Western MA Land Stewardship Assistant - Sheffield, MA
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The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 30 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit www.nature.org/aboutus to learn more.
The Land Steward Assistant works with Conservancy staff, interns, and volunteers to provide stewardship support for the Conservancy’s preserves and conservation restrictions located in Western Massachusetts (west of the Connecticut River), advancing critical habitat restoration, public education, and sound, ecological preserve management. Responsibilities include assisting the Stewardship Manager with managing our Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) Program (a four-week, three-student internship program); trail and boundary maintenance; training and leading volunteer and intern activities; participating in controlling invasive species that threaten ecologically significant wetland systems; ecological monitoring; natural resource mapping using Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS); maintenance of stewardship equipment and facilities; positive engagement with the general public throughout all aspects of work; and other land stewardship tasks, as needed and appropriate. This is a full time, short-term, five-month position, starting in May and ending in September 2013. Dates are approximate and start date is flexible.
Assist the Stewardship Manager with managing our Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) Program (a four-week, three-student internship program);
Maintain and/or install preserve and trail signage and property boundaries;
Train and lead volunteer and intern activities;
Participate in controlling invasive species that threaten ecologically significant systems;
Monitor important rare species habitats and ecological communities;
Perform natural resource mapping using Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS);
Assist in administering hunting program permitting as appropriate;
Utilize, maintain and organize stewardship equipment and facilities;
Engage positively with the general public throughout all aspects of work;
Document work tasks and functions performed in written reports and Excel spreadsheets;
Assist as needed with the monitoring of conservation restrictions and agricultural leases, and the preparation of monitoring reports;
Undertake other land stewardship tasks, as needed and appropriate.
BENEFITS-SHORT TERM POSITION
The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, a 401k plan, 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.
High school diploma and 1-2 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 performing strenuous field work.
Experience coordinating and supervising volunteers, and working in a group setting.
Experience with map and compass, boundary marking
Experience using Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) and
Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Coursework or training in organizing data in Excel spreadsheets.
Experience working unsupervised and/or alone.
High school diploma and 1-2 years training in science-related field or related experience in land management.
Knowledge of and interest in the outdoor environment, natural systems, and the ability to recognize or identify various plant and wildlife species.
Experience and expertise in the safe and efficient operation of motor vehicles, GPS, chainsaws, brush saws, assorted hand-tools, and other equipment, with an emphasis on personal and group safety.
Ability to accept and follow instructions, take responsibility, and contribute to a collaborative working environment and support the mission of The Nature Conservancy.
Experience of working productively and efficiently on one’s own without direct supervision; including ability to independently plan, problem solve and adapt to shifting demands.
Ability to be aware and observant as well as assess risks and avoid potential hazards.
Ability to be attentive to detail, well-organized, energetic, and self-motivating.
Possess a friendly disposition including experience of interacting well with the public and serving in a group leadership role (e.g., volunteers, etc.).
Ability to communicate effectively and function productively as a member of the TNC work team.
Ability and motivation to perform physically demanding hands-on work & manual labor, sometimes under adverse conditions or in inclement weather.
Experience and interest in performing trail, property boundary and other physically demanding work.
Ability to read and interpret assorted maps, orient oneself, and work competently and confidently in the outdoors.
Possess fundamental computer skills in order to maintain preserve and other records.
Possess fundamental Excel, GPS and ArcGIS skills.
Possess driver’s license.
Desirable: experience with GPS Trimble hardware and software.
Desirable: first aid and CPR certifications
|This is a full-time, temporary position with approximate dates of May- September 2013 (Dates flexible).|
The Land Stewardship Assistant may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. These conditions often: require considerable physical exertion and endurance; and present the possibility of injury and the need to operate in an especially safe manner.
The Land Stewardship Assistant must also be flexible with working schedule including a willingness to work some Saturdays as well as occasional extended days and overnights.
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