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Zumwalt Preserve Steward

The Nature Conservancy

Enterprise ,  Oregon

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 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. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit to learn more.

The Zumwalt Preserve Steward performs and participates in preserve operations including the maintenance, management, development and coordination of preserve stewardship activities.

The Zumwalt Preserve Steward is primarily responsible for leading and/or assisting in the coordination and implementation of stewardship and management activities on preserves in Wallowa County. This includes all aspects of land management, public access, outreach, infrastructure, equipment, data collection, mapping, reporting and administration. S/he works closely with Oregon chapter teams and appropriate stakeholders to develop or advance preserve-related strategies and regional conservation efforts.


  • May supervise seasonal staff and lead or monitor work groups consisting of staff, interns, and volunteers covering a wide geographic area.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development and meeting fundraising targets. 
  • Coordinates multiple projects with several variables, setting realistic deadlines and managing timeframes.
  • Fulfills legal and reporting obligations for TNC-owned fee lands and conservation easements.
  • Prepare preserves for prescribed fire activities, assist with TNC and partner prescribed fires and maintain Wildland Firefighter certification.
  • Networks with diverse groups, including land owners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public to recruit support for the Conservancy and publicize Conservancy. 
  • Works under minimal and distant supervision; must make independent decisions based on experience and judgments. 
  • Works in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in science-related field and 1 year related experience in custodial and ecological land management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with natural systems. 
  • Experience operating and or repairing various types of equipment and machinery.
  • FFT2 qualified or ability to pass fire training courses and provide copy of certificate indicating completion of S-130, S-190, I-100, and IS-700 within 1 year of hire (online courses available). See 
  • Must achieve physical fitness standard as determined by local Fire Program Manager. 
  • Experience working with common software applications including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and web browsers.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.


  • 2 or more years related experience in custodial and ecological land management or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation. 
  • Cross cultural and multilingual skills appreciated
  • Ability to recognize plant and animal species to complete preserve management activities. 
  • Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Experience supervising staff or volunteers. 
  • Experience with invasive species management including mapping, prioritization, and herbicide use.
  • Prescribed fire experience and NWCG qualifications.
  • Experience with database management including data entry, data analysis and report production.
  • Spatial data skills including mapping with ArcMap GIS and the use of GPS equipment.
  • Service contract administration experience.
  • Grant writing and administration experience.
  • Experience related to hunting and wildlife management.
  • Knowledge of rangeland ecology and management.


  • This is a 2-year term position with a target start date of July 2017.
  • Preferred hiring range is $21.05-$22.37.

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