The Grand Calumet River Restoration Field Crew Technician participates in restoration efforts as part of a Grand Calumet River Restoration Action Team. They assist in maintaining preserve areas and riverine marshes. Work includes controlling exotic invasive species; maintaining tools and equipment; monitoring wildlife; conducting preserve maintenance; learning how to identify native and non-native species; and preparing sites for prescribed burn. Crew Technicians also help maintain restoration records using a database, PC, and/or tablet.

Responsibilities & Scope:

  • Supervises no staff, but may help plan and direct preserve work groups, including staff or volunteers.
  • Teamwork within TNC and across partner organizations; interact with diverse groups in a respectful and professional manner.
  • May work under close or infrequent supervision and make day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor.
  • Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.
  • Irregular work hours and long days, particularly during spring and fall fire seasons.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain.

This is a full-time (40 hours/week), hands-on, field position based at our Southern Lake Michigan Rim Office in Merrillville, Indiana, lasting until October 2025.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED; and 1 years’ training or experience in related field.
  • Experience recognizing Northwest Indiana plants/community types.
  • Experience working in a team environment; and leading a team or group of volunteers.
  • Experience performing physical work and ability to carry a 35-pound backpack sprayer.
  • Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. lawn mower, chainsaw, brush cutter…).
  • Able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide or pesticide application…).

Desired Qualifications:

  • 1 -2 years’ experience in land management, natural systems, or related field.
  • Experience using common and/or field related software applications (e.g.; Microsoft apps, web browsers, Google Earth, ArcGIS).

Benefits & Salary:

The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including: health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellbeing benefits. Learn more about our benefits at in the Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.

The starting pay for a candidate selected for this position is generally $19.25 – $20.00 an hour (subject to required tax withholdings). This range only applies to candidates whose country of employment is the USA. Where a successful candidate’s actual pay will fall within this range will be based on a variety of factors, including, for example, the candidate’s location, qualifications, specific skills, and experience. Please note countries outside the USA would have a different pay range in the local currency based on the local labor market, and not tied to USA pay or ranges. Your geographic location will be confirmed during the recruitment.

To Apply:

Visit http://www.nature.org/careers and use keyword “Indiana” to search for this position. Deadline to apply is 10:59 pm CST on April 12, 2024.

Tagged as: conservation, ecology, restoration

About The Nature Conservancy

The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff, or visit Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you.