The Nature Conservancy Invasive Species Field Technician II in United States


Camp Shelby, Mississippi



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The Nature Conservancy’s Camp Shelby Field Office seeks an Invasive Species Field Technician II to work closely with science and conservation staff to research and gather conservation planning data related to invasive plants, rare flora and vegetative monitoring at the Camp Shelby Training Site located within the DeSoto National Forest in south Mississippi.


The Invasive Species Field Technician II applies habitat management techniques for the control of invasive plant species, evaluates the effects of management techniques and monitors invasive species. In addition, s/he assists with botanical surveys and vegetation/habitat monitoring projects associated with rare and endangered species. S/he gathers and synthesizes data in order to create conservation activities and implementation plans. S/he works with the Project Coordinator/Botanist to create/update conservation plans to identify priorities.


  • Evaluates management techniques for the control of invasive species and prioritizes treatment areas for upcoming seasons on Camp Shelby.
  • Coordinates with contract labor for the control of cogongrass on Camp Shelby.
  • Applies herbicides and other land management techniques.
  • Complies with federal and state regulations and environmental assessments for the control of invasive species. Ensures contract labor follow the requirements.
  • Surveys and monitors invasive species occurrences on Camp Shelby using GPS equipment.
  • Uses ArcGIS to create maps relevant to specific projects and reports.
  • Manages the invasive species geodatabase following MMD standards.
  • Performs data entry, analysis and interpretation of projects.
  • Writes the appropriate section of the annual report. Writes other reports related to projects.
  • Assists with monitoring and research projects associated with Louisiana quillwort populations on Camp Shelby. Assists with other botanical surveys and habitat monitoring. Including, but not limited to invasive species and rare plants.
  • May occasionally assist with gopher tortoise, black pine snake and other rare herpetological projects.
  • Assists with prescribed burns on Department of Defense (DoD) and TNC lands.
  • Maintains all equipment to ensure they are in proper working order and are compliant with laws and regulations.
  • Performs various administrative duties.
  • Compiles data, resolves disparities and modifies processes to generate plans.
  • May work with a small group of staff or volunteers on a project basis.
  • Purchase equipment and supplies as provided for in budget.
  • Work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in biological sciences related field and 1 year experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience using common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers).
  • A valid driver’s license and safe driving record for operating a TNC owned or leased vehicle.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in botany/plant sciences, plant ecology, biology or natural resources; strong background in plant identification (including scientific names and using dichotomous keys), plant community ecology and 1-2 years of prior related field experience.
  • Coursework, training and/or experience in herbicide application and invasive species management techniques.
  • Coursework and/or experience with southeastern flora and/or general knowledge of flora that includes familiarity with scientific names in addition to using dichotomous keys and other sources to aid in identification.
  • Training and/or experience using GPS units and GPS Pathfinder Office software.
  • Coursework, training and/or experience with ArcGIS software to manage a GIS database, analyze GIS data and create maps.
  • Experience with database management skills using a variety of sources including report production.
  • Experience and/or coursework with analyzing, manipulating, and interpreting data which may include statistics.
  • Experience and/or coursework involving natural systems and natural systems management techniques.
  • Ability to meet annual training and health requirements for prescribed burning at the arduous training level (3 miles, carrying 45 lbs. in 45 minutes or less) and/or current certification as Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2) and prior experience with prescribed burning.
  • Ability to safely operate and haul equipment such as UTVs and ATVs. Familiarity with a variety of electrical and fuel powered tools and must be able to operate these tools safely. Must follow safety guidelines and precautions specified for work and vehicle operation.
  • Ability to work in a military environment which includes mandatory coordination with Range Control to enter restricted access areas with unexploded ordinance.
  • Ability to work in an environment with red bugs, ticks, poisonous plants and venomous snakes.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently within assigned timeframes.
  • Ability to perform administrative duties emphasizing detail-oriented and numerical tasks.
  • Ability to interpret guidelines and evaluate information and adapt accordingly.
  • Ability to work independently and exercise independent judgment.
  • Training and/or experience in supervisory skills.


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: Invasive Species Field Technician II

Location: Mississippi

Job ID: 45170

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time