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This position will be based in the Conservancy’s Great Bay office and focus on providing stewardship support for the Conservancy’s preserves and conservation easements located in the southern half of the state. The geographic focus of the position is largely centered on the seacoast region and southwestern NH. The Seasonal Land Steward will also be responsible for equipment maintenance and organization. Specific duties will include trail and boundary line maintenance, installation & maintenance of preserve signage, invasive species management, stocking and maintaining kiosks, supporting prescribed burns at the Ossipee Pine Barrens, coordinating, training, & leading volunteer and intern activities, rare plant species monitoring, and positive engagement with the general public throughout all aspects of work.
The Seasonal Land Steward will be supervised by the Conservancy’s Southern NH Stewardship Ecologist, and also coordinates with other Chapter stewardship staff.
Monitoring and maintaining hiking trails (i.e. brushing & drainage structure maintenance) and preserve boundaries.
Maintaining preserve signage and kiosk information and structures.
Supporting prescribed burns and other ecological management activities.
Utilizing, maintaining, and organizing tools and equipment.
Engaging in manual invasive species control and monitoring efforts.
Lead volunteer and intern activities and oversee trail or invasive species control project.
Documenting work accomplished.
Assisting as needed with the monitoring of conservation easements and preparation of monitoring reports.
High school diploma and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience in land management.
Experience operating various types of equipment.
Experience performing physical work
Experience working unsupervised and/or alone, in some cases in remote locations.
Knowledge of and interest in the outdoor environment and the ability to recognize or identify various plant and wildlife species.
Experience and expertise in the safe and efficient operation of motor vehicles, GPS, chainsaws, brush saws, assorted hand-tools, and other equipment
Ability to accept and follow instructions, take responsibility, and contribute to a collaborative working environment and support the mission of The Nature Conservancy.
Experience of working productively and efficiently on one’s own without direct supervision; including ability to independently plan, problem solve and adapt to shifting demands.
Ability to be aware and observant as well as assess risks and avoid potential hazards.
Ability to be attentive to detail, well-organized, energetic, and self-motivating.
Possess a friendly disposition including experience of interacting well with the public and serving in a group leadership role (e.g., volunteers, etc.).
Ability to communicate effectively and function productively as a member of the TNC work team.
Ability and motivation to perform physically demanding hands-on work & manual labor, sometimes under adverse conditions or in inclement weather.
Experience and interest in performing trail, property boundary and other physically demanding work.
Ability to read and interpret assorted maps, orient oneself, and work competently and confidently in the outdoors.
Possess fundamental computer skills in order to maintain preserve and other records.
Desirable: Fundamental GPS and ArcGIS skills.
Desirable: Basic firefighter training (S130/S190); preferably red card certified.
Desirable: First aid and CPR certifications.
ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION
This is a full-time position with an employment duration of approximately May 2013 – November 2013 (6 months).
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT
May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations and on difficult and hazardous terrain. These conditions often:
require considerable physical exertion and endurance and
present the possibility of injury and the need to operate in an especially safe manner.
Must be flexible with working schedule including a willingness to work some Saturdays as well as occasional extended days and overnights.
BENEFITS-SHORT TERM POSITIONS
The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, a 401k plan, 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.
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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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