The Nature Conservancy in South Dakota is looking to fill one full-time; temporary-regular position in its Clear Lake, SD location. The Range Technician (RT) is a very hands on land management position! The RT will assist with various prairie stewardship activities which will include: prescribed fire operations (ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, and monitoring) in the spring and fall, tree/brush removal, noxious weed control, fencing, firebreak installation and other tasks as assigned. The RT will serve on a burn crew of 6 to 8 people during fire season and will also assist in daily coordination and gain some “leadership” skills by helping with the oversight of the summer land management crew (1 – 2 short-term staff). These crews travel throughout the Prairie Coteau (northeast SD/southwest MN) landscape. This is a full-time (40 hours/week) temporary-regular position from April 1, 2021 through December 3, 2021.
The RT will participate in prescribed fire activities like preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. Their
duties will include daily conversations with supervisor to receive assignments and efficient and concise communication of assignments to the land management crew. Personal organization and excellent communication skills are a must for this position as you need to have all your gear/equipment with when you leave the office/shop! The RT will be expected to travel individually or with a crew to perform various grazing program and habitat maintenance duties on TNC preserves throughout the Prairie Coteau in northeast South Dakota and southwest Minnesota.
Besides prescribed fire, other duties may include grazing program management tasks, exotic/noxious weed control and prairie maintenance tasks. A more complete list of duties for this position can be found at www.nature.org/careers. Besides the regular duties, the RT position also may include a variety of outreach activities including meeting with local landowners, assisting with field trips,and leading volunteers. Occasional overnight or extended periods away from base office may be required. This position is based on a 40-hour work week, but may require irregular hours, long days, and travel on short notice.
Housing facilities will be provided for the full term of employment. However, if an employee already lives in the area or is able to obtain housing within a close proximity to this work location, and the employee is able to report for duty within 30 minutes, then the employee may live offsite. Transportation from TNC office to the various preserves will be provided by TNC.
MUST APPLY ONLINE AT www.nature.org/careers
• High school diploma and 6 months of related experience.
• Must be qualified, or able to become qualified, as a Fire Fighter Type 2 (FFT2), 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 http://www.tncfiremanual.org/firefighter.htm
• Must achieve physical fitness standard as determined by local Fire Program Manager and the TNC Fire Manual.
• Experience operating various types of equipment.
• Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, DOT health card, and driver’s license).
• Multi-lingual skills and multicultural or cross cultural experience appreciated.
• 6 months -1 year of related experience.
• Experience working with natural systems.
• Experience recognizing plant and animal species in Northern Tallgrass Prairie is preferred
• Ability to operate and maintain various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. engine, pumps, ATV, brush-cutter, chainsaw, two-way radio).
• Qualified or able to obtain SD Pesticide Applicator license.
• Must have valid driver’s license and good driving record.
• Have valid DOT health card or the ability to obtain a health card.
• Ability and willingness to follow instructions from colleagues.