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Preserve Management Assistant


The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube  to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.
One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


The Preserve Management Assistant (PMA) will participate in stewardship tasks on TNC preserves and protected partner lands (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and US Fish and Wildlife Service) across Central Minnesota. The working landscape for this position ranges across an 8-10 county area that includes the restoration and maintenance of prairie, savanna, forest and wetland ecosystems with the majority of the time spent stewarding prairies in West Central MN. 
Stewardship work will include (in approximate highest to lowest order of proportion of position obligations): prescribed fire implementation, removal and control of invasive plant species, native seed harvest, equipment maintenance, monitoring and data collection, and livestock fence installation and maintenance. Additional collateral tasks are likely, as well as multiple types of training opportunities. The PMA will regularly work with a 2-8 person crew, and be expected to periodically provide leadership for these crews. The PMA will work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
This position is based out of Kerkhoven, MN and pays $15.00 to $18.00 per hour depending on experience. Housing is provided at a shared crew house in the town of Kerkhoven with occasional overnight trips for stewardship projects across the working landscape (housing during these trips will be coordinated and provided for by TNC). The PMA position will run from April 11th, 2023 to October 27th, 2023.


Are you looking for a career to help people and nature? Guided by science, TNC creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that people and nature can thrive together. We’re looking for someone who is passionate, motivated problem-solver. Come join TNC and apply today!


  • 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, chainsaw, UTV, ATV or OHV, two-way radio, or similar equipment).         Experience working in a team environment.                                           
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, Wildland Firefighter Type II qualification, CPR, herbicide or pesticide application).


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world! 
TNC offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan with an 8% employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on
We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports of the health and well-being of the people we employ.
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