Jan 17, 2020
The Nature Conservancy OFFICE LOCATION Glyndon, Minnesota, USA MN402 A LITTLE ABOUT US Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 74 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter. The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond. YOUR POSITION WITH TNC The Agassiz Beach Ridges Field Steward will work closely with the Agassiz Beach Ridges Land Steward/Burn Boss (LS) and participates in preserve operations including the maintenance, management, development and coordination of conservation activities on all preserves within the Agassiz Beach Ridges Landscape (ABR) of west-central Minnesota. This position is based at Bluestem Prairie Scientific and Natural Area, near Glyndon, Minnesota. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The Field Steward (FS) will assist the Land Steward in development and implementation of biological and preserve management plans for priority preserves. They may lead work teams to ensure the coordination, community support and implementation of preserve management plans. The FS 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 keep maintenance records or machinery. The main duties of this position are prescribed burn planning and implementation, exotic species control, woody species reduction, prairie restoration and monitoring. The FS will serve as a part of a six to seven-person team during spring and fall prescribed fire seasons. The FS will continue their burn training to progress towards the goal of becoming a RxB2 Burn Boss. RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE Responsible for biological management, property management and accurate tracking of management needs for preserves. Assist with the hiring, training, and field supervision seasonal staff. Organize logistics, promote crew cohesion, and ensure a safe working environment. May lead or monitor work groups consisting of staff, interns, and volunteers covering a wide geographic area. Financial responsibility may include working within a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development and fundraising targets. Networks with diverse groups, including land owners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public to recruit support for the Conservancy and publicize Conservancy programs/preserves. May work under minimal and/or distant supervision; may make some independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context. May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances which may require some overnight travel. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in science-related field and 1-year related experience in custodial and ecological land management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in prescribed burning and/or wildfire suppression, qualified as a FFT2. Experience with natural systems. Experience with plant identification in the Great Plains Experience operating and/or repairing various types of equipment and machinery. Experience supervising staff or volunteers is required. Must have a valid driver's license and good driving record. Ability to pass DOT health physical. Must achieve physical fitness standards as determined by the local Fire Program Manager and the TNC Fire Manual. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS 1 - 2 years related experience in custodial and ecological land management or equivalent combination of education and experience. Fire Fighter Type 1 qualified. Desire to advance in NWCG fire qualifications. 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 with management of and controlling invasive species in prairie ecosystems via herbicide application from UTVs, ATVs, and backpack sprayers. Experience with conservation grazing practices. Knowledge/understanding of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation/conservation or similar field. Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s). Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers, Collector, ArcMap). Communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages. Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated. AUTO SAFETY POLICY 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 www.nature.org/careers . 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. HOW TO APPLY To apply to position number 48434, 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 February 16, 2020. Click "submit" to apply for the position or "save for later" to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration. If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact firstname.lastname@example.org . 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. The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.
Professional Diversity Network Glyndon, MN 56547, USA Full-Time