Grand Calumet River Assistant Crew Leader

The Nature Conservancy

Merrillville, Indiana

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details 19.25-20.00
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

The Nature Conservancy in Indiana is looking for a Grand Calumet River Assistant Crew Leader to join us in protecting more than 500 acres, including globally rare dune and swale habitat, across northern Lake County, Indiana. Situated within an urban industrial area on the outskirts of Chicago, TNC works with partners to restore and maintain natural areas that add to the quality of life for the local community. This is an exciting opportunity to learn more about current conservation practices from an amazing crew while expanding your leadership skills.

The Grand Calumet River Assistant Crew Leader assists in restoring and maintaining preserve areas and riverine marshes as part of a Grand Calumet River Restoration Action Team. They will assist the Crew Leaders in training and leading the team as they control exotic invasive species; monitor wildlife; conduct preserve maintenance; and prepare sites for prescribed burns. The Assistant Crew Leader will help maintain restoration records using a database, PC, and/or tablet; ensure safe use and maintenance of tools and equipment; and may assist with volunteer and community events.

Responsibilities & Scope:

  • May assist with developing daily work plans and directing preserve work groups, including staff and volunteers.
  • Teamwork within TNC and across partner organizations; interact with diverse groups in a respectful and professional manner.
  • May work under close or infrequent supervision and make day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor.
  • Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.
  • Irregular work hours and long days, particularly during spring and fall fire seasons.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain.

This is a full-time (40 hours/week), hands-on, field position based at our Southern Lake Michigan Rim Office in Merrillville, Indiana, lasting until October 2025.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED; and 1 years’ training or experience in related field.
  • Experience recognizing Northwest Indiana plants/community types.
  • Experience working in a team environment; and leading a team or group of volunteers.
  • Experience performing physical work and ability to carry a 35-pound backpack sprayer.
  • Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. lawn mower, chainsaw, brush cutter…).
  • Able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide or pesticide application…)

Desired Qualifications:

  • 1 -2 years’ experience in land management, natural systems, or related field.
  • Experience using common and/or field related software applications (e.g.; Microsoft apps, web browsers, Google Earth, ArcGIS).

The starting pay for a candidate selected for this position is generally $19.25 - $20.00 an hour (subject to required tax withholdings).

The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including: health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellbeing benefits. Learn more about our benefits at in the Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.


Apply Now!

Visit http://www.nature.org/careers and use job code 55142 to apply today! Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received, and the position will be closed once a strong candidate pool is identified.

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

Category Botany, Land Trust, Restoration
Tags GIS