Field Steward Prairie Forest Border Ecoregion – Minnesota

The Nature Conservancy
Cushing, MN
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The Field Steward assists with the implementation of a comprehensive program to protect natural communities and species, and to complete land management activities on conservation lands in central and southeastern Minnesota. The Field Steward works with and directs a land management crew daily, working on Conservancy and partner agency lands. This position is based out of the Lake Alexander Preserve office, located near Cushing, MN. The Field Steward will work across central and southeastern MN, with frequent travel and regular overnight stays. This position is a full-time position.

The Field Steward’s primary function is to organize daily logistics, promote crew cohesion, and to ensure a safe and productive work environment. Daily duties focus on prescribed fire and controlling invasive species and woody vegetation in prairie and oak savanna ecosystems. Other ecosystems include mixed pine/oak forests and Jack pine savanna. The Field Steward coordinates the work of a 2-4 person stewardship crew during the field season. Other duties include maintaining preserve areas frequented by the visiting public, vegetation monitoring, seed collection and processing, assisting with contract development and/or inspections, assisting with grazing leases and fence maintenance, maintaining tools and equipment, and operating heavy machinery. This position may spend up to 50% of the time away from their home base.

•Leads a crew of 2-4, and helps plan, direct and monitor work groups consisting of staff, interns, contract crews, 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 and project development.

•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.

•May work under minimal and/or distant supervision; may make some independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.

•May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.

•Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.

•At times will require long and irregular hours in independent or group settings
MUST APPLY ON LINE AT Apply to position number 45589, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 23, 2017.

•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 and good driving record.

•Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross cultural experience are 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 in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation/conservation or similar field.
•Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
•Working knowledge of ArcGIS and other common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers).
•Communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
•NWCG fire qualified as Fire Fighter Type 1 (FFT1) or higher strongly preferred, including coursework and experience requirements. See the Conservancy’s Fire Management Manual for a full explanation of qualification requirements: •Safe record of using and maintaining preserve tools and equipment, including chainsaws, mowers, skid loaders, tractors, trucks, trailers, ATVs and power tools.
•Class A commercial driver’s license or willingness to pursue a class A CDL.
•Have or be able to obtain a Minnesota Pesticide Applicators license.
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