Michigan and Great Lakes Science Technician

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Lansing, MI, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
0-2 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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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.


The Michigan and Great Lakes Science Technician works closely with other staff to research, gather, and analyze data in support of Michigan and Great Lakes strategies including Soil Health and Nutrients, Protection of Land and Water, Sustainable Fisheries, and others. 


The Michigan and Great Lakes Science Technician supports multiple projects managed by Michigan Field Office staff and spanning the breadth of Michigan and adjacent Great Lakes. Primary functions include:

  • Assisting with field surveys of fish populations and coastal wetlands in the Great Lakes, inland lakes, and rivers;
  • Assisting with aquatic invasive species research in the Great Lakes and inland lakes;
  • Analyzing data on groundcover plants, birds and wetland and crop soils;
  • Assisting with cost-benefit analysis;
  • Developing graphs and charts in support of technical reports.


  • Performs fieldwork, including data collection on ecosystems or biota;              
  • Compiles data resolves disparities and modifies processes to generate plans;                             
  • Analyzes data and generates figures and supporting text;
  • Works on project teams comprising staff, interns, partners or volunteers;                               
  • May purchase equipment and supplies as provided for in budget;
  • Occasionally works in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain, on large rivers and on the waters of the Great Lakes and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in science related field and 1-year experience or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Experience with data entry, quality assessment, analysis, and graphing, including with multi-variate data.


  • Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated;
  • Experienced, competent and comfortable working in the field including remote settings and or on rivers or open water;
  • Experience operating or working on boats and/or SCUBA diving would be advantageous;
  • Experience with GIS software and data to create maps;
  • Ability to understand program budget development and monitoring;
  • Ability to interpret guidelines and evaluate information and adapt accordingly;
  • Ability to work independently and exercise independent judgment;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Time management skills;
  • Current driver’s license.


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 www.nature.org/careers.

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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