Conservation Practitioner III

The Nature Conservancy

Proctor, Oklahoma

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Hourly
Deadline Apr 30, 2021
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

The Conservation Practitioner III performs and participates in preserve operations including the maintenance, management, development and coordination of conservation and restoration programs.  Position location: J.T. Nickel Family Nature & Wildlife Preserve, Proctor, Oklahoma


  • Conduct routine preserve management work such as removal of invasive species, grassland and forest management, ecological monitoring, welding, gate and fence construction, facilities and grounds maintenance, and other related stewardship activities.
  • Assists with land management and restoration planning.
  • Ensures personal safety and safety of crew by following all safety procedures mandated by state/federal law and TNC policies.
  • Tracks and records work progress including invasive species & Rx fire treatments with ArcGIS mapping, and equipment maintenance.
  • Tracks and manages restoration objectives, budgets, and scheduling.
  • Builds, cultivates, and maintains relationships with private landowners, key partners including public agencies and non-profit organizations.
  • Assists with planning and implementation of prescribed fire.
  • Assist with fire line construction, implementation of prescribed burns and mop-up activities. Maintain equipment and tools used on prescribed burns.
  • Operate fire equipment, if qualified, including ignition devices, 4WD trucks, ATV’s, UTV’s, portable pumps, pump engines, port-a-tanks, tractors, backpack blowers, brush cutters, chainsaws, hand tools, and GPS units.
  • Perform fire preparations, including tractor blading & mowing, tree cutting, chainsaw work, raking, handline construction, and boundary delineation.
  • Drives 4WD truck, ATV, and UTV with crew and supplies on remote, backcountry roads.
  • Operate ATV with pull behind sprayer to treat invasive plant species


  • May organize, 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, managing contractors, assisting with budget development, and fundraising targets.
  • May work under minimal and/or distant supervision; may make some independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and context.
  • Oversees management and compliance requirements of cave properties in eastern Oklahoma.  
  • May work in variable and extreme weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Efficiently operates and maintains tools and equipment (tractor, brush hog, UTV’s, ATV’s, sprayers, chainsaws, weed trimmer)
  • Assist with feral hog removal, operate Boarbuster trapping system.
  • Assist Universities, Colleges and other agencies with research project implementation and coordination
  • Firearm possession/use is permitted under the following instances:
    • Euthanasia
    • Preserve Stewardship and Management: Control of certain animals.


  • BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in science-related field and 1-year related experience in ecological land management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with ecological land management principles and ability to apply science to decision making to guide management and restoration actions.
  • Experience operating and or repairing various types of equipment and machinery.
  • Experience operating large equipment with implements, i.e. tractor, road blade, brush hog, seed drill.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.
  • Ability to be qualified as a Fire Fighter Type 2 (FFT2) or RXCM. See
  • Must achieve physical fitness standard as determined by local Fire Program Manager and the TNC Fire Manual.
  • Must have familiarity with the safe operation of equipment and off-road vehicles and must follow recommended safety guidelines and precautions specified for said work.
  • Comfortable working long hours in the field unsupervised or in a team.


  • Experience as Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) or working towards Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) certification.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • 2 or more years related experience in ecological restoration/land management
  • Some experience managing volunteers or entry level staff.
  • Ability to recognize Oklahoma plant and animal species to complete preserve management activities.
  • Knowledge/understanding of current trends and practices with respect to ecological restoration principles and able to plan and prioritize restoration activities i.e. thinning, Rx fire, exotic and invasive species eradication.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g., Word, Excel, Web browsers, Zoom, ArcGIS).
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Experience working with and understanding all aspects of prescribed fire as a management tool.
  • Willingness and ability to further training and experience with prescribed fire.
  • Experience with cave management and cave dependent species.
  • Willingness to travel extensively and occasionally to work weekends and maintain a flexible work schedule.

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