Nov 07, 2019
The Nature Conservancy
OFFICE LOCATION El Dorado Springs, Missouri, USA 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 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. YOUR POSITION WITH TNC The Osage Plains Project Coordinator facilitates all aspects of The Nature Conservancy's initiatives to improve the management and conservation of prairies and grazing lands in Missouri's Osage Plains Ecoregion while helping implement Missouri's sustainable agriculture strategy through engagement with landowners and producers across the landscape. Although the Coordinator reports directly to TNC, this is a shared position with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) that necessitates close collaboration with state staff and conservation priorities for the Upper Osage Grasslands (UOG) Priority Geography. This is a three-year term position, with possible renewal in successive years. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The Osage Plains Project Coordinator will work with private and public-sector partners to understand and address the challenges of adopting conservation practices in the Missouri's Osage Plains Ecoregion. S/he will facilitate habitat management activities on TNC's preserves in the landscape, advance sustainable grazing practices aligned with TNC's Shared Conservation Agenda, and collaborate with MDC to implement key aspects of the Comprehensive Conservation Strategy within the UOG. The Coordinator will spearhead development of effective messaging and outreach to ranchers, agribusiness, and other members of the grazing sector to provide accurate and relevant information about conservation practices. S/he will develop key partnerships with public and private organizations to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices, raise stakeholder interest in outcomes, and develop resources to support the adoption and use of conservation tools within the Osage Plains. The Coordinator will also represent TNC and MDC in outreach events to convey the importance of conserving prairies, grazing techniques, soil health, water quality, and agricultural sustainability. RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE Leads TNC strategies on sustainable agriculture within the Osage Plains, emphasizing practices focused on sustainable grazing, native grass and forb restorations within pasturelands, soil health, and nutrient reduction, etc. Assists in delivering stewardship activities on remaining TNC Osage Plains preserves, i.e., Niawathe, Marmaton, etc. Directs stewardship activities at Wah'kon-tah Prairie and other UOG grasslands in coordination with MDC Collaborates with local partners (i.e. Quail Forever Grazing Management Specialist) and delivers community outreach (education, interpretation, programming and media) within the UOG Participates as a member of MDC's UOG Priority Geography Coordination Team Assists MDC staff in implementation of conservation projects on private land within the UOG, including easement monitoring, etc. Assists TNC staff as needed in the Grand River Grasslands Priority Geography with prescribed fire activities and development of sustainable grazing demonstrations on both TNC and private lands, in conjunction with local MDC private lands staff MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS BA/BS degree and 2 years of experience in prairie conservation or sustainable grazing practices, or equivalent combination Proven experience managing projects, including managing finances, with internal and external partners Experience working within the agricultural/ranching community Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including staffing, workloads, and finances under deadlines Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS Experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans with public and private entities Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance Experience negotiating complex, multi-party agreements Established relationships with members of the ranching community in Missouri and Iowa Politically savvy and experience in presenting to and communicating with business, governmental, and community leaders Knowledge of current trends and practices in grazing, conservation, land management, and natural resource preservation NWCG FFT2 qualifications, with knowledge of Conservancy fire management Standard Operating Procedure, requirements and guidelines Demonstrated experience in ecological management and nature preserve stewardship, including vegetation manipulation, property stewardship, exotic species issues, boundary issues, community outreach, neighbor relations, data collection and reporting, and prevention of adverse usage Excellent interpersonal, and communications skills. Ability to communicate positively and effectively with people of all educational levels and backgrounds, and to clearly and effectively articulate concepts, gain consensus, and to serve as an effective representative for the Conservancy. Demonstrated ability to effectively unite diverse coalitions to achieve results Demonstrated field familiarity with general ecological principles and biological systems. Ability to provide oversight and coordinate logistical support for ongoing research activities. Familiarity with the biota and ecological systems of the Tallgrass Prairie a plus. Demonstrated competency in reading and interpreting maps and aerial photographs. Experience with GIS, regional biological inventories, GPS, remote sensing, and ecological restoration helpful 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. SALARY INFORMATION $36,000 - $42,000/yr HOW TO APPLY To apply to position number 48195 , 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 6, 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 email@example.com . 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.
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