The Restoration Program Coordinator implements and coordinates a comprehensive regional program to protect, enhance, and leverage TNC lands and resources in the Texas Coastal Tallgrass Prairie region for the advancement of ecosystem restoration as a regional practice. A particular focus will be to manage for regional prairie integrity and function as a high-quality prairie and viable native seed source for restoration.
The Restoration Program Coordinator facilitates and coordinates several ongoing grassland and forest restoration programs in the upper and mid Texas gulf coast region. The Program Coordinator conducts data collection in area research projects, participates in and helps develop preserve stewardship activities such as invasive species treatments at TNC owned Preserves in order to maintain the system’s integrity and function as a high-quality representation and viable seed source. The Program Coordinator also participates fully in TNC’s fire program, is responsible for maintaining equipment and facilities at the Texas City Prairie Preserve, operating heavy machinery and equipment, and assisting with the coordination of volunteers in restoration and stewardship activities. S/he must be able to secure and maintain Wildland Fire Fighter certification – The Nature Conservancy has adopted the Work Capacity Test (WCT) as the method for assessing fitness for fire qualification. The person selected for this position is required to pass the arduous WCT within 30 days of starting employment. The Restoration Program Coordinator will work closely with other staff members in the Grasslands Program and statewide Conservation and Science programs.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
- Works under direction of Upper Coast Project Director to continue and advance existing restoration programs, activities and experiments and to assist in direction and undertaking of new programs and activities in the region
- Leads and manages seed harvesting and planting activities
- Works under direction of Upper Coast Project Director to implement stewardship activities at the Texas City Prairie Preserve
- Assists other Projects/Divisions with implementing stewardship activities and moving and applying preserve resources across the region for restoration
- Leads and manages building and equipment maintenance at the Texas City Prairie Preserve
- May supervise seasonal staff
- May lead or monitor work groups consisting of staff, interns, and school groups or volunteers covering a wide scope of conservation activities.
- Networks with diverse groups, including area educators, community leaders, land owners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public to recruit support for the Conservancy and publicize the Conservancy.
- Works under minimal and distant supervision; must make independent decisions based on experience and judgments.
- May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
- Participates in TNC fire program
- Must be willing to travel
- With proper training, must be willing to use herbicide / insecticides in a safe manner
- 2-years related experience in ecological land management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Experience with natural systems.
- Experience in ecological restoration land management principles.
- Experience operating and or repairing various types of equipment and machinery.
- Must have a valid driver's license.
- 3 – 4 years related experience in ecological land management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Ability to recognize plant and animal species to complete preserve management activities.
- Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, restoration, land management and natural resource preservation.
- Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
- Experience supervising staff
- Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers).
- Communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages
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.