Forest Ecology Technician,The Nature Conservancy

Posted: 04/04/18 | SHARE:


The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 69 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity therefore we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce.  Visit to learn more.

The Nature Conservancy in New York is working to improve forest health to mitigate and adapt to climate change. In support of this goal, the Conservancy is assessing the success of two forest restoration projects in the Eastern New York region and is launching a project to identify Natural Climate Solutions. The Forest Ecology Technician will work with staff, partners and volunteers to collect forest vegetation data that will be used to make recommendations on the management of forest resources throughout the region. S/he will be responsible for organizing and entering large datasets. The Forest Ecology Technician will also conduct a review of the literature and summarize the information to support the development of Natural Climate Solution strategies to increase forest and agricultural carbon sequestration to mitigate climate change. The position may also, if needed, help to carry out restoration plantings, remove invasive plant species and interact with the public regarding the goals of the projects.

This is a full-time, seasonal temporary position (22 weeks) starting May 7th and ending October 5th, 2018. The position will spend ~ 50% time conducting field work and ~ 50% time in an office setting.  Please note housing is not provided. This is a great opportunity to learn about forest management and restoration in the context of climate change mitigation and adaptation.



The ideal candidate will have a background and track record that includes:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience in land management.
  • Experience recognizing plant and animal species.       
  • Some experience collecting scientific data and maintaining quality records.
  • Experience working in a team environment and independently.    
  • Driver’s license and clean driving record     

Preferred Knowledge and Skills

  • 1 - 2 years’ experience in land management.                    
  • Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems. 
  • Demonstrated experience collecting scientific data; maintaining accurate records (e.g. field forms and digital database).
  • Ability to recognize plant species.
  • Experience conducting literature reviews and summarizing information.
  • Ability to follow instructions from colleagues.
  • PC familiarity, including database knowledge.  

Additional Information

Since its founding in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide. With the support of more than one million members, the Conservancy addresses the most pressing threats to our natural world.  Through important and strategic partnerships, we are expanding the impact of our work, finding creative ways to fund that bigger vision and building long-term relationships with communities, government agencies and commercial businesses in order to conserve natural resources at a new scale.

If you have a personal passion for conserving and protecting the natural world with a belief in the mission, principles, and values of The Nature Conservancy’s approach to conservation, and want to receive great benefits, then please visit to learn more.

Submit your cover letter and resume for position number 46361 by 11:59PM ET on April 17, 2018. Please note that the position will be located in the Albany, New York area.

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 men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. 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 orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law.

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