The Nature Conservancy (TNC) - Sandhills Conservation Research Opportunity

  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities
  • Southern Pines, NC, United States
  • Mar 13, 2017
Contractor - Independent Consultant Biology/Ecology Communication/Public Outreach Natural Resources Research

Job Description

ORISE) Fellow stationed in the Conservation Center of the Sandhills located in Southern Pines, North Carolina.  This position provides Conservation Planning assistance to TNC’s Longleaf Whole System project and the NC Sandhills Conservation Partnership. Eligible candidates will have graduated from an ecology, conservation biology, natural resources, or wildlife related graduate program within three years of the hiring date.  The appointment is for one year but may be renewed for up to four years. We are looking for candidates who will commit to at least 3 years in this position.  Information on the ORISE program can be found at:

The NC Sandhills TNC ORISE Fellow will help to advance the wildlife and habitat conservation mission of the Partnership through conservation planning and research, grant and project management, and data analysis. Duties will include:

Establishing relationships with landowners and exploring land conservation options
Completion of baseline documentation, environmental assessments, and other tasks associated with land protection
Grant writing
GIS mapping, analysis, and data management support
Developing and updating land management plans detailing the history, current status, and plans for achieving and maintaining a desired future state of TNC preserves
Assisting TNC’s Prescribed Fire program on prescribed burns
Assist with monitoring conservation easements for adherence to terms and conditions
Coordinating fire effects monitoring and assisting with monitoring of restoration and land management activities on TNC Preserves
Required Knowledge and Skills: 

Masters degree in Conservation Science, Planning, Forestry, or other related field.

Excellent spoken and written communication skills required.  Experience working with private landowners a plus.
      3.Experience with grant writing preferred.

Familiarity with advanced principles of GIS and experience using ArcInfo software and proficiency in the use of global positioning system (GPS) technology required. 

Familiarity with the ecology of the longleaf pine ecosystem and the principles and practices of longleaf pine habitat protection, restoration and management preferred.

Experience conducting prescribed burns is preferred.  Applicant must be willing to quickly achieve TNC’s Firefighter Type II certification and be able to pass a fitness test (walk 3 miles with 45 pound pack in 45 minutes).

Proficiency using Microsoft Office software;

The ability and desire to interact with people from diverse backgrounds.

A strong work ethic, willingness to work extra hours when needed, and attention to detail.
A desire to be part of a dynamic team that sets and achieves lofty conservation goals.

The ORISE Fellow will not be an employee of The Nature Conservancy.  The Fellow will receive a monthly stipend of $3,400 - $3,900 depending on skills and experience.  The successful applicant will have the opportunity develop their own project related to TNC’s mission and will have a $5,000 annual budget for training and travel. The Fellow will be responsible for his/her own taxes and health insurance.

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Job Level

Entry-level, Mid-level, Intern (Paid)