Yellow Island Preserve Steward

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline:



United States


About Us

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

Position Summary

The Yellow Island Preserve Steward is responsible for day-to-day oversight of the Yellow Island Preserve and the associated Marine Protected Area (MPA) and implements preserve management projects in consultation and cooperation with the Puget Sound Stewardship Coordinator and the Washington Stewardship Manager. The Preserve Steward lives on and maintains the preserve; interacts with visitors; performs routine maintenance of trails, equipment, and structures; provides surveillance of the surrounding Marine Protected Area; and is responsible for all record keeping related to the MPA and land management projects. This position works closely with the Stewardship Coordinator and Manager and requires regular contact with Conservancy members and the general public.

This is a resident seasonal position (May – October) with heaviest activity occurring on weekends, especially during spring and early summer. As a requirement of this position and pursuant to an employee housing agreement, the Preserve Steward must live on the island in a cabin owned by The Nature Conservancy during the employment period. In addition, a boat will be provided for transport to and from the island.

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in natural resource management, park interpretation/education, or related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in verbal and written communication, including public speaking.
  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, Skype, etc.
  • Possess skills and knowledge necessary operate motorboat safely in marine environment. WA State boater safety certification required.      
  • Must have valid driver's license and good driving record.           
  • Ability to lift and carry 40 lbs. over short distances, physical ability to clear heavy brush with minimal equipment and to carry heavy loads over uneven trails, up and down stairs, and in beach-to-boat transfers.
  • Basic first aid/CPR training or willingness to obtain.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

For more information and to apply, please visit and search for job ID#46319 in the keyword search. Deadline to apply is 11:59 PM EST April 3, 2018.