Rocky Mountain Front Stewardship Assistant

The Nature Conservancy

Choteau, Montana

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Competitive


Choteau, Montana, USA

The Rocky Mountain Front Stewardship Assistant will conduct various facilities, equipment, and agricultural infrastructure maintenance activities on The Nature Conservancy’s Pine Butte, Crown Butte, and Blackleaf Preserves, as well as other Conservancy properties within The Rocky Mountain Front conservation area. Primary responsibilities will include but not be limited to: maintaining and cleaning preserve equipment including vehicles, ATV/UTVs, herbicide applicators, tractors, prescribed fire equipment and solar power equipment; maintaining, cleaning, refurbishing and repairing preserve facilities including guest cabins, bathrooms and kitchens; maintenance and construction of grazing infrastructure including fence, stock water developments; grounds maintenance including mowing, trimming, landscaping and fencing; providing information to preserve visitors.  The Stewardship assistant may supervise staff and volunteers.

The Stewardship Assistant will often work alone in variable weather conditions, at remote locations for long periods of time in isolated settings, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.  This position is supervised by The Rocky Mountain Front Land Steward. 


  • Repair, maintain and keep in excellent working order all plumbing, electrical, and gas systems at Conservancy facilities within the Rocky Mountain Front Conservation Area.
  • Perform complex repair and carpentry work on Conservancy buildings, including guest facilities.
  • Repair, maintain and keep in excellent condition stewardship vehicles, machinery and equipment.
  • Construct, repair, maintain and keep in excellent condition fences and stock water developments.
  • Perform and oversee grounds upkeep, including mowing, trimming, gardening, landscaping and fencing.
  • Oversee and perform organization and cleaning of preserve shops.
  • Supervise seasonal staff.
  • Coordinate with contractors and organize preserve projects.
  • Assist other staff with various projects as needed.
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.


Are you looking for a career to help people and nature? Guided by science, TNC creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that people and nature can thrive together. We’re looking for someone who is passionate, motivated problem-solver. Come join TNC and apply today!

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in natural resource management or similar field OR equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience managing staff or volunteers.  
  • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Experience with plumbing, electrical systems, equipment maintenance, carpentry, and grazing infrastructure maintenance.               
  • Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. tractor, backhoe, skid-steer, lawn mower, power tools, chainsaw, UTV, ATV or OHV, two-way radio, or similar equipment).
  • Experience with outdoor work in all weather conditions in remote locations, alone with minimum supervision.
  • Willingness to work with and learn from people with different backgrounds.
  • Willingness to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide or pesticide application).
  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience, coursework or other training in applying science to decision-making and to guide activities.
  • Experience with GPS, GIS, and mapping applications such as ArcMap Pro.  
  • Experience interacting with preserve visitors and convey basic preserve information.
  • Experience safely handling herbicides, applying herbicides via pressurized spray units, and calibrating spray equipment for efficient application over large areas of terrain. 
  • Experience, coursework or other training in grazing and land management.
  • Experience, coursework or other training in ecological systems and conservation practices.    


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with TNC’s Auto Safety Program.

Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/careers/recruitment/  under the FAQ section.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.

This is a full-time, salaried position, with a 35-hour work week. Start date is flexible with an ideal start date of July 2024. The starting pay range for a candidate selected for this position is generally within the range of $53,900 - $55,000 depending on experience for annual base salary. This range only applies to candidates whose country of employment is the USA. Where a successful candidate’s actual pay will fall within this range will be based on a variety of factors, including, for example, the candidate's location, qualifications, specific skills, and experience. Your geographic location will be confirmed during the recruitment.

To apply for job ID 55040, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/  by 11:59 PM EST on May 12, 2024. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org

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.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.

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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.

An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.

Category General / Stewardship , Land Trust
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