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Official Job Title :
Pollinator Habitat Specialist (Food Industry Supply Chain)
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The Xerces Society
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Application Deadline :
Mar 09, 2020
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Pollinator Habitat Specialist (Food Industry Supply Chain)
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Sacramento CA
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Full time
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$20.70 - $24.10 per hour
Start Date:
May 01, 2020
JOB TITLE: Pollinator Habitat Specialist (Food Industry Supply Chain)LOCATION: Xerces Office, Sacramento CA.Will consider placement working from employees home office located in Californias Sacramento/Central valley, or central/eastern Washington State.COMPENSATION: $20.70 - $24.10 per hour (starting, commensurate with experience). Locations other than California may be paid a commensurate salary. JOB START DATE: May 1, 2020APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 9, 2020APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: All applications must be submitted via our application website at: 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. We are seeking a skilled native plant habitat specialist, preferably experienced in restoration around heavily-altered agricultural lands to help implement on-the ground conservation measures with Xerces farm partners.The Xerces Society is at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of the public to implement conservation programs. We take action by helping farms and public 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, engaging the public to raise awareness about invertebrates found on farms, forests, prairies, deserts, streams, wetlands, towns and cities. 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: Youll be joining a growing team of professionals working to conserve some of the worlds most important animals. The Pollinator Habitat Specialist (Food Industry Supply Chain Projects) will support Xerces private-sector partners in designing and implementing cutting-edge conservation systems for bees and beneficial insects on farms across the western United States. Supervised by Xerces Pollinator Conservation Specialist and Bee Better Certified Lead, this ground-breaking position will collaborate closely with farm managers, as well as key staff at some of the largest food companies in the world to provide conservation advice, planning and implementation assistance on farms that serve the organic and natural food industry.ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Work with key staff at select food companies to identify and reach out to farms that will implement habitat restoration.Develop large-scale habitat restoration plans, including protocols for site preparation, planting methods, and ongoing maintenance.Manage and provide technical support for habitat restoration projects both remotely and onsite.Directly participate in the establishment of hedgerows, wildflower meadows and cover crop systems in heavily managed agricultural settings, including direct collaboration with farm staff and labor.Document pest management practices on farms and work with farmers and Xerces pest management specialists to foster the adoption of reduced-risk/ecologically-based pest management strategies.Support partners with science-based advice and consulting on native bee and beneficial insect conservation. Communicate our conservation model and the impact of our work to diverse stakeholders including farmers, food companies, and government agencies at conferences, workshops, and business meetings.Support the promotion, recruitment, and on-boarding of farms into Xerces Bee Better Certified program, including technical assistance throughout the application process. Visit the website at (, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE: REQUIREDStrong track record of managing large-scale native plant habitat restoration projects.Deep understanding of pollination ecology and the role of native pollinators (especially bees) in agroecosystems.Extensive knowledge of diverse, large-scale farm practices and crop management systems (especially in California and the Pacific Northwest). Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, and be capable of organizing meetings and effectively presenting information to a wide variety of professional clients and stakeholders.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). The use of Google Suite is required daily.PREFERREDAbility to manage complex or multiple projects.Ability to synthesize, interpret, and communicate complex scientific information in a way that will influence conservation practice.Ability to develop and give engaging presentations to audiences of more than twenty adults.Ability to manage time and diverse activities under deadlines, while delivering quality results.Cross-cultural, multicultural, and/or multilingual skills, background, or experience, preferably basic Spanish-language ability.Experience with Arc-GIS or other mapping software.Personal or professional background in agriculture.QUALIFICATIONS: REQUIREDBachelors degree in ecology, conservation biology, agriculture, entomology, natural resource management, or conservation science, or demonstrated truly equivalent knowledge, skills, and experience.Valid drivers license and clean driving record. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Be able to perform the following with reasonable breaks and/or reasonable accommodations:Able to move and transport supplies, materials, equipment weighing up to 30 lbs. Occasionally work in the field for 8-12 hours per day under adverse weather conditions.Frequently traverse across agricultural roads and fields, unpaved roads and walkways, and unimproved trails for periods of 2-8 hours.Occasionally drive vehicle or fly by commercial airline for periods of up to 8 hours.Able to work in stationary position for periods of 2-8 hours. STATUS: Full-Time, scheduled to work ~ 40 hours/week. Hourly non-exempt position if hired in California.May be salaried, exempt position if hired in Washington State. Schedule can be made flexible and opportunity for partial remote work location can be made, consistent with work requirements, depending on employee preferences.BENEFITS: This position includes a generous benefits package: eleven paid holidays including two floating holidays that may be used for a personal or religious holiday observed by the employee or other occasion preferred by the employee, 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: APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: All applications must be submitted via our application website at: EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITYThe Xerces Society is proud to be an Affirmative Action / 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. Xerces is committed to establishing and maintaining diversity, equity, and inclusion, and encourages minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities to apply.
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