Columbia Basin Project Steward – Oregon

The Nature Conservancy
The Dalles, OR or Ione, OR
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Preferred hiring range is: $21.05-$22.37
Last Date to Apply
The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 69 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit to learn more. The Columbia Basin Project Steward is a member of a team that implements and documents conservation actions and outcomes on high-priority conservation lands in north-central Oregon, including wildlife monitoring, invasive plant control, and native grassland restoration. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS • Use established protocols to conduct inventories and monitoring of breeding birds, raptors and Washington ground squirrels on the Boardman Conservation Area • Assist with invasive species mapping and management on the Boardman Conservation Area, Lindsay Prairie Preserve, Lawrence Memorial Grasslands Preserve, Tom McCall Preserve, and Research Natural Areas located on the Boardman Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility • Supervise seasonal staff, work crews, and volunteers • Assist with implementation of grassland and shrub-steppe restoration on the Boardman Conservation Area and the Boardman Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility; including seed collection, site preparation, planting, maintenance, and monitoring. • Assist with preparation of proposals to a variety of granting entities • Assist with preparation of interim and final reports detailing project accomplishments • Work with local, state, and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, and private stakeholders on joint projects • Coordinate use and maintenance of TNC facilities, tools, and equipment including: field house upkeep and repair, vehicle and equipment maintenance, fence repair, and prescribed fire activities • Operates heavy farm machinery RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE • May supervise seasonal staff and lead or monitor work groups consisting of staff, interns, and volunteers covering a wide geographic area. • Financial responsibility may include working within a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development and fundraising targets. • Networks with diverse groups, including land owners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public to recruit support for the Conservancy and publicize Conservancy programs/preserves. • Works under minimal and/or distant supervision; must make independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context. • Works in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances often walking 5-8 miles per day while carrying loads up to 30 pounds. • Travel often involves driving on narrow, hazardous gravel or dirt roads. • Frequent travel around and between work sites during weekdays, often staying out of town for multiple days during field season with possibly short notice. Overnight travel will average 25-30% on year-round basis. • Occasional work on evenings and weekends. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS • BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in science-related field and 1 year related experience in custodial and ecological land management or equivalent combination of education and experience. • Experience conducting and ecological field work. • Experience in data collection, summary techniques, and reporting. • Experience operating and repairing various types of equipment and machinery. • Ability to obtain related licenses or certifications such as red card, first aid, CPR, herbicide application. • Must have a valid driver's license and good driving record. PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross cultural experience appreciated. • 1 – 2 years related experience in ecological land management or equivalent combination of education and experience. • Some experience managing volunteers or entry level staff. • Ability to recognize plant and animal species of the Columbia Basin grassland and shrub-steppe. • Knowledge/understanding of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation/conservation or similar field. • Ability to cultivate creative ideas to improve conservation strategies • Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s). • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances and organizational priorities • Strong written and verbal communication skills. • Proven organizational skills and strong attention to detail. • Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers). • Experience with GPS and GIS ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION • This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program. Further details can be found in the full job announcement online by following the instructions below. • This is a term position ending in June 2018. • Preferred hiring range is: $21.05-$22.37
HOW TO APPLY Submit resume and cover letter here ( or search job ID 45681 on our careers page at All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 8:59 PM Pacific Time on 8/29/2017
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