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Hubbard Conservation Fellow


The Nature Conservancy


Wood River, Nebraska


United States

Last Date to Apply:

07 Sep 2017



The Nature Conservancy


Wood River, Nebraska

Job Category

Fellowships & Scholarships


$23,660 based on hourly rate of $13

Start Date


Last Date to Apply





The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 30 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. 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 Hubbard Fellowship is designed for recent college graduates, and bridges the gap between school and career by providing comprehensive experience working for a conservation organization. The Hubbard Fellow will participate in a wide range of conservation activities, including prairie restoration, invasive species control, prescribed fire, fence building and repair, data collection and entry, conservation planning, grant writing, leading tours, giving presentations to various groups, budget creation, and more. The Fellow will also travel to multiple Conservancy sites, attend conservation-related meetings and conferences, and shadow Conservancy and partner staff in various capacities. In addition, the Fellow will plan and conduct an independent project catered to the Fellow’s individual interests and career objectives. The Fellow will need to work closely with Conservancy staff, cooperating scientists, volunteers, and graduate students. This twelve month (full-time) position will require irregular hours and will include extensive outdoor physical labor under adverse conditions. The Hubbard Fellow is supervised by the Program Director, and may oversee the activities of short-term staff and volunteers. This position is located at the Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies, in a rural part of central Nebraska at Wood River, NE, and will run from January 2018 through December 2018. Housing is provided on a Conservancy Preserve.

The Hubbard Fellow participates in preserve operations, maintenance and management at the Platte River Prairies and other Conservancy sites. This may include one or more of the following functions: Invasive species control, including herbicide application Livestock management Prescribed burning Construction, repair, and maintenance of fences and other preserve infrastructure Operates and maintains tools and equipment

In addition, the Fellow also Harvests, cleans, and plants local-ecotype prairie seed for restoration projects. Conducts tours of Conservancy properties, including sandhill crane viewing tours. Gives presentations to various groups about The Nature Conservancy’s work. Proposes and completes an independent project on a topic mutually acceptable to the Conservancy and the Fellow. Assists with outreach on TNC’s work by helping to design and implement social media and web-based strategies. Assists with research and monitoring data collection, entry, and analysis. Assists with land management and restoration planning. Tracks and records management and restoration activities using GPS and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Assists with other duties related to finance, philanthropy, and marketing.

May lead or monitor work groups consisting of staff, interns, and volunteers covering a wide geographic area. Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development and meeting fundraising targets. Networks with diverse groups, including land owners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public to recruit support for the Conservancy and publicize the Conservancy. Works under minimal and distant supervision; must make independent decisions based on experience and judgments. May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. Coordinates multiple projects with several variables, setting realistic deadlines and managing timeframes. Resolves routine issues independently, consulting with supervisor to develop plans for resolution of complex and unusual problems. Cultivates and develops creative ideas to improve conservation strategies.

The Hubbard Fellow may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. These conditions: • require considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain • present frequent possibility of injury • require long hours in isolated settings


BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in biology, natural resources management, environmental studies, or related field, with graduation date of December 2017 or earlier. Knowledge of natural systems. Experience with ecological land management principles. Experience performing physical work. Must hold current driver’s license. Eligible to be in compliance with the Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program. Qualified as or able to meet qualifications for Prescribed Fire Crew Member (http://www.tncfiremanual.org/RXCM.htm).

1 – 2 years related experience in custodial and ecological land management. Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation. Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers). Communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages. Demonstrated leadership capability through college or extracurricular activities. Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems. Ability to recognize plant and animal species as required to complete preserve management activities. Ability to perform physical work, sometimes under adverse conditions or in inclement weather. Completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s). Managing time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results. Safe use of maintenance tools; including lawn mowers, power tools and construction tools.

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.

HOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates should visit www.nature.org/careers/. To apply to position number 45644 submit resume and cover letter as one document. Cover letter should be no more than 800 words, and should express why the applicant is interested in the Fellowship, why they are qualified, and how the Fellowship would help them with their future career. Applicants are also required to provide a letter of recommendation from a college advisor or other person who can comment on their abilities and qualifications. Recommendation letters must be emailed, either by the applicant or the person writing the letter, to mjasnowski@tnc.org prior to the application deadline. When applying for this position, please specify the degree-level that you will possess by December 2017. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 8, 2017. Failure to complete all of the required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration. The information entered in the education and work experience sections are auto screened by the system based on the minimum qualifications of the position. You must click submit to apply for the position. Click save if you want to be able to return to your application and submit it later. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Any questions related to this specific position may be directed to chelzer@tnc.org. Applicants should refer to http://prairieecolog...ard-fellowship/ for more information on the program. 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 cultures. 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 or veteran status or other status protected by law.

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