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The Nature Conservancy Seasonal Preserve Assistant (47463) in Hamilton, Indiana

DescriptionOFFICE LOCATIONHamilton, Indiana, USAIN410A LITTLE ABOUT USFounded 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 72 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.YOUR POSITION WITH TNCThe Nature Conservancy owns and manages approximately 2400 acres in six counties in northeast Indiana. Our Seasonal Preserve Assistants are responsible for aiding Indiana staff at these preserves in the restoration of pre-agricultural habitat through reforestation, the hydrological restoration of ephemeral and perennial wetlands, and the installation of native wetland plants. They help maintain valuable remnant communities through invasive species control and fire management; and work with neighbors to minimize ongoing threats to our states valuable Natural Heritage.The Seasonal Preserve Assistants are 6-month positions with an approximate time frame of April or May through October or November. Optional, on-site housing is available at the Douglas Woods preserve near Hamilton, Indiana. These facilities are a 3-bedroom, 2 bath, ranch style home, fully furnished with a functioning kitchen. Housing facilities will be shared and often visited by other TNC partners and staff.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONSThe Seasonal Preserve Assistants are responsible for invasive species control, native wetland species plantings, tree plantation maintenance, and monitoring of native plants and animals. Work will require the use and maintenance of chainsaws, brush cutters, sprayers, herbicides, and other equipment. This position requires strenuous field work in a variety of environmental conditions, including routinely lifting and hiking/walking carrying 25+ pounds of equipment. A significant amount of time will focus on identifying and treating invasive species. Participation in controlled burning is possible if the applicant is professionally qualified and there will be opportunities to travel to other regions of the state to work on a variety of projects with other teams.RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPEMay interact with visitors.Works under close or infrequent supervision.May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations for extended periods of time in isolated settings, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSHigh school diploma or GED and 6 months of related experienceExperience 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).Must have valid driver's license.Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide or pesticide application).DESIRED QUALIFICATIONSAccess to a personal vehicle.Ability to follow instructions from colleagues and wor