Edge of Appalachia Land Steward

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The Nature Conservancy

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West Union, OH, United States

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16 days ago


West Union, Ohio, USA


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The Edge of Appalachia (EOA) Land Steward is a 6-month, full-time, short-term position based out of the EOA field office just east of West Union, OH in Adams County. This position is part of a 2-person team, working in collaboration with permanent EOA staff, to advance the preserve’s management, stewardship, and restoration goals. Work activities will be overseen and directed by the Appalachian Forest Manager, through frequent, but not daily, interactions. Land Stewards will be responsible for equipment preparation, use, and maintenance; use of GPS unit and related devices; accurate record keeping; and other responsibilities as assigned. In addition to work at EOA, Land Stewards may infrequently work at one of TNC’s other southern Ohio preserves. The compensation range for this position is $16 - $18 per hour depending on experience.


The EOA Land Steward removes non-native invasive species (NNIS), stewards EOA’s rare, xeric limestone prairies, upkeeps public trailheads and maintains trails. The EOA Land Steward will use and maintain fleet vehicles, trailers, hand tools, power tools, and associated equipment. The EOA Land Steward will also maintain preserve records using GIS software or inspection reports on PC and mobile devices.

  • Works as part of a team and does not supervise any staff or volunteers.
  • Will work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.
  • May require long hours in isolated settings.
  • Makes day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor.
  • May work under infrequent supervision.
  • Will make use of chemical pesticides for land management, including non-native invasive species removal.
  • Will be responsible for low value purchases (e.g. vehicle fuel, 2-stroke oil, etc.) and expense reporting.


  • High school diploma or GED and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience in land management.
  • A valid driver’s license is required for this position.
  • Experience working in a team environment.
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, pesticide applicator).
  • Ability to perform physical work, often under adverse conditions or inclement weather.


  • 1 - 2 years’ experience in land management or related field.
  • Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems.
  • Ability to follow instructions from colleagues/coworkers/team members.
  • PC and/or mobile device familiarity, including GIS and database knowledge or understanding.
  • Experience operating equipment commonly used in land management in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. brush cutter, chainsaw, backpack sprayer, UTV, ATV, two-way radio, or similar equipment).
  • Experience recognizing plant and animal species, especially non-native invasive species common in southern Ohio
  • Experience using hand-held GPS devices to record data and use of database systems for maintaining field records.


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 51948, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on August 22, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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