Freshwater Conservation Technician

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Chester, NJ, US

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. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, 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 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 restoring multiple contiguous miles of floodplain forest and riparian habitat using different conservation practices like dam removal and floodplain reforestation throughout the Paulins Kill watershed. As a measure of the success of these projects it will be necessary to conduct water quality and biological monitoring throughout the watershed and project areas.   This position will report directly to the Watershed Restoration Coordinator and will assist with in-stream monitoring and implementation of floodplain restoration projects.  The opportunity to participate in science-based monitoring efforts as well as hands-on management and restoration activities gives this position an attractive blend of science and stewardship responsibilities.  The Technician will be exposed to a range of other opportunities during the course of the position duration, which may include learning about conservation of large landscapes, applying GIS skills to freshwater conservation issues, and gaining exposure to a global conservation organization.  The position will be based at The Nature Conservancy’s New Jersey Field Office, located in Chester, New Jersey.  This is a 9-month, paid position for 35 hours/week at $18 per hour without housing. Position starts February 26th, 2018. 


The Freshwater Conservation Technician participates in science based surveys; habitat restoration and assists in the implementation of restoration projects. This may include one or more of the following functions:

  • 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.
  • Assists with deployment, maintenance, and data management of continuous in-stream monitors and handheld meters.
  • Assists with on-site implementation of projects including: tree planting, operating hand tools, heavy equipment trucks/trailers, and planting containerized native seedlings.
  • Participates in landowner outreach efforts and community engagement activities.
  • Communicates regularly with supervisor and stewardship staff regarding restoration and monitoring site information.



  • Maintains project records, water quality monitoring data and detailed datasheets.              
  • May purchase equipment and supplies as provided for in budget.
  • Data entry and management.      
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • Associates Degree in natural resources; environmental studies or equivalent combination of education and 6 months experience.                            
  • Experience managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources.
  • Experience performing administrative duties emphasizing detail-oriented and numerical tasks.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office Suite software and Web browsers.
  • Experience working and communicating with a diverse group of people


  • Bachelor’s Degree in natural resources; environmental studies or equivalent combination of education and 6 months experience.
  • Professional experience working with continuous instream monitoring equipment; HOBO logger, Hach multiparameter probes or similar devices, as well as GPS technology.
  • Knowledgeable and passionate about freshwater ecosystems.
  • Experience with Stream Rapid Bioassessment Protocols and data collection techniques.
  • Proficient with water quality instruments (e.g. YSI probes) and the collection and preservation of samples for laboratory analysis
  • Working knowledge of local flora and fauna.
  • Ability to work independently, efficiently, and in an organized fashion with very strong attention to detail.
  • Effective communication skills, whether in writing, in person, or on the telephone.
  • Ability to work alone or in a team in the field, under a variety of weather conditions
  • Ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g.; pick-up truck, trailers, power tools, etc.)
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule including occasional weekends



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.


To apply to position number 46052, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 2, 2018.