Conservation Practitioner III

The Nature Conservancy

Stonewall, Oklahoma

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Salaried
Required Experience 2 - 6 years


Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.


The Conservation Practitioner III performs and participates in preserve operations including the maintenance, management, development and coordination of conservation and restoration programs.  Position location: Arbuckle Plains and Blue River Project, Pontotoc Ridge Preserve. Stonewall, O.K.


  • Conduct routine preserve management work such as removal of invasive species, grassland management, ecological monitoring, fence construction and repair, 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, thinning, and Rx fire treatments.
  • Tracks and manages restoration objectives, budget and schedule.
  • Builds, cultivates, and maintains relationships with landowners and 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, chain saws, hand tools, and GPS units.
  • Perform fire preparations, including tractor mowing, tree cutting, chainsaw work, raking, handline construction, and boundary delineation.
  • Drives 4WD truck and UTV with crew and supplies on remote, backcountry roads.


  • 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.
  • 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 (chainsaws, brushcutter, UTV’s, ATV’s, weed trimmer)
  • Assist with Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP).
  • 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.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.
  • Must be qualified as a Fire Fighter Type 2 (FFT2), including Introduction to ICS (I-100), Human Factors on the Fire line (L-180), Introduction to Wild land Fire Behavior (S-190), Firefighting Training (S-130), and one training burn serving under the supervision of a qualified FFT2.  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.


  • Experience as Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) or working towards Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) certification highly desirable
  • 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 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, grazing, 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, 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
  • Willingness to travel extensively and occasionally to work weekends and maintain a flexible work schedule.

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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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