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Edge of Appalachia Preserve Land Steward

West Union OH

Job ID: 48868


Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 79 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

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.



TNC Ohio has a decades long history of advancing land protection and conservation in the state, with the Edge of Appalachia (EOA) Preserve a prominent example of that work. Starting at just 42 acres in 1959, it now covers more than 20,000 acres of forestlands, grasslands, and rare prairie and glade habitats. EOA’s Land Steward contributes to the preserve by performing land management activities and maintaining areas frequented by the visiting public. This is a seasonal position lasting six months or less.



The EOA Land Steward removes non-native invasive species (NNIS), stewards EOA’s rare, xeric limestone prairies, upkeeps public trailheads and maintains trails. The EOA Land Steward will maintain hand tools, power tools, equipment, and land. The EOA Land Steward may also maintain preserve records using a database, PC or mobile device.



Supervises no staff, but may help plan and direct preserve work groups, including staff or volunteers.

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.

May apply chemical pesticides for NNIS removal.



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 commonly used in land management in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. brush cutter, chainsaw, backpack sprayer, UTV, ATV, 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, pesticide application).

Ability to obtain driver’s license and maintain a good driving record.



1 - 2 years’ experience in land management or related field.

Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems.

Ability to follow instructions from colleagues/coworkers/team members.

PC and/or mobile device familiarity, including database knowledge or understanding.



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.



Apply online to position number 48868, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 14, 2020.

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Posted July 31, 2020

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