Conservation Fellow

The Nature Conservancy

Wood River, Nebraska

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $15/hr
Deadline Oct 09, 2023
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

Claire M. Hubbard Young Leaders in Conservation Fellowship

 Who We Are:

The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Visit www.nature.org/aboutus to learn more.

What We Can Achieve Together:

Join the Nebraska team and bolster your conservation and leadership experience through the Hubbard Fellowship. The work of this position will help build a healthy future for grasslands, rivers, and people through land management and restoration, science, outreach, fundraising, and other conservation activities.

We’re Looking for You:

Designed for recent college graduates, the Hubbard Fellowship bridges the gap between school and career by providing a comprehensive range of experiences with a conservation organization. Land management will be prominent among the Fellow’s duties, including prescribed fire, invasive species control (including herbicide application), fence repair, seed harvest, and more. Additional work will include data collection, numerous outreach and communication activities, and fundraising. The Hubbard Fellow will travel to multiple Conservancy sites, attend conservation-related meetings and conferences, and shadow Conservancy and partner staff in various capacities. In addition, the Fellow will plan and conduct an independent project catered to the Fellow’s individual interests and career objectives.  See http://prairieecologist.com/hubbard-fellowship/ for more details.

This 12-month, full-time position will require irregular hours and will include extensive outdoor physical labor under adverse conditions. The Hubbard Fellow is supervised by the Director of Science and may oversee the activities of short-term staff and volunteers. This position is located at the Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies, in a rural part of central Nebraska at Wood River, Nebraska, and will run from February 5, 2024 through January 31, 2025. Housing is provided at The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies. The deadline to apply is 11 PM Central on October 9, 2023.

What You’ll Bring:

  • BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in in biology, natural resources management, environmental studies, or related field, with graduation date of December 2023 or earlier.
  • Experience working in the outdoors.
  • Demonstrable leadership experience.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Qualified as or able to meet qualifications for Prescribed Fire Crew Member (http://www.tncfiremanual.org/RXCM.htm).                                                      


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Knowledge/understanding of current trends in conservation.
  • Experience managing volunteers or other staff.
  • Experience learning to identify various plant and animal species.
  • 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.

What We Bring:

Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact conservation throughout the world!

This position pays $27,300 based on hourly rate of $15.00. Housing is provided on a Conservancy Preserve and the position includes excellent benefits (including comprehensive medical and available dental insurance).  All travel required for this position is paid by The Nature Conservancy

We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellbeing, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!

This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.

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 cultures. 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 orientations, gender identities, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to applyhelp@tnc.org with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.


To apply visit www.nature.org/careers/ and search for Job ID # 54028. Please follow directions carefully regarding the cover letter and upload your cover letter and resume as one document under the ‘Resume Required’ link. Please do not upload your cover letter separately. Cover letter should be 500 to 1,000 words and should express why you are interested in the Fellowship, why you are qualified, why nature and conservation are important to you, and how the Fellowship would help you with your future career. When applying for this position, please also specify the degree level you will possess by the end of December 2023.

Deadline to apply is October 9th, 2023!

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category General / Stewardship, Land Trust
Tags Outreach