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Company: The Nature Conservancy
Location: Westfield, IA
Career Level: Associate
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education


Job Title Stewardship Assistant & Crew Leader Job ID 48441 Location Iowa Full/Part Time Full-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Temporary OFFICE LOCATION

Westfield, Iowa, USA




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 Stewardship Assistant & Crew Leader will start on April 20, 2020. They primarily serve as Crew Leader for a 5-person volunteer intern crew from May 26 - August 7, 2020. They will also perform and participate in preserve operations and maintenance under the direction of the Western Iowa Land Steward. This position will end on October 16, 2020.  Housing will be provided as a requirement of this position.


The Stewardship Assistant & Crew Leader will assist with preparation of tools, equipment and road gear prior to crew arrival and participate in intern crew orientation and safety training during the week of May 26th. Under the direction of the Western and Eastern Iowa Land Stewards, the Crew Leader is responsible for overseeing all intern crew operations, adherence to safety training and guidelines, working with the crew during field activities, and may need to stay onsite to supervise the crew during off hours if needed. This position requires daily outdoor physical labor for extended periods of time in adverse conditions.

The crew and crew leader will be responsible for performing stewardship tasks such as: using a chainsaw and other power equipment, building and repairing fence; removing exotic species; monitoring conservation activities, including data collection, input and reporting; assisting with prescribed burns; and maintaining tools and equipment.  The intern crew travels throughout the state from May 26th – August 7th.  The crew stays at bunk houses where available but may also camp at State Parks. After the intern program concludes, the Stewardship Assistant & Crew Leader will assist with tree, brush and invasive species removal, prescribed burns, bison roundup and other stewardship activities at Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve and/or the Land of the Swamp White Oak Preserve as needed.

  • Under the direction of the Land Stewards, they will help plan and direct intern crew and preserve work groups, made up of staff and volunteers.    
  • Will 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.                                                                                          
  • Requires long hours in isolated settings.                                                                                                                       
  • Makes day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor.                                                                                                 
  • May work under infrequent supervision.
  • Monitor crew expenses, work logs and mileage logs.
  • Various administrative tasks that may apply to the above.

  • High school diploma or GED and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience in land management.
  • Experience recognizing plant and animal species.       
  • Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. Lawn mower, chainsaw, UTV, ATV or OHV, 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. Driver’s license, First Aid, CPR, herbicide or pesticide application).



  • Working towards a bachelor’s degree, and 2-3 years’ training in science-related field or related experience in land stewardship.
  • Prior experience working with a field crew as assistant or crew leader, or other group leader experience.
  • Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems. 
  • Ability to recognize plant and animal species to complete preserve management activities.
  • Ability to operate, maintain and troubleshoot various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g.; lawn mower, chainsaw, tractor, two-way radio, etc.).
  • Ability to follow/give instructions from/to colleagues.
  • PC familiarity to maintain crew records.
  • Experience performing physical work.
  • Experience leading others in a field setting.
  • Completion of Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190) and Firefighting Training (S-130), preferred.
  • The Nature Conservancy has adopted the Work Capacity Test (WCT) as the method for assessing fitness for fire qualifications. The WCT for moderate level consists of completing a two-mile hike, within thirty minutes, while carrying a twenty-five-pound pack. The person selected for this position is required to pass the moderate WCT within 60 days after starting employment.


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.


To apply to position number 48441, submit resume 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 28, 2020.

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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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