The Nature Conservancy

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The Nature Conservancy Duluth, MN, USA
Feb 16, 2018
Temporary
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC The Research Assistant works closely with other staff to research and gather conservation planning data. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The Research Assistant – Northeast Minnesota will assist in measuring forest vegetation and site conditions in northeastern and northcentral Minnesota.  Work will focus on collecting baseline and post-treatment forest vegetation data on recently planted and managed sites, monitoring forest restoration treatments, and other projects as directed.  The RA-NEMN will work with other Conservancy staff in the Northeastern Minnesota Program; will be supervised by the Forest Ecologist but will supervise no staff.  This is a full-time short term position from May through mid-October of 2018. RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE Perform fieldwork.              Compiles data, resolves disparities and modifies processes to generate plans.                                           May work with a small group of staff, interns or volunteers on a project basis.                                            Will work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Bachelor’s Degree in science related field and 1-year experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with GIS software and data to create maps.   DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated Field Experience in vegetation sampling and plant identification Ability to navigate in forested lands with GPS, compass, maps and aerial photography. Experience utilizing ARCGIS software and data Experience managing databases and producing reports. Ability to work in rugged terrain under adverse conditions. All applications must be submitted in the TNC system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 6 , 2018 Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
The Nature Conservancy Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, USA
Feb 16, 2018
Temporary
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC The Floodplain Connectivity and Fish Passage intern will synthesize and integrate existing floodplain and fish passage restoration plans, spatial data, and field verified barrier locations into a comprehensive restoration approach for the Roanoke River, with particular focus on lands in conservation. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The North Carolina Chapter of The Nature Conservancy has a long history of successfully conserving floodplains along the Roanoke River.  In order to ensure those floodplains remain functional both as fish habitat and in their ability to absorb floodwaters, it is necessary to understand and identify locations where restoring connectivity through barrier removal or other means helps achieves those goals. The Floodplain Connectivity and Fish Passage intern (intern) will coordinate with partner organizations, including state and federal agencies, NGOs, and academic partners, to identify pertinent plans and data for prioritizing barrier removal projects on conservation lands along the Roanoke River and its tributaries.  The intern will integrate that information with spatial data products (e.g. LiDAR, aerial imagery, etc.) and expert opinion to identify potential restoration sites that provide the highest return on investment.  S/he will assist with field verification of possible restoration sites as needed.  The intern will prepare a final report that outlines locations on conservation lands within the Roanoke River watershed that represent the highest priority to increase floodplain connectivity and passage of diadromous fishes.  This is a seven-week internship with a flexible start date in May or June 2018. RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE Coordinate input from TNC staff, state (Division of Marine Fisheries, Wildlife Resource Commission, Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership) and federal (US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) agencies, NGOs (American Rivers, Sound Rivers, Environmental Defense Fund) and academic partners to synthesize and integrate existing plans and data into a comprehensive restoration approach for the Roanoke River. Analyze LIDAR data, aerial imagery, and other spatial data products along Roanoke River to identify possible restoration sites. Assist in field verification at possible restoration site locations. Prepare spatial data products, a final report, and recommendations for restoration priorities. Works under close or infrequent supervision. May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations for long periods of time in isolated settings, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.                Requires minor physical exertion and/or muscular strain. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS High school diploma or GED and 6 months of related experience.    Background in conservation, natural resources, fisheries, wetland ecology, or similar field. Clear communication skills via written, spoken, and graphical means in English. Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g., Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, web browsers, Google Earth, online mapping tools) Experience or coursework using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Experience using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) units in the field. Ability to work independently in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, with variable water conditions, and under physically demanding circumstance. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross cultural experience appreciated. Experience with floodplain, coastal wetland, and/or diadromous fish field research/monitoring, boating experience is a plus. Working knowledge of floodplain connectivity and barrier removal techniques. Experience with data analysis. A self-starter able to work with minimal guidance. Ability to follow instructions from colleagues/coworkers/team members. HOW TO APPLY All applications must be submitted in the TNC system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 16 , 2018. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
The Nature Conservancy Rochester, New York, USA
Feb 05, 2018
Full time
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC The Nature Conservancy is implementing wetland restoration projects to improve habitat for fish and waterfowl and to reduce nutrients and sediment by creating channels and open water potholes and restoring floodplains within the Lakeshore Marshes Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and Honeoye Lake WMA.  The Restoration Technician will assist with carrying out project implementation actions, including response monitoring, project coordination, restoration design and community outreach during the 2018 field season.  This is a full-time, short term position.  Please note housing is not provided.  ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The Restoration Technician will assist with the design and site preparation for the restoration actions.  S/he will work with staff, partners and volunteers to collect various environmental data that will be used to evaluate the project’s effectiveness.  This includes collecting fish data, wetland vegetation information, working with expert volunteer birders to collect information on marsh birds and analyzing Drone imagery.   S/he may also help to remove exotic species and interact with public regarding the overall objectives and strategies of the project.  This is a great opportunity to learn about an active ecological restoration project, with various partner organizations and stakeholder interests.   RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE Supervises no staff, but may help plan and direct preserve work groups, including staff or volunteers.      May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. Requires long hours in isolated settings.                                    Makes day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor.  May work under infrequent supervision. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS High school diploma and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience in land management. Experience recognizing plant and animal species.         Experience collecting scientific data and maintaining quality records.  Experience operating various types of equipment.                         Experience working in a team environment.      Driver’s license and clean driving record      DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS 1 - 2 years’ experience in land management.                      Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems.   Demonstrated experience collecting scientific data; maintaining accurate records (e.g. field forms and digital database). Ability to recognize plant and animal species.  Ability to swim and is comfortable in canoes and kayaks.  Ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g.; brush cutter, chainsaw, DO meter, etc.). Ability to follow instructions from colleagues. PC familiarity, including database knowledge.                   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. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 11, 2018. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
The Nature Conservancy Kingston, Jamaica
Feb 05, 2018
Full time
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC The Water Fund and Watershed Conservation Manager is responsible for the development and implementation of water fund initiatives in Jamaica and develops, manages, and advances watershed conservation, plans, and methods for the Jamaica Programme of the Caribbean Division of The Nature Conservancy. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The Water Fund and Watershed Conservation Manager for Jamaica is responsible for the development and implementation of water fund initiatives in Jamaica, within the context of the Coca Cola Foundation grant and the IDB-TNC Water Funds Partnership – Technical Cooperation. In addition, he or she provides technical leadership and support to the Jamaica Programme of the Caribbean Division by planning, directing and implementing watershed restoration, conservation management programs and stewardship. S/he identifies, assesses and addresses critical threats or potential risks to the water replenishment aspect of the restoration work. S/he verifies on-the-ground activities executed by implementing partners to assure compliance with goals and objectives. S/he oversees the conditions of restoration sites established in the Wagwater Watershed and makes recommendations to reorient processes and keep the programme on track. This position reports to the Jamaica Programme Director Hours: This is a full-time position  RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE Supervise project management and goals achievement by multi-disciplinary administrative and professional staff at partner organization. Gain cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals. Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development, and meeting fundraising targets.         Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.            Under minimal supervision, makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment. May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS BA/BS, natural resources or hydrology degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or more than 10 years of equivalent combination of education and experience. Written and verbal fluency in English Supervisory experience. Knowledge of the working areas Experience using GPS and other GIS tools Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers. Experience communicating with the public and/or media both in writing and verbally. Valid driver license DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS Knowledge of land management conservation practice and conservation science. Qualified to work in Jamaica Ability to prepare complex technical reports on a regular basis and meet deadlines Experience negotiating complex agreements.  Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management, and natural resource preservation. Completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s). Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and Spanish. ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION Term:  This position has an end date of January 31, 2021; an extension may be considered, but is not guaranteed. 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. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 1 , 2018.
The Nature Conservancy Rhinelander, WI, United States
Feb 05, 2018
Full time
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC The Forest and Fire Ecology Monitoring Technician performs and participates in fuels management operations and fire effects monitoring.  Two positions are available mid-May 2018 through the end of August 2018. Both positions will be dedicated to a collaboration project between The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Forest Service Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and Northern Research Station in Rhinelander. Candidates will have exposure and learning opportunities related to fire science, forest management and restoration activities in addition to research monitoring activities associated with seed banks, tree and herbaceous vegetation monitoring, greenhouse techniques, and plant identification of pine barren ecosystems.  As part of a larger team of technicians led by TNC staff and USFS staff, candidates will also get exposure to standard forestry practices and FIREMON sampling protocol used widely by the US Forest Service managers, as well as pollinator monitoring techniques and protocol.  Opportunities to work on prescribed fires directly may be available if interest and timing allows. When not focused on monitoring efforts, candidates will work on fuel management projects that will include potential chainsaw work, pile building, and fire line preparations.   ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Forest and Fire Ecology Monitoring Technicians will work on a crew to manage fuels and prepare fire breaks for prescribed fires and will monitor fire effects and other monitoring and research needs of the USFS. Seasonal Fuels & Fire Monitoring Technician will use and maintain tools and equipment. RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE May interact with visitors. Works under close or infrequent supervision. May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations for long periods of time in isolated settings, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.                Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS High school diploma or GED and 6 months of related experience              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). Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide or pesticide application, chainsaw certification) DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross cultural experience appreciated. Ability to follow instructions from colleagues/coworkers/team members. Ability to work in a team environment. Ability to obtain a driver’s license, and maintain a good driving record. Botanical knowledge of northern Wisconsin plants or demonstrated ability to identify and learn plants quickly.  Bird identification of northern Wisconsin birds using songs 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. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
The Nature Conservancy Martha's Vineyard, Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States
Feb 05, 2018
Full time
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The Land Steward works with Conservancy staff, interns, and volunteers to implement stewardship for the Conservancy’s preserves and conservation restrictions located in Southeastern Massachusetts including Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod. This position will advance critical habitat restoration and sound, ecological preserve management.  Responsibilities include coordinating trail and boundary maintenance; preserve and conservation restriction monitoring; managing volunteers and contractors;  controlling invasive species; ecological monitoring; natural resource mapping using Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS); maintenance of stewardship equipment and facilities; positive engagement with the general public throughout all aspects of work; and other land stewardship tasks, as needed and appropriate. This position will also oversee the Hoft Farm Seasonal Residence and recruit and supervise volunteers, contractors, and seasonal staff. The Land Steward reports to the Director of Stewardship & Restoration (Based in Northampton, MA) and is part of a small state-wide stewardship team. RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE Implement ecological restoration activities for TNC-managed properties across the Islands by coordinating actions such as invasive plant control, tree cutting, mowing, prescribed fire, seeding, and other activities including use of heavy equipment, herbicide and chainsaws. Coordinate and conduct preserve management tasks which include:  monitoring and maintaining property boundaries, infrastructure (i.e. gates; signs, kiosks), and trails; complete annual monitoring reports, and update management plans. Monitor conservation easements, prepare monitoring reports, and assist in addressing easement violations. Plan and prioritize stewardship activities, maintain important land stewardship records, and assist in addressing preserve encroachment issues and coordinating various stewardship projects. Oversee the Hoft Farm Preserve seasonal residence including directing actions of contracted caretaker, working with Boston office staff on administration related to  seasonal or other short term residents, and ensure that residence stays clean and operational. Perform natural resource mapping using Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Assist with the coordination of prescribed burning on the Islands, including undertaking or supervising preparatory work for burns; and after receiving sufficient training (if necessary), assisting with prescribed burns. Travel to Cape Cod or other islands in  MA several times per year to carry out stewardship activities. Recruit and supervise short-term employees, contractors, and interns. Recruit, coordinate and manage volunteers. Utilize, maintain and organize stewardship equipment. Engage positively with the general public and partners throughout all aspects of work. Document work tasks and functions performed in written reports, Excel spreadsheets, and other required software platforms. Interest in reading and understanding legal deeds, easements, covenants, and leases. Participate in regional land management partnerships. Undertake other land stewardship tasks, as needed and appropriate. May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain. Requires long hours in isolated settings. Makes day to day decsions as delegated by supervisor. May work under infrequent supervision. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in science-related field and 1year related experience in custodial and ecological land management or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience recognizing plant and animal species. Experience operating various types of equipment. Experience performing strenuous field work. Experience coordinating and supervising volunteers, and working in a group setting. Experience with map and compass, boundary marking Experience using Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Coursework or training in organizing data in Excel spreadsheets. Ability to work unsupervised and/or alone. Valid driver’s license Must be able to obtain herbicide application certification Must live on Martha’s Vineyard (housing may be available) DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS 1-2 years experience in custodial and ecological land management or equivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge of and interest in the outdoor environment, natural systems, and the ability to recognize or identify various plant and wildlife species. Experience and expertise in the safe and efficient operation of motor vehicles, GPS, chainsaws, brush saws, assorted hand-tools, and other equipment, with an emphasis on personal and group safety. Ability to accept and follow instructions, take responsibility, and contribute to a collaborative working environment and support the mission of The Nature Conservancy. Experience with prescribed fire and S-130/S-190 training. Experience of working productively and efficiently on one’s own without direct supervision; including ability to independently plan, problem solve and adapt to shifting demands. Ability to be aware and observant as well as assess risks and avoid potential hazards. Ability to be attentive to detail, well-organized, energetic, and self-motivating. Possess a friendly disposition including experience of interacting well with the public and serving in a group leadership role (e.g., volunteers, etc.). Ability to communicate effectively and function productively as a member of the TNC work team. Ability and motivation to perform physically demanding hands-on work & manual labor, sometimes under adverse conditions or in inclement weather. Experience and interest in performing trail, property boundary and other physically demanding work. Ability to read and interpret assorted maps and plat surveys, orient oneself, and work competently and confidently in the outdoors. Possess fundamental computer skills in order to maintain preserve and other records. Possess fundamental Excel, GPS and ArcGIS skills. Desirable: experience with ESRI software. Desirable: first aid and CPR certifications. Multilingual skills and multi-cultural or cross cultural experiences are 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.
The Nature Conservancy Chester, New Jersey, United States
Feb 05, 2018
Full time
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC The Nature Conservancy of New Jersey has identified the Paulins Kill watershed (a tributary of the Delaware River) as a priority area for habitat restoration and water quality improvement. A critical component of this strategy is the restoration of floodplain forests identified within strategic segments of this watershed. Building on prior successes elsewhere in the watershed we will be planting and restoring multiple contiguous miles of floodplain forest throughout the Paulins Kill watershed. To accomplish this goal, we are hiring 2 seasonal Freshwater Restoration Assistants to implement this project.  These positions will help with additional freshwater-related projects involving water quality monitoring and macroinvertebrate surveys. These positions will be based at the New Jersey Field Office, located in Chester, New Jersey. This is a 3 month, paid position for 35 hours/week at $18 per hour. Position starts March 26th, 2018. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The Freshwater Restoration Assistant participates in the implementation of a variety of restoration, assessment and monitoring projects throughout the Paulins Kill watershed.   This may include one or more of the following functions: Assists with on-site implementation of projects including: tree planting, operating hand tools and augers, removing exotic species, maintenance activities, and planting native species in priority floodplain area Assists with other freshwater tasks including tree and shrub survival monitoring, erosion monitoring, stream monitoring, site maintenance and other to be determined projects. Conducts standardized scientific surveys including the collection of water quality and stream benthic macroinvertebrate samples, and conducts standardized visual surveys to assess the physical condition of stream reaches Communicates regularly with supervisor and conservation staff regarding site information Maintains all necessary tools and equipment RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE Interacts well with the general public and volunteers. May work under close or infrequent supervision. May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations for long periods of time in isolated settings, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.                Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.                            MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS High school diploma and 6 months of related experience Experience operating various types of equipment. Experience performing physical work.   DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS Ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g.; pick-up truck/trailers, power tools, etc.) Ability to follow instructions from colleagues Willingness to work a flexible schedule including occasional weekends Ability to perform physical work, sometime under adverse conditions or in inclement weather Demonstrated organizational skills Experience with tree planting and restoration activities Working knowledge of local flora and fauna with knowledge of invasive species preferred Experience collecting biological and water quality samples Knowledgeable and passionate about fresh water ecology 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. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, February 28, 2018   Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com