IL River Stewardship Technician

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Lewiston, IL, 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 74 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 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 Conservation Practitioner I assists in restoration, operations, maintenance and management of wetlands, prairie, woodlands, visitor-use amenities and other facilities on approximately 7,800 acres of nature preserves near Lewistown, IL.  The full-time (35 hr/week), short-term position pays 17.00/hr and provides opportunities to learn about plants and animals and natural areas management with an emphasis on ecological restoration including interesting, educational, and challenging outside work.  Modern, clean on-site housing may be available at a discounted rate; no pets.





The Conservation Practitioner I (CPI) assists with restoration and maintenance of nature preserves and facilities including areas frequented by the visiting public.   Activities include control of invasive species; timber stand improvement; maintenance of staff and public use areas and facilities; and assisting with public events and scientific research and monitoring.  CPI maintains and operates tools and equipment. 





  • May interact with visitors.
  • Works under close or infrequent supervision.
  • Will work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations for long periods of time in isolated settings, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.               
  • Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.                           





  • High school diploma or GED and 6 months of related experience             
  • 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).
  • Must have or obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide or pesticide application, driver’s license).


  • Demonstrated ability to work productively and efficiently both independently and as a member of a team. 
  • Training and/or experience with restoration and stewardship of natural areas.
  • Coursework in biology, especially field-related subjects such as plant and animal identification and ecology.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.




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