ORISE Fellow

Job Information

  • Location: Southern Pines, NC
  • Close Date: 06/04/2020
  • Hiring Organization: The Nature Conservancy
  • Contact Name: Jeff Marcus
  • Contact Email: jmarcus@tnc.org
  • Job Website


The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is seeking candidates for one Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Fellow stationed in the Conservation Center of the Sandhills located in Southern Pines, North Carolina. This appointment will assist the TNC and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to accomplish the mission of the North Carolina Sandhills Conservation Partnership (Partnership). Eligible candidates must have graduated with a natural resources related degree within three years of the hiring date. The one-year appointment may be renewed for three to five years (a minimum of three years of funding is guaranteed). Information on the ORISE program can be found at http://www.orau.org/maryland/participants/default.htm.


The NC Sandhills TNC ORISE Fellow will help to advance the wildlife and habitat conservation mission of TNC and USFWS through conservation planning and research, project management, and data analysis. He or she will:

• Lead the implementation of field surveys for the Longleaf Ecosystem Occurrences database project. The Fellow will conduct rapid habitat assessments of longleaf pine forests from publicly accessible roads, and recruit and support partners and volunteers to assist. The project will involve overnight travel and extensive driving. This project will account for 19 weeks of the first year of the fellowship.
• Help to plan and facilitate Partnership meetings.
• Conduct literature review and other research to inform actions of the Partnership. Compile, synthesize, and communicate scientific or other information via oral and written presentations.
• Provide technical GIS support for the TNC, USFWS, and the Partnership. Conduct GIS analyses to support conservation projects and update and distribute data.
• Support TNC Stewardship staff in land management activities, including prescribed burning, easement monitoring, assisting with volunteer workdays, and other activities as needed.
• Assist TNC Stewardship staff with planning activities, including developing preserve management plans and prescribed burn maps.
• Assist with TNC land protection projects, including environmental assessments, and baseline documentation reports.
• Support biological monitoring activities, including data collection on habitat quality, species, and management actions. Complete data entry, analysis, reporting, and presentation.
• Attend TNC staff meetings and retreats.


• Bachelor’s degree required. Master of Science preferred in ecology, conservation biology, wildlife biology, or other relevant subjects. Candidate must have graduated within the last 3 years.
• Familiarity with advanced principles of GIS and experience using ArcGIS (ArcPro preferred) and field data collection applications (such as Arc Collector).
• Experience with vegetation and wildlife surveys and adhering to standardized data collection protocols. Familiarity with the longleaf pine habitats and species, and/or ability to learn quickly.
• Working knowledge of Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook). Proficiency in computer database management using Microsoft Access and/or willingness to learn.
• Experience with data analysis, including occupancy modeling, preferred.
• Excellent communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and positively with a diverse group of people.
• Strong problem-solving and organizational skills. Ability to set priorities and work productively without close supervision.
• Highly motivated candidate who desires to be an effective part of a team that is on the leading edge of longleaf pine conservation.
• Certified in Wildland Firefighting and Prescribed Burning (S130/190, L180, I100) and/or willingness to become certified within 6 months and pass the pack test (carrying 45 pounds for 3 miles in 45 min).
• Able to pass a federal security background check (includes fingerprinting) in order to access a government-issued computer.
• Possess a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.


The ORISE Fellow will not be an employee of The Nature Conservancy. The Fellow will receive a monthly stipend of $3,400 – $3,900 depending on skills and experience. The Fellow will be responsible for his/her own taxes and health insurance.

Application Instructions

To apply, please email a resume, cover letter, and references to jmarcus@tnc.org by 5 pm on June 4, 2020.

The Nature Conservancy’s commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women 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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