Assistant Land Steward (8 months)

The Nature Conservancy
Sheffield, MA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$19.90/hour (housing available in exchange for property maintenance)
Last Date to Apply
Assistant Land Steward, Massachusetts Location: Sheffield, Massachusetts Status: Temporary, Full-time (35 hours/week, 33 weeks: April 2023- November 2023) Salary: $19.90/hour (Housing available in exchange for property maintenance) Who We Are: The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. 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. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube or on Glassdoor. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.” What We Can Achieve Together: The Assistant Land Steward will fulfill a variety of stewardship and management duties on Conservancy preserves within western Massachusetts. Duties include legal compliance monitoring, ecological monitoring, invasive species control, wildlife research, updating management plans, using and maintaining equipment such as hand tools, chain saws and brush saws, safely applying herbicide, enforcing preserve policies and monitoring visitor use, performing trail, boundary, and sign maintenance, and maintaining cooperative relationships with preserve neighbors, agency partners, partner organizations and the general public. We’re Looking for You: Are you looking for work you can believe in? At TNC we strive to embody a philosophy of Work that You Can Believe in where you can feel like you are making a difference every day. We’re looking for someone with strong experience in being a part of a diverse, multi-disciplinary team. The ideal candidate should have experience identifying plant and animal species and the ability to drive oneself independently. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the ongoing mission of conservation by working in a key, hands-on role! Specific responsibilities include: • Conduct legal compliance monitoring and drafts compliance reports; enters monitoring data; works with Land Steward to notify parties in the event of a violation and on volunteer implemented activities. • Conduct rare species monitoring (plants and animals) and data collection via field surveys, radiotelemetry, and wildlife cameras. Responsible for detailed data collection, data entry and management in various systems including GIS and Excel. • Work with stewardship staff and volunteers to perform preserve maintenance tasks (maintain signs and registration boxes, build and maintain trails, mark boundaries, control invasive species (using hand tools and herbicides). • Interact with preserve visitors by providing information about the preserves, promoting the work of the Conservancy, answering questions, and enforcing preserve policies. • Assist with maintenance of stewardship equipment such as hand and power tools, chainsaws, brush saws, and coordinating maintenance for the work truck. • Assist with office operations and administration of the stewardship program. • Assist with other stewardship and science projects as needed.
What You’ll Bring: • 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 mobile technology (tablets or smartphones) and interpreting mapped information. • Requires ability to work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. • Requires physical exertion and/or muscular strain, long hours in isolated settings, and presents frequent possibility of injury. • Requires valid driver’s license. • Requires either a current MA Applicator License (Core) or willingness to take the exam required to obtain a Core license.
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