Conservation Steward

  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Shelter Island, New York, USA
  • Jan 30, 2020
Full time Government/Nonprofit Land Use

Job Description


The Conservation Steward will be exposed to, and participate in, a broad range of educational opportunities, such as preserve stewardship, applied conservation, and outreach at Mashomack Preserve, Shelter Island, NY. 

The anticipated duration of this position is approximately 5 months; shared housing accommodations are available.

Some duties may include:

Stewardship (60%): Assist other team members with various aspects of preserve stewardship, facilities maintenance and Manor House operations. Tasks may include trail management and maintenance, routine mowing of trails and grounds, event preparation/clean-up, invasive species removal and trash removal/recycling. Duties will require physical labor and the safe operation of hand tools and power equipment.

Applied Conservation (25%): Assist other team members with a variety of conservation projects related to habitat management, wildlife monitoring, and research. Tasks may include GIS data collection and mapping, wildlife and vegetation surveys, data entry and analysis, literature reviews, and written reports. Duties will require long hours in the field and/or office.

Outreach (15%): Assist with conservation outreach and education programs offered at Mashomack Preserve. Tasks may include assisting with community science programs, teaching children during environmental education programs, and sharing conservation messages with preserve visitors.



  • Requires good interpersonal and communication skills for regular interaction with other team members and visitors.
  • Ability to work under close supervision or independently.
  • Ability to follow protocols and troubleshoot as necessary.
  • Willingness to work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations for long periods of time in isolated settings, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances in areas where ticks & mosquitos are a frequent nuisance.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and evenings as necessary.



  • High school diploma or GED and 6 months of related experience or equivalent combination.
  • Experience performing physically demanding work or activities and the ability to lift at least 50lbs.            
  • Experience operating various types of tools and equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. handheld GPS, gardening tools, lawn mower, chainsaw, etc).
  • Must have valid drivers’ license.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Experience or degree in environmental education or related field preferred.
  • Knowledge of, or a demonstrated interest in, ecology and conservation biology.
  • Experience collecting spatial and biological data in the field.
  • Experience using ArcGIS and/or R statistical software.
  • Working knowledge of lawn mowers, weed whackers, and other landscaping tools.
  • Experience driving automatic and manual pick-up trucks or off-road vehicles.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment cooperatively with a variety of volunteers and employees.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.  Excellent organizational skills.  Ability to manage several projects simultaneously.