Conservation Practitioner III: Stonewall, OK

The Nature Conservancy
31700 County Road 3593, Stonewall, OK 74871
Job Category
Full time Positions
Hourly ($19 - $21.50 based on experience and geographical location)
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
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 Conservation Practitioner III performs and participates in preserve operations including maintenance, management, development and coordination of conservation and restoration programs. The Conservation Practitioner III (CPIII) leads work teams to ensure the coordination, community support and implementation of preserve management plans. The CPIII maintains preserve areas frequented by the visiting public, removes exotic species and/or monitors and researches species, maintains tools and equipment, operates heavy machinery, and opens and closes preserve to the visiting public. The CPIII may track and record work progress including invasive species, thinning, and Rx fire treatments. The CPIII will be responsible for assisting with planning and implementation of prescribed fire, including fire line construction, boundary delineation and mop-up activities. May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. Position location: Arbuckle Plains and Blue River Project, Pontotoc Ridge Preserve. Stonewall, OK RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE • May build cultivate, and maintain relationships with landowners and key partners including public agencies and non-profit organizations. • Operate fire equipment, if qualified, including ignition devices, 4WD trucks, ATV’s, UTV’s, portable pumps, pump engines, port-a-tanks, tractors, backpack blowers, brush cutters, chain saws, hand tools, and GPS units • May organize, 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, managing contractors, assisting with budget development and fundraising targets. • May work under minimal and/or distant supervision; may make some independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context. • Efficiently operates and maintains tools and equipment (chainsaws, brushcutter, UTV’s, ATV’s, weed trimmer) • Assist Universities, Colleges and other agencies with research project implementation and coordination • Firearm possession/use is permitted under the following instances: o Euthanasia o Preserve Stewardship and Management: Control of certain animals. We’re Looking for You: Through the efforts of The Nature Conservancy 108,425 acres in Oklahoma have been preserved and protected for people and nature. From grasslands to forests, rivers to mesas, we envision an Oklahoma where our rich natural heritage is valued and protected, and people are inspired to conserve nature for future generations. This is an exceptional career opportunity for a highly motivated, capable individual interested in joining the world’s leading conservation organization! What We Bring: Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact conservation throughout the world! The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including: health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellbeing benefits. Learn more about our benefits at in the Culture Tab on We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellbeing, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!
What You’ll Bring: • BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in science-related field and 1-year related experience in custodial and ecological land management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience. • Experience with natural systems. • Experience in ecological land management principles. • Experience operating and or repairing various types of equipment and machinery. • Must have a valid driver's license. Please indicate this in your resume. • Must be qualified as a Fire Fighter Type 2 (FFT2) or willingness to achieve in a short timeframe, including Introduction to ICS (I-100), Human Factors on the Fire line (L-180), Introduction to Wild land Fire Behavior (S-190), Firefighting Training (S-130), and one training burn serving under the supervision of a qualified FFT2. See • Must achieve physical fitness standard as determined by local Fire Program Manager and the TNC Fire Manual. • Must have familiarity with the safe operation of equipment and off-road vehicles and must follow recommended safety guidelines and precautions specified for said work. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS • Experience as Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) or working towards Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) certification highly desirable • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated. • 1 – 2 years related experience in custodial and 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 to complete preserve management activities. • Knowledge/understanding of current trends and practices with respect to ecological restoration principles and able to plan and prioritize restoration activities i.e thinning, Rx fire, grazing, exotic and invasive species eradication • Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s). • Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers). • 2 years' experience with GIS Databases (ArcPro, Field Maps, Avenza Maps). • Communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages. • Experience working with and understanding all aspects of prescribed fire as a management tool • Willingness and ability to further training and experience with prescribed fire • S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaw (Basic Faller). • Experience with troubleshooting various equipment such as: two-cycle engines, 4-cycle engines, and Diesel engines: Tractors, chainsaws, brush cutters, backpack blowers, trash pumps, military surplus equipment, Medium Heavy-Duty Trucks, lawn mowers, push mowers, brush hog, ATVs, UTVs, and 4WD vehicles. • Maintenance experience of upkeeping facilities such as office building, well houses, shops, and ranch house. • Experience with monitoring plots. To apply for job ID 52884, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact
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