Heartlands Conservancy now hiring


HeartLands Conservancy has several key positions open for its Belleville, Illinois office, which is part of the St. Louis metro area.

Since 1989, HeartLands Conservancy has been a catalyst for transformative change and resilience for the lands, waters, heritage, and communities in southwestern Illinois, dedicated to conserve, connect, and restore the diverse natural and cultural resources of this diverse area.

Heartlands is currently looking for qualified applicants to join its staff:

  • Water Program Manager
  • Land Conservation Program Manager
  • Communications Manager (part-time)

You can learn more about these positions and how to apply by clicking below.

Heartland Conservancy Job Openings


Jo Daviess looking for land stewardship director

The Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation has an opening for Director of Land Stewardship, a full-time position located in Elizabeth, Illinois.

The Director is responsible for the stewardship, management, ecological restoration, and maintenance of public access of the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation’s preserves and conservation areas.

For a complete job description and how to apply, CLICK HERE.


Chief ecologist sought in Missouri Ozark region

The L-A-D Foundation is a Missouri private operating foundation that is seeking a chief ecologist. This newly-created position is full-time and will be headquartered in Salem, Missouri to manage the ecological stewardship program on all L-A-D Foundation lands.

The person in this position will be responsible for formulating strategic and annual stewardship plans, initiating and maintaining a special features inventory on Pioneer Forest, implementing on the ground conservation for defined ecological outcomes, monitoring the results, and partnering with a wide variety of federal, state, and local entities to achieve our goals. 

For a detailed description of this position, click here. Interviews are set to begin later in June. You can submit a cover letter and résumé to search@ladfoundation.org, with “L-A-D Chief Ecologist” in the subject line. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, June 15.




IDNR Natural Resources Manager needed in Bartlett

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has an opening for a Natural Resources Manager for its office in Bartlett.

This regional administrator plans, directs, supervises, coordinates, controls and evaluates the activities of all regional and district-based personnel in the implementation and execution of the Natural Heritage programs within the Northern Field Unit.

This position is not available for online applications. For more information and details on how to apply, CLICK HERE. You can download the needed application forms HERE.



Seasonal summer field tech in Markham

The Nature Conservancy is hiring a Seasonal Summer Field Tech to do summer invasive species management at Indian Boundary Prairies and at nearby partner agency preserves in Markham, Illinois. The tech will maintain tools and equipment, mow, physically manage species, and backpack foliar spray invasive species with herbicide, and maintain preserve areas.

You can apply for this position by going to the TNC website here.


Chicago Botanic Garden looking for researcher

The Chicago Botanic Garden, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, is looking for a full-time postdoctoral researcher to harvest and map open-sourced community science data from Budburst and iNaturalist applications.
The project goals are to determine how the ecological community context and the human community context affect patterns of plant and animal biodiversity and participation in community science related to biodiversity mapping.
If you’re interested in finding out more and how to apply, you can go to their website here. The position is funded for two years. Review of applications begins May 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. The ideal start date for the position is in summer 2021.

Barrington Conservation seeks executive director

Barrington Area Conservation Trust (BACT) has an opening for Executive Director. BACT is in its 20th year stewarding 38 acres of Barrington-area nature preserve, and more than 480 acres protected by conservation easements.

The Executive Director is the senior officer and would report to the board of directors.

For more information on this position, CLICK HERE.

Applications can be sent to bactrust1@gmail.com.


Digital Marketing Specialist opening at The Conservation Foundation

The Conservation Foundation, located in Naperville, Illinois, is looking for a full-time Digital Marketing Specialist to oversee social media and other digital marketing initiatives.

TCF is dedicated to improving the health of our communities by preserving and restoring open space and natural lands, protecting rivers and watersheds, and promoting stewardship of our environment in northeastern Illinois. Work is focused in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will Counties where we have helped preserve more than 35,000 acres of open space, and we also go where we are needed in LaSalle, DeKalb and Grundy Counties.

For details on the position and how to apply, CLICK HERE. Deadline for applications is Friday, April 16, 2021.


Jo Daviess Land Stewardship Manager Position

Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation is looking for a Land Stewardship Manager, responsible for the stewardship, management, ecological restoration, and maintenance of public access of JDCF preserves and conservation areas.

If you have a passion for conservation and natural areas, this may be the job for you.

The Manager’s time will be split between office-based duties and field-based duties as needed.

A full job description can be found HERE. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 9, 2021.


The Nature Conservancy Openings in Indiana

The Nature Conservancy Indiana Chapter has a couple of job openings that may be of interest!

Southern Lake Michigan Rim Project Director

TNC is looking for someone to build on the Conservancy’s strong reputation as a major conservation partner in northwest Indiana. This person will define and implement an innovative set of conservation strategies to benefit people and nature. For details and information on how to apply, CLICK HERE

Land Protection Specialist

This position will require someone to carry out strategies to acquire or otherwise secure land for the protection of ecologically significant areas, primarily in southern Indiana. Someone with great interpersonal communication skills and the ability to inspire trust with landowners is a plus. For details and information on how to apply, CLICK HERE.