Preserve Management Assistant -Agassiz Beach Ridges, The Nature Conservancy, Minnesota

Agency
The Nature Conservancy
Location
Glyndon, MN
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
$12.50 to $15.50/hr DOE; housing provided
Start Date
03/25/2019
Last Date to Apply
01/25/2019
Website
https://www.nature.org/about-us/careers/careers-interactive-job-map.xml
Description
APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ONLINE at Nature.Org/careers. Job ID 47145 The ABR Preserve Management Assistant will travel within the Agassiz Beach Ridges landscape in the Northern Tallgrass Prairie Ecoregion (western Minnesota) as part of a landscape-based spring and fall prescribed burn crew as well as part of a multi-person crew managing nature preserves during the summer months ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS As part of the prescribed burn crew, the Preserve Management Assistant (PMA) will be responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at various nature preserves under the direction of a Prescribed Burn Leader. The PMA must use safety equipment and maintain a safety-conscious attitude at all times. Tasks include assisting with preserve management activities such as prescribed burning, applying herbicides, clearing and mowing firebreaks, boundary posting, repairing and organizing burn equipment, tree and brush cutting, fence construction/removal, constructing parking areas, maintaining vehicles and equipment, meeting with local landowners, identifying management needs for preserves, assisting with field trips, leading volunteers, and other land management tasks as necessary. This position requires irregular hours, travel on short notice and the ability to work weekends. Employees are required to live in TNC provided housing due to the remote setting of this work location and the need to report to duty on short notice. 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 The Nature Conservancy office to the various preserves will be provided by The Nature Conservancy. This is a full-time (40 hr/week) seasonal position with a start date of March 25, 2019 and end date of November 1, 2019. RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE • Supervises no staff, but may help plan and direct preserve work groups, including staff or volunteers. • Maintain preserve areas frequented by the visiting public • Remove exotic species and/or species monitoring (including use of herbicides) • Prescribed burn preparation, implementation, and post-burn monitoring • Maintain tools and equipment • Brush and tree removal • Seed harvest • Photo and vegetation monitoring • Other preserve management activities • All TNC staff actively participating on a prescribed burn must be qualified as a FFT2. The Preserve Management Assistant will participate in prescribed burns, preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. • 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. • May require long hours in isolated settings. • Makes day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor. • May work under infrequent supervision.
Qualifications
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS • High school diploma or GED 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 in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. Lawn mower, chainsaw, UTV, ATV or OHV, two-way radio, or similar equipment). • Experience working in a team environment. • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide or pesticide application). • DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross cultural experience appreciated. • 1 - 2 years’ experience in land management or related field. • Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems. • Qualified as or able to meet qualifications for FFT2, including Introduction to ICS (I-100), Human Factors on the Fireline (L-180), Introduction to Wildland 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 • 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. • Ability to perform physical work, sometime under adverse conditions or in inclement weather • Ability to pass US Forest Service work capacity test at arduous level (3 mile walk with 45 lb pack in 45 minutes) • Ability to function productively as a member or leader of a work team • Ability to obtain driver’s license and maintain a good driving record. • Ability to follow instructions from colleagues/coworkers/team members. • PC and/or mobile device familiarity, including database knowledge or understanding.
Contact Person
Sonia Winter
Contact Phone
2184982679
Contact eMail
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