Land Conservation Steward


JOB TITLE Land Conservation Steward
JOB FAMILY Conservation
Tiger Creek Preserve
CFL Land Conservation Specialist
DATE January 27, 2020


Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter

The Land Conservation Steward performs and participates in preserve operations, maintenance and management.


The Steward maintains preserve areas frequented by the visiting public and performs land management activities. They will remove exotic species and/or conducts species monitoring and may also manage livestock. They may assist in prescribed burns and maintain tools, equipment and land. The Steward will open and close preserve to the visiting public and maintain preserve records using a database or PC.
Participates in preserve operations, maintenance and management. This may include one or more of the following functions:
• Prescribed Fire and wildfire assistance
• Assist partners with the fire management operations
• Maintains vehicles, tools and equipment
• Implements preserve management plans
• Maintains preserve area frequented by the visiting public
• Controls and/or monitors invasive species
• Conducts volunteer work projects

The Land Conservation Steward will work on several Nature Conservancy preserves on or near the Lake Wales Ridge in central Florida, including Tiger Creek Preserve, Saddle Blanket Scrub Preserve and Venus Flatwoods Preserve. The Steward will assist with the protection, restoration, and maintenance of these and other important natural areas in central Florida. This position also assists land management activities as listed in Essential Functions on other TNC preserves, including Hatchineha Ranch and Disney Wilderness Preserve.
• Knowledge or interest in land management or forestry techniques, particularly prescribed burning. Prescribed or suppression fire experience preferred. Knowledge and/or interest in species protection, ecosystem restoration and the importance of biodiversity.
• Participate as a fire crew member during prescribed fires and wildfires. This will require the regular use of ignition devices, fire control hand tools, and operation of engines or tractor/tanker equipment.
• Must meet NWCG 310-1 training requirements for Fire Fighter Type 2 (FFT2) (experience at level S130/S190 or above).
• Excellent physical condition. Ability to meet minimum TNC training and health requirements for prescribed burning at the arduous level. For Florida: 3 mile walk with a 45-pound pack test with a time of 45 minutes or less.
• Assist with pre/post burn operations, including fireline prep, mop-up, and collection and analysis of pre/post burn fire data.
• Maintain fire management equipment.
• Assist with fire and stewardship related training sessions.
• Ability to perform invasive species control, which includes the safe use of herbicides and related equipment.
• Ability to maintain and operate a range of off-road and farm vehicles, including tractors and similar equipment. Experience with fire management equipment such as Type 6/7 engines preferred. Must have valid driver’s license. Must also obtain First Aid/CPR certification upon hire.
• Familiarity with a variety of electric and fuel powered tools and must be able to operate these tools safely. Must follow recommended safety guidelines and precautions specified for said work and vehicle operation and maintenance.
• Able to implement programs in the field with strong attention to accuracy and detail.
• Good interpersonal skills. Ability to work equally well independently or as part of a team.
• Willingness to work a 40-hour work week. This employee works five eight-hour days. Work may also include weekends and travel on short notice.
• Must be reliable, hardworking and safety conscious. Willingness to at times work long hours and weekends, on short notice while maintaining positive morale under adverse working conditions.
• Ability to navigate in largely unfamiliar terrain, with or without a map/compass.
• Ability to prioritize and carry out tasks in the absence of specific instructions.
• Other duties as assigned by supervisor


• 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.
• Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. Lawn mower, chainsaw, UTV, ATV or OHV, two-way radio, or similar equipment).
• Experience working in a team environment.
• Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide or pesticide application).


• Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
• 1 - 2 years’ experience in land management or related field.
• Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems.
• Ability to obtain driver’s license and maintain a good driving record.
• Ability to follow instructions from colleagues/coworkers/team members.
• PC and/or mobile device familiarity, including database knowledge or understanding.


Builds Relationships Builds productive relationships by interacting with others in ways that enhance mutual trust and commitment.
Collaboration & Teamwork Works collaboratively with stakeholders across levels, geographies, backgrounds, and cultures to improve decisions, strengthen commitment, and be more effective.
Communicates Authentically Communicates proactively and in a timely manner to share information, persuade, and influence with the appropriate level of detail, tone, and opportunities for feedback.
Others Takes ownership to help develop others’ skills, behaviors, and mindsets to help them maximize their workplace contributions.
Drives for
Results Sets challenging goals and objectives based on a strong sense of purpose and high-performance standards and steadfastly pushes self and others for tangible results, while ensuring work-life balance.
Leverages Difference Demonstrates commitment to harnessing the power of differences strategically; consistently sees, learns from, and takes strategic action related to difference; and demonstrates the self-awareness and behaviors to work across differences of identity and power respectfully and effectively with all stakeholder. Actively seeks to build and retain a diverse workforce and fosters an equitable inclusive workplace by drawing upon diverse perspectives.
Leadership Thinks and acts from a broad perspective with a long-term view and an understanding of 1) the dynamic nature of large-scale challenges and 2) the need for integrating five key practices: skillfully engaging appropriate people; providing a clear process for change; taking a holistic view of situations; focusing on a small number of strategic actions, while learning from and adapting them over time; and being aware of how one’s own thinking or patterns of behavior may be limiting change.

This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.


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