Cross Ranch Assistant Preserve Manager

at The Nature Conservancy in Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Job Description

WHAT WE CAN ACHIEVE TOGETHER As the Assistant Preserve Manager, you will assist with planning and implementing preserve ecological management plans and projects across the three The Nature Conservancy (TNC) preserves in central North Dakota (Cross Ranch, John E. Williams, and Davis Ranch) equalling close to 15,000 acres. You will lead work teams and together, will address critical threats to natural systems and individual species, fosters cross-site learning among the conservation community, and supply conservation planning with site level information relevant to the planning process. You will also oversee and direct stewardship activities, including the management of invasive species, grazing leases, facilities maintenance, and bison husbandry. In this role, you will work under minimal and/or distant supervision; and may make some independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context. You can expect to work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. This position will require irregular work hours and long days. While this position will work primarily from the Cross Ranch office, you will occasionally travel and stay overnight at other work locations within the MN-ND-SD Chapter. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Preserving maintenance tasks (control invasives, mark boundaries, check/maintain fences, upkeep of facilities, maintain trails.) Preparing and participating in prescribed fires and burns on TNC, partner, and private lands. Leading or assisting with ecological monitoring on TNC lands. Leading and supervising staff, contractors, and partners to ensure a safe working environment and goal achievement. Aligning with a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development and fundraising targets. Engaging with the community through recruitment and collaboration with landowners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members, and the general public to increase support and awareness. WE'RE LOOKING FOR YOU We're looking for a passionate, dedicated person to help lead our Chapter and work within our Division. Systems Leadership, creativity, and the ability to influence without authority are key in this role. If you're looking for a career where you can find meaning and purpose, come join our Chapter as the Cross Ranch Assistant Preserve Manager and apply today! Not only will you fulfill conservation objectives in the beautiful state of North Dakota, but you'll also contribute to conservation goals through many networks! WHAT YOU'LL BRING Bachelor's degree and 3 years' experience in custodial and ecological land management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience managing staff or volunteers. Relationship building experience to work closely with a variety of partners, i.e., media, government officials, internal scientists. Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s). Experience with communication via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages. Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc. Experience in training. Must have a valid driver's license and good driving record. Ability to pass DOT health physical. Must achieve physical fitness standards as determined by the local Fire Program Manager and the TNC Fire Manual. In addition, the following DESIRED skills and/or experiences would be an asset for this role but are not required. For applicants without these, please view these as areas or skillsets where you will have opportunities for growth and professional development. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS 3-5 years' experience in natural resource management, similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience. NWCG FFT1 qualified or ability to become qualified. Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. lawn mower, chainsaw, UTV/ATV or OHV, two-way radio, or similar equipment.) Experience controlling invasive species via herbicide application. Experience working with or around livestock (cattle and/or bison.) Knowledge/understanding of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation/conservation or similar field. Experience with plant identification in the Great Plains WHAT WE BRING Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world! TNC offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan with an 8% employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on We're proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports of the health and well-being of the people we employ. ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION Cross Ranch is located along the only free-flowing section of the Missouri River in North Dakota. The river is bordered by some of the most extensive floodplain forests left in the state. Farther away from the river are uplands that are covered by mixed-grass prairie that has remained relatively unchanged for hundreds of years. It is on almost 5000 acres of these mixed-grass prairie uplands that Cross Ranch Preserve hosts one of TNC's oldest bison herds. In addition to bison, we use fire as a disturbance to help maintain the prairie. We are seeking an Assistant Preserve Manager (APM) to work with the Cross Ranch program in this amazing landscape. In alignment with the global organization, the Tri-State chapter is making an intentional effort to creating a community of inclusivity and belonging through collaboration and feedback. We're committed to building a culture based on trust, transparency, empathy, and accountability. We value individuality and difference of backgrounds and ideas, and we encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. We are committed to fostering an environment supportive of empowering our employees, amplifying an equitable workforce, and creating opportunities to participate in our nine Employee Resource Groups
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Job Posting: 1239974

Posted On: Feb 15, 2024

Updated On: Mar 15, 2024

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