina you will have the opportunity to work within one of the most ecological important systems in North America. If you are interested in flying drones, we are in the process of incorporating one into our Fire and Stewardship Programs and we are excited to explore all the new capabilities it has to offer in the world of Conservation. To fill this position, we are looking for a passionate, dedicated person to help in the restoration efforts not only here in the Sandhills but across our entire Chapter in North Carolina. Come join TNC and apply today!

The Assistant Land Steward position is based in Southern Pines, NC. Southern Pines is a small-town setting.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Funding is available for 4 years, beginning in November 2022, and may be extended if additional funding is secured.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in ecological land management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Qualified Fire Fighter Type 1 (Squad Boss) and successful completion of FFT1 task book or equivalent experience and training. Requirements for FFT1 can be found in the Conservancy Fire Management Manual at:
  • Relationship building experience to work closely with a variety of partners.
  • Experience with natural systems and ecological land management principles.
  • Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Experience completing tasks independently.
  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.
  • Must achieve physical fitness standards as determined by the local Fire Program Manager and the TNC Fire Manual.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Experience operating and or repairing various types of equipment and machinery preferred.
  • Experience with ArcGIS Pro preferred.
  • Knowledge of the factors influencing river flows a plus.
  • Remote Pilot License or willingness to acquire.
  • Qualified as or working on completion of Single Resource Boss (SRB), including coursework and experience requirements or equivalent experience and training. See the Conservancy’s Fire Management Manual for a full explanation of qualification requirements: Single Resource Boss (
  • Experience managing volunteers or entry level staff.
  • Experience leading effectively in stressful situations.
  • Ability to recognize plant and animal species to complete preserve management activities.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in land management and natural resource conservation.


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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