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Land Steward

Harrisburg and Long Pond PA

Job ID: 45659


The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact for people and nature around the world in 69 countries, all 50 United States, major US cities and in your neighborhood. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit to learn more.

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.



The Pennsylvania Chapter of the Nature Conservancy is seeking two energetic conservationists for the position of Land Steward in Central (Harrisburg) and Northeastern (Long Pond) Pennsylvania to participate in preserve operations and implementing ecological management plans and projects for the chapter’s Stewardship program.The Pennsylvania Chapter is known in the Conservancy and beyond as a leader in innovative, effective strategies that benefit both people and nature at a scale that matters. Our past successes include protecting over 90,000 acres of key habitat and helping to restore natural, healthy flows to Pennsylvania’s three great river systems. The Land Steward will play an important role in achieving the Chapter’s goal to protect the lands and waters of Pennsylvania, the region, and the world for future generations.



Land Stewards lead work days to ensure the implementation and community support of preserve management plans and monitor a portfolio of preserves and conservation easements. Land Stewards maintain preserve areas frequented by the visiting public, execute and monitor habitat management projects, assist with prescribed fire and restoration operations and planning, and maintain tools and equipment.



May lead or monitor work groups consisting of staff, interns, and volunteers covering a wide geographic area.

Financial responsibility may include working within a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development and fundraising targets.

Networks with diverse groups, including land owners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public to recruit support for the Conservancy and publicize Conservancy programs and preserves.

May work under minimal and/or distant supervision; may make some independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.

May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.



BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in science-related field and 1 year related experience in custodial and ecological land management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience with natural systems and ecological land management principles.

Experience with GPS and GIS.

Must have a valid driver's license and good driving record.



1 – 2 years related experience in custodial and ecological land management or equivalent combination of education and experience.

S-130/190 certification and/or prescribed fire experience preferred.

Some experience managing volunteers or temporary staff.

Ability to recognize plant and animal species to complete preserve management activities.

Knowledge/understanding of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation/conservation or similar field.

Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).

Communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.

Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross cultural experience appreciated.



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 45659, 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 28th, 2017.

In your cover letter please indicate your prefered location between Harrisburg and Long Pond, PA.


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Posted August 10, 2017

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