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Xerces Society Job Announcement: California Pollinator Outreach Coordinator

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  • Eric Mader
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 17, 2008
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      JOB TITLE: California Pollinator Outreach Coordinator

      BACKGROUND: The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is a
      nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the diversity of life
      through the conservation of invertebrates. We educate the public and
      decision makers about the importance of invertebrates and work to protect
      habitat for these critical animals. For 37 years, the Society has been at
      the forefront of invertebrate conservation, harnessing the knowledge of
      highly regarded scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement
      conservation and education programs in the United States. Located in
      Portland, Oregon the Society has a national and international presence.
      Currently the Society has 10 employees with an annual budget of over

      SCOPE: Under the direction of the Pollinator Program Director, the
      California Pollinator Outreach Coordinator will work to provide resources
      and training to agricultural and natural resources professionals in
      California on pollinator habitat restoration and management. The Outreach
      Coordinator will also work to increase the general public‚s awareness of
      the importance of native pollinators for agricultural sustainability,
      wildlife conservation, and ecological stability.

      MAJOR JOB ACTIVITIES: This state-level position will require considerable
      travel throughout California. Strong outreach skills are needed as the
      ideal candidate will coordinate logistics for workshops and provide
      training to Natural Resource Conservation Service and Resource
      Conservation District staff, other agricultural and natural resource
      professionals, landowners, and land managers. The position will also
      include providing technical support to local partners (for example, when
      creating demonstration sites around the state), writing educational
      materials, conducting literature research, and other responsibilities as
      they arise.

      Working with the Pollinator Program Director, the California Pollinator
      Outreach Coordinator will:
      Coordinate logistics for workshops to train agricultural and natural
      resource professionals, farmers and ranchers in pollinator conservation
      techniques (focus on native bees).
      Present workshops on pollinator conservation or native bee monitoring to a
      variety of audiences.
      Assist the Natural Resource Conservation Service in planning and
      implementing pollinator conservation practices and demonstration sites.
      Raise awareness about native pollinator conservation techniques among
      agriculture community.
      Participate in the development of NRCS state criteria for screening EQIP,
      WHIP, or other Farm Bill cost-share project proposals.
      Help develop and field test assessment tools of native pollinator habitat
      and crop pollination by native bees.
      Prepare fact sheets and outreach materials based on field research.
      Organize field visits with growers to: (1) present results of field work
      conducted on their farms; (2) assess native pollinator services provided
      by wild bees on their farms; and/or (3) discuss current farm management
      practices and ideas for reducing negative impacts on native crop
      Expand program through professional networking
      Bachelors degree (Graduate degree strongly preferred) in entomology,
      ecology, conservation biology, natural resource management, or 3-5 years
      experience in conservation science, and/or equivalent combination of
      education and experience; experience in entomology is preferred.
      An understanding of pollination ecology and the role of native pollinators
      (especially bees) in agroecosystems.
      Ability to manage complex or multiple projects.
      Knowledge of species (especially invertebrates), natural communities,
      ecosystems, ecological processes, and their conservation needs.
      Ability to synthesize, interpret, and communicate complex scientific
      information to influence conservation practices.
      Ability to develop and give engaging presentations to audiences of more
      than twenty adults.
      Ability to communicate professionally with a wide variety of people.
      Ability to manage time and diverse activities under deadlines, while
      delivering quality results.
      Ability to work independently on assigned tasks.
      Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g. Word, Excel,
      PowerPoint, Web browsers).
      A good sense of humor
      Experience working with the agricultural community or farm landscapes
      Desktop publishing using programs like Microsoft Publisher or Adobe InDesign
      TERMS: This is a full time position and we are an at will employer. The
      Xerces Society is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce

      SALARY: $28,000 - $32,000 depending on experience.

      BENEFITS: This position includes a generous benefits package: eleven paid
      holidays and two weeks of vacation accrued after first year; eight percent
      of base pay toward a SEP retirement account, beginning in January of the
      calendar year following the first full year of employment; eight percent
      additional salary toward health coverage; and a flexible work environment.

      LOCATION: The employee will be based in the Davis, CA area and will work
      throughout California.

      MORE INFORMATION: For more information on the Xerces Society and our
      programs, please see our website. www.xerces.org <http://www.xerces.org/>

      APPLICATION: Anyone interested in this position should email a cover
      letter, resume, and names and contact information for three references
      (please combine all information into a single MS Word or Adobe PDF
      document) to:

      Logan Lauvray
      RE: CA Pollinator Outreach Coordinator
      The Xerces Society
      4828 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
      Portland, OR 97215

      We have limited staff time, so we appreciate no phone calls to our office.

      DEADLINE: August 11, 2008.


      Eric Mader
      Pollinator Outreach Coordinator
      The Xerces Society
      PO Box 8833 Madison, WI, 53708 USA
      Tel: 608-628-4951 Fax: 503-233-6794
      Email: eric@...

      The Xerces Society is an international nonprofit organization that
      protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their
      habitat. To join the Society, make a contribution, or read about our work,
      please visit www.xerces.org.
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