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    Native Seed Collection Technician

    • Employer: The Nature Conservancy in Ohio
      Location: Swanton, Ohio, USA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 06/03/2020
      Open Until Filled: No


    The Native Seed Collection Technician will perform seed collection activities on TNC and partner properties in northwest Ohio near TNC’s Kitty Todd Nature Preserve in Swanton, Ohio.


    The Native Seed Collection Technician will collect seed through various means (mechanical and by hand), as well as assist with associated planning, documentation, and database management. They will regularly work with other staff and partners and help lead volunteers and interns to coordinate seed collection for restoration. This is a full-time, short-term position lasting approximately six months from the start date.


    May oversee seed collection events, including help in planning and directing interns or volunteers.     

    May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.

    Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.                                                                                           

    May require long hours in isolated settings.                                                                                                                        

    Makes day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor.                                                                                                  

    May work under close or infrequent supervision.

    Operates vehicles in a safe manner, including on-road and off-road conditions.

    Consults supervisor on unusual or complex issues.                                                                                            

    Ability to convey work instructions to other restoration crew members and volunteers.

    Ability to interact with the public and to convey basic natural history and restoration information.

    Ability to function productively as a team member and independently.


    High school diploma and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience in land management.

    Must possess a valid driver’s license.

    Experience working in a team environment and ability to follow instructions from colleagues/coworkers/team members.                                            

    Experience with natural systems and identifying plant and animal species in northwest Ohio.       


    Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. UTV, ATV).                        

    Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.

    1-3 years’ of land management or botanical field/lab experience involving species surveying, plot-sampling and mapping.

    Knowledge of rare and conservative Midwestern plants and their associated natural communities.              

    PC familiarity and experience with database management (Microsoft Excel) and ESRI products (ArcMap, ArcCollector, Survey123).

    Experience collecting, processing, and/or propagating native seed.

    Ability to identify plant species either with field knowledge of with the use of a dichotomous key.

    Able to maintain high standards of productivity while working independently or under minimal supervision.

    Able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide or pesticide application).


    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.


    To apply to position number 48687, 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 June 3, 2020.

    Click “submit” to apply for the position or “save for later” to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration.

    If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

    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 people 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.

    The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.

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