Freshwater Restoration Assistant

Chester, NJ, United States 🇺🇸

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact for people and nature around the world in 69 countries, all 50 United States, major US cities and in your neighborhood. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit to learn more.

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 Nature Conservancy of New Jersey has identified the Paulins Kill watershed (a tributary of the Delaware River) as a priority area for habitat restoration and water quality improvement. A critical component of this strategy is the restoration of floodplain forests identified within strategic segments of this watershed. Building on prior successes elsewhere in the watershed we will be planting and restoring multiple contiguous miles of floodplain forest throughout the Paulins Kill watershed. To accomplish this goal, we are hiring 2 seasonal Freshwater Restoration Assistants to implement this project. These positions will help with additional freshwater-related projects involving water quality monitoring and macroinvertebrate surveys. These positions will be based at the New Jersey Field Office, located in Chester, New Jersey. This is a 3 month, paid position for 35 hours/week at $18 per hour. Position starts March 13th, 2017.


The Freshwater Restoration Assistant participates in the implementation of a variety of restoration, assessment and monitoring projects throughout the Paulins Kill watershed. This may include one or more of the following functions:

  • Assists with on-site implementation of projects including: tree planting, operating hand tools and chainsaws, removing exotic species, applying herbicides, and planting native species in priority floodplain area
  • Assists with other freshwater tasks including tree and shrub survival monitoring, erosion monitoring, stream monitoring, site maintenance and other to be determined projects.
  • Conducts standardized scientific surveys including the collection of water quality and stream benthic macroinvertebrate samples, and conducts standardized visual surveys to assess the physical condition of stream reaches
  • Communicates regularly with supervisor and conservation staff regarding site information
  • Maintains all necessary tools and equipment


  • Interacts well with the general public and volunteers.
  • May work under close or infrequent supervision.
  • May 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 and 6 months of related experience
  • Experience operating various types of equipment.
  • Experience performing physical work.
  • Valid driver’s license.


  • Ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g.; pick-up truck, power tools, etc.)
  • Ability to follow instructions from colleagues
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule including occasional weekends
  • Ability to perform physical work, sometime under adverse conditions or in inclement weather
  • Demonstrated organizational skills
  • Working knowledge of local flora and fauna with knowledge of invasive species preferred
  • Experience collecting biological and water quality samples
  • Knowledgeable and passionate about fresh water ecology


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

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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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 men and women 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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Job Title: Freshwater Restoration Assistant

Location: New Jersey

Job ID: 45076

Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Full/Part Time: Full-Time