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Eastern Oregon Stewardship Assistant

Description of Duties

Tasks during the field assistant’s term may include fence and other infrastructure maintenance, invasive plant monitoring and control (including herbicide use), vegetation monitoring, wildlife surveys, monitoring for trespass cattle, prescribed fire burn unit preparation, and data collection and management. The stewardship assistant will also assist with site, equipment, and facilities maintenance, and repair. The stewardship assistant will maintain and preserve records using a database, computer, or mobile device. The stewardship assistant will work in the field and office alongside TNC staff, partners, and volunteers, but also independently. May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances and requires considerable physical exertion.
What You’ll Bring:• High school diploma or GED and 1-year related experience in outdoor field work or equivalent combination of education and experience• Experience recognizing plants and/or animals.• Experience operating various types of hand and power tools and equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. lawnmower, chainsaw, ATV, two-way radio, or similar equipment).• Experience working in a team environment with high collaboration to deliver work.• Experience following instructions from colleagues/coworkers/team members.• Experience conducting physical labor.• Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, Youth Safety, herbicide or pesticide application).• Must have a valid driver’s license and maintain a good driving record.DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS• Lived experience working with Indigenous communities, multi-lingual skills, and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.• Work, volunteer, or educational experience in land management, environmental education, public outreach, or related fields.• Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems.• Strong interpersonal skills.• Computer and/or mobile device familiarity, including database knowledge or understanding.

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The Nature Conservancy
The Eastern Oregon stewardship assistant is a seasonal position starting March 25th and ending September 20th, 2024. The stewardship assistant will spend time in two Oregon geographies as a member of teams that perform operations, maintenance, and monitoring of two important conservation sites in Oregon. At both locations, the stewardship assistant will conduct general preserve stewardship duties in support of priority projects. Columbia Basin Program From March 25th to June 14th, 2024, the stewardship assistant performs and participates in preserve operations, maintenance, and monitoring primarily at the Boardman Conservation Area (BCA) near Boardman, Oregon. The BCA is a 23,000-acre grassland and shrub-steppe property managed by TNC to provide habitat for sensitive species. The primary objective at the BCA is to protect and improve native plant communities and their associated wildlife species. The stewardship assistant will conduct stewardship duties at the BCA as well as other preserves in north-central Oregon. The position requires living in shared housing provided free of charge by TNC in Ione, a small rural town in Oregon. Sycan Marsh Preserve From June 17th to September 20th, 2024, the stewardship assistant performs and participates in preserve operations, maintenance and management at Sycan Marsh Preserve, south of Silver Lake, Oregon. Sycan Marsh Preserve is a 30,000-acre mile-high verdant wetland in the Upper Klamath Basin surrounded by dry-pine forested hillsides. The ‘Wild and Scenic’ Sycan River flows through the heart of the preserve. Due to the remote nature of the Sycan Marsh Preserve, the position requires living in housing provided free of charge by TNC onsite. The housing is in an off-grid field station.