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The Nature Conservancy Kankakee Sands Seeks Site Manager – Indiana Chapter

July 19, 2019

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Kankakee Sands Site Manager


Job Summary

The Kankakee Sands Site Manager provides technical leadership and support to the Indiana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy by planning, directing, and implementing preserve management programs and stewardship at Kankakee Sands.

Become a force for nature and a healthy planet by joining the Indiana team. The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 60 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Join our Kankakee Sands team to help in our continuing, long‐term efforts of land management for the plant and
animal species we aim to sustain.
At over 8,000 acres, the Efroymson Restoration at Kankakee Sands is among the largest grassland restorations in the United States. It’s the most diverse planting in North America, part of a larger bi‐state conservation area that exceeds 25,000 acres, and home to the Conservancy’s newest bison herd established in 2016.
Kankakee Sands bison herd ©Derek Luchik The Indiana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy is seeking a Kankakee Sands Site Manager to direct the day‐to‐day operations of the Efroymson Restoration at Kankakee Sands and adjacent natural areas. The Site Manager will coordinate and collaborate with staff from Illinois and governmental partners to advance conservation across the macrosite. They serve as a contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, and the academic community for the conservation area.
The Kankakee Sands Site Manager provides technical leadership and support to the Indiana Chapter of The Nature
Conservancy by planning, directing, and implementing preserve management programs and stewardship at Kankakee Sands.
They address critical threats to natural systems and individual species, foster cross‐site learning among an international
conservation community, and supply conservation planning teams with site or landscape level information relevant to the
planning process. They develop and implement conservation strategies, employ a full range of protection tools to acquire
varying degrees of legal interest in land, and implement a variety of strategies to secure public and private support for TNC
conservation priorities. They coordinate community support, facilitate neighbor relationships, and maintain preserve areas
frequented by the visiting public.
The ideal candidate will have a background and track record that includes:
Minimum Qualifications Preferred Qualifications :

 BA/BS, law or business degree and 5 years’
experience in natural resource management or
related field or equivalent combination of education
and experience.
 Experience negotiating complex agreements.
 Supervisory experience.
 Experience communicating with the public and/or
media both in writing and verbally.
 Experience using applications such as Microsoft
Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.
 Experience with principles of land acquisition.
 Must have a valid driver's license.
Preferred Qualifications:
 Multi‐lingual skills and multi‐cultural or cross‐cultural experience
 Knowledge of land management conservation practice and conservation
 Knowledge of prescribed fire and ability to operate as a RXB2 (Burn Boss
Type 2).
 Knowledge of bison and grazing as a management tool.
 Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non‐technical
 Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land
management, and natural resource preservation.
 Completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
 Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in
English and other relevant languages.

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, please visit and search for
Job ID# 47829 for more information and to apply.
Deadline to apply is 11:59 PM EST on August 6, 2019.

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 all genders, 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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