Freshwater Restoration Technician II

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Minneapolis, MN, USA 🇺🇸

St. Cloud, MN, USA 🇺🇸


Job ID: 53071

Location: Minnesota

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA


St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA

This is a hyrid role.


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 Restoration Technician II works closely with other staff to research and gather conservation planning data. The Restoration Technician II gathers and synthesizes data in order to inform conservation activities and implementation plans.  They create conservation plans to identify priorities and develop restoration plans for implementation. They may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


By joining our Minnesota – North Dakota – South Dakota team, you will become part of a group that is a force for nature and people. Our team consists of a dedicated group who are leading the conservation effort on multiple fronts and who expertly bring strategy and action together. We’re looking for an individual with water resources field experience and GIS analysis who wants to make a difference. Come join TNC and apply today! Responsibilities include:

GIS and desktop studies / analysis

  • Map and assess natural resources and conservation information to support TNC decision making in conservation and restoration projects related to water quality and quantity 
  • Carry out pre-defined analysis for prioritization of restoration and conservation activities
  • Develop methodology for science and conservation-based studies 

Field-based data collection and survey 

  • Assist in collection of soil and water samples to support a wetland study on nutrient removal and carbon storage
  • Assist in field collection of hydrologic data from monitoring wells and water quality sampling at various TNC sites
  • Assist in stream geomorphology surveys and functional assessment of streams and stream crossings 
  • Conduct plant community surveys estimating species coverage and abundance
  • Assist in soil studies related to soil health, organic matter, carbon and other soil properties in conservation and/or agricultural BMP studies
  • Carry out data collection to support TNC restoration and management projects within the Chapter’s 3-state territory
  • Organize and analyze data

Project Management

  • Assist with wetland restoration and oversee parts of the implementation
  • Assess wetland restoration plans and designs
  • Contract management
  • Coordination with other staff and occasionally with partners


  • Bachelor’s Degree in science, engineering or natural-resources-related field and 1-year experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience collecting data in the field 
  • Knowledge of ecological principles and preferably, hydrology, soils and native plant I.D.
  • Hands-on experience with restoration or management projects, preferably involving aquatic environments and/or wetlands 
  • Ability to work outdoors frequently, in wetlands, often with difficult walking conditions
  • Experience with GIS software and data to create maps.


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.


The salary range for this position is $47,000 to $52,000.


To apply for job ID 53071, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at 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.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development