Land Management Technician/Burn Crew Member
The Nature Conservancy - Minnesota

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The Land Management Tech/Burn Crew Member (Technican) will work in the Agassiz Beach Ridges Landscape in the Northern Tallgrass Prairie Ecoregion (western Minnesota) as part of a crew managing prairie tracts and restorations as well as being responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at various nature preserves in this landscape . The Technician must use safety equipment and must maintain a safety-conscious attitude at all times. Technician duties will include vegetation management (herbicide applications, brush removal, tree removal, mowing, biological control, etc.), equipment maintenance and organization, hand collecting native prairie seed, firebreak installation, boundary posting, fencing and assist with controlled burns. This position requires irregular hours and long days. Transportation from The Nature Conservancy office to the various sites will be provided by The Nature Conservancy. This is a seasonal position (August 12, 2013 through November 1, 2013).

  • Use safety equipment and maintain safety conscious attitude at all times.
  • Control of exotic species by biocontrol measures or through herbicide application with back-pack sprayer and wick applicator, mowing, hand cutting with machetes, chainsaws, brush cutters, and other tools.
  • Maintain accurate records and maps of herbicide use, biocontrol releases, mowed areas, and species managed.
  • Assist on prairie reconstruction projects including seed collecting, post seeding mowing management and spot treatment of noxious weed patches.
  • Identify observed management needs in and communicate information to supervisor verbally or in writing.
  • Prescribed and/or wildland fire experience preferred, but not mandatory. 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. Candidates lacking elements of this training MAY be considered and training opportunities afforded if selected for the crew.
  • Technician will be required to attend and pass TNC sponsored fire and equipment training during the first full week of employment. Training time is paid at normal salary rate.

  • High School diploma and 6 months of related experience.
  • Qualified as or able to meet qualifications for Fire Fighter Type 2.
  • Experience in the use of standard transmission pickups, ATVs, hand and power tools and the ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner.

  • This is a full-time (40 hours/week), temporary position with an employment term of three months.
  • Housing provided.

This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


The Technician may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. These conditions:
  • require considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain
  • present frequent possibility of injury
  • require long hours in isolated settings


The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.

  • $9.00 to $11.00 per hour, depending on experience.


To apply to position number 41310, submit resume and cover letter as one document. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 1, 2013.

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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process

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