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Columbia Basin Field Assistant

The Nature Conservancy, Ione, OR

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 01/25/2019

Are you interested in gaining stewardship experience in grassland and shrub-steppe plant communities such as the Boardman Grasslands in North-Central Oregon? Does the idea of working and living in a very remote area performing on the ground, physical tasks that contributes to our ambitious conservation goals intrigue you? Our Columbia Basin Field Assistant position (we’re hiring 2!) could be an ideal opportunity for you to develop your land management skills!

As a Field Assistant, you will be out in the field spraying herbicides using a backpack sprayer, hand removing invasive species, conducting vegetation mapping and wildlife monitoring and accomplishing other essential grassland restoration activities. You will be on a team of four, often working independently to complete these activities. You’ll also gain experience compiling and entering data that contributes to key reports that track our progress.

In case you’re not familiar, The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 72 countries, all 50 United States, and your neighborhood. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity therefore we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit to learn more.

As a leader in Oregon’s conservation community, our team of scientists and problem solvers directly protects the iconic landscapes and inspiring locations that define our great state. From working to reduce the severity of fires in our forests and designing our clean water future to developing innovative technologies with fisherman and ranchers that sustainably protect both nature and livelihoods, The Nature Conservancy is building a future where people and nature thrive together.

The Columbia Basin Field Assistant position is a 40 hour per week, 3-month seasonal position that begins in March 2019 and ends in June 2019. Our preferred hiring range is: $15.56-$16.53. This position requires living in shared housing provided by the Conservancy in Ione.

The ideal candidate will have a background and track record that includes:
• 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, ATV, tractor, radios, etc.).
• Experience working in a team environment.
• Experience performing physical work.
• Experience with common software applications (Word, Excel, Web browsers).
• Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide application).
• Must have a valid driver’s license.

Some desired knowledge, skills and experience that would be helpful:
• Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
• 1 - 2 years’ experience in land management or related field.
• Experience with GPS and GIS.

Interested in finding out more?
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Applications must be submitted by 8:59 PM PST on January 25, 2019 to be considered.

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