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Company: The Nature Conservancy
Location: Delmont, NJ
Career Level: Entry Level
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education


Job Title Cape May Stewardship Assistant Job ID 48454 Location New Jersey Full/Part Time Full-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Temporary OFFICE LOCATION

Eldora, New Jersey, USA (Cape May County)



Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 74 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

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.


The New Jersey Chapter of the Nature Conservancy is hiring 2 Cape May Stewardship Assistants to work outdoors managing both habitat and visitors at two flagship preserves in Cape May County New Jersey.  The Stewardship Assistant is the public face of The Nature Conservancy at our preserves and informs visitors and volunteers about the preserves and the organization.  As the on-site naturalists, the Cape May Stewardship Assistant is available to answer questions about the habitats, and flora and fauna of the preserves.  They will participate in management and monitoring efforts, including surveys of beach-nesting birds, spawning horseshoe crabs, purple martins, and eastern bluebirds.  This individual will work daily to maintain both the ecological function of the preserve and the quality of the visitor experience.; as such, duties will include interacting with visitors, mowing, weeding, trimming, trash pick-up, invasive species removal, posting signage, and maintaining trails.  The Cape May Stewardship Assistant is required to work a flexible schedule, including all weekends, holidays, and the occasional evening for the duration of their employment.

2 positions are available:
•    3/1/20 – 11/30/20 (9 months)
•    5/1/20 – 10/31/20 (6 months)
These positions are paid for 35 hours of work per week at $18 per hour with housing.  Employees are responsible for their own transportation to and from the preserves.

  • Assist with ongoing biological monitoring of beach-nesting birds, nest boxes, horseshoe crabs, and water levels, as well as plant surveys.
  • Provide visitors with information about public access (e.g., trail systems and site rules), site ecology and recent wildlife sightings.
  • Responsible for overall maintenance of the preserves, including mowing, trimming, weeding, installing and repairing split rail fencing, and posting signage.
  • Conduct regular patrols at each Cape May preserve to detect and remedy problems, including various forms of trespass, vandalism, and any additional damage or degradation of the public access areas.
  • Communicate regularly with supervisor, stewardship staff, partner organizations, and site volunteers, and maintain a detailed logbook of monitoring and stewardship activities.

  • Work with minimal supervision.
  • Make day-to-day decisions as delegated by supervisor.    
  • Supervise no staff, but may help plan and direct preserve work groups, including staff and/or volunteers.                                                                                                   
  • May work in adverse weather conditions, including variable temperatures, wind, and rain.
  • Work a flexible schedule, including all weekends and holidays, along with occasional evenings.
  • Must have reliable transportation.

  • High school diploma and 6 months of related experience (will be assessed by relevance to job summary and essential functions)             
  • Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g., lawn mower, weed trimmer, etc.)
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required (e.g., driver’s license).


  • Bachelor’s degree OR at least 1 year of related experience (assessed by relevance to job summary and essential functions).             
  • Knowledge and/or coursework in ecology, biology, or related natural sciences.
  • Experience identifying plants and animals to species.
  • Experience conducting biological monitoring, specifically avian monitoring.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn on the job, especially as it relates to identifying local plant and avian species.
  • Comfortable with communicating with members of the public, including environmental education and conflict resolution
  • Comfortable driving a pick-up truck and occasionally towing a trailer.
  • Ability to perform physical work, sometimes under adverse conditions or in inclement weather.


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.


$18/hour; 35 hour workweek

Housing is provided


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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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