Muleshoe Ranch Preserve Manager

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The Nature Conservancy

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Willcox, AZ, United States

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11 days ago


Willcox, Arizona, USA

Muleshoe Ranch Preserve



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The Muleshoe Ranch Preserve Manager develops, manages, and advances conservation programs, plans and methods for large-scale geographic areas. The Muleshoe Ranch Cooperative Management Area (MRCMA) consists of 5,200 acres of deeded land owned by The Nature Conservancy, and 48,500 acres of federal land. The MRCMA is cooperatively managed with the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and US Forest Service; and the Preserve Manager is The Nature Conservancy’s on-site manager.

The Muleshoe Ranch Preserve Manager will develop, manage and advance conservation programs for more than 50,000 acres within the second largest unfragmented landscape of the American Southwest. The Muleshoe Ranch Preserve Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of MRCMA and provides technical support for all associated activities, including supervision of employees/volunteers.

Essential functions include:

Approx. 40%: Plan and direct preserve management programs and land stewardship

  • Implement the Muleshoe CMA Ecosystem, San Pedro watershed, and Arizona Business Unit plans.
  • Manage the general operation and function of this historic location (maintenance of 10 historic buildings (including 6 casitas for guest services), solar array, outbuildings, hot springs facilities, etc.), guest services, and public recreational management.
  • Plan, coordinate, and direct ecological monitoring, fire related activities, outreach activities, with internal and external partners.
  • Maintenance of preserve areas frequented by the visiting public, such as signage, trail, and road maintenance.
  • Address critical threats to natural systems and individual species.
  • Coordinate and oversee the work by contractors.

Approx. 25%: Work with Muleshoe CMA and other agency, NGO, community, and academic partners

  • Leverage the best management practices for landscape conservation, wildlife connectivity, habitat restoration, and watershed management with our partners, neighbors, and local and indigenous communities to support the Arizona Chapter and its initiatives.
  • Work closely with the Arizona Stewardship Director to effectively integrate and leverage the work accomplished on and near the Muleshoe Ranch Preserve with ongoing work elsewhere within the Arizona Program.
  • Coordinate with other site mangers in the program to share resources and experience.
  • Foster cross-site learning among an international conservation community.
  • Coordinate community support functions, such as events and meetings.

Approx. 15%: Arizona business unit cross function coordination and participation

  • Work with Philanthropy and marketing staff on outreach and event coordination at Muleshoe.
  • Participate in the San Pedro Watershed Team for landscape scale planning, implementation, and project management.
  • Participate in interdisciplinary work groups within the Arizona program.

Approx. 15%:

  • Supervise preserve staff and volunteers.
  • Ensure that staff are trained to safely perform maintenance and safely use equipment on property (e.g., chain saws, ATV, tractors, 4-wheel drive vehicles).

Approx. 5%:

Administration: Timely and accurate completion of administrative functions such as timecards; expense reports; employee performance evaluations/check-ins; self-performance documentation.


The Muleshoe Ranch Preserve Manager develops, manages, and advances conservation programs, plans and methods for large-scale geographic areas. The Muleshoe Ranch Cooperative Management Area (MRCMA) consists of 5,200 acres of deeded land owned by The Nature Conservancy, and 48,500 acres of federal land. The MRCMA is cooperatively managed with the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and US Forest Service; and the Preserve Manager is The Nature Conservancy’s on-site manager.


  • Manage multi-disciplinary administrative and professional staff, with responsibility for performance management, training and career development.
  • Gain cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals.
  • 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.
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • Under minimal supervision, makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and judgment.
  • Employs a full range of management and communication tools to secure public and private support for TNC conservation priorities.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Travel as required in local area and throughout Arizona (staff retreat, planning / community meetings, other preserves, to town for supplies, etc.) and occasionally in U.S. (trainings, etc.). Travel may include overnight/weekends.
  • Work additional hours as needed – including evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Other duties as required.


  • BA/BS, law, business or natural resource related degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements.
  • Experience communicating with public and/or media both in writing and verbally (includes explaining conservation practices to technical and nontechnical audiences).
  • Experience with principles of landscape level conservation and/or watershed management; and ecological land management principles.
  • Experience working with computers and related software, such as Windows, Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, and Word), “Box”, web browsers and internet research.
  • Experience with principles of land acquisition.
  • Experience working from a remote site far from resources and with limited communication to complete monitoring, construction and maintenance projects.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Regularly move, push, pull, lift 45 pounds.
  • Youth certified (within initial 30 days of elopement annually thereafter).


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Experience in land management conservation practice and conservation science.
  • Experience working with prescribed fire planning and implementation
  • Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management, and natural resource management
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Working with partners to accomplish complex projects.
  • Working with politics and society with respect to environmental affairs including local community.
  • Working with media and influential officials, especially governmental, to improve Conservancy programs’ outcomes
  • Completing tasks independently, accurately and with respect to timeline(s)
  • Managing time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results
  • Explaining conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Knowledge of the flora and fauna of the southwest
  • Knowledge of land management conservation practice and conservation science including current trends and practices in conservation
  • Willingness to develop additional skillsets required to maintain and repair the building infrastructure, operate and maintain ranch equipment, and work remotely to maintain, repair, and develop fences, wells, etc., in the backcountry.
  • Working in rugged terrain, inclement weather, and remote conditions. Includes wild fires, rattlesnakes, bears, etc.
  • Making sound decisions on legal, financial, conservation and reporting issues
  • Applying science to decision-making and guide activities
  • Communicate and working closely with scientists, agency partners, indigenous communities, TNC staff and the general public.


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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