The Nature Conservancy Prairie Recovery Specialist in Morris, Minnesota

OFFICE LOCATION

Morris, Minnesota (MN) MN412

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The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact for people and nature around the world in 69 countries, all 50 United States, major US cities and in your neighborhood. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit www.nature.org/aboutus to learn more.

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.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Prairie Recovery Specialist will work to accelerate implementation of grassland management and restoration on state and federally owned conservation lands and select privately owned permanently protected lands. The position will be based out of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wetland Management District office in Morris, Minnesota. This is a full-time position with competitive benefits package.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Prairie Recovery Specialist (PRS) works closely with public agency partners to develop, manage, and advance conservation programs, plans and methods for small-scale ecoregions. The PRS provides technical leadership and support to the Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota Chapter. This may include one or more of the following functions:

  • Design and implement prairie enhancement and restoration projects in coordination with federal and state partners.

  • Coordinate with private contractors, seasonal habitat staff and Conservation Corps of MN crews to implement land management activities including prescribed fire, woody removal, invasive species treatment and conservation grazing.

  • Assess the effectiveness of land management practices in meeting conservation objectives as determined by Conservancy science staff; adapt and revise practices as needed.

  • Promote prairie conservation practices to landowners including possible sale for Federal, State and Private conservation programs.

  • Develop/manage annual budgets to plan and complete conservation activities.

  • Prepare, negotiate and execute contracts with vendors.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

  • Performs tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and context.

  • Supervises administrative and professional staff with responsibility for performance management, training and development.

  • Plans and directs grassland management programs and stewardship in cooperation with partners.

  • Addresses critical threats to natural systems and individual species.

  • Develops and implements conservation strategies.

  • Works with local agricultural producers to implement conservation grazing systems in cooperation with various partners.

  • Maintain and enhance invasive species management techniques.

  • Financial responsibility includes working within a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, and assisting with budget development.

  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.

  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in natural resource management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience training and managing staff or volunteers.

  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.

  • Must have valid driver's license and good driving record.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated.

  • 3-5 years’ experience in natural resource management, similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.

  • Relationship building skills to work closely with a variety of partners, i.e. government officials, internal scientists, media.

  • Knowledge of ecological land management principles.

  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation.

  • Experience with GIS software and technology.

  • Familiarity with principles of land acquisition or similar asset acquisition.

  • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).

  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English.

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 www.nature.org/careers.

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.

TO APPLY

To apply to position number 45167, 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 27, 2017.

Click “submit” to apply for the position or “save for later” to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration.

If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.*LI-

HOW TO APPLY

To apply to position number 45167, 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 27, 2017.

Click “submit” to apply for the position or “save for later” to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration.

If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.*LI-

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.*

Job Title: Prairie Recovery Specialist

Location: Minnesota

Job ID: 45167

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time