Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

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.

The Seasonal Restoration Monitoring Assistant performs ecological monitoring, data entry, data analysis, and reporting.

The Seasonal Restoration Monitoring Assistant will be responsible for monitoring ecological conditions for wetland and stream compensation projects completed through the Virginia Aquatic Resources Trust Fund (Trust Fund).  The Trust Fund is a partnership between The Nature Conservancy in Virginia (TNC) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) that provides a form of compensatory mitigation through preservation, restoration, creation or enhancement of wetlands, streams, upland buffers, or other aquatic resources in Virginia.  The Seasonal Restoration Monitoring Assistant works collaboratively with TNC’s Restoration Assistant and Field Ecologist in both the field and office. Primary responsibilities include assistance with ecological monitoring, data entry, data analysis, and reporting.  Ecological monitoring tasks include identifying plant species, estimating plant community coverage and height, reading shallow groundwater wells, evaluating stream features and providing photo documentation within permanent plots. The Seasonal Restoration Monitoring Assistant is responsible for collecting and analyzing information in the field, entering data into data forms and spreadsheets, and analyzing this data to assist with the development of compliance reporting that is required by the regulatory agencies. Additionally, development of a research project that analyzes and interprets existing Trust Fund data may be a component of this position.


  • Will work under close supervision and receive specific and detailed instructions for required tasks.
  • Will 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.
  • Will require multi-day travel and work across the state. May include a very occasional weekend workday.
  • May work closely and collaborate with volunteers.


  • High school diploma or GED and 1 year’s training in environmental science-related field or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Experience identifying plant species.
  • Experience collecting and coordinating ecological information from multiple sources into databases, including data entry and report production.
  • Experience working in outdoor settings in variable and sometimes physically challenging conditions.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office Suite software (Word, Excel, Power Point).
  • Experience working closely with others in a team environment.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • 1 – 2 years’ training in environmental science-related field or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Ability to identify Virginia flora, including invasive plant species.
  • Knowledge of geomorphic, hydrologic and vegetation monitoring techniques and protocols for streams and wetlands.
  • Understanding of the development and implementation of ecological monitoring protocols to evaluate site restoration performance.
  • Experience in analyzing, interpreting, and synthesizing a variety of data including Excel tables and hydrology graphs.
  • Experience with GPS applications.
  • Experience in developing a research project, analysis of data, and report writing.
  • Demonstrated experience in accomplishing tasks in an orderly, organized manner and keeping organized files and records.
  • Ability to obtain driver’s license and maintain a good driving record.
  • Ability to follow instructions from colleagues/coworkers/team members.
  • Ability to communicate clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means. PC and/or mobile device familiarity, including database knowledge or understanding.


  •  $20.00 per hour, 35 hours/week approx., 6-month duration, beginning June 13, 2022, medical and other benefits.

This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered “high risk drivers.” Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee’s motor vehicle record.


To apply, visit https://careers.nature.org/ and search for job ID 51096. Submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button. Deadline to apply is March 28, 2022 11:59 PM EST. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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 people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. 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 orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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Where legally permissible, TNC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and willing to keep up to date with vaccines that protect against COVID-19.   By accepting an offer of employment, you agree to comply with this requirement, unless you are entitled to a legally mandated exemption.