Careers at the Pollinator Partnership

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Paid Field Botanist

in Arkansas


About the Organization

The Pollinator Partnership (P2) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization works to protect the health of managed and native pollinating animals vital to wildland and agricultural ecosystems. Founded in 1997, P2 has grown and achieved national status as a leader in pollinator conservation which emphasizes progress and is based in science. The multifaceted approach of targeting stakeholders ranging from farmers, growers, policy makers, industry, academia, education, and the general public has allowed P2 to form strong partnerships with institutions, organizations, corporations, and individuals that share a general concern for the conservation of biological diversity and the species that provide essential ecosystem services. The targeted focus on pollinators, however, is unique and is complemented by working relationships and alliances with other conservation institutions.

As the parent organization of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) and in partnership with NAPPC partners, P2 includes in its successes:

  • the signing of 11 major working pollinator-protection agreements with federal government agencies responsible for more than 1.5 billion acres of federally managed-influenced land

  • participation in the 2008 Farm Bill to include pollinator programs in conservation and research titles

  • working with the USDA Secretary of Agriculture and with the US Senate to create "National Pollinator Week" at both federal and state levels

  • awarding research grants to learn about aspects of health for the crisis-threatened honey bee

  • development of 31 web-based eco-regional planting guides for all regions of the U.S. to prepare the way for healthy pollinator-friendly landscapes across millions of farms, homes, schools, parks and corporate landscapes

  • promotion of importance of pollinators to food producers and retailers reliant upon these animals for their products


Paid Field Botanist Opportunity in Arkansas

Pollinator Partnership (P2) seeks to hire a motivated, detail-oriented Field Botanist in Northern Arkansas.

The Field Botanist will provide programmatic support for P2’s Monarch Wings Across America (MWAA) program. MWAA involves a multi-component campaign to addressing the recent alarming decline in monarchs and the fragmentation of the annual migration through research, ground-truthing, technical guidance and outreach. MWAAsupportsthe spectacular migration through monarch habitat creation.

Duties include:

  • Organization of seed collection events
  • Recruiting and training of seed collection volunteers
  • Arranging site selections for seed collections
  • Seed and plug planting
  • Study site evaluations and plant establishment assessments
  • Habitat monitoring and primary plant-pollinator interaction data collector

Required Qualifications:

Access to a dependable vehicle and personal vehicle insurance coverage

  • College degree (or proof of current enrollment in an accredited university)

Plant and/or pollinator identification skills

  • Dependable, well-organized, and detail-oriented
  • Computer literate (MS Office programs)
  • Comfortable working outside and willing and able to work across various habitat settings.

Location: North / Northwest Arkansas

Schedule: Site visits will begin immediately and continue through the fall of 2017. There is potential for additional visits in 2018.

Compensation: This is a contract position. $125.00 per day. Mileage to and from the project site will be reimbursed dependent on the researcher’s location and will not exceed a set amount.

How to Apply:
Interested candidates should email the following information to Kelly Rourke at kr@pollinator.org:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter describing why you are a good fit for the position
  • Attach the resume and cover letter as 1 PDF
  • Please name the email subject and attached PDF “Arkansas Field Botanists – Last Name, First Name.”
  • An inability to following the instructions above will result in an automatically rejected application.

*Position will be filled as soon as possible.

No phone calls please.