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The Nature Conservancy Trail Assessment Technician (49366) in Albany, New York


Albany, New York, USA.

The preferred work location for this position is Albany, New York (NY), USA, but is negotiable within New York State.




Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive.

We're rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. We know we'll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it's career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there's lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued.


The Seasonal Trail Assessment Technician will assist with the implementation of a trail and infrastructure assessment of The Nature Conservancy's 75 publicly accessible preserve portfolio in New York State. The Seasonal Trail Assessment Technician works closely with The Nature Conservancy's Equitable Access and Stewardship Team members.

The Nature Conservancy is hiring one temporary Seasonal Trail Assessment Technician.

Expected start date of May 10, 2021, with an anticipated end date of October 1, 2021.

Target salary is $17.85 per hour.


The Seasonal Trail Assessment Technician will assist the Stewardship and Equitable Access Teams with on-the-ground implementation of a trail and infrastructure assessment. The project aim is to provide a spatially referenced assessment of trail conditions for The Nature Conservancy owned and publicly open preserves in New York. The Technician will travel to all 75 preserves owned by TNC NY that are open to the public to collect information. They will be responsible for data management including collecting and editing and uploading data appropriately and accurately. The Seasonal Trail Assessment Technician will gather information about trail conditions using a tablet-based assessment tool. Conditions to be noted include: Missing trail sections if applicable, trail characteristics like grade, slope, tread; and existing built features like parking lots, signs, shelters, culverts, bridges, etc. The technician will receive trainings on the assessment tool and associated technology.

The Seasonal Trail Assessment Technician will spend most of their time working outside in the field. They will be expected to work independently and to drive to field sites that may be several hours away from their base location. If time allows the Seasonal trail assessment technician may help in updating trail maps. Training will be provided for all tasks. The Seasonal Trail Assessment Technician will have ample opportunities to learn new skills and gain experience in the fields of conservation and land management.


Works with Stewardship and Equitable Access Team to tune in the assessment tool to adapt in real time to on the ground conditions.
Interprets, after training, trail conditions based on existing guidance and record data via drop down menus.
Manages data by downloads, processing, sending to another users, or uploading to a database.
Navigates safely using maps and GPS equipment.
Maintains and operates tools, equipment and vehicles in a safe manner while taking appropriate care. Equipment and tools may include handheld data collection devices. Ability to navigate in the backcountry and read maps.
Requires good interpersonal and communication skills for regular interaction with other employees, preserve neighbors, and visitors.
Makes day-to-day decisions as delegated, but with infrequent supervision.
Supervises no staff but may work as part of a team.
May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations for long periods of time in isolated settings, on difficult and hazardous terrain, under physically demanding circumstances; sometimes working independently.
Tasks may require considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.


High school diploma or GED and 1 year's training in science-related field or related experience in trail maintenance.
Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR).
Valid drivers' license.

Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
1 - 2 seasons experience in trail maintenance or related field.
PC and/or mobile device familiarity, including database knowledge or understanding.
Some experience working with or knowledge of trails and associated infrastructure.
Ability to follow instructions from colleagues/coworkers/team members.


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

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 to position number 49366, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. The application deadline is 11:59 PM EST on March 3, 2021.

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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.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.