Water Chestnut Field Coordinator (Vermont)
The Nature Conservancy - Vermont

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The Water Chestnut Field Coordinator (FC) assists the Conservation Ecologist in achieving The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) long-term goal to control water chestnut, an invasive, non-native aquatic weed, in important wetlands and waterways in the Southern Lake Champlain Valley. Work is performed both in an indoor office setting and outdoors in canoes/kayaks, often in remote wetlands, with frequent heavy physical labor, and minimal supervision. Duties include organizing/coordinating/leading workdays (sometimes with volunteers) in wetland sites, conducing and sometimes training volunteers in water chestnut identification and hand-pulling control, and compiling and entering data on water chestnut harvest. FC may assist in recruiting and thanking volunteers, including writing letters, posting flyers, placing public service announcements, and coordinating with organized volunteer groups. FC is expected to work approximately 2 weekend days per month.


The Water Chestnut Field Coordinator participates in water chestnut identification and hand-pulling control techniques. This may include one or more of the following functions:
  • Training volunteers in water chestnut identification and hand-pulling control techniques.
  • Organizing/coordinating/leading workdays, in wetland sites and, often, with volunteers.
  • Compiling and entering data on volunteer hours and water chestnut harvest.
  • May assist in recruiting and thanking volunteers, writing letters, posting flyers, placing public service announcements, making presentations, and coordinating with summer youth camps.
  • Minimum 1 year college coursework in a natural resources field, training in science-related field, or related experience in land management
  • Experience performing physical work
  • Valid driver’s license is required
  • Experience driving a pickup truck and towing a canoe trailer
  • First aid and CPR certification, or willingness to become certified
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS Qualified candidates are well organized self-starters with a demonstrable commitment to conservation; comfortable with occasionally working alone in remote settings; have excellent map/GPS backcountry navigation skills; are able to communicate effectively in person and in writing; have good swimming and canoeing skills and are knowledgeable about water safety practices; are able to lift a canoe with a partner and complete other strenuous physical tasks related to hand-pulling aquatic invasives; can persevere to achieve water chestnut management goals (exhaustively searching emergent wetlands for water chestnuts from small hand-powered craft) under sometimes physically difficult and/or strenuous circumstances; can enthusiastically and effectively lead volunteers and supervise their work. Requirements include a valid driver’s license and at least 1 year of college coursework in a natural resources field or equivalent work experience are required. Knowledge of aquatic biology and/or prior experience managing water chestnut is an asset. First aid and CPR certification, or willingness to become certified, is a plus, as are knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel and experience driving a pickup truck pulling a (canoe) trailer. Weekend workdays and occasional long workdays are required. Must be willing to drive own vehicle when TNC vehicle is not available.


This position will be performed primarily outdoors and may include:
  • variable weather conditions
  • working at remote locations on difficult and hazardous terrain, if needed
  • physically demanding circumstances, such as:
    • considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain
    • frequent possibility of injury
    • long hours in isolated settings
End: August 30, 2013
Hourly Rate: $13.00 per hour
Schedule: 40 hrs per week

Work-related travel in personal vehicle will be reimbursed at standard mileage rates.


Housing on a Conservancy preserve is available, if needed.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 15, 2013 Interviews begin immediately.
  • ALL application components (see below) are required for an application to be accepted.
  • Only complete applications submitted by the deadline can be considered.
  • Applications must be made through The Nature Conservancy’s web-based career site at: http://www.nature.org/careers/. Click on How to Apply and follow instructions.
  • The following MUST BE uploaded with your job application in 1 or more documents before submitting the completed application:
    • cover letter stating why you are interested in this opportunity
    • current resume
    • 3 references with current contact information
For assistance with TNC's on-line job application system, please e-mail your inquiry to applyhelp@tnc.org . You will receive assistance within 2 business days.

For inquiries about this job, its description and content, or the application requirements, please contact:

Paul Marangelo, Conservation Ecologist
The Nature Conservancy
E-mail: pmarangelo@tnc.org
Phone: (802) 229-4425, ext. 119


The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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