Job Summary

 
Official Job Title :
California Monarch Butterfly Conservation Planner and NRCS Partner Biologist
University or Organization :
The Xerces Society
State or Territory :
California
Application Deadline :
Jan 20, 2020
 
Descriptive Job Title :
Conservation planning, technical support and training to farmers and NRCS field office planners with a focus on Californias Central Coast
Keywords separated by commas :
monarchs, pollinators, beneficial insects, butterflies, farm bill
Location :
Hollister, CA
Area, Department or Unit :
Full/Part Time :
Full time
Salary :
44,000-52,000/year DOE
Start Date:
Feb 01, 2020
Description:
JOB ANNOUNCEMENTJOB TITLE: California Monarch Butterfly Conservation Planner and NRCS Partner BiologistLOCATION: USDA-NRCS Service Center, Hollister, CACOMPENSATION: $44,000- $52,000 (starting per year, commensurate with experience)JOB START DATE: February 2020APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 20, 2020APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: All applications must be submitted via our application website at: http://bit.ly/xerces-jobsJOIN US!Come join a growing team of conservation professionals at the Xerces Society who are dedicated to protecting some of the worlds most important animals. Invertebrates are essential to the reproduction of most flowering plants, including many fruits, vegetables, and nuts; they play an important role in pest management; and they are a critical food source for birds, fish, and other animals. Yet invertebrate populations are often imperiled by human activities and rarely accounted for in traditional conservation.Established in 1971 and based in Portland, Oregon, the Xerces Society is at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs. We take action by helping farmers and federal conservation agencies develop conservation plans for pollinators and beneficial insects, producing ground-breaking publications on insect conservation, training thousands of farmers and land managers to protect and manage habitat for beneficial insects, protecting endangered species and their habitat, and raising public awareness about the invertebrates on farms, forests, prairies, deserts, creeks, wetlands, and oceans. Our methods focus on habitat conservation planning, education, scientific analysis, advocacy, and applied research to conserve invertebrates such as bees, butterflies, mollusks, and dragonflies. WHAT YOULL BE DOING: Reporting to the Xerces Society Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist (California Region), and in collaboration with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) state and area biologists, the California Monarch Butterfly Conservation Planner will provide conservation planning, technical support and training to farmers and NRCS field office planners with a focus on Californias Central Coast and Coastal Foothill regions with a focus on Californias Central Coast and Coastal Foothill region. Conservation work will focus on the planting or management of breeding habitat for monarch butterflies, as well as other pollinators and beneficial insects that help control crop pests. The ideal candidate will have experience with Farm Bill conservation programs and will be able to develop conservation planning guidance that addresses multiple goals of monarch butterfly, pollinator, beneficial insect, wildlife, soil, and water conservation. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Working as a team with NRCS state technical experts, NRCS field and area offices, and Xerces Society Pollinator Program staff, the California Monarch Planner Conservation Planner will: Assist NRCS conservation planners in the development of conservation plans that improve or create monarch butterfly or pollinator and beneficial insect habitat on farms and ranches in Californias Central Coast and Coastal Foothill region. This may include habitat evaluation and monitoring, as well as conservation or restoration planning.Increase the technical capacity of staff from the NRCS and local Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) to help farmers and ranchers take actions that promote and protect monarchs and other pollinators on their farms and ranches.Provide technical advice on monarch butterfly and pollinator habitat restoration projects to RCDs, other NRCS conservation partners, and agricultural producers. Advise and plan on-the-ground habitat restoration projects.Provide individualized assistance to farmers, ranchers, land managers, restoration professionals, and others as they plan and implement conservation projects for monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Coordinate and conduct outreach and trainings on monarch butterflies and monarch habitat conservation, pollinators, declining species, or beneficial insect conservation. Work with Xerces Society and NRCS specialists to develop or refine technical documents that support establishment, enhancement, or management of monarch butterfly habitat. Technical documents may include habitat evaluation guides, conservation practice specifications, grazing management specifications, plant lists, seed mixes, fact sheets, and habitat restoration guidelines. Travel out-of-town for multiple days (approximately 5 overnights per month) to support NRCS field office conservation planning.KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE: REQUIREDKnowledge of the ecology of monarch butterflies. Knowledge and experience in pollinator or wildlife habitat evaluation, conservation planning, restoration and management unique to California. Experience in native plant establishment and habitat restoration. Knowledge of USDA Farm Bill conservation programs and the work of the NRCS. Understanding of common agricultural practices in California. Knowledge of weed identification and management in California. Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to write clear email, conservation plans, and technical documents for diverse audiences. Primary audiences include NRCS conservation planners, farmers, ranchers, and conservation partners. Excellent verbal communication, presentation, and public speaking skills for diverse audiences that include farmers, ranchers, conservation partners, and others. Ability and willingness to work with diverse teams and constituents in a respectful, equitable, and inclusive fashion.Excellent organizational skills and ability to develop work plans and work independently on assigned tasks. Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint).PREFERREDExperience working in an USDA NRCS field office, implementing the NRCS conservation planning process and using NRCS conservation planning tools.Knowledge of prescribed grazing and prescribed fire. Knowledge of the ecology of pollinators, including the biology of native bees, honey bees, and declining pollinator species. Knowledge of ecology and habitat needs of other beneficial insects that help to manage crop pests. Knowledge of Integrated Pest Management practices, and strategies for reducing negative impacts of pest management or pesticide use on pollinators and other beneficial insects.Bilingual or multilingual; Spanish, English, other applicable language.QUALIFICATIONS: REQUIREDA Bachelors degree (Masters degree strongly preferred) in natural resource management, ecology, conservation biology, entomology, wildlife biology, horticulture, or more than 4 years of experience in conservation planning, pollinator or wildlife conservation, or equivalent combination of education and experience.Valid drivers license.PREFERREDPesticide applicators license.PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Able to move and transport supplies, materials, equipment weighing up to 30 lbs.Work in the field for 2-8 hours per day under potentially adverse weather conditions.Frequently traverse across agricultural roads and fields, unpaved roads and walkways, and unimproved trails for periods of 2-8 hours.Drive vehicle for periods of up to 8 hours.STATUS: Full-time position-- may be hourly non-exempt or salaried-exempt depending on pay rate. Scheduled to work ~ 40 hours/week.BENEFITS: This position includes a generous benefits package: eleven paid holidays, paid time off, paid health, dental, and disability insurance, option to participate in a pre-tax flexible spending account for medical and dependent care expenses, participation in a 401k retirement program upon eligibility and a flexible work environment.TERMS: The Xerces Society is an at-will employer. Nothing in this job description restricts managements right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.MORE INFORMATION: For more information on the Xerces Society and our programs, please see our website: www.xerces.org. APPLICATION FOLLOW UP: Unfortunately, due to the volume of communications we are unable to respond to individual applicants inquiries. We ask that applicants do not contact our office via phone or email about their application. You will be contacted if selected for an interview. All applicants will receive email notification once position is filled. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITYThe Xerces Society is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is Xerces policy to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and to administer all aspects and conditions of employment without regard to the following: race, color, ancestry, place of birth, citizenship or immigration status, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth, family relationship, health insurance status, medical history or condition, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, non-conviction arrest record, wage garnishment status, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws. Our commitment to equal employment opportunity extends to all aspects of employment, including all decisions on hiring, job assignment, training, compensation, promotion, demotion, access to benefits, transfer, leaves of absence, discipline, and termination. The diversity and equal employment opportunity information you provide here is voluntary and will be used solely for monitoring and reviewing the job application process and complying with related laws and regulations; this information will not be used in the hiring decision-making process and will not affect how you are evaluated as a potential candidate for the job.
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ADDITIONAL JOB REQUIREMENTS

Minimum education level :
A Bachelors degree (Masters degree strongly preferred) in natural resource management, ecology, conservation biology, entomology, wildlife biology, horticulture, or more than 4 years of experience in conservation planning, pollinator or wildlife conservation, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
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Travel Requirements:
Frequently traverse across agricultural roads and fields, unpaved roads and walkways, and unimproved trails for periods of 2-8 hours.Drive vehicle for periods of up to 8 hours.
Other Requirements:
Able to move and transport supplies, materials, equipment weighing up to 30 lbs.Work in the field for 2-8 hours per day under potentially adverse weather conditions.

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APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Contact :
Mary Ann Lau
Phone Number with Area Code :
503-232-6639
Application Instructions :
All applications must be submitted via our application website at: http://bit.ly/xerces-jobsEmailed applications will not be considered.