Western MA Land Stewardship Assistant
The Nature Conservancy-Worldwide Office - Sheffield, MA

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The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Since our founding in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 117 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide — and we operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally. We have more than 1 million members and dedicated staff working in all 50 United States and more than 30 countries around the world — we are everywhere you want to be!

Position Summary
The Land Steward Assistant works with Conservancy staff, interns, and volunteers to provide stewardship support for the Conservancy's preserves and conservation restrictions located in Western Massachusetts (west of the Connecticut River), advancing critical habitat restoration, public education, and sound, ecological preserve management. Responsibilities include assisting the Stewardship Manager with managing our Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) Program (a four-week, three-student internship program); trail and boundary maintenance; training and leading volunteer and intern activities; participating in controlling invasive species that threaten ecologically significant wetland systems; ecological monitoring; natural resource mapping using Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS); maintenance of stewardship equipment and facilities; positive engagement with the general public throughout all aspects of work; and other land stewardship tasks, as needed and appropriate. This is a full time, short-term, five-month position, starting in May and ending in September 2013. Dates are approximate and start date is flexible.

Desired Skills & Experience (education and years of experience, key competencies)
  • High school diploma and 1-2 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.
  • Experience performing strenuous field work.
  • Experience coordinating and supervising volunteers, and working in a group setting.
  • Experience with map and compass, boundary marking
  • Experience using Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Coursework or training in organizing data in Excel spreadsheets.
  • Experience working unsupervised and/or alone.