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Stewardship Field Assistant (seasonal)

The Nature Conservancy Maine

Opening posted: 01/04/2024 | Expires: 02/29/2024

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Come explore the great state of Maine with us as we work from Downeast to the St. John (Wolastoq) River, from the pine barrens to the great heaths, on properties great and small and with several conservation partners. We work in innovative ways with state-of-the-art tools in a collaborative fashion with many partners—and we welcome your ideas for how we can do what we do better.

The Stewardship Field Assistant contributes to a wide variety of land management and stewardship tasks within assigned regions of Maine. Based in Brunswick and Millinocket, the four Stewardship Field Assistants may work together to accomplish field tasks and will often work independently. Monitoring both preserves and conservation easement to understand change and enforce restrictions is a primary function.

The Field Assistant contributes to monitoring and management efforts such as Ecological Reserve monitoring, invasive species management, and special projects such as participating in prescribed burn activities or contributing to restoration projects on TNC lands. The Field assistant will contribute to the maintenance of human use infrastructure, including foot trails, kiosks and wayfinding, boundary marking, and will at times interact with the public to furnish information or coordinate with partners. Maintaining cooperative relationships with conservation partners is crucial to the effectiveness and longevity of our work.

This is a full-time, 26-week, temporary position that begins in May 2024 and ends in October 2024. There are 4 openings for Stewardship Field Assistant for 2024 based out of the Brunswick office or Millinocket area. The Assistant may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. This position requires physical exertion and/or muscular strain, long hours in isolated settings, and presents frequent possibility of injury. If housing is a barrier, we will discuss options in the interview phase. Training will be offered in chainsaw safety and use, wilderness first aid, and other outdoor skill development.  Training in prescribed burning possible, depending on interest.

RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE

  • Conducts legal compliance monitoring and drafts compliance reports; enters monitoring data; works with Land Manager to notify parties in the event of issues.
  • Works independently and/or with stewardship staff and volunteers to perform preserve maintenance tasks (maintaining signs and registration boxes, building and maintaining trails, maintaining parking lots, marking boundaries, controlling invasive species).
  • Interacts with preserve visitors by providing information about the preserves, promoting the work of the Conservancy, answering questions, and educating around preserve policies.
  • Researches and acquires ecological and legal information and field collects natural resource information pertinent to the management of preserves and conservation easements and assists with updating preserve management plans.
  • Deals with problems as they arise on preserves (may include timber and other forms of trespass, unauthorized vehicular use, camping, etc.).
  • Assists stewardship staff with ecological monitoring throughout the state.
  • Assists with maintenance of basic equipment such as hand and power tools, chainsaws, outboard boat motors, etc.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.            
  • Assists with special projects as needed.

WE’RE LOOKING FOR YOU

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 need your curiosity, ecological expertise, and passion for land management to join our land stewardship team as we care for special lands across the state and work to protect biodiversity, manage for climate resilience, and maintain human access infrastructure. Come join TNC and apply today!

WHAT YOU’LL BRING

  • High school diploma or GED and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience in land management.
  • Experience recognizing plant and animal species.   
  • Knowledge of, and demonstrated experience with, a GPS unit- to find and mark field locations, have experience navigating roads in remote locations. Able to read and interpret road and topographic maps, aerial photos, and other sources of mapped information.
  • Experience working in a team environment.                     
  • Experience performing physical work.
  • Valid driver’s license.