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New Job Posting: Block Island Preserve Caretaker (Full-time | Year-round)

Block Island Preserve Caretaker is responsible for the maintenance of all The Nature Conservancy (TNC) owned and managed trails and facilities on Block Island. The Caretaker assists the Block Island Program staff with the tasks associated with biological and property monitoring, habitat restoration, and efforts to expand a volunteer program for land management. The Preserve Caretaker works closely with the entire Block Island Program staff and is directly supervised by the Associate State Director. This is a full-time year-round position with benefits.

Essential Functions

  • Maintain all TNC owned and managed trails and facilities
  • Work with Block Island Program staff to devise and implement a plan of trail and facilities improvements
  • Erect and maintain fencing to protect rare and endangered species and signage to educate the public on preserves, refuge lands, and beaches
  • Working with Block Island Program staff, assist with biological and property monitoring
  • Assist Block Island Program staff with efforts towards scientific studies, habitat restoration and educational programs
  • Work with Block Island Program staff to lead and expand volunteer program in areas of land management
  • Other duties as may need to be assigned

Responsibilities And Scope

  • May interact with visitors
  • May supervise volunteers, interns, or temporary staff
  • Works under close or infrequent supervision
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations for long periods of time in isolated settings, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances
  • Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED and 6 months of related experience
  • Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. lawn mower, chainsaw, brush blade, weed wacker, or similar equipment)
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR)

Desired Qualifications

  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross cultural experience appreciated
  • Ability to follow instructions from colleagues/coworkers/team members
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to obtain a driver’s license, and maintain a good driving record
  • Ability to deal with the general public in a friendly, outgoing and professional manner
  • Knowledge of Block Island community essential
  • Basic carpentry and painting skills essential
  • Mechanical skills preferred
  • Ability to recognize plant and animal species as required to complete preserve management preferred


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 this position, please visit and click on Current Job Opportunities. Please submit your resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons.

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

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