High Divide Headwaters Stewardship Assistant

Lima, MT, US

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 www.nature.org/aboutus 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 High Divide Headwaters Stewardship Assistant works with private and public land managers in southwest Montana on a variety of on-the-ground land stewardship projects including invasive plants, stream restoration, rangeland and fire effects monitoring, and fencing to conserve the priority lands and waters. Position offers a unique opportunity to be involved in a collaborative, science-based, applied conservation program, and to gain experience in a wide variety of land and water issues.


  • Constructing and maintaining temporary electric fence.
  • Herbicide application and integrated weed management.
  • Invasive plant mapping and monitoring.
  • Community outreach with landowners and agency partners.
  • Field data collection for freshwater, rangeland ecology, and adaptive management programs.
  • Entering data into MS Excel, MS Access, and ArcGIS.
  • Residence in TNC housing in the Centennial Valley is a requirement of this position.
  • Ability to spend multiple nights away at field sites.


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


  • B.S. Degree or progress towards a B.S. Degree in a biological science curriculum.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Experience in field biology (i.e. self-motivated, irregular hours, plant ID).
  • Familiarity with herbicide calibration, application, and safety.
  • Familiarity with GPS and GIS applications.
  • Willingness to work with and learn from people with different backgrounds.
  • Ability to provide for own transportation with mileage reimbursed.
  • Ability to work in isolated locations under sometimes adverse outdoor situations.


  • Employment dates are April – October 2017
  • Base pay starts at $12.35 DOE


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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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: High Divide Headwaters Stewardship Assistant

Location: Montana

Job ID: 45118

Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Full/Part Time: Full-Time