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Matador Ranch Assistant Manager – Conservation Practitioner V

  • Full Time
  • Dodson, MT
  • $51,000-$55,000 USD / Year

Website The Nature Conservency

What We Can Achieve Together:
The Matador Ranch Assistant Manager supports annual stewardship projects at the Matador Ranch & Grassbank Preserve (Ranch) and occasionally supports stewardship projects elsewhere within the Montana’s Business Unit (BU) and Northern Great Plains (NGP) team. The Assistant Manager will support and at times implement the operations of the Ranch and other TNC preserves as needed, including expansion of additional grassbanks. The Assistant Manager will work closely with the Matador Ranch Manager to coordinate, prioritize and execute Ranch operational needs including grazing management, hunting access program, facility and infrastructure maintenance, equipment repair and maintenance and mechanical repair, and noxious weed control and treatment program. This position works as part of a team repairing fences, maintaining grounds, tools, and equipment, and interacting
with visitors and donors. They will assess and document conditions of grazing associated infrastructure (fences, pastures and water systems). They will assist ecological monitoring and other stewardship projects, including mesic area and grassland restoration and prescribed fire, conducted on preserves. The position requires safe operation of a variety of equipment (trucks, ATVs, tractor, skid-steer, and trailers). This position requires frequent interaction with landowners, partners, and staff, and the Assistant Manager must be able to maintain positive and professional relationships in a rural setting.

This position is based out of Matador Ranch Preserve, located 35 miles south of Malta, Montana. This is an exempt, full-time permanent position supervised by the Matador Ranch Manager. This position requires that you live on the Conservancy property known as the Matador Ranch, in the house the Conservancy owns on this property. Because your presence on the property is a condition of your employment, the Conservancy will provide the housing rent free and the value of the housing is not taxable to you. The starting pay range for a candidate selected for this position is generally within the range of $51,000-$55,000 for annual base salary plus housing and paid utilities.

Responsibilities & Scope

• Implement Ranch and grazing operational projects.
• Work independently and make decisions based on analysis experience, and context with respect to timeline(s).
• Use of GIS and or other mapping tools to document location and condition of ranch features, noxious weeds, and ecological data.
• May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, under physically demanding circumstances, requiring long hours.

We’re Looking for You:
If you’re looking for a career where you can find meaning and purpose, come join our Chapter as the Matador Ranch Assistant Manager! Not only will you fulfill conservation objectives in the beautiful state of Montana, but you’ll contribute to conservation goals through many networks!

We’re looking for a passionate, dedicated person to lead our Chapter and work within our Division.  Systems Leadership, creativity, and the ability to influence without authority are key in this role. Come join TNC and apply today! To apply for job ID 54830, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on March 31, 2024. Need help applying?
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What You’ll Bring:
• Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in natural resource management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Relationship building experience to work closely with a variety of partners, i.e., media, government officials, internal scientists.
• Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
• Experience with communication via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
• Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.
• Experience supporting land management and natural systems projects.
• Knowledge working with ranching operations: fencing, water systems, livestock management.
• Skilled operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. Lawn mower, chainsaw, UTV, ATV or OHV, trailers, two-way radio, or similar equipment).

Desired Qualifications

• Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
• Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation.
• Ability to recognize plant and animal species.
• Experience working with community-based or collaborative settings to create shared outcomes for diverse groups of people.
• Ability to negotiate and or manage agreements, contracts, or budgets.
• Familiarity with GIS highly preferred.

What We Bring:

Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact conservation throughout the world!

The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including: health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellbeing benefits. Learn more about our benefits at in the Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellbeing, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!
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