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Required to live on-site; housing provided by TNC. The Muleshoe Ranch Preserve Steward is responsible for maintaining Preserve headquarters, including historic buildings, and assists with daily operations of the Preserve. The position supports the implementation of management plans, ecological restoration projects, and data collection, which may involve coordination with agency personnel, researchers or others. The Steward is also responsible for maintaining clean and functional housing and facilities for Preserve visitors and may assist with event preparation and execution. Position may supervise seasonal staff, interns, and volunteers.

Maintenance, 50%
• Building maintenance (painting, plumbing, electrical, landscaping, etc.).
• Road and trail construction and maintenance (remove fallen trees, road repair, mowing, etc.).
• Equipment maintenance (service vehicles and equipment, etc., such as tractor, truck and chain saw).
• Fence monitoring and repair.
• Coordination and monitoring of maintenance activities with contractors, volunteers, work groups, or staff.

Land Management, 35%
• Manipulation of soil, rock, and vegetation using heavy equipment and other tools to enhance ecosystem function.
• Build and maintain fences to exclude livestock.
• Implement Preserve management plans, which may include wildlife/vegetation surveys and restoration.
• Fire prevention, fuel reduction, including chainsaw and heavy equipment work. May assist with prescribed fire.
• Control and removal of exotic flora/fauna, invasive or incompatible vegetation, and feral livestock (primarily cattle).
• Coordination and monitoring of land management activities with contractors, volunteers, interns, work groups, or staff.

General Public and Partner Activities, 10%
• Coordinate and lead field trips for visitors, partners, volunteers, or staff.
• Assist in facilitation of events, meetings, and workshops held at Preserve.
• Keep guest housing clean, including sweeping, mopping, laundry, etc.
• Open and close Preserve as needed.

Administration, 5%
• Accurate and timely completion of required reports and other items such as timesheet and expense reports.
• Maintain accurate Preserve records using a PC or mobile device.
• Maintain database for monitoring information such as streamflow, rare species, and precipitation.
• May collect and compile GIS (Geographic Information Systems) information and databases for the Muleshoe Cooperative Management Area.
• May supervise seasonal staff, interns and volunteers.

• May monitor work groups consisting of staff, interns, contractors, and volunteers covering a wide geographic area.
• Coordination of some aspects of management and operation of the Preserve with governmental and other partners.
• Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.
• Resides and works in remote location around venomous animals (rattlesnakes, etc.).
• Requires long hours in isolated settings.
• Makes day-to-day decisions as delegated by supervisor.
• May work under infrequent supervision and make sound on-the-spot decisions.
• Work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain. Works under physically demanding circumstances.
• Travel (AZ and occasionally in U.S. for training, retreats, etc.); work overtime; work evenings and weekends as needed.
• Assist/travel to/from other preserves/programs as needed.
• Other duties as required.

What You’ll Bring:
• AS/Technical or vocational degree in science-related field and 1-year related experience in custodial and ecological land management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Experience in operating and repairing various types of equipment and machinery (e.g., weed eater, chainsaw, tractor, two-way radio, GPS device, UTV, ATV or OHV, etc.).
• Experience with natural systems (e.g., propagating plants, stream restoration, ecosystem monitoring, etc.)
• Experience with ecological land management principles.
• Able to obtain related licenses and/or certifications as required (e.g., First Aid, CPR, herbicide application, firefighting, etc.) within first year of employment.
• Experience working with computers and related software, such as Windows, Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, and Word), “Box,” web browsers and internet research.
• Regularly lift, pull, push, and move 25 pounds and occasionally 50 pounds.
• Valid driver’s license.
• Youth certified (within initial 30 days with TNC; annually thereafter).

• 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.
• Experience with riparian or upland restoration to improve habitat and ecological function.
• General experience in agriculture or land management gained through working on a farm, ranch, or remote field station (including working with livestock such as cattle and horses).
• General experience in construction, landscaping, building maintenance, excavation, or similar work including troubleshooting and solving basic electrical wiring, plumbing water systems, building fence, and/or other mechanical systems.
• Experience in wildland firefighting, trail-building, forestry, and/or wildlife management field work.
• Ability to recognize plant and animal species to complete Preserve management activities.
• Ability to independently manage time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results.
• Strong interpersonal skills.
• Ability to live and work with people in a remote duty station.
• Experience managing, directing, and leading volunteers, interns, or entry level staff.
• Demonstrated ability to live, work and navigate, alone or with a crew, in backcountry areas unsupervised for several days at a time.
• Knowledge/understanding of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation/conservation or similar field.
• Ability to accurately complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
• Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English.

To apply for job ID 53943, submit your cover letter and current resume online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on October 22, 2023. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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.

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