Job Opportunity: NC Sandhills ORISE Fellowship

The Nature Conservancy

North Carolina Sandhills ORISE Fellowship Announcement


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).  More information on the Partnership can be found at  Eligible candidates will have graduated with a natural resources related degree within three years of the hiring date.  The one-year appointment may be renewed for a total of up to four years for individuals with a master’s degree and up to 5 years for a PhD. We are looking for candidates who will commit to at least 3 years in this appointment. Information on the ORISE program can be found at:  

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

·               Provide technical GIS support for the Partnership.  Conduct GIS analyses to support conservation reserve design, land protection priorities, and special projects such as the Green Growth Toolbox.  Maintain updates and data records for the existing GIS database.

·               Support coordination of the Partnership by working directly with the Partnership Coordinator to facilitate meetings, participate in working groups, attend partner activities, and communicate with the public about the role of the Partnership.

·               Support implementation of the Partnership’s Monitoring Plan.  This will include collecting and compiling data on habitat quality, species, and management actions in longleaf pine, isolated wetland, and riparian habitats.

·               Support implementation of Partnership’s Conservation Plan, including compiling information for grant proposals and acquisition projects, promoting information sharing, and assisting with habitat management activities.  Maintain a geodatabase of management actions, results, and needs using Access and ArcGIS.

·               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.

·               Assist TNC staff with prescribed burning, other land restoration activities, and fire effects monitoring.  Attend TNC staff meetings and retreats.  


Required Knowledge and Skills: 

1.         Bachelor’s degree required. Master of Science preferred in ecology, conservation biology, wildlife biology, or other relevant subject. Candidate must have graduated within the last 3 years.

2.         Familiarity with advanced principles of GIS and spatial modeling.

3.         Experience using ESRI software including ArcMap and other associated products.

4.         Proficiency in computer database management using Microsoft Access and/or willingness to learn.

5.         Ability to successfully work with a diverse suite of partners.

6.         Excellent oral and written communication skills.

7.         Familiarity with basic principles of conservation biology, ecology, and wildlife management.

8.         Familiarity with the longleaf pine ecosystem and related habitats and species, and/or willingness to learn.

9.         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).

10.      Able to pass federal security background check (includes fingerprinting) in order to access a government issued computer

11.      Highly motivated candidate who desires to be an effective part of a team that is on the leading edge of longleaf pine conservation.


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.

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.

For further information, please contact Jeff Marcus at (910) 915-8813.    To apply, please email a resume, cover letter and references to by 8am September 25, 2017.