High Divide Headwaters Hydrology Technician & Restoration Assistant

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Dillon, MT, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)


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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 www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.




High Divide Headwaters Hydrology Technician & Restoration Assistant works with the Montana Freshwater team to develop, implement, and monitor watershed restoration projects.




The Nature Conservancy Position will conduct streamflow groundwater monitoring, willow planting, weed mapping and management, and other on-the-ground land and water stewardship projects.  Position offers a unique opportunity to be involved in a collaborative, science-based, applied conservation program, and to gain experience in a wide variety of land and water issues.  The Position is supervised by the Freshwater Director, and works closely with Conservancy staff and other partners to develop and plan projects throughout the field season and over a wide geographic area.




  • Supervises no staff, but may help plan and direct preserve work groups, including staff or volunteers.   
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.      
  • May require long hours in isolated settings.                         
  • Makes day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor.               
  • May work under infrequent supervision.




  • 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.
  • Bachelor’s degree and 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. 




This is a full-time (40 hours/week) short-term position based in Dillon, MT. Dates of employment will be from April 22, 2019 to September 20, 2019.