The Nature Conservancy Ordway Prairie Field Steward (46634) in Leola, South Dakota

Description OFFICE LOCATION Leola, South Dakota, USA. SD402 A LITTLE ABOUT USThe Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we 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, visitwww.nature.orgor 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. YOUR POSITION WITH TNCThe primary role of the Field Steward is to implement conservation management on S. H. Ordway Prairie Preserve. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONSThe Field Steward plans and directs preserve programs and stewardship for The Nature Conservancy's 7,800 acre Ordway Prairie Preserve. The Field Steward is responsible for ensuring that all facilities, preserve grounds, and equipment are in good repair and well organized. The Field Steward will implement preserve management plans using an adaptive management process - including chemical, biological, and mechanical control of noxious weeds, grazing management, and fire management as well as participate in research and monitoring programs. The Field Steward will coordinate projects and lead crews consisting of staff, volunteers, interns, and/or contractors. The Field Steward will serve as a community liaison and promote the Conservancy's mission by assisting visitors and partners on identified projects. The Field Steward may lead education and outreach events for diverse audiences. The Field Steward will assist with livestock management including daily care of the resident bison herd. This is a full-time, benefited position. Work hours can vary from 35 to >50 hours per week with possible evening, weekend, or holiday work required depending on the season and associated work duties. Housing for the Field Steward and immediate family is available on the preserve. In order to effectively conduct the essential functions of the position, it is strongly suggested the Field Steward live on the preserve or within a reasonable distance agreed upon with the supervisor so that the Steward is able to respond to emergency, urgent and routine issues and events on the preserve including but not limited to cattle and bison management, security, equipment failures and visitors. RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPEPerforms tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context. Recruits and leads diverse teams. Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements. May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. May work long hours in isolated settings. Responsible for building and maintaining grazing infrastructure such as fence, corrals, and watering stations. Operates and maintains ATV/UTVs, chainsaws, 4WD vehicles, skid-steers/tractors and attachments. Responsible for maintenance and repairs of buildings and facilities. Responsible for safely hauling/transporting equipment and/or livestock with trailers. Assist with controlled burns and wildfires including performing leadership roles as qualified, preparing burn units and writing burn plans. Assist with ecological monitoring. Implement invasive species management plans. Assist with c