University of Redlands Stewardship Assistant

  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Hayden, CO 81639, USA
  • Mar 27, 2021

Job Description


Hayden, Colorado, USA*Must be a University of Redlands student working toward completion of an Environmental undergraduate degree program. CO401


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We're rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. We know we'll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it's career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there's lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued.


The University of Redlands Stewardship Assistant performs and participates in preserve monitoring, management operations, maintenance, and visitation on The Nature Conservancy's Carpenter Ranch Preserve and various other Preserves in Colorado. The 906-acre Carpenter Ranch preserve is managed as a platform for community-based conservation and is an active ranch. This position has an emphasis on applied GIS applications and land management that will be integrated with outdoor work on adaptive management of the ecologically significant areas, opportunities to engage with visitors and community partners, and strategic initiatives that include conservation of ecosystems, water, and sustainable livelihoods. This is a 10.5-week position starting June 7, 2021 through August 18, 2021.


The University of Redlands Stewardship Assistant assists with the daily management and maintenance of The Nature Conservancy's Preserves ensuring completion of priority stewardship tasks and safe and enjoyable experiences for the visiting public. Following a one-week orientation and training, the Stewardship Assistant will live in housing on the Carpenter Ranch Preserve and/or other Preserves in Colorado. This person will gain valuable experience in on-the-ground stewardship projects and outreach. Duties include working with staff and volunteers to: repair and maintain trails and fences; monitor rare plant species; map natural resources and facilities; maintain and repair buildings, tools and equipment; remove and treat exotic species; greet and guide visitors; patrol, open and close preserve buildings; respond to visitor inquiries; administer and coordinate volunteer days.


Work independently and in team settings. Interact with visitors, donors, and other diverse guests, providing a safe and positive experience. Completion of an independent project relevant to the position and conservation, for presentation at the end of the position. Work in variable weather conditions, in remote locations, on difficult terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. Perform work requiring considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain, including using hand and power tools (weed trimmers, lawn mowers). Position may include interactions with youth. Work may necessitate long hours, holidays and weekends as needed.


Must be a University of Redlands student working toward completion of an Environmental undergraduate degree program. High school diploma and 6 months of related experience. Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. hand tools, iPad, GPS, etc.). Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, driver's license, TNC youth certification). DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS Ability to follow instructions from supervisor and colleagues. Ability to work independently and in a team environment. High level of responsibility and self-motivation. Experience working and communicating with diverse groups of people. Proficiency with GPS and iPad equipment. Enthusiasm for outdoor activities. Current valid driver's license and proficiency with automatic transmission vehicles.


Salary: $13.50/hourAccommodation is provided at the Carpenter Ranch Preserve and/or other TNC Colorado Reserves. This may require a shared living space with other visiting staff if allowable by TNC COVID-19 guidance. Transportation to work locations is provided.


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 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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