Cross Ranch Assistant Preserve Manager

Cross Ranch Assistant Preserve Manager

Type of offer:

The APM leads work teams to ensure implementation of preserve management plans across the three TNC preserves in central North Dakota- Cross Ranch, John E. Williams, and Davis Ranch which is roughly 15,000 acres.  They address critical threats to natural systems and individual species, fosters cross-site learning among the conservation community, and supplies conservation planning with site level information relevant to the planning process. They oversee and direct stewardship activities, including the management of invasive species, grazing leases, facilities maintenance, and bison husbandry. This position will require irregular work hours and long days.  While the position will work primarily from the Cross Ranch office, it will require occasional travel and overnight stays at other work locations.  Steward will have the option to live on-site or in the neighboring communities.  This is a regular, full-time salaried position.


  • Perform preserve maintenance tasks (control invasives, mark boundaries, check/maintain fences, upkeep of facilities, maintain trails)
  • Performs prescribed fire preparations and participates on prescribed burns on TNC, partner, and private lands.
  • May lead or assist with ecological monitoring on TNC lands.
  • May lead or monitor staff, contractors, and partners in completing projects and achieving management goals. Organize logistics, promote crew cohesion, and ensure a safe working environment.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development and fundraising targets.
  • Networks with diverse groups, including land owners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public to recruit support for the Conservancy and publicize Conservancy programs/preserves.
  • May work under minimal and/or distant supervision; may make some independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
Location: North Dakota
Organization: The Nature Conservancy
Deadline: July 17, 2022
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