site seeing, bird watching, finding artifacts, interviewing people, getting to know people and reinvent the community
Landownership Archivist (Former Employee), Town Hall at St. George's, NL – March 1, 2013
Pros: getting pictures from the residents, putting pictures together for stories surrounding the community of sandy point.
Cons: not all residents knew if their parents owned land.
A typical day at work was collecting data from the local Surveyor, such as Government Grants, Deeds and any other land information possible. Interviewing residents of Sandy Point. Getting to know the people who lived there and how it was to live on an Island with no vehicles except for horse and buggy. Collecting information on Landownership.
There – more... was plenty to learn. The way they lived with no electricity, They used wind chargers. They traveled to the main lands through boat and ships. There were shipwrecks and ship sinking. The community was split between religions, Catholic living Up Along and Protestants living Down Along. They interacted with each other, Involved both priest in their ceremonies and funerals. They abandoned the community around the late 60's during the installation of the train and because of lack of doctors and travel and other modern day utilities.
Management was in St. John's, NL but was always available for any questions or supplies.
Co-workers were always available to help and to supply travel to and from the community.
The hardest part of the job was learning how much the residents loved their community and having to look at their parent's homes in vandalism and ruin when they would visit their home town of Sandy Point.
The most enjoyable part of the job was meeting the people from Sandy Point. Spending time with them and learning how they managed with what they had. I remember students coming to our class from Sandy Point. How we have evolved. – less
Conservation Intern (unpaid) (Former Employee), Merrillville, IN – October 22, 2014
Pros: working outside, good co workers, dress code was lax
Cons: was an unpaid internship: no benefits
A typical day of work included getting up at sunrise to load up the previously made herbicide into the truck, and meeting up with my supervisor and coworkers. We then deployed the herbicide at any one of our management areas. Treatments were either an individual effort or a team coordination depending on the area we were managing at the time. My supervisor – more... was a walking encyclopedia of both occupational and natural knowledge. I maintained an excellent working relationship with all of my co workers. The hardest part of the job was keeping the quality of work top-notch throughout hot, humid and draining weather. – less
Intern (Former Employee), New York, NY – August 16, 2014
Pros: new connections with the people you meet
it was a paid internship traveled to Arizona to help construct community based projects, we mapped out an eliminated invasive plants and trees, and other community based projects with students and the Nature Conservancy Agencies. i Learned that you can do any thing ones you set your mind to it an knowing that you have experience outdoors activity we – more... can recreate a more better lifestyle for our self an the community around us. i enjoyed meeting new people and getting to know my pairs – less
Strike Team Specialist (Former Employee), Rock Creek, Ohio – April 23, 2014
Pros: to many to list
Cons: grant funded (temporary position)
A typical day involved identifying and mapping invasive species of plants through ArcGIS, the management is full of great people who genuinely care about the employees and the work they do. The hardest part of the job is being able to hike 10 hours a day with up to 40lbs on your back, and the most enjoyable part is the beautiful nature that surrounds – more... you. It is a great place to learn many aspects of conservation, plant identification and wetland ecology. Would highly recommend! – less
Part-time Summer Intern (Former Employee), Snow Hill, MD – February 12, 2014
The Nature Conservancy provides a lot of welcoming opportunities to forward your career through working in the environment. The projects are exciting and the people you work with are experienced and teach you new techniques. As an intern, its one of the best ways to get on hands work and learn something more than sitting at a desk.
Once had a great mission and set of goals now reduced to fundraising and "policy change".
Prescribed Fire Crew (Former Employee), Throughout the US – January 24, 2014
Pros: relaxed atmosphere, easy work environment
Cons: management change, focus towards fundraising forgoing the original goal of saving truly great places, job security
I have worked for The Nature Conservancy for over ten years off and on doing mostly seasonal fire work. It was a great place to work and learn until management changed a few years ago. Now there is a large focus on fundraising, government relations, and policy change. This is in stark contrast from the on the ground conservation effort that was at the – more... heart of The Nature Conservancy. I know people who had been employed by The Nature Conservancy for many years starting to leave in favor of a more true conservation minded organization. It is such a shame because it used to be such a rewarding place to work. In short if you are truly interested in real conservation work and "saving the best places on Earth" I would advise against The Nature Conservancy. – less
Stewardship Intern (Former Employee), Boulder, CO – January 20, 2014
Pros: the positive and energetic work atmosphere
My typical work day was enjoying the great out doors doing field work on various conservation easements. I became more familiar with the flora and fauna of Colorado's ecosystems along with how to perform ecological assessments. My supervisors were great and very helpful with any project I was working on. The most enjoyable part of my job was literally – more... everything because I truly enjoyed what I did as it was making a difference for our planet. – less
Invasive species crew member (Former Employee), Elkins, WV – January 19, 2014
Worked as part of the CWPMA invasive species crew in all weather conditions. Monitored sites before and after treatment. Treated Hemlock Wooly Adelgid. Planted grass seed. Read maps. Coordinated with various agencies, groups, and landowners. On one occasion, assisted Forest Service personnel when they monitored rare plant species.
Forestry Intern (Former Employee), Astoria, OR – January 7, 2014
A typical day working for the nauture conservancy included hiking through rainforest on the Washington coast. It was a very independent job and most of my time was spent working alone. The management was very good. Both of my boses worked well together and they where very clear with telling me what they wanted me to do. The hardest part of the job was – more... getting used to being alone in the woods by myself all day. The most enjoyable part of the job was being in the rainforest all day. – less
low pay, no room for advancement. Good balance of personal life.
Conservation Practitioner I (Current Employee), Oklahoma – September 2, 2013
Pros: good amount of freedom. balance of personal life.
Cons: very low pay. not much oppurtunity for adavancement.
The pay is very low for the education required. Very low oppurtunity for advancement. Upper management somewhat detatched from preserves. Different types of work for diffierent seasons. Get to work outside most of the time and get a good amount of freedom in your work. Very understanding to family matters and personal life. The management that I've – more... observed basically does no work. – less