Xerces Society Job Announcement: California Pollinator Outreach Coordinator
- JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: XERCES SOCIETY
CALIFORNIA POLLINATOR OUTREACH COORDINATOR
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 publics 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
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
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
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:
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).
ADDITIONAL DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS
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
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
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.
Pollinator Outreach Coordinator
The Xerces Society
PO Box 8833 Madison, WI, 53708 USA
Tel: 608-628-4951 Fax: 503-233-6794
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.