Eightmile River Watershed Land Steward

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The Land Steward for the Eightmile River Watershed participates in stewardship operations for the Burnham Brook Preserve and, more broadly, the Eightmile River Watershed (it is expected that the Land Steward will dedicate approximately 50% of his/her time to the Burnham Brook Preserve, with the remaining 50% dedicated to the broader Eightmile River Watershed and Lower Connecticut River Landscape).  These operations should, at all times, further the Conservancy’s strategic goals and include, but are not limited to, the following functions:


  • Removing invasive species and/or monitoring species;
  • Maintaining tools and preserve equipment;
  • Operating mid-size preserve machinery;

Burnham Brook

  • Implementing the preserve management plan for Burnham Brook Preserve;
  • Maintaining preserve trails and areas frequented by visiting public, including bridge/gate repairs, deadfall removal, erosion prevention, etc.;
  • Repairing buildings and maintaining structures as necessary;


  • Contributing to the implementation of the Conservation Action Plan for the Eightmile River Watershed;
  • Monitoring conservation easements of the Conservancy;
  • Establishing and maintaining Conservancy Preserve features, such as trails, signage, parking, et cetera;
  • Working with and assisting (e.g., with stormwater management or stream connectivity restoration projects) the Eightmile River Wild & Scenic Coordinating Committee;
  • Providing field assistance with project assessments such as potential dam removal;
  • Cultivating community-based relationships in support of potential conservation outcomes.

The Land Steward will frequently interact with TNC staff and will become part of the Chapter’s stewardship team, which will include participating in regular stewardship meetings.

All external communications, relationships, and coordination will be managed by the Assistant Director of Land Management, although the Land Steward may be asked to lead work teams, supervise volunteers/contractors, and/or coordinate community support as necessary.  The Land Steward will work and interact with external partners of The Nature Conservancy and with the communities within the Eightmile River Watershed.  The Land Steward will attend the meetings of the Burnham Brook Preserve Committee as a representative of TNC and will support TNC’s work with the Burnham Brook Preserve Committee as part of the larger Preserve strategy initiatives.

This position reports to the Assistant Director of Land Management, who confers and coordinates with the Director of the Lower CT River Program/Eightmile River Project.  This position is budgeted at 0.7 FTE’s (approximately 25 hours per week, although a seasonal full-time schedule is possible as an alternative) and is eligible for full benefits.

  • BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in science-related field AND 1 year of related experience in custodial and ecological land management; OR equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with natural ecosystems.
  • Experience in ecological land management principles.
  • Experience supervising staff and/or volunteers.
  • Experience performing physical work.


  • BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in science-related field AND one to two years related experience in custodial and ecological land management; OR equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems.  Ability to recognize plant and animal species as required to complete preserve management activities.
  • Knowledge of ecological land management principles.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management, and natural resource preservation.
  • Land management experience and/or environmental restoration work.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Ability to manage time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results.
  • Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g., Word, Excel, Web browsers).
  • Ability to communicate clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to represent The Conservancy to external audiences in the Lower CT River area.
  • Ability to use maintenance tools and heavy equipment safely, including lawn mowers, power tools, construction tools, chain saws, brush cutter, tractor, et cetera.
  • A valid driver’s license is required.
  • This is a part-time, approximately 25 hours/week position.


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.


The Eightmile River Watershed Land Steward 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
The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.
To apply to position number 41394, submit resume and cover letter as one document.  All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 29, 2013.

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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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

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