Grand River Restoration Crew Member

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Liberty, MI, USA 🇺🇸

Job ID: 52664

Location: Michigan

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Liberty, Michigan, USA

Grand River Fen Preserve


The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube   to hear stories from staff or visit  Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


The Grand River Restoration Crew Member is part of a two-person crew who will complete habitat restoration and management at our Grand River Fen preserve in Liberty, MI. The crew member will help identify and control invasive plant species within the project site that encompasses 201 acres of Grand River Fen preserve with the use of grant funds from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for the Sustain Our Great Lakes program. The Grand River Restoration crew members will conduct restoration work that will help meet the deliverables for this award.

The crew member will help improve these sensitive and rare ecosystems by completing invasive plant removal, monitoring of project site to evaluate efficacy of land management activities and presence of species of conservation concern. This team will keep track of ecological conditions throughout the duration of this project. The crew member may assist in prescribed burns and will operate/maintain tools and equipment. This team will use GPS and geographic information systems (GIS) to identify, record and map non-native, invasive species and restoration work conducted on a daily basis using a database on a Windows PC. This position will require operating a TNC owned vehicle regularly. The crew will work outdoors, in variable weather conditions, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under potentially physically demanding circumstances. This is a full time, temporary position with an immediate start, ending June 30th, 2023.


Are you looking for a career to help people and nature? Guided by science, TNC creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that people and nature can thrive together. We’re looking for someone who is passionate, motivated problem-solver. Come join TNC and apply today!

Responsibilities & Scope include:

  • Works in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Capable of identifying native and non-native plant species, including winter twig ID, and animal species to complete preserve management activities.
  • Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.                                             
  • Requires long hours in isolated settings, working closely with coworkers.
  • Requires use and maintenance of restoration equipment daily (e.g.; brush cutter, herbicide sprayers,  chainsaw, tractor, trailer, two-way radio, etc.)            
  • Makes day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor. 
  • May work under infrequent supervision.

Housing is available for this position, however not required. The compensation begins at $17/hour and is dependent upon skills and experience.


  • High school diploma and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience in land management.
  • Experience recognizing native/non-native plant and animal species.       
  • Experience operating and maintaining various types of equipment.                        
  • Experience working on a team. 
  • Experience performing physical work.
  • Experience using herbicides for land management activities.
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide application, and driver’s license).


  • 1-2 years’ experience in natural science related field or related experience in land management. 
  • Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems.
  • Ability to recognize native and non-native plants and animal species to complete preserve management activities. 
  • Ability to operate and maintain various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g.; brush cutter, herbicide sprayers, lawn mower, chainsaw, tractor, trailer, two-way radio, etc.).
  • Ability to follow instructions from supervisor and colleagues and work cooperatively with others.
  • Ability to communicate clearly via written, spoken in English.
  • Ability to perform physical work, often under adverse weather conditions for long periods of time.
  • NWCG Fire Fighter Type 2 (FFT2) qualified or ability to pass fire training courses and fitness test.  Must provide copy of certificate indicating completion of S-130, S-190, L-180, IS-100 and IS-700 if currently qualified.
  • Experience with ARC GIS and GPS units.
  • Commercial Pesticide Applicator license or willingness to obtain certification.
  • Experience using computers with Microsoft office suite and database systems for maintaining accurate daily work logs, herbicide treatments and other monitoring data. 
  • Capable of sharing living space and lodging with coworkers.


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world! 

TNC offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan with an 8% employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports of the health and well-being of the people we employ.


This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with TNC’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.” To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit under the FAQ section.

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.


To apply for job ID 52664, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on January 6th, 2023. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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Where legally permissible, TNC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and willing to keep up to date with vaccines that protect against COVID-19.   By accepting an offer of employment, you agree to comply with this requirement, unless you are entitled to a legally mandated exemption.

An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.




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