Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 79 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


The Conservation Practitioner I performs and participates in preserve restoration practices and maintenance.  This position will be stationed at Pontotoc Ridge Preserve near Stonewall, Oklahoma.  This is a grant-funded, part-time position (20-25 hours per week) lasting through October 2022. Housing is not provided.


  • Removes exotic species and monitors treatments areas using GPS technology.
  • Maintains and operates tools, equipment, and vehicles with training in a safe manner while taking appropriate care of equipment (e.g. lawn mower, tractor, two-way radio, fire management equipment, ATV, UTV etc.).
  • Maintains facilities and grounds.
  • Identify and map invasive species.
  • Assists with forest, woodland, prairie and savanna stewardship practices and management.


  • May interact with visitors, volunteers, and landowners.
  • Work independently and under minimal supervision at times.
  • May work in variable weather conditions for long periods of time, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.


  • High school diploma or GED and 6 months of related experience.
  • Experience maintaining and operating various types of equipment and vehicles in a safe and efficient manner. Equipment includes lawn mower, UTV, ATV, two-way radio, tractors, trailers, brush hog, or similar equipment.
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide or pesticide application).
  • Valid drivers license.
  • Must be 18 years of age.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Ability to follow instructions from colleagues/coworkers/team members.
  • Ability to obtain a driver’s license, and maintain a good driving record.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Knowledge of native plants and animals a plus.
  • Knowledge of invasive species and treatment options desirable.
  • Ability to serve in remote areas at times with limited communications.
  • Ability to navigate and read maps.
  • Willingness to complete RXCM or FFT2 wildland firefighting training under NWCG.


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 www.nature.org/careers.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.


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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.