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.
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
- 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
- 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.
HOW TO APPLY
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