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Project Associate, Stewardship and Restoration

The Nature Conservancy
California, United States
10 days ago



The Nature Conservancy in California has a large, diverse and dispersed network of preserves and conservation easements across the state. The Project Associate, Stewardship and Restoration will provide on-the-ground conservation property management, in-person and remote (using remote sensing systems) annual monitoring, and support team members on the use of geospatial technology systems for stewardship management.   


The Project Associate, Stewardship and Restoration provides technical stewardship leadership and support to advance priority initiatives of the Conservancy’s land stewardship team in California. These initiatives may include planning and implementing property management and stewardship on TNC owned properties; ensuring that TNC’s property interests are regularly monitored and that the condition of TNC fee and easement properties is properly documented; identifying and addressing critical threats to natural systems and individual species; fostering cross-site learning among the conservation community; collaborating to secure public and private support for TNC conservation and restoration priorities; ensuring the maintenance of preserve areas frequented by the visiting public; and cultivating productive relationships in the communities in which we work.  


  • Takes lead responsibility for conducting annual compliance monitoring on a portion of TNC’s conservation easement portfolio in California.  Responsibilities include in-person and/or remote monitoring using remote imagery, managing productive communications with landowners, and completion of annual compliance monitoring reporting. 
  • Manages a small number of TNC-owned properties, including ecological management, managing grazing and residential leases, contracting for infrastructure maintenance, and fostering productive neighbor relationships. 
  • Geographic scope for above in-person monitoring and management work may include Mendocino, Sonoma, Marin, Santa Clara, Monterey, San Luis Obispo Counties and potentially also providing support on Central Valley properties. 
  • Provides leadership and technical support to other stewardship staff on geospatial tools such as remote monitoring, GIS field mapping applications, and sensors. 
  • Performs tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and context. 
  • May supervise technical, administrative, and professional staff with responsibility for performance management, training and development. 
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements. 
  • Must work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. 
  • Willingness to travel extensively, up to 20% of overall work hours, including some overnight travel. 



  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in natural resource management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Experience using GIS, remote sensing, and other geospatial technologies for natural resource management. 
  • Experience with conservation land management. 
  • Experience traveling solo in remote locations, often in areas without cellular coverage. 
  • Relationship-building experience to work closely with a variety of partners, i.e., landowners, government officials, internal scientists.  
  • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timelines and deadlines. 
  • Experience with communication  via written, spoken, and graphical means in English. 
  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc. 
  • Must have valid driver's license.   


  • Experience operating ATV, UTV on unpaved roads in steep topography. 
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated. 
  • 3-5 years’ experience in natural resource management, similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.   
  • Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities. 
  • Familiarity with California ecosystems and species 
  • Knowledge of ecological land management principles. 
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation. 

Job Information

  • Job ID: 63904364
  • Location:
    California, United States
  • Position Title: Project Associate, Stewardship and Restoration
  • Company Name For Job: The Nature Conservancy
  • Occupation: Field Technician
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 3-5 Years
  • Required Travel: 10-25%

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