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Stream Barrier Assessment Crew Member

About The Nature Conservancy

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 Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.

Your Position with TNC

The Stream Barrier Assessment Crew Member will work closely with other crew members and conservation partners to survey and monitor road crossings for fish passage in suburban, rural and remote areas of Maine. Tasks include conducting surveys at and around culverts, coordinating survey sites, field work logistics, site data entry and quality control, photo file management, operating total station survey equipment, tablets, and GPS field equipment to measure physical metrics at survey sites. The work will be performed in a variety of field conditions. This position will require extensive travel time, overnights, and work in remote locations.

This is preferably a 15-week full time seasonal position beginning June 3, 2019; however, we have some flexibility on start dates and can consider crew members that need slightly shorter assignments.

Responsibilities & Scope

  • Works in a crew of two or more.
  • Weekly schedule of (4) 10-hour days with contiguous overnights.
  • Will work in variable weather conditions at remote locations, and at times on difficult and hazardous terrain with occasionally physically demanding circumstances.
  • Works under infrequent supervision. Makes day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor.
  • Plans and implements surveys at road crossings following a rigorous data collection protocol.
  • Collects all necessary field data using tablets; completes data entry and photo management.
  • Maps progress and navigates around Maine watersheds.
  • Performs on-site quality control as well as checks of data entry and management.
  • Acts as a positive ambassador for The Nature Conservancy working with towns, rural communities, large private landowners, natural resource agencies, and conservation organizations.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED and 1 year’s training, preferably in a science-related field, or equivalent combination.
  • Experience entering data and managing data storage and web up/down-loads.
  • Must hold a valid US driver’s license with clean driving record.
  • Experience with attention to detail and thoroughness.
  • Experience working independently and as part of a team.
  • Experience with communication skills (in-person, phone, email).

Desired Qualifications

  • Multi-cultural, multi-lingual skills, or cross-cultural experience.
  • Individual experience that can bring a perspective to our work that is different from what is represented by much of our staff.
  • Vocational, Associates, or Bachelor’s degree and 1 year training in science-related field preferred.
  • Keen desire to expand skills and experience in the environmental field.
  • Ability to perform demanding physical work outdoors, sometimes under adverse conditions.
  • Field experience collecting and managing field data; using technology (i.e. tablets) to record data.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with Maine geography, natural history, and fish, wildlife, and plant identification, or willingness to learn.
  • CPR and first aid training.
  • Ability to read, interpret, and navigate in remote locations using road and topographic maps, aerial photos, and other sources of mapped information.
  • Meticulousness with data entry, quality control and management of files.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Google Docs.
  • Experience living, working, and driving in remote settings.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with Maine geography, natural history, and fish, wildlife, and plant identification or willingness to learn.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Google Docs.

Auto Safety Policy

This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy'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." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at

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.

How to Apply

Use this link here to search for position number 47217. Click on the Stream Barrier Assessment Crew Member job and follow instructions on the job page. From there you may submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 8.

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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 men and women 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