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Coastal Conservation Technician

Nassawadox VA

Job ID:  48646


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 Coastal Conservation Technician assists science and conservation staff with program activities at the Virginia Coast Reserve including stewardship for beach nesting shorebirds and waterbirds, marine habitat restoration, education and outreach events, and preserve management and maintenance.



The Coastal Conservation Technician will assist the science and conservation staff at the Virginia Coast Reserve (VCR) with the following activities:

Stewardship activities for beach nesting birds (conducting visitor outreach and surveys at boat ramps, posting and patrolling beach nesting bird habitat, maintaining signage, data entry);

Marine habitat restoration (collecting eelgrass reproductive shoots, maintaining an eelgrass seed curing facility, oyster reef and scallop restoration efforts);

Education and outreach events (assisting with nature camps/workshops and public events); and

Preserve management and maintenance (trail maintenance, general facility upkeep).


Additional duties may be assigned. The position requires one to keep organized notes, ride on boats frequently and perform physically strenuous work in outdoor settings.



Position primarily based on a Wednesday through Sunday schedule although requires willingness to work a varied schedule when needed..

Will work under close supervision and receive specific and detailed instructions for required tasks.

Will frequently interact with preserve visitors and TNC staff, partners and volunteers.

May supervise volunteers on a project basis.

Will work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations for long periods of time in isolated settings, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.

May require considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.



High school diploma and 6 months of related experience

Must be willing to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR).

Experience working in outdoor settings in variable and sometimes physically challenging conditions.

Must have valid driver’s license, safe driving record (per TNC’s Auto Safety Program) and provide own transportation and personal automobile insurance.



Ability to follow instructions from colleagues.

Ability to work in a team environment.

Comfortable working on a boat; comfortable working alone.

Local knowledge of the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Student interested in pursuing a career in conservation preferred.



Current funding provides for $14.50 per hour, 35 hours/week, 10-week duration. Some benefits. Desired start date is flexible but position duration will occur between May and August 2020. Position primarily based on a Wednesday through Sunday schedule.



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 48646, 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 April 13, 2020.

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Posted March 24, 2020

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