Science and Stewardship Technician

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The Nature Conservancy

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Wood River, NE, United States

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30 days ago


Wood River, Nebraska, USA


The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 60 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity therefore we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit to learn more.

In Nebraska, The Nature Conservancy promotes habitat heterogeneity by using cattle and bison grazing, prescribed fire, and chemical & mechanical removal of exotic/invasive plant species. At Platte River Prairies, staff also harvests seed and works to restore cropland to prairie and wetland habitat, as well as to increase the plant diversity of existing habitats. There is a strong focus on evaluating the success of all stewardship treatments and sharing the results of that evaluation with a broad audience of landowner and land managers. In addition, we conduct research projects, alone and in conjunction with partners, that promote better understanding of ecological systems and the potential for stewardship activities to build and sustain ecological resilience.


This seven-month (full-time 35hrs per week) position collects data for current and upcoming research conducted by The Nature Conservancy and partners, performs land management activities including treating exotic and invasive species (chemically and mechanically), manages livestock and assists in maintaining preserve infrastructure. Data collection will be done in all environments at the Nebraska Chapter’s two Preserves (Platte River Prairies & Niobrara Valley) while the bulk of the stewardship focus will take place at PRP. Other tasks may include but are not limited to native seed collection, processing, and distribution, prescribed fire, and general equipment operation and maintenance. Will occasionally work with other staff, volunteers, and assist the public and TNC members.

Responsibilities and Scope:

  • May 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 working irregular and often long hours in isolated settings.
  • Makes day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor.
  • May work under infrequent supervision.


  • High school diploma or GED and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience in land management.
  • Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. lawn mower, chainsaw, UTV, ATV or OHV, two-way radio, or similar equipment).
  • Experience working effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.
  • Qualified as or able to meet qualifications for Prescribed Fire Crew Member (


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in in biology, natural resources management, environmental studies, or related field.
  • 1-2 years of experience with research data collection and organization.
  • 1-2 years’ experience in land management or related field.
  • Experience managing volunteers or other staff.
  • Ability to identify various plant and animal species, in the Great Plains.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently being mindful of timeline(s).
  • PC and/or mobile device familiarity, including database knowledge or understanding.


The Science and Stewardship Technician is supervised by the Director of Science and the Platte River Prairies Preserve Manager and may oversee the activities of short-term staff and volunteers. This position is located at the Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies, in a rural part of central Nebraska at Wood River, Nebraska, and will run from April 24, 2023, through December 1, 2023. Housing is provided at The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies. Applications are due January 17th, 2023


This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’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”. Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at


Salary: $20.00 per hour. All travel required for this position is paid by The Nature Conservancy. Excellent benefits (including comprehensive medical and available dental insurance) and housing are provided on a Conservancy Preserve.


To apply to position number 52656, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 17th, 2023.

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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.

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