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Edge of Appalachia Preserve Land Steward

Job Title: 
Edge of Appalachia Preserve Land Steward
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The Nature Conservancy in Ohio
West Union, Ohio

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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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TNC Ohio has a decades long history of advancing land protection and conservation in the state, with the Edge of Appalachia (EOA) Preserve a prominent example of that work. Starting at just 42 acres in 1959, it now covers more than 20,000 acres of forestlands, grasslands, and rare prairie and glade habitats. EOA’s Land Steward contributes to the preserve by performing land management activities and maintaining areas frequented by the visiting public. This is a seasonal position of six months or less.

Essential Functions

The EOA Land Steward removes non-native invasive species (NNIS), stewards EOA’s rare, xeric limestone prairies, upkeeps public trailheads and maintains trails. The EOA Land Steward will use and maintain hand tools, power tools, and associated equipment. The EOA Land Steward will also maintain preserve records using GIS software or inspection reports on PC and mobile devices.

Responsibilities And Scope

Supervises no staff, but may help plan and direct preserve work groups, including staff 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 infrequent supervision.
Will make use of chemical pesticides for land management, including non-native invasive species removal.

Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or GED and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience in land management.
A valid driver’s license is required for this position
Experience recognizing plant and animal species.
Experience operating various types of equipment commonly used in land management in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. brush cutter, chainsaw, backpack sprayer, UTV, ATV, two-way radio, or similar equipment).
Experience working in a team environment.
Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, pesticide application).

Desired Qualifications

1 - 2 years’ experience in land management or related field.
Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems.
Ability to follow instructions from colleagues/coworkers/team members.
PC and/or mobile device familiarity, including GIS and database knowledge or understanding.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with TNC’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." To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit under the FAQ section.

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.


The pay for this position is $15 per hour.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, September 10, 2021
Application Instructions: 
To apply for job ID 50252, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on September 10, 2021. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page 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. Do you have military experience? Visit our U.S. Military Skills Translator to match your military experience with our current job openings! TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.
Erin O'Rourke
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