JOB TITLE CFL Land Conservation Steward
JOB FAMILY Conservation
JOB NUMBER 450002
SALARY GRADE 2
Tiger Creek Preserve
CFL Land Conservation Specialist
DATE September 23,2020
SUMMARY The Central Florida (CFL) Land Conservation Steward performs and participates in preserve operations, maintenance and management.
FUNCTIONS The Central Florida Land Conservation Steward (Steward) is a staff member of the Stewardship and Field Programs Department (SAF) of The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Florida Chapter. SAF is responsible for implementing and managing field conservation work (e.g., wildland fire management, invasive species control, habitat restoration, etc) across Florida and stewardship of the Florida Chapter’s network of preserves. The preserves are part of TNC’s Center for Conservation Initiatives (CCI).
The CFL Land Conservation Steward (Steward) maintains preserve areas frequented by the visiting public and performs land management activities. They remove exotic species and/or conducts species monitoring. They may assist in prescribed burns and maintain tools, equipment and land. The Steward will open and close preserve to the visiting public and maintain preserve records using a database or PC.
Participates in preserve operations, maintenance and management. This may include one or more of the following functions:
• Prescribed Fire and wildfire assistance
• Assist partners with the fire management operations
• Maintains vehicles, tools and equipment
• Implements preserve management plans
• Maintains preserve area frequented by the visiting public
• Controls and/or monitors invasive species
• Conducts volunteer work projects
RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE The CFL Land Conservation Steward will work on several Nature Conservancy preserves on or near the Lake Wales Ridge in central Florida, including Tiger Creek Preserve, Saddle Blanket Scrub Preserve and Venus Flatwoods Preserve. This position also assists land management activities as listed in Essential Functions on other TNC preserves, including Hatchineha Ranch and Disney Wilderness Preserve. The Steward will assist with the protection, restoration, and maintenance of these and other important natural areas in central Florida. They serve as a team member of the CFL Ecosystem Support Team (ERT) which conducts prescribed fire and restoration activities on partner lands in the central Florida region.
• Knowledge or interest in land management or forestry techniques, particularly prescribed burning. Prescribed or suppression fire experience preferred. Knowledge and/or interest in species protection, ecosystem restoration and the importance of biodiversity.
• Participate as a fire crew member during prescribed fires and wildfires. This will require the regular use of ignition devices, fire control hand tools, and operation of engines or tractor/tanker equipment.
• Must meet NWCG 310-1 training requirements for Fire Fighter Type 2 (FFT2) (experience at level S130/S190 or above).
• Excellent physical condition. Ability to meet minimum TNC training and health requirements for prescribed burning at the arduous level. For Florida: 3 mile walk with a 45 pound pack test with a time of 45 minutes or less.
• Assist with pre/post burn operations, including fireline prep, mop-up, and collection and analysis of pre/post burn fire data.
• Maintain fire management equipment.
• Assist with fire and stewardship related training sessions.
• Ability to perform invasive species control, which includes the safe use of herbicides and related equipment.
• Ability to maintain and operate a range of off-road and farm vehicles, including tractors and similar equipment. Experience with fire management equipment such as Type 6/7 engines preferred. Must have valid driver’s license. Must also obtain First Aid/CPR certification upon hire.
• Familiarity with a variety of electric and fuel powered tools, and must be able to operate these tools safely. Must follow recommended safety guidelines and precautions specified for said work and vehicle operation and maintenance.
• Able to implement programs in the field with strong attention to accuracy and detail.
• Good interpersonal skills. Ability to work equally well independently or as part of a team.
• Willingness to work a 40-hour work week. This employee works five eight-hour days. Work may also include weekends and travel on short notice.
• Must be reliable, hardworking and safety conscious. Willingness to at times work long hours and weekends, on short notice while maintaining positive morale under adverse working conditions.
• Ability to navigate in largely unfamiliar terrain, with or without a map/compass.
• Ability to prioritize and carry out tasks in the absence of specific instructions.
• Other ORGANIZATIONAL COMPETENCIES Communications Effectively expresses messages verbally and in writing. Actively listens to others. Fosters open exchange of issues. Is timely with information.
Flexibility & Innovation Flexible to changing circumstances. Takes innovative approaches towards work. Takes calculated risks and makes dependable decisions in the fact of uncertainty.
Interpersonal Savvy Maintains positive working relationships. Contributes to productive partnerships inside and outside the organization. Understands team member roles and values the contributions of others. Effectively deals with conflict.
Open to Learning Versatile learner and committed to self-improvement. Employs strengths effectively. Willingly shares knowledge with others. Seeks coaching on areas needing improvement. Adjusts behavior/performance as needed. Views mistakes as learning opportunities.
Organizational Awareness Understands the basics of our business. Knows how local job relates to the big picture & contributes to the overall strategy. Knows how/why things work inside TNC. Easily moves through internal networks and channels for success.
Produces Results Takes Initiative. Focuses on priorities. Strives for excellence. Is dependable and accountable for results. Persistent in the face of obstacles and meets deadlines.
This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.
duties as assigned by supervisor
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 operating various types of equipment.
• Experience working in a team environment.
• Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (First Aid, CPR, herbicide application, and driver’s license).
PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE • 1 - 2 years’ experience in land management.
• 1 - 2 years of higher education in a natural resources major
• Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems.
• Ability to recognize plant and animal species to complete preserve management activities.
• Ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g.; lawn mower, chainsaw, tractor, two-way radio, etc.).
• Ability to follow instructions from colleagues.
• PC familiarity, including database knowledge.