Jul 03, 2019

Stewardship Technician, Palmyra Atoll

  • Professional Diversity Network
  • Palmyra Atoll, United States Minor Outlying Islands
Full-Time Government

Job Description

The Nature Conservancy


Palmyra Atoll, USA



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 72 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.


Palmyra's research station supports scientific research by TNC, the USFWS, and world-renowned research institutions. Staff are hired on a seasonal basis for approximately 3 months at a time to operate the research station and camp facilities. Board and lodging are provided while on-island.

This is a one-year termed position. There are generally two paid positions in the Research Station's maintenances services at a time that will rotate on/off the atoll. Applicants should expect to spend six months of the year on Palmyra, three months at a time. In the gap between tours on the research station, employees are placed into a leave without pay status.

The successful candidate must possess, or be able to obtain, a valid Passport with an expiration date later than your term of employment, proof of a physical examination showing good physical and a current tetanus vaccination.


If you have a personal passion for conserving and protecting the natural world with a belief in The Nature Conservancy's mission, then please go to www.nature.org/careers and apply online with cover letter & resume to Job #47182. Please explain how you meet the minimum qualifications listed. The application deadline is open till Dec 30, 2019 at Midnight EDT. If you experience technical problems with the site or application process, please contact applyhelp@tnc.org and include the job opening ID.


The Stewardship Technician is responsible for upkeep, maintenance and repairs of all research station facilities and supports field station operations. These facilities include buildings, roads, a runway; water treatment facilities, a wastewater treatment wetland, and a 75kw photovoltaic grid with battery and generator backup. The position is also responsible for preventative vehicle maintenance including rust abatement and painting and miscellaneous trouble-shooting on all vehicles and heavy equipment such as tractors and backhoe. Will monitor and maintain renewable energy hybrid microgrid consisting of solar P.V., battery storage, back diesel generator and wind turbine generator. Responsible for tracking and maintaining inventory of necessary parts and materials for maintenance operations using Excel software. Responsible for daily cleaning and maintenance of selected field station facilities and any other duties as assigned.

  • Will work 6 days per week, in variable weather conditions (hot, humid, wet), at a remote location, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. These conditions will involve considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain, frequent possibility of injury, long hours in isolated settings, exposure to petroleum products, paint and fuels, employee to be on call on 48 hour shifts to allow for 24 hour a day emergency coverage, employee to assist with community chores even on days off.
  • Ability to live and work productively within a small and confined community on a remote location for up to 3 months, adjusting with the stations needs to support science and philanthropic endeavors.
  • Work and communicate effectively with a diverse group of people, including scientists, field station staff and other guests of the stations, providing and obtaining needed information to ensure smooth operations.
  • In the event of an emergency atoll staff may be tasked with specific duties to ensure communal safety and welfare. This may include responding to minor/major medical emergencies, tsunami evacuation events, marine rescue events, fuel spills and/or fire containment, etc.
  • May supervise staff, or help plan, direct or convey work instructions to other staff or volunteers.
  • Independently analyze and diagnose problems then develop and implement appropriate solutions.
  • Consult with supervisor to develop plans for resolution of unusual or complex problems.
  • Identify and disseminate lessons learned, best practices and methods, tools, consistencies and inconsistencies across seasons
  • Cumulative 1-year experience working in a confined community such as aboard a ship, field camp, or remote research station.

  • High school diploma and 4 years direct experience maintaining facilities or equipment with applied knowledge in electrical, mechanical, plumbing, refrigeration, or basic carpentry.
  • Experience performing basic preventative maintenance of mechanical equipment and engines.
  • Experience driving and operating heavy machinery such as a tractor.
  • Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g.; lawn mower, power tools, chainsaw).
  • Experience with one of the following: basic maintenance of water and waste systems or energy systems, preferably photovoltaic, battery storage, and diesel generators.
  • Ability to perform work that requires physical mobility and ability to lift up to 50 lbs; including climbing tall ladders, working on roofs and small cramped spaces.
  • Professional or volunteer experience in an applied conservation, environmental restoration, invasive species removal, or conservation outreach setting.
  • Must be able to obtain a current CPR/First Aid certification.
  • Experience with PC ; ability to maintain inventory of parts and supplies in Excel.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.


  • Professional experience in maintaining facilities and equipment with applied knowledge in electrical, mechanical, plumbing, refrigeration, or basic carpentry.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently and manage diverse activities under deadlines.
  • Ability to perform physical work, sometime under adverse conditions or in inclement weather.
  • Wilderness First Responder certification.


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.


To apply to position number 47182, 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 December 30, 2019.

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 applyhelp@tnc.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 men and women 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.



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