Assistant Sustainable Lands Manager

Assistant Sustainable Lands Manager

Type of offer:

Are you looking for work you can believe in? At TNC we strive to embody a philosophy of Work that You Can Believe in where you can feel like you are making a difference every day. The Assistant Sustainable Lands Manager also has the job of creating Work You Can Stomp Around in.

We’re looking for someone with strong communication and collaboration skills as well as a desire to learn and grow professionally. The ideal candidate should have good problem-solving skills, the ability to adapt and to take initiative where needed within a dynamic workflow that changes seasonally. This is an opportunity for someone that enjoys both the physical field work of implementing conservation land management as well as the office/academic work of planning, evaluating, and presenting information.

Reach out to Mary Miller, Stewardship Lead for North and South Dakota, at with questions about the position.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in natural resource management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience leading staff or volunteers.
  • Relationship building experience to work closely with a variety of partners, i.e., media, government officials, internal scientists.
  • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Experience with communication via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.

In addition, the following skills and/or experiences would be an asset for this role but are not required. For applicants without these, please view these as areas or skillsets where you will have opportunities for growth and professional development in the Assistant Sustainable Lands Manager role:

  • Knowledge of ecological land management principles, including prescribed fire, ranch management, livestock husbandry, wildlife management and invasive species control.
  • Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.
  • Qualification as or able to become qualified as a Fire Fighter Type 2 (FFT2), including Introduction to ICS (I-100), Human Factors on the Fire line (L-180), Introduction to Wild Land Fire Behavior (S-190), Firefighting Training (S-130), and work capacity test at arduous level (3 mile walk with 45 lb pack in 45 minutes).  See for more information
  • Ability to recognize plant and animal species as required to complete preserve management and monitoring activities.
  • Experience managing time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results and working independently and collaboratively with a team.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft software applications such as Word, Outlook, Excel, Access, Power Point and GIS applications such as ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online.
  • Ability to operate and maintain various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner, such as: tractors, chainsaws, small engines, pumps, trucks, ATV/UTVs, mowers, etc.
  • Experience performing basic maintenance on facilities.
  • Ability to obtain required licenses or certifications, such as first aid/CPR, herbicide applicators license, valid driver’s license.  Must maintain a good driving record.
Location: South Dakota
Organization: The Nature Conservancy
Deadline: September 27, 2022
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