Stewardship Assistant, The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 35 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

The Stewardship Assistant assists in the management of fee lands and supports management and restoration efforts on partner lands.


Based in Asheville, North Carolina, the Stewardship Assistant assists the Southern Blue Ridge Stewardship Manager with preserve management by controlling non-native invasive plants and managing volunteer base to support such efforts, preparation for and implementation of prescribed burning, forest mensuration, monitoring rare plants, conducting wildlife surveys, and writing management plans. S/he also supports efforts to steer the Bog Learning Network including newsletter writing, meeting coordination, and supporting partners’ bog management programs. S/he also assists with Grandfather CFLR projects and restoration efforts and supports prescribed fire efforts on partner lands


  • May work under close or infrequent supervision.


  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations for long periods of time in isolated settings, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Requires minor physical exertion and/or muscular strain.


This is a full-time, short-term (6-month) position with a duration of approximately June 1 to December 1, 2015 with some flexibility around the start/end date.


  • High school diploma and 6 months of related experience Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. Lawn mower, chainsaw, tractor, two-way radio, etc.).
  • Experience or coursework in ArcGIS 10.1 or higher
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide application, and driver’s license)


  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, Zoology, Botany or related field.
  • Ability to follow instructions from colleagues.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Master’s Degree in Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, Zoology, Botany, or related field.
  • Experience with herbicide application
  • Experience with prescribed fire
  • Red Card Certified or S-130, S-190, I-100 training
  • Forest Mensuration experience
  • Knowledge of Southern Appalachian Flora and experience with plant identification
  • Experience with wetland management
  • NC State Pesticide Applicator License


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.

Click here for more information and to apply. Apply by May 4.