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Vermont Field Technician

Montpelier VT

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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. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, 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.



The Vermont Field Technician conducts field research and management activities across the state of Vermont. The first three months of the position (Apr – Jun) will focus on restoration of American Elm. This will include taking measurements, mapping and monitoring elm plantings. This work is part of a partnership with the US Forest Service to restore the wild population of American elm to its former role as canopy trees by developing and planting more disease-tolerant selections of American elm. The final two months (Jul-Aug) of the position will focus on invasive species surveying, mapping and planning, and culvert assessments on Conservancy natural areas. This is a full time, short term position that involves extensive outdoor physical labor in diverse weather conditions. The Vermont Field Technician is supervised by Vermont Stewardship staff and does not supervise other staff. Prior ecological or agricultural field research experience desirable but not required.



Duties will include, but are not limited to:

Map elm plantings with an iPad equipped with Collector and surveyor grade GPS

Measure growth, survival and other monitoring data on elm plantings

Enter monitoring data from past years into database and check for accuracy

Inspect and maintain labels on seedlings from elm crosses

Maintain tree wrap on planted seedlings and other minor maintenance of planted seedlings

Assist with planting seedlings

Assist with propagation of exceptionally large surviving native elms

Survey invasive plant populations on Conservancy lands throughout Vermont

Map invasive plant populations with an iPad equipped with Collector

Use a database tool to make recommendations on prioritization of invasive plant management

Use a standardized protocol to measure and assess culverts for aquatic organism passage and flood resiliency on and near Conservancy lands.



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.

Requires long hours in isolated settings.

Makes day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor.

May work under infrequent supervision.

Consult with supervisor to develop plans for resolution of unusual or complex problems.

Ability to function productively as a member or leader of a work team.



High school diploma 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.

Experience working in a team environment.

Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide application, and driver’s license).



1 - 2 years’ experience in land management.

Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems.

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

Ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g.; lawn mower, chainsaw, tractor, two-way radio, etc.).

Ability to follow instructions from colleagues.

PC familiarity, including database knowledge such as ArcGIS.



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 46009 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 January 26, 2018.

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Posted January 2, 2018

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