Assistant Preserve Manager – Niobrara Valley Preserve, The Nature Conservancy

Niobrara Valley Preserve, Nebraska

Job Title: Assistant Preserve Manager – Niobrara Valley Preserve

Organization: The Nature Conservancy

The Assistant Preserve Manager (APM) performs and participates in preserve operations including the maintenance, management, development and coordination of conservation programs. The APM will work closely with Conservancy staff, partners, cooperating scientists, students, landowners and lessees. The APM will assist in preserve, maintenance and outreach activities including fence repair, windmill repair, tree removal, weed control, and prescribed fire burn crews.  Public outreach, including leading tours and presenting information at public meetings may also be required. This full-time position may require irregular hours and will include extensive outdoor physical labor under adverse conditions.  This position is supervised by the Preserve Manager. It may also supervise contractors, temporary work crews and volunteers.  This position is located at the Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve, 16 miles north of Johnstown, NE. 

Duties: The Assistant Preserve Manager (APM) leads work teams to ensure the coordination, community support and implementation of preserve management plans. The APM maintains preserve areas frequented by the visiting public, removes exotic species and/or monitors and researches species, maintains tools and equipment, operates heavy machinery, and opens and closes preserve to the visiting public.

Responsibilities & Scope:

  • May lead or monitor work groups consisting of staff, interns, and volunteers covering a wide geographic area.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development and fundraising targets. 
  • Networks with diverse groups, including landowners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public to recruit support for the Conservancy and publicize Conservancy programs/preserves. 
  • May work under minimal and/or distant supervision; may make some independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context. 
  • Constructs and maintains cattle and bison fence
  • Maintains livestock water sources (windmills, solar pumps, and tanks), roads/trails, and buildings/facilities
  • Operates and maintains equipment (ATVs/UTVs, chainsaws, 4WD vehicles, skid-steers/track loaders and attachments, and tractors)
  • Controls invasive and noxious plant species (including herbicide application)
  • Assists with controlled burns and wildfires.
  • Documents and keeps accurate records of land management/stewardship activities.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in and 1 year related experience in custodial and ecological land management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with natural systems.                
  • Experience in ecological land management principles.
  • Experience operating and or repairing various types of equipment and machinery.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.                                         

Desired Qualifications:

  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • 1 – 2 years related experience in custodial and ecological land management or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Some experience managing volunteers or entry level staff.
  • Ability to recognize plant and animal species to complete preserve management activities.
  • Knowledge/understanding of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation/conservation or similar field.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers). 
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Basic mechanical troubleshooting and welding experience
  • Ability to safely haul/transport equipment and/or livestock with trailers
  • Cattle and/or bison husbandry experience
  • National Wildfire Coordinating Group Firefighter Type 2 or higher

How to Apply: This is a full time, hourly, position. To request a description of The Nature Conservancy’s benefits email

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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 people 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.