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Ecological Restoration Crew Leader

Job Title: 
Ecological Restoration Crew Leader
Company, Organization, or University: 
The Nature Conservancy in Ohio
Rock Creek, Ohio


The Ecological Restoration Crew Leader is a 9-month full-time, position based out of the Northeast Ohio Field Office located near Rock Creek, Ohio. The Crew Leader will direct a team of 3-4 that supports the implementation of ecological restoration projects throughout Northeast Ohio. The Crew Leader is supervised by the Restoration Team Leader who reports to the Restoration Practitioner. The Crew Leader will be expected to oversee the team during daily activities and field work, working independently and with minimal oversight. This is primarily a field position working with project partners to survey and control invasive plant and insect species throughout project sites in Northeast Ohio through chemical and mechanical applications. They will also be responsible for equipment preparation, use, and maintenance; use of GPS unit and related devices; accurate record keeping; and other responsibilities as assigned.


•Plan and oversee daily team activities.
•Coordinate with the Restoration Team Leader to maximize team efficiency in the field.
•Use chemical and manual methods to control invasive, non-native plant species.
•Use mobile devices and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to map non-native, invasive species’ presence and locations.
•Excellent communication skills to ensure efficient, effective and safe working conditions with crew members, partners, and the public.
•Use and maintain equipment, vehicles, trailers, GPS units and tools.
•Safe operation of Argo amphibious vehicle in water and on land.
•Distribute educational materials and answer questions from the general public.
•Navigate natural areas with map and compass.


•Receives broad instructions and project goals to complete required tasks, takes responsibility for crew work and efficacy.
•May be responsible for purchases and record keeping.
•Works under infrequent supervision of supervisor.
•Works as part of a team and leads crew.


•High school diploma and 2 years training in science-related field or related Minimum of 2 seasons experience in resource stewardship.
•Experience supervising others in a team environment.
•Experience recognizing plant species especially invasive species.
•Experience operating various types of equipment to control invasive plant and insect species.
•Experience performing physical work under adverse or inclement weather.
•Valid driver’s license.


•Bachelor’s degree in a science-related field or related experience in land management.
•4 seasons experience working in natural systems: particularly with native flora of Northeast Ohio and rare and sensitive species.
•Ability to operate and maintain various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g.; Argo, herbicide sprayers, hand tools, chainsaw, brush cutters, etc.).
•Ability to safely operate a truck with heavy loads and trailer.
•Ability to follow instructions from supervisor and give instructions to colleagues.
•Ability to motivate others and maintain moral.
•Experience recording data, staying organized, and maintaining field records.


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.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 5, 2021
Application Instructions: 
HOW TO APPLY To apply, 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 5, 2021. 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 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.
Erin O'Rourke
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