Stewardship Field Assistant Job in The Nature Conservancy
Brunswick, Maine, USA
A LITTLE ABOUT US
Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive.
We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it’s career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued.
In addition to the minimum requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Passion, innovation, and diversity are all key components to advancing our Mission and we encourage you to apply.
All TNC staff based in the U.S. or a U.S. Territory are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of receiving one of the vaccines approved in the U.S. (Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson) shall be condition of employment and must be provided prior to starting work. TNC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and reasonable accommodations for candidates who cannot be vaccinated due to a valid medical or religious reason, or claim an exemption under applicable state law will be considered.
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
The Stewardship Field Assistant assists with a variety of stewardship and management duties on Conservancy preserves within Maine. Duties include legal compliance monitoring, ecological monitoring, invasive species control, research, updating management plans, using and maintaining equipment such as hand tools, chain saws and brush saws, enforcing preserve policies and monitoring visitor use, performing trail, boundary, and sign maintenance, and maintaining cooperative relationships with preserve neighbors, agency partners, the general public, and partner organizations.
This is a full-time, 26-week, temporary position that begins in April 202w and ends in October 2022, COVID permitting. The Assistant may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. This position requires physical exertion and/or muscular strain, long hours in isolated settings, and presents frequent possibility of injury.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
- Conducts legal compliance monitoring and drafts compliance reports; enters monitoring data; works with Preserves Manager to notify parties in the event of a violation; works with Stewardship Program Assistant and Preserves Manager on volunteer mailings.
- Works with stewardship staff and volunteers to perform preserve maintenance tasks (maintain signs and registration boxes, build and maintain trails, mark boundaries, control invasive species).
- Interacts with preserve visitors by providing information about the preserves, promoting the work of the Conservancy, answering questions, and enforcing preserve policies.
- Researches and acquires ecological and legal information and field collects natural resource information pertinent to the management of Maine Chapter preserves and conservation easements and assists with updating preserve management plans.
- Deals with problems as they arise on preserves (may include timber and other forms of trespass, unauthorized vehicular use, camping, etc.).
- Assists stewardship staff with ecological monitoring throughout the state.
- Assists with maintenance of basic equipment such as hand and power tools, chainsaws, outboard boat motors, etc.
- Participates, when available and as certified, as crew member on controlled burns in Maine.
- Assists with special projects as needed.
- High school diploma and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience in land management or equivalent combination.
- Experience identifying plant and animal species.
- Experience with GPS units and interpreting mapped information.
- Experience performing physical work.
- Valid driver’s license.
- Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience.
- 1 – 2 years training in science-related field or related experience in land management.
- Ability to perform physical work, sometimes under adverse conditions.
- Ability to hike over rough terrain for extended periods of time, lift and carry up to 40 pounds, and be willing to work outdoors sometimes in foul weather; ability to navigate in the field.
- Willingness to travel throughout Maine over extensive periods of time, work weekends and occasional evenings, sometimes providing own reliable transportation.
- Experience operating and maintaining power tools, chainsaws, and brushsaws safely is preferred.
- Experience driving a pickup truck with a loaded trailer is helpful.
- Communicates effectively in person and in writing with a wide variety of people, including preserve neighbors, private landowners, partners, and volunteers.
- Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, GIS, and Access.
- Knowledge of, and demonstrated experience with, a GPS unit- to find and mark field locations, have experience navigating roads in remote locations. Able to read and interpret road and topographic maps, aerial photos, and other sources of mapped information.
- First Aid and CPR certified is helpful.
- Experience operating a small skiff with a small outboard motor on lakes and in near-shore ocean settings is helpful.
- Fire Red Card certification helpful; must be willing to meet physical fitness standards for controlled burn crew.
- Knowledge and familiarity with Maine geography, natural history, environmental science.
AUTO SAFETY POLICY
This position requires a valid drivers license and compliance with the Conservancys 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 employees motor vehicle record.
To apply for job ID 50730, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on February 13, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact [email protected]
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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