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Job: Smoky Valley Ranch Rangeland Specialist - TNC - Oakley, KS (posted Jan 16, 2020)

The Rangeland Specialist coordinates cattle shipping, weaning strategies, salt and mineral supply, and other livestock care with tenants, and recognizes symptoms of illness in cattle and bison, and consults with cattle owners and veterinarian necessary (not responsible for monitoring calving.) When cattle are off the ranch, in addition to bison, primary responsibilities are infrastructure and equipment maintenance and improvement (fencing, water, corrals, and facilities).

Follows SVR bison management plan, leads annual bison works, including facilities and herd management preparations and coordination of staff, veterinarian, and sales and marketing,

Maintains ranch infrastructure, including roads, water systems, and fences, and is responsible for other general upkeep, such as junk removal.  Maintains facilities, tools, and equipment.  Keeps vehicles clean and in good working order.  Maintains and improves ranch areas visited by the public and donors, including trails, headquarters, residence areas, and perimeter parking lots and signage.

Carries out rangeland and wildlife monitoring and management activities as directed by the Project Manager, including grazing utilization and management of invasive species. Wildlife work includes rangeland management, monitoring, and research related to primary conservation targets: Lesser Prairie-Chicken and Black-tailed Prairie Dogs. Assists Project Manager with developing, implementing, and monitoring associated habitat management practices.   

Assists with prescribed burns, under the direction of the designated burn boss.  

Maintains constructive, positive relationships and liaisons, on behalf of TNC, with staff, neighbors, partners, the community, and visitors to the ranch.

Must have a commitment to ecological resource conservation in the Great Plains, and a willingness to learn about conservation issues and priorities.

Records hours and work performed, and reports information to the Project Manager. Performs other ranch work as directed by the Project Manager, and may occasionally assist Project Manager with off-ranch conservation projects and initiatives, such as rangeland and CRP conservation and management planning, implementation, and monitoring.


Deadline: Feb 7, 2020

Job: Wildland Firefighter (Prescribed Fire/Fuels) - Colorado State University - Mountain Home AFB, ID (posted Jan 15, 2020)

Incumbent will be a member of Mountain Home Wildland Fire Support Module for the U.S. Air Force Wildland Fire Branch based at Mountain Home AFB, ID. The Wildland Support Module is responsible for implementing fuels treatments including prescribed burns and responding to wildfires on Air Force property throughout the area of responsibility.

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 02/03/2020


Deadline: Feb 3, 2020
Location: Mountain Home AFB, ID
Address: Mountain Home AFB, ID
Contact Name: William Sprouse

Job: PhD Assistantship in Forest Adaptation - University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources - Burlington, VT (posted Sep 18, 2019)

Project: The University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking a PhD-level graduate student to participate in research examining the effectiveness of restoration, adaptation, and transition management techniques at fostering forest health and productivity in the face of novel climate, insect, and disease threats. This research will assess silvicultural experiments co-developed with stakeholder input with application to both urban and rural forest settings. The student will join a team of collaborators from the University of Vermont, U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station, and Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center in developing management options to promote diverse and productive rural and urban forests despite the stress of climate change and other disturbance agents. The position is available for Summer/Fall 2020 and includes four guaranteed years of funding (stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance).

Qualifications: M.S. in forest ecology, forestry, silviculture, biology or a closely related field.  Applicants should be able to work independently, but also cooperatively with other researchers and managers on the larger project. Applicants should also have a strong work ethic, demonstrated writing and quantitative capabilities, and a record of leadership.

Application: Interested applicants should supply all application materials to the UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) Program (PhD in Natural Resources) by February 1, 2020 – when applying, please state your interest in this position in the “Statement of Purpose.”


Deadline: Feb 1, 2020
Location: University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
Address: University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Contact Name: Dr. Anthony D’Amato
Contact E-mail: awdamato@uvm.edu
Contact Phone: 802-656-8030

Job: Wilderness Fellow - Society for Wilderness Stewardship - multiple locations (posted Jan 2, 2020)

The Wilderness Fellows Program is a collaborative of the Society for Wilderness Stewardship (SWS), the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, and the US Forest Service. It was created in order to complete Wilderness Character Baseline Assessments. The Wilderness Fellow Program is seeking qualified candidates to fill Wilderness Fellow positions. Fellows are based in locations around the country, with a significant amount of travel within their base region. Work is roughly 80% office-based and 20% field-based and is performed at USFS offices to directly support the goals of a collaborative wilderness character monitoring initiative currently underway in the USFS. Primary Wilderness Fellow Responsibilities:

  • Attend one-week training in Granby, Colorado (travel provided).
  • Work out of remote USFS locations, residing in USFS housing.
  • Coordinate meetings with USFS resource specialists and line officers to gather information regarding wilderness character.
  • Research, compile,and analyze legislative and administrative historical data per wilderness area.
  • Travel to and into wilderness areas.
  • Select indicators relevant for each wilderness area to monitor wilderness character over time.
  • Compile and analyze data for selected monitoring indicators and complete a baseline assessment for wilderness character monitoring.
  • Implement inventory and monitoring strategies for tracking wilderness character.
  • Write a wilderness character baseline assessment for each wilderness area worked in.
  • Participate in weekly conference calls.
  • Set and meet benchmarks and deadlines for data collection, meetings, and draft and final reports.

Locations: 11 positions are available, located in the following: Medicine Bow Route and Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests, CO; Tonto National Forest, AZ (2 positions); Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, NV (2 positions); Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, CA; Siuslaw National Forest, OR; Okanogan-Wenatchee and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests, WA (2 positions); Tongass National Forest, AK (2 positions)

Duration: May 18, 2020 – November 6, 2020 (Tongass National Forest positions will start in March)


Deadline: Jan 31, 2020
Contact Name: Jacob Wallat

Job: Manager - Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Fire Program - Oregon State University (posted Dec 19, 2019)

The Forestry & Natural Resource (FNR) Extension Fire Program is seeking a Manager of the FNR Extension Fire Program. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Department Head.

The Manager of the Forestry & Natural Resource (FNR) Extension Fire Program will manage the day-to-day operations of the FNR Extension Fire Program. The position will be responsible for activities such as website development and maintenance, communications and marketing, planning and reporting, employee training and development, partnership relations and more. The incumbent will represent the Program on various committees and task forces, and be a spokesperson for the Program to the media. This position is located in Corvallis with statewide responsibilities, and is housed within the Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Program and the College of Forestry at Oregon State University.

Posting will close on January 30, 2020, with a full consideration date of Januray 17, 2020.


Deadline: Jan 30, 2020
Location: Oregon State University
Address: Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Contact Name: Janey Lee-Sutton
Contact E-mail: janey.lee@oregonstate.edu
Contact Phone: 541-737-1727

Job: Extension Specialist - Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Fire Program - Oregon State University (posted Dec 19, 2019)

The Forestry & Natural Resources Extension program invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position (depending on qualifications).

This is a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor faculty position in the College of Forestry, with an academic home in Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management. This is a statewide position located at the OSU campus in Corvallis, Oregon.

This position is designed to focus on Extension program development and delivery related to wildland fire science and management. In 2018, Oregon wildfire costs hit a record high of $514 million, with over 800,000 acres burned across the state, resulting in ecological, social, and economic damage. The position will focus on educational programming to assist private forest and range owners and managers, wildland-urban interface homeowners, communities, and fire and fuel specialists and the fire suppression workforce. Key topics will include collaborative natural resource management, wildland fire fuel reduction and management, prescribed burning, timber and range management treatments to build fire resistance and resilience, post-burn recovery, firewise programming, and fire workforce development. The position will work directly with Extension Agents and Regional Specialists in the Forestry & Natural Resources and Fire Extension Programs, and will also work cooperatively with external partners such as the Oregon Department of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Small Woodlands Association, the Oregon Tree Farm System, The Nature Conservancy, Sustainable Northwest, Northwest Fire Science Consortium, local fire departments, and the State Fire Marshal.

Posting will close on January 30, 2020, with a full consideration date of Januray 17, 2020.


Deadline: Jan 30, 2020
Location: Oregon State University
Address: Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Contact Name: Stephen Fitzgerald

Job: Prairie Coteau Stewardship Burn Crew Tech - TNC - Clear Lake, SD (posted Jan 6, 2020)

The Stewardship/Burn Crew Technician (SBCT) will assist with various prairie stewardship activities including:  prescribed fire operations (including ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, and monitoring), tree/brush removal, noxious weed control, fencing, firebreak installation and other and other tasks as assigned. This is a full-time (40 hours/week) short-term position. There is one position from April 6 to July 31, 2020. Housing is provided.


Deadline: Jan 30, 2020

Job: Prairie Coteau Range Technician - TNC - Clear Lake, SD (posted Jan 6, 2020)

The Range Technician (RT) will assist with various prairie stewardship activities including: prescribed fire operations (ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, and monitoring), tree/brush removal, noxious weed control, fencing, firebreak installation and other tasks as assigned. The RT will serve on a burn crew of 6 to 8 people during fire season and will also assist in daily coordination and oversight of the summer land management crew (1 – 2 short-term staff) under the direction of the Field Steward. These crews travel throughout the Prairie Coteau (northeast SD/southwest MN) landscape. This is a full-time (40 hours/week) short-term position from March 9 – December 4, 2020.


Deadline: Jan 30, 2020

Job: Prairie Coteau Habitat Technician - TNC - Clear Lake, SD (posted Jan 6, 2020)

The Habitat Technician (HT) will be supervised by the Field Steward but will work under the daily direction of the long-term Range Technician.  Duties will include daily conversations with supervisor(s) to receive assignments and report on results.  Personal organization and excellent communication skills are a must for this position.  The Habitat Technician will be expected to travel individually or with a crew to perform various grazing program and habitat maintenance duties on Nature Conservancy preserves throughout the Prairie Coteau in South Dakota and Minnesota.  This position is based on a 40 hour work week, but may require irregular hours, long days, and travel on short notice.  Position runs approximately May 4, 2020 through August 28, 2020.


Deadline: Jan 30, 2020

Job: Prairie Coteau / Prairie Recovery Project Habitat Technician - TNC - Clear Lake, SD (posted Jan 6, 2020)

The Habitat Technician (HT) participates in prescribed fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, and other tasks as assigned during the fire season.   while working out of the Clear Lake, SD office from 4-6 to 6-5.  During the second part of the position 6-8 to 7-31, the HT will work under the daily supervision of the Prairie Recovery Specialist in Morris, MN area.  After the spring fire season, the HT will be expected to travel individually or with a crew to perform various grazing program and habitat maintenance duties on State, Federal and Nature Conservancy lands in Eastern South Dakota and Southwestern Minnesota.  This position is based on a 40 hour work week, but may require irregular hours, long days, and travel on short notice.  There will be three (3) positions available starting on April 6 to July 31, 2020.


Deadline: Jan 30, 2020

Job: Missouri Coteau Conservation Technician - TNC - Columbia, SD (posted Dec 20, 2019)

The Missouri Coteau Conservation Technician will primarily assist The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and partners such as U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) with promoting conservation objectives. The Technician will be responsible for establishing contact with private landowners of native prairie for enrollment in conservation programs.  Overall supervision will be provided by TNC. Day-to-day direction and training will be provided by partners such as the USFWS regarding easement work.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Contact landowners to inform them about conservation programs and explain opportunities for enrollment.
  • Coordinate contacts and conduct biological evaluations on potential easement properties as the initial step to prioritize each tract of land for easement acquisition.   
  • Provide support for other conservation projects as assigned

The Conservation Technician may also assist with biological surveys, data management, prescribed fire, land management practices, and outreach/education programs.  The Technician will work with a variety of partners to develop proposals and implement conservation projects focused on priority conservation goals identified in the Missouri Coteau of South Dakota.  

The Conservation Technician may be required to work some evening and weekend hours in order to work with landowners when they are available and conditions are conducive for activities.  This is a two-year term position with the opportunity to extend employment pending securement of funding.


Deadline: Jan 28, 2020

Job: Burn Crew, Land Management Tech, Agassiz Beach Ridges - TNC - Glyndon, MN (posted Jan 2, 2020)

The Burn Crew/Land Management Tech (BCLMT) will work in the Agassiz Beach Ridges Landscape in the Northern Tallgrass Prairie Ecoregion (western Minnesota) as part of a crew managing prairie tracts and restorations as well as being responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at various nature preserves in this landscape.  Technician duties will include vegetation management (herbicide applications, brush removal, tree removal, mowing, biological control, etc.), equipment maintenance and organization, hand collecting native prairie seed, firebreak installation, boundary posting, fencing and assist with controlled burns.


Deadline: Jan 28, 2020

Job: Preserve Management Assistant, Agassiz Beach Ridges - TNC - Glyndon, MN (posted Jan 2, 2020)

As part of the prescribed burn crew, the Preserve Management Assistant (PMA) will be responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at various nature preserves under the direction of a Prescribed Burn Leader.  The PMA must use safety equipment and maintain a safety-conscious attitude at all times. Tasks include assisting with preserve management activities such as prescribed burning, applying herbicides, clearing and mowing firebreaks, boundary posting, repairing and organizing burn equipment, tree and brush cutting, fence construction/removal, constructing parking areas, maintaining vehicles and equipment, meeting with local landowners, identifying management needs for preserves, assisting with field trips, leading volunteers, and other land management tasks as necessary.  This position requires irregular hours, travel on short notice and the ability to work weekends.  Employees are required to live in TNC provided housing due to the remote setting of this work location and the need to report to duty on short notice.  If an employee already lives in the area or is able to obtain housing within a close proximity to this work location, and the employee is able to report for duty within 30 minutes, then the employee may live offsite.  Transportation from The Nature Conservancy office to the various preserves will be provided by The Nature Conservancy.   This is a full-time (40 hr/week) seasonal position with a start date of March 23, 2020 and end date of October 30, 2020.


Deadline: Jan 28, 2020

Job: Land Stewardship Coordinator - Aldo Leopold Foundation - Baraboo, WI (posted Jan 2, 2020)

The Land Stewardship Coordinator is responsible for leading the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s Stewardship Fellows to implement land management plans on the foundation’s and partnering private lands.

Critical duties include:

  • Invasive species management (e.g., garlic mustard, buckthorn, etc.)
  • Prescribed burning, including large and complex units
  • Timber management practices
  • Project monitoring and record-keeping for adaptive planning and management
  • Initiate and administercost-share agreements and grants
  • Equipment care and maintenance

Deadline: Jan 26, 2020
Location: Baraboo, WI
Contact Name:
Contact E-mail: janstett@aldoleopold.org

Job: Associate Professor: Director of Rutgers Pinelands Field Station (posted Dec 4, 2019)

The Rutgers University Pinelands Field Station is a biological research station providing easy access to a wide range of ecosystems in the New Jersey Pine Barrens for research projects and field study in university courses. The station hosts a number of graduate students, undergraduate students and affiliated researchers from the Rutgers community as well as from many other universities. The U.S. Forest Service also conducts research at the station. Located in Silas Little Experimental Forest, the station became formally affiliated with the Rutgers University Division of Pinelands Research in 1985. Its facilities include laboratories, a greenhouse and growth chambers, a meeting room, a workshop and a dormitory. A weather station is also located on the property.


Deadline: Jan 24, 2020

Job: Air Quality Assistant - Mount Rainier National Park (posted Dec 17, 2019)

As a designated Class I area, Mount Rainier National Park is afforded special air quality protection under the federal Clean Air Act. The Air Resources Management Program at Mount Rainier is tasked with protecting air quality in the park and resources adversely affected by air pollution. These goals are accomplished through air quality monitoring, research, and interaction with local, state and federal regulatory agencies. In addition, the Air Resources Management Program develops educational products to improve the public’s understanding of air quality issues in the park. The position described here will support all of these goals, with a specific focus on monitoring particulate matter from campfire smoke at Ohanapecosh Campground.



Job: Burn Crew Member - Cross Ranch - TNC - Center, ND (posted Dec 20, 2019)

The BCM will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. This may include participation in wild land fire suppression activities in partnership with other non-profits, local fire departments, and local, state and federal agencies, either as a TNC employee, or as a volunteer or short term employee of the partner entity (such as an administratively determined, short term federal employee). All TNC staff actively participating on a prescribed burn must be qualified as a FFT2.  The BCM will be required to attend and pass TNC sponsored fire and equipment training during the first full week of employment. Training time is paid at normal salary rate. They will perform other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire.


Deadline: Jan 20, 2020

Job: Preserve Management Assistant - Prairie Forest Border Ecoregion - TNC - Minnesota (posted Dec 20, 2019)

The PMA will work across central and southeast Minnesota.  They will assist with leading volunteers, seasonal staff and interns. They will participate preserve management tasks including prescribed burning activities, removal and chemical treatment of exotic species, tool and equipment maintenance, seed harvest, and monitoring and data collection. This may also include participation in wild land fire suppression activities in partnership with other non-profits, local fire departments, and local, state and federal agencies, either as a TNC employee, or as a volunteer or short-term employee of the partner entity (such as an administratively determined, short term federal employee).  More detailed information follows.


Deadline: Jan 19, 2020

Job: Burn Crew Member - Prairie Forest Border Ecoregion - TNC - Minnesota (posted Dec 20, 2019)

The Burn Crew Member participates in wild land fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, and other tasks as assigned.

This is a short-term position from April 14, 2020 through June 5, 2020.  There are 2 openings for this position available at this location.


Deadline: Jan 19, 2020

Job: Ordway Glacial Lakes Site Steward - TNC - Minnesota (posted Dec 20, 2019)

The Steward leads work teams to ensure the coordination, community support and implementation of preserve management plans throughout the Ordway Glacial Lakes landscape (central Minnesota). Management activities include assisting with prescribed burning, clearing and mowing firebreaks, repairing and organizing burn equipment, tree and brush cutting, fence construction/removal, parking area maintenance, maintaining vehicles and mileage log sheets, meeting with local landowners, identifying management needs for preserves, assisting with field trips, working with volunteers and contractors, and other land management tasks as needed.  The Steward maintains preserve areas frequented by the visiting public, removes exotic species and/or monitors and researches species, maintains tools and equipment and operates heavy machinery.  Additional functions may include contract planning and project oversight working with a wide array of private contractors.  This is a full-time seasonal, term position with a start date of March, 31, 2020 and end date of November 13, 2020.  This term position is funded through an LSOHC grant, in combination with TNC operational funds.


Deadline: Jan 19, 2020

Job: Paulson Grassland Conservation Fellowship - TNC - Center, ND (posted Dec 20, 2019)

The ideal candidate will be a college graduate with some experience in conservation (restoration, land management, etc.) and is looking for opportunities to learn and grow as a professional in the field of conservation by gaining hands-on experience. The Fellow will be provided with opportunities to network with other agencies, attend professional conferences, and work independently. While participating in various aspects of conservation land management from planning and budgeting to maintenance and ecological monitoring, the Fellow will practice skills such as: decision-making, problem solving, project management; public speaking; and leadership.

This position requires irregular hours, long days, and some travel on short notice. S/he provides maintenance/management of equipment/facilities, assists with invasive management, care of livestock (cattle/bison), participates in prescribed fire and outreach. Housing is shared with employees, volunteers, and partners will be provided at the Cross Ranch Prairie Preserve Office near Center, North Dakota. The Fellow is required to live on the preserve. Transportation from the Cross Ranch office to work sites will be provided by The Nature Conservancy. This is an 18-month position starting March 30th, 2020 and ending October 29, 2021 (there is flexibility with start/end dates). This is a full-time, benefited position. Work hours vary from 35-50+ hours per week with possible evening, weekend, or holiday work required depending on the season, associated projects, and training opportunities.


Deadline: Jan 19, 2020

Job: Grassland Monitoring Crew Leader - TNC - Glyndon, MN (posted Dec 20, 2019)

The Crew Leader will lead a crew of two and gain exposure to two major science and conservation initiatives within our chapter’s grassland ecosystems. TNC is working with partners to evaluate broad changes in condition of native grasslands in response to grazing and fire. The project is a collaborative effort in which multiple agencies and organizations have overlapping goals (TNC, Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources, USFWS, etc.). Partners in this work are coordinating sampling to compare data and management practices across ownerships throughout the prairie region. With the assistance of the Crew Leader and team, TNC will revisit sites on which management has been implemented to measure the outcomes. The team will fill a critical role in helping our chapter to close the adaptive management loop in our grassland conservation work. The team will also spend time contributing to monitoring outcomes for the impacts of fire on habitat quality for the federally threatened Dakota skipper butterfly. For both of these projects, the Crew Leader and team will have the opportunity to travel to many of TNC’s preserves across Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota experiencing first-hand the beauty of many high-quality native prairie landscapes.


Deadline: Jan 19, 2020

Job: Preserve Management Assistant (summer) - Tallgrass Aspen Parklands - TNC - Karlstad, MN (posted Dec 27, 2019)

The Preserve Management Assistant will travel within the Tallgrass Aspen Parklands landscape in the Northern Tallgrass Prairie Ecoregion (Northwestern Minnesota and southern Manitoba, Canada) as part of a landscape-based spring and fall prescribed burn crew as well as part of a multi-person crew managing nature preserves during the summer months. As part of the prescribed burn crew, the Preserve Management Assistant will be responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at various nature preserves under the direction of a Prescribed Burn Leader. 


Deadline: Jan 19, 2020

Job: Preserve Management Assistant - Sheyenne Delta - TNC - Milnor, ND (posted Dec 27, 2019)

The Preserve Management Assistant (PMA) performs and participates in preserve operations, maintenance and management.  They will travel within the Sheyenne Delta Landscape throughout the field season and will also be part of a traveling spring prescribed burn crew (April 13, 2020 to June). From June to November, the PMA will then continue working with the Sheyenne Delta Land Steward and alone managing nature preserves working out of the Brown Ranch (Milnor, ND) office until the end date November 20, 2020. 


Deadline: Jan 19, 2020

Job: Preserve Management Assistant - Tallgrass Aspen Parklands - TNC - Karlstad, MN (posted Dec 27, 2019)

The Preserve Management Assistant will travel within the Tallgrass Aspen Parklands landscape in the Northern Tallgrass Prairie Ecoregion (Northwestern Minnesota and southern Manitoba, Canada) as part of a landscape-based spring and fall prescribed burn crew as well as part of a multi-person crew managing nature preserves during the summer months. As part of the prescribed burn crew, the Preserve Management Assistant will be responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at various nature preserves under the direction of a Prescribed Burn Leader. 

(Note there is another similar position with a shorter employment period also available at this location as well as other locations in MN-ND-SD).


Deadline: Jan 19, 2020