Land Steward - Niobrara Valley Preserve

  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Jan 30, 2020
Full time Government/Nonprofit Land Use

Job Description


The Land Steward performs and participates in preserve operations, maintenance and management. Job location is at the Niobrara Valley Preserve, located 16 miles north of Johnstown, Nebraska.

The Land Steward maintains preserve areas frequented by the visiting public and performs land management activities.  The Land Steward removes exotic species and/or conducts species monitoring and may also manage livestock.  The Land Steward may assist in prescribed burns and maintain tools, equipment and land.  The Land Steward will open and close preserve to the visiting public and maintain preserve records using a database, PC or mobile device.



  • Supervises no staff, but may help plan and direct preserve work groups, including staff or volunteers.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.
  • May require long hours in isolated settings.
  • Makes day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor.
  • May work under infrequent supervision.
  • Constructs and fixes/maintains cattle and bison fence
  • Maintains livestock water sources (i.e. windmills, solar pumps, and tanks)
  • Operates and maintains equipment/vehicles (i.e. ATVs/UTVs, chainsaws, 4WD vehicles, skid-steers/track loaders and attachments, and tractors)
  • Maintains and repairs buildings/facilities and performs grounds upkeep
  • Maintains roads/trails
  • Controls invasive/noxious plant species (including herbicide application)
  • Assists with controlled burns and wildfires
  • Documents/maintains accurate records of land management/stewardship activities



  • 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, CPR, herbicide or pesticide application).
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • 1 - 2 years’ experience in land management or related field.                    
  • Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems.  
  • Ability to obtain driver’s license and maintain a good driving record.
  • Ability to follow instructions from colleagues/coworkers/team members.
  • Basic mechanical troubleshooting and welding experience
  • Ability to safely haul/transport equipment and/or livestock with trailers
  • Cattle and/or bison husbandry experience
  • Selected applicant subject to background check
  • PC and/or mobile device familiarity, including database knowledge or understanding.