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NCSL Conservation Specialist

Northern Ohio Watershed Corps


Opportunity summary

Term length

10/08/2024 - 09/30/2025

Application window

05/13/2024 - 08/01/2024


Cleveland, Ohio

Hourly pay equivalent


Project summary

The Conservation Specialist will work closely with the Natural Resources staff and the Director of Facilities Operations managing the Nature Center’s twenty acres of natural habitats. The habitats, include riparian flood plain, marsh, upland forest and demonstration prairie, and are managed under the guidelines of the Nature Center’s Natural Resources Management Plan. the Conservation Specialist will assist in the implementation of this plan. Tasks will include invasive plant control using herbicide and manual techniques, reintroduction of native species, and stewardship of natural areas including maintaining trails, boardwalks, deer exclosures, signage, and demonstration features such as butterfly, rain, and native plant gardens. The successful candidate will work primarily in the outdoors, sometimes under physically strenuous conditions.

Opportunity description

The Conservation Specialist will work closely with and supervise volunteers. Under the direction of the Natural Resources Manager, the Conservation Specialist will lead groups or individual volunteers on work projects. The Conservation Specialist will be a resource for plant identification and proper field techniques. In addition, the Conservation Specialist is responsible for managing the Nature Center’s Stewardship Center building and the maintenance of tools and equipment.


  • Paid training
  • Federal loan deferment
  • Eligible mileage reimbursement
  • Full-time members eligible for healthcare
  • May be eligible for childcare
  • Additional training stipend $125/quarter
  • Free attendance to the Ohio Stormwater Conference

Requirements and qualifications


Must have GED or high school diploma; be 18 or older by October 8, 2024. Must successfully pass a National Service Criminal History Check (NSCHC). Must be a U.S citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.

Preferred qualifications

Possess a valid driver's license. Have an interest in the environmental field such as, stormwater managment, climate impacts, or urban forestry. Demonstrate maturity and cultural competency. Self-motivated and able to work on a team.

Opportunity details

Focus area

  • Waterway Restoration
  • local ecosystem restoration
  • citizen science
  • media and marketing
  • environmental education

Work environment

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor