Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve Manager

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The Nature Conservancy

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Vail, AZ, United States

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12 days ago


Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve, Patagonia, AZ USA


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The Patagonia Sonoita Creek Preserve Manager performs and participates in preserve operations including the maintenance, management, development and coordination of conservation programs.


On-site housing provided by TNC. The Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve Manager leads work teams to ensure the coordination, community support and implementation of preserve management plans. The preserve manager maintains preserve areas frequented by the visiting public, removes exotic species and/or monitors and researches species, maintains tools and equipment, operates heavy machinery, and opens and closes preserve to the visiting public.

Preserve Management, Ecological Management and Monitoring-80%

  • Opens and closes preserve per operating schedule
  • Collects entry fees
  • Interacts with the visiting public and volunteers
  • Leads work teams and consisting of staff, volunteers, interns.
  • Monitors security issues (fence integrity, border activity).
  • Focuses on preserve stewardship (care of the land) and the Conservancy’s strategic goals.
  • Oversees public operations and maintenance of preserve areas used by the visiting public; such as visitor center, restrooms, public water system, and trails.
  • Operates and maintains tools, equipment, heavy machinery.
  • Manages and monitors ecological function (e.g. riparian corridor, invasive species, grasslands).
  • Purchases supplies and equipment within operating budgets
  • Coordinates with internal philanthropy and communications staff
  • Repair and maintain facilities, such as housing and storage facilities.
  • Troubleshoots IT problems as required at a remote site.
  • Conducts monitoring and data collection per outlined monitoring protocols
  • Attends internal meetings, staff retreats as requested.

Represent TNC with local Partners and Agencies-20%

  • Attends public meetings
  • Coordinates community and conservation partner support
  • Hosts public events at the preserve
  • Supports third party monitoring on the preserve; such as wet/dry mapping; bird, insect, and plant surveys
  • Works with other local partners on conservation projects outside the preserve
  • Represent TNC on local boards and committees; such as Patagonia Flood and Flow committee, and watershed management group
  • Supports research conducted on the preserve by outside organizations
  • Works to recruit volunteers from within the local community


  • Work with administrative and professional staff with responsibility for performance management, training and development.
  • May lead or monitor work groups consisting of staff, interns, and volunteers covering a wide geographic area.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development and meeting fundraising targets.
  • Networks with diverse groups, including landowners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public to recruit support for the Conservancy and publicize Conservancy.
  • Works under minimal and distant supervision; must make independent decisions based on experience and judgments.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Administrative: Create various reports as needed; complete administrative items accurately and timely (such as timecards; expense reports; performance reviews).
  • Coordinates with Youth Safety Office to assure compliance with TNC’s Youth Safety Policy when activities may include youth.
  • Other duties as required.


  • BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in science-related field and 1-year related experience in custodial and ecological land management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working with invasive species and treatment methods
  • Experience in ecological land management.
  • Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. tractor, lawn mower, chainsaw, UTV, ATV or OHV, two-way radio, or similar equipment).
  • Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Experience supervising staff and volunteers.
  • Basic understanding of facilities maintenance and systems and use of hand and power tools along with experience managing outside vendors.
  • Perform physically strenuous work in outdoor elements, lifting and carrying a 35 lb. pack and walking a majority of the day
  • Experience operating and or repairing various types of equipment and machinery.
  • Able and willing to work longer workdays, weekends, and holidays as needed.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Youth qualified (within first 30 days; annually thereafter).


  • 1-2 years related experience in custodial and ecological land management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Ability to recognize plant and animal species to complete preserve management activities.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation
  • Experience working with diverse group of stakeholders including governmental agencies, environmental organizations, local political offices, and private companies.
  • Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers).
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation.
  • Ability to manage staff and volunteers, build diverse teams, develop relationships with partners
  • Safe use of equipment, including tractors and power tools


The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including; health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, accrued paid time off (including annual, personal, and sick leave), life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellness benefits. Benefits may be subject to generally applicable eligibility, waiting period, contribution, and other requirements and conditions. Learn more about our benefits at We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellness, 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 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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