Job: Preserve Manager, Joseph Pines Preserve
Friday, August 28, 2015 10:42 PM

Preserve Manager
The Center for Biodiversity at Joseph Pines Preserve (a.k.a the Center), Sussex County, VA

Close date on application:  November 30, 2015
Start Date: April 2016

Compensation    $15,000/year for a two year term, a free place to live, hunting and garden privileges.

To apply: Please visit for job application.  Complete applications include application form, cover letter, resume, college transcripts, three letters of reference, health report, and a VA State Police Sex Offender and Criminal History background check (SP-167).
Position Description & Requirements
The Meadowview Preserve Manager will primarily oversee activities on the 232 acre Joseph Pines Preserve in Sussex County, VA and occasionally assist with activities on our 17 acre Central Virginia Preserve in Caroline County, VA.  The applicant should have a B.S. or B.A. degree in the biological sciences or a related field (e.g. wildlife management, conservation biology, etc.). Minimum GPA requirement is 3.2. 

The preserve manager should be knowledgeable in managing longleaf pine/pitcher plant ecosystems and have a record of having successfully worked in those areas with prescribed burning experience.  Experience in agronomy or a plant nursery preferred. 

The preserve manager must:

  • be able to produce well written reports; be skilled in the use of a computer including MS products such as Excel, Word, Publisher, Access and be competent in the use of social media such as Facebook;
  • be in excellent physical condition and be able to lift 50 pounds;
  • possess a valid driver’s license and have an insured motor vehicle;
  • have a Virginia prescribed burn manager certificate from the Virginia Dept. of Forestry;
  • have a Virginia applicators license for pesticides and herbicides;
  • be skilled at using and maintaining equipment such as chainsaws, estate tractors, bush-hog, riding mowers, string trimmers, log splitters, etc.;
  • have a basic knowledge and elementary proficiency in carpentry, plumbing, and electrical;
  • be familiar and proficient with scientific methods, techniques, and tools;
  • be neat, organized, and consistently demonstrate that he/she can maintain the Center in a clean, organized, sanitary, and professional manner for staff, students, research fellows,  and public use. 
  • Possess and demonstrate the aptitude and ability to work harmoniously and productively with staff, employees, and the public, representing Meadowview in an ethical and professional manner. 

 The Preserve Manager is expected to be prepared with proper field gear including: steel toed work boots, rubber boots, gloves, safety glasses, work clothing, and Permethrin (Repel or similar product) tick repellant for field work safety.  

Specific Duties

  • Responsible for habitat restoration, invasive species control, and data collection on Meadowview preserves.  Activities include, but are not limited to: control hardwood competition in longleaf pine stands, plant longleaf pine seedlings, perform controlled pollinations on longleaf pine, map and census rare plant and animal populations and record other remarkable observations, collect and process cordwood for use in preserve wood furnace, remove competing or invasive hardwoods in pitcher plant habitats, collect and process rare plant seeds for propagation in nursery, assist and in some cases lead prescribed burns of preserves, collect data from monitoring wells on a daily basis
  • Patrol Joseph Pines Preserve daily and log status report on security, remarkable observations concerning plants, animals, habitat conditions, trails, roads, firebreaks, bogs, research plots/projects, gardens, plant beds, etc.
  • Provide general oversight and maintenance of equipment and the Center
  • Interface with the general public, distribute Meadowview literature, answer questions, guide visitors through the preserve, and have visitors sign guestbook.
  • Maintain public and personal living quarters at the Center and living quarters by mopping, vacuuming, and dusting on a weekly basis.
  • Plant and maintain vegetable garden to provide food for preserve manager, staff, and interns.  Supervise intern maintenance of vegetable garden and processing and storage (dried, canned, or frozen) of produce
  • Assist in development of rare plant nursery for preserve and regional habitat restoration
  • Other duties as assigned by the President/CEO

We recognize that a potential candidate may not have every specific aspect mentioned in the job description.  However, a successful candidate should possess as many of the specified attributes and qualifications as possible.  Where deficiencies exist, an action plan will be developed and employment will be considered conditional. 

What we’re looking for is a person who is familiar with the ecosystem, willing to be trained in our methods or certified for prescribed fire or herbicide/pesticide application, and PASSIONATE about what we’re doing.  If you think you have what it takes to perform this job, please contact us.

Questions?  Please contact [email protected] or call 804-633-4336.