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Job Ref:  44873
Employer:  Nature Conservancy.
State/Province:  Florida
Environmental Categories:  Conservation
Industries:  Personal and Household Services
Job Description:  WORK WITH US

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in 69 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 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 Preserve Steward controls and monitors invasive exotic species and assist with all other aspects of preserve management.


The Preserve Steward will work as part of the invasive species team and perform invasive species control and monitoring. S/he will also perform other land management activities and participate on prescribes fires. S/he may assist in equipment, facilities and tool repair and maintenance. The Preserve Steward will open and closes preserve to the visiting public and interacts with visitors politely and informatively. The Preserve Steward will perform other land management tasks as requested. S/he may be required to work occasional Saturdays and/or Sundays. S/he will live onsite


The Preserve Steward participates in preserve operations, management and maintenance. This may include:
  • Control of invasive plant species
  • Conduct surveys for upland and wetland invasive plant species
  • Participate in prescribed and wildland fires on all Central Florida TNC preserves
  • Assist with wildlife monitoring and management
  • Assist with hydrological monitoring and management
  • Assist partner agencies with prescribed burns and wildland fires
  • Conducts volunteer work days
  • Maintains equipment, tools and facilities

The Preserve Steward will work primarily at the Disney Wilderness Preserve in Kissimmee, FL. The Steward will also be required to live onsite. The Steward will work as part of the invasive species team under the direct supervision of the Central Florida Invasive Species Coordinator. The primary focuses of Preserve Steward position are to conduct control and monitoring of invasive species, participating in prescribed fire and maintain preserve equipment and facilities. Other duties will be assigned based on the steward's skills and interest. The ideal candidate would include:
  • Knowledge and interest in land management, invasive species management and or forestry
  • An interest in gaining and expanding knowledge of prescribed fire and fire management techniques
  • Experience using and a handheld GPS
  • Be in excellent physical condition in order to conduct field work in varied sometimes extreme weather conditions and to be able to pass an arduous pack test
  • Possess good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Hardworking and reliable
  • Able to work a 40-hour week with occasional variation in schedule


  • 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).
  • Bachelor's degree in environmental science, land management, conservation or related field
  • Or 1 - 2 years' experience in invasive species management, land management, or related field
  • Ability to identify common wetland and upland invasive and native plants
  • Ability to follow instruction and work without supervision
  • Ability to meet internal Youth Safety qualification standards. To be Youth Qualified, one must 1) consent to and successfully complete a background screening; 2) sign the Commitment to Youth Safety; and, 3) complete two online courses (approximately 30 minutes each) through Learn@TNC


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.


To apply to position number 44873, 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 December 31, 2016 .
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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.
The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.


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