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Crooked River CWMA Coordinator

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Crooked River CWMA Coordinator
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The Nature Conservancy in Ohio
Rock Creek, Ohio


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive.

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The Crooked River Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) Coordinator is a full-time position based in Northeast Ohio. The incumbent will coordinate with the 13 conservation partners of the Crooked River CWMA. In addition, they will manage a 2-4-person restoration team that implements ecological restoration projects within the Cuyahoga River Watershed in Northeast Ohio.


The Crooked River CWMA Coordinator provides technical leadership and support to Ohio TNC program in Northeast Ohio to plan and direct restoration and stewardship activities. The incumbent addresses critical threats to natural systems and individual species, fosters cross-site learning among conservation community, and supplies Eco regional planning teams with information for site portfolios. They develop and implement conservation projects and implement a variety of strategies to secure public and private support for TNC conservation priorities. They coordinate community support, manage partner relationships, implement multiple projects, set deadlines, and manage completion.

The Crooked River CWMA Coordinator will split time approximately 50:50 between office and field work. They will coordinate partnership with Crooked River CWMA members to develop working agreements, write site and watershed management plans, and develop grant proposals in support of the goals of the CWMA. The incumbent will manage day to day implementation and coordinate, set deadlines and manage completion of multiple grant funded restoration projects and restoration contracts concurrently and in collaboration with multiple project partners. Field work will focus on ecological restoration with a focus on survey and control of invasive species through chemical and mechanical treatments. The incumbent will also be responsible for budget tracking; equipment preparation, use, and maintenance; accurate record keeping and reporting; and communicating to staff, volunteers, and the public about their work. Position is contingent upon funding with funding currently secured for 2 years. It is anticipated that the incumbent will develop projects that will provide additional funding to maintain capacity.


Supervises seasonal staff and develops workplans and directs day-to-day activities of 2-4-person Restoration Team.
Responsible for managing grant and contract budgets, negotiating, and contracting with vendors, assisting with fundraising targets.
Networks with diverse groups, including landowners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board
Works under minimal and/or distant supervision; may make some independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and context.
Controls invasive plant species through manual, chemical, and cultural practices and safely applies herbicides
Works in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in science-related field and 1-year related experience in ecological land management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience in ecological land management particularly with managing invasive species and restoring habitat.
Experience using herbicides to control invasive species.
Experience with relationship building skills to work closely with a variety of partners, i.e., media, government officials, internal scientists.
Experience operating and or repairing various types of equipment and machinery.
Must have a valid driver's license.


1 – 2 years related experience in ecological land management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Some experience managing volunteers or entry level staff.
Successful experience in developing, directing and managing multiple projects, including ability to create and follow timelines and deliver products and results in a timely fashion
Ability to recognize plant and animal species to complete restoration activities.
Knowledge/understanding of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation/conservation or similar field.
Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
Ohio Commercial Pesticide Applicator License.
Working knowledge of software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers, ArcGIS).
Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.


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: 
Monday, April 5, 2021
Application Instructions: 
HOW TO APPLY To apply to position number 49495, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. The deadline to apply is 11:59 PM EST on April 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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