The Nature Conservancy Sycan Marsh Preserve Steward in Oregon


Sycan Marsh Preserve (near Silver Lake, OR) with possibility to work from Klamath Falls Field Office.



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The Sycan Marsh Preserve Steward performs and participates in preserve operations including the maintenance, management, development and coordination of preserve stewardship activities on the remote 30,000 acre Sycan Marsh Preserve.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The Sycan Marsh Preserve Steward leads work teams to ensure the objectives of Conservation Strategic Plans are met and coordinates community support. S/he performs all aspects of land management, public access, outreach, infrastructure, equipment, data collection, mapping, reporting and administration. S/he works closely with Oregon chapter teams and appropriate stakeholders to develop or advance preserve-related strategies and regional conservation efforts.


  • May supervise seasonal staff and lead or monitor work groups consisting of staff, interns, and volunteers covering a wide geographic area.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development and meeting fundraising targets.
  • Coordinates multiple projects with several variables, setting realistic deadlines and managing timeframes.
  • Fulfills legal and reporting obligations for TNC-owned fee lands and conservation easements.
  • Prepares preserves for prescribed fire activities, assists with TNC and partner prescribed fires and maintains Wildland Firefighter certification.
  • Networks with diverse groups, including land owners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public to recruit support for the Conservancy and publicize Conservancy.
  • Works under minimal and distant supervision; must make independent decisions based on experience and judgments.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in science-related field and 1 year related experience in custodial and ecological land management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in ecological land management principles.
  • Ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g.; ATV, snowmobile, chainsaw, Bobcat, two-way radio, etc.).
  • Qualified NWCG Engine Boss (ENGB). Requirements can be found in the Conservancy Fire Management Manual at
  • Must achieve physical fitness standard as determined by local Fire Program Manager.
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, Commercial Pesticide Applicator).
  • Experience working with common software applications including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and web browsers.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.


  • 2 years related experience in land management including grazing, prescribed fire, forestry and invasive species control.
  • Ability to recognize plant and animal species to complete preserve management activities.
  • Spatial data skills including mapping with ArcMap GIS and the use of GPS equipment.
  • Experience working in a team environment.
  • Cross cultural and multilingual skills appreciated.
  • Experience supervising staff or volunteers.
  • Service contract administration experience.
  • Grant writing and administration experience.
  • Holds a license or certification in use of chainsaws and ATVs.
  • Experience with data collection and technical writing
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.


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.


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Job Title: Sycan Marsh Preserve Steward

Location: Oregon

Job ID: 45158

Regular/Temporary: Regular