Careers at Pollinator Partnership

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Restoration Ecologist

Full-Time Position

Pollinator Partnership (P2) is looking for an experienced and passionate professional who possesses the skills to conduct habitat restoration and implementation throughout North America. This candidate should be a detailed and team-oriented professional, have a strong work ethic, and be committed to the mission and values of P2. The successful candidate should be interested in pollinator conservation, ecology, and natural resource management.

About Pollinator Partnership:

Pollinator Partnership is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to protect and restore populations of pollinator species. As world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to the preservation of the birds, bees, butterflies, beetles, and bats, P2 plays a key role in preserving terrestrial ecosystems, promoting agricultural productivity, and enhancing local communities through pollinator-centered work. P2 has been actively supporting the conservation and protection of pollinators throughout North America since 1996. Pollinator Partnership Canada (P2C), established in 2013, is P2’s sister organization, and the two groups work seamlessly together across borders. A multifaceted approach using original science; habitat preservation and creation; policy outreach; and public education has helped us achieve our goals in pollinator conservation. For more information, visit www.pollinator.org.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Create and execute habitat restoration plans including site prep, installation, and maintenance for Pollinator Partnership and Pollinator Partnership Canada clients and projects.
  • Work directly with landowners and managers on location (local, domestic, and international travel somewhat frequent) to provide technical assistance for the creation of pollinator habitat across various landscapes.
  • Assist with meetings, trainings, and workshops for land managers, contractors, and field staff.
  • Conduct site assessments and identify suitable locations for habitat projects.
  • Provide detailed plans for key habitat components such as irrigation and integrated vegetation management.
  • Seed mix curation, species selection, and garden designs, with some plant and pollinator identification.
  • Coordination with plant material vendors and contractors to carry out work on the ground.
  • Provide recommendations for permitting and regulatory paperwork pertaining to state and government agency restrictions and programs.
  • Coordinate and work directly with key staff, clients, stakeholders, and sponsors.
  • Promote Pollinator Partnership programs and consulting services.

Required Skills:

  • Master’s Degree in Restoration, Plant, or Conservation Ecology, Landscape Design, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Horticulture, or equivalent professional experience
  • Project Management experience (3+ years’ experience preferred)
  • Ability to travel to project sites, including a valid driver’s license and clean driving record and ability to be away from home for multiple days at a time.
  • Experience working with landowners and contractors
  • Good understanding of habitat restoration including plant ecology, site preparations, habitat installation, and maintenance
  • Ability to manage hired contractors to oversee habitat activities on locations
  • Strong planning, implementation, and multitasking skills
  • Strong organizational and communication skills, including excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

Preferred Skills

  • Pollinator biology, conservation, and research experience
  • Diverse knowledge of the North American Landscape
  • Understanding of state and federal regulatory guidelines for landscape modifications (NEPA, CEQA, Conservation Easements etc.)
  • Experience with various site preparation techniques such as controlled burns and herbicide application
  • Bilingual (Spanish, English)

Compensation: $60,000-$70,000. Compensation will be based on experience and qualifications. Medical and retirement benefits will be provided. Travel and expenses will be reimbursed.

Location: United States preferred. This is a remote position, and an office will not be provided.

To Apply: Please email cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references as one document to careers@pollinator.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with an application closing date of Friday, December 9, 2022.

2023 Pollinator Poster Artist

Pollinator Partnership (P2) is seeking an artist to render the 2023 Pollinator Poster, this year focusing on “Climate Change and Pollinators: Little Things Matter.” To apply, please send a one-page narrative concept idea with a draft sketch to Reed Lievers at reed@pollinator.org by Friday, December 9, 2022.

Background
Birds, bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, bats and other small mammals that pollinate plants are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food. Pollinators also sustain our ecosystems and contribute to natural resources by helping plants reproduce. Unfortunately, many pollinating species are in decline. Without the actions of pollinators, agricultural economies, our food supply, and surrounding landscapes would suffer.

Our Solution for Sustainability
Pollinator Partnership and its signature initiative the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) address issues of pollinator health and decline using many resources and projects. Sustainable pollination and declines in pollinator health are complex issues that do not have simple solutions, but by addressing each area where pollinators interface with people we can make a significant impact in pollinator, ecosystem, and human health. One way we address this issue is through outreach, education, and action.

Purpose
Each year, P2 and NAPPC, along with a wide range of partners (including federal agencies, non-profits, for-profits, individuals, etc.) design and distribute an educational pollinator poster. About 20,000 posters are distributed throughout the United States each year. They are one of the most popular outreach material items offered and are distributed for the cost of shipping and handling.

Use
Each year’s poster is unique in size and content, and the posters are enjoyed and used in a wide variety of venues from classrooms, fairs, conferences, and offices, to homes, and educational trainings.

Poster Image – Vision

This year’s poster will focus on climate change and pollinators, and how there are little things that we can do as individuals to help fight climate change while supporting pollinators – the “little things” or animals that help keep our planet healthy.

The rhythms of life shaped by millions of years of evolution are being challenged and altered by our rapidly changing climate. The connections long established between plants and their pollinators are of particular concern since these interdependencies shape and sustain nearly all terrestrial ecosystems. Our future will be defined by how well we understand and maintain these connections.

Pollinators are dying because their food and homes are disappearing, diseases have increased, and rising temperatures and natural disasters are affecting their ability to survive - all of which are related to climate change. At the same time, the conservation of pollinators and their habitats can help combat climate change by supporting healthy ecosystems, air, soil, water, and plants. Combined, these results make planet earth a safer place for us to live.

We envision the poster to be a graphical depiction of the “little things that run the world” – namely, pollinators, followed by a list of the “little things” that people can do to help mitigate the negative impacts of climate change. A beautiful representation of pollinators and their habitats as a central image will help connect these small and achievable actions to fight climate change with pollinators. We want the suggested actions to be spark ideas, conversation, and actions but not to overwhelm individuals with too many things to do. We want to highlight the message that people can try even just one of these things and enrich their life with the “little things”. Overall, we’d like the poster to be uplifting and motivating, instead of a depressing and alarming story about climate change.

Some possible climate activities to depict on the poster include:

  1. Vote with environmental issues in mind
  2. Plant and protect habitat on public, private, and natural lands
  3. Conserve energy at home
  4. Be mindful with your mode of transportation
  5. Reduce your consumer carbon footprint
  6. Watch your waste – reuse and reduce
  7. Make healthy and local food choices
  8. Keep it clean – reduce or eliminate your reliance on chemicals
  9. Talk to friends and neighbors, start the conversation
  10. Enjoy the outdoors

Let this proposed vision spark creativity and do not feel limited to these ideas. Don’t feel the need to try to incorporate all the suggested ideas. The poster is a visual story meant to attract attention and inspire action around climate change and pollinator conservation. The most important part of creating any poster is to make it a beautiful work of art. A scientific/naturalistic style is preferred. P2 staff will work with the artist on scientific accuracy and detail. To view past pollinator posters, please visit http://pollinator.org/posters.htm.

Submittal Details
If interested in submitting a poster concept idea for consideration to render the 2023 “Climate Change and Pollinators: Little Things Matter” poster, please submit the below information as one PDF reed@pollinator.org:

  • Contact information (name, email, physical mailing address)
  • Background (Resume, CV, past projects, website/online portfolio, social media, etc. 2 pages maximum)
  • Narrative about the poster concept and method used (digital, traditional, etc.) 1 page maximum
  • Sketch of the proposed poster as digital art submitted as a pdf or .jpg. (300 ppi at 8.5 x11)

Timeline
A poster concept idea with a draft sketch is due to Reed Lievers at reed@pollinator.org by Friday, December 9, 2022. Once an artist has been chosen, the final illustration will be due by Friday, February 24, 2023.

Poster Size
There is flexibility with the size of the poster, but past posters have ranged from 30 in x 12 in to 30 in x 32 in (including a galley at the bottom of the poster for partner logos). We suggest using a standard poster size so that the poster may easily be framed.

Compensation
Pollinator Partnership does not make any profit off the poster and distributes them for free (not including shipping and handling). P2 works to create the poster each year to help educate the public about the importance of pollinators. The chosen artist will receive $1,000 USD upon completion of the agreement and delivery of the product of contracted work for the 2023 poster.

Legal
Pollinator Partnership and the artist will co-own the rights to the final submitted digital artwork.

Questions? Contact Reed at reed@pollinator.org or 415.362.1137

California Pollinator Coalition Coordinator

Half-Time Position

Pollinator Partnership (P2) is looking for an experienced professional who possesses the skills to coordinate California Pollinator Coalition activities focusing on supporting farmers and ranchers. This candidate should be a team-oriented professional, have a strong work ethic, and be committed to the mission and values of P2. The successful candidate should be interested in sustainable agriculture, conservation practices, and technical assistance.

About Pollinator Partnership:

Pollinator Partnership is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research. As the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to the preservation of the birds, bees, butterflies, beetles, and bats, P2 plays a key role in preserving terrestrial ecosystems, promoting agricultural productivity, and enhancing local communities through pollinator-centered work. P2 has been actively supporting the conservation and protection of pollinators throughout North America since 1996. A multifaceted approach using original science; habitat preservation and creation; policy outreach; and public education has helped P2 achieve our goals in pollinator conservation. Pollinator Partnership is a founding member of the California Pollinator Coalition (CPC), made up of a diverse group of agricultural and environmental organizations, including USDA NRCS California, with the shared goal of providing enhanced habitat for pollinators. For more information, visit www.pollinator.org.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • The CPC Coordinator will work directly with agricultural organizations to develop and distribute information and guidelines for implementing crop-specific pollinator-friendly practices.
  • Identify resource concerns, barriers, and incentives to the adoption of pollinator friendly BMPs, catering to each cropping or ranching system uniquely.
  • Attend and convene outreach events such as workshops, meetings, trainings, and webinars.
  • Train farmers and ranchers on the use of existing technical resource guidelines and the create comprehensive and crop specific resources.
  • Gather information on key California agricultural concerns such as drought management and native seed procurement; bringing those findings to the Coalition to understand participant needs.
  • Help pilot or customize practices for commodities, working with the grower groups to develop and distribute best practices, including information about the pollinator and agronomic benefits.
  • Assist with CPC member meetings and facilitation.
  • Monitor outcomes (adoption rates and effectiveness of practices)
  • Align activities with the USDA NRCS California Strategic Plan, and priorities including plant productivity, water quality, water quantity, soil health/soil quality, and wildlife habitat while promoting NRCS practices and programs.

Required Skills:

  • Master’s Degree in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Agronomy or equivalent professional experience
  • Experience working with agricultural landowners and commodity groups.
  • Project Management, meeting coordination, and facilitation experience.
  • Good understanding of habitat restoration including plant ecology, site preparations, habitat installation, and maintenance.
  • Understanding of California agricultural sector including crop resource concerns and Integrated Pest Management issues.
  • Ability to travel locally to project sites (personal car required; mileage reimbursed). Valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • Understanding of state and federal regulatory guidelines for landscape modifications (NEPA, CEQA, Conservation Easements etc.)
  • Strong planning, implementation, and multitasking skills
  • Strong organizational and communication skills, including excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

Preferred Skills

  • Pollinator biology, conservation, and research experience (including native and managed bees, butterflies including monarchs, and other pollinators)
  • Knowledge of regulatory and conservation incentive programs, such as USDA Farm Bill Conservation programs, and state conservation programs
  • Pesticide applicators license
  • Bilingual (Spanish, English)

Compensation: $33 - $36 per hour (20 hours a week). Travel and other work-related expenses will be reimbursed. 1 year contract with opportunity for extension.

Location: California - Central Valley preferred. This is a remote position, and an office will not be provided.

To Apply: Please email cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references as one document to careers@pollinator.org by Friday, December 9.

Pollinator Partnership Indiana Partner Biologist

Location: Central Indiana Preferred (Specific Location Negotiable)

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin on November 29th and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Anticipated Start Date: December 2022

Pollinator Partnership (P2) is looking for an experienced and passionate professional who possesses the skills to expand and enhance USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and P2 pollinator programs working as P2’s Partner Biologist in Indiana. This individual will be a full-time employee of P2, working closely with NRCS Offices and their partners. This position will provide outreach, education, and technical assistance to a diversity of private landowners and partner organizations to accelerate adoption of pollinator and other wildlife conservation practices in Indiana. The P2 Partner Biologist will work in joint capacity with NRCS and other partner agencies to promote, coordinate, and implement conservation provisions of the Federal Farm Bill as it relates to pollinator habitat on private lands. Coverage area will primarily be focused within central Indiana, but will vary based on workload and program interest. This candidate should be a detailed and team-oriented professional, have a strong work ethic, and be committed to the mission and values of P2 and NRCS.

Principal Responsibilities and Tasks:

The Indiana Partner Biologist is responsible for the following duties and others as assigned:

  • Gain familiarity and expertise with Indiana specific NRCS conservation programs and procedures.
  • Utilize existing P2 program contacts and develop new relationships with stakeholders in the state.
  • Develop and provide NRCS with education and outreach material for the public through videos, stories, blogs, social media, newsletters, and other mediums.
  • Work with NRCS and other local partners to create short, engaging videos that introduce landowners and producers to pollinator-related NRCS conservation practices and implementation.
  • Work with P2 staff, other conservation partners, and farmers to tell Farm Bill program success stories through short videos and blog articles.
  • Conduct training workshops to teach agricultural land stewards about pollinator conservation.
  • Accelerate conservation program enrollment by working with NRCS, P2 contacts, and other partners.
  • Provide technical assistance for conservation practice implementation (pollinator habitat focus).
  • Complete site visits, assess current and planned habitat conditions using the wildlife habitat evaluation guides (WHEG),
  • Provide landowners technical assistance by developing pollinator/wildlife management plans, job sheets, and other required technical documentation for the conservation programs in cooperation with the NRCS staff and partners
  • Facilitate the development of monarch butterfly and pollinator habitat best management practices for
  • common scenarios, such as urban habitat, rural cropland or pasture conversion to pollinator habitat
  • Communicate program requirements to participants of USDA-NRCS conservation programs and other local and state programs.
  • Coordinate and routinely communicate with P2 colleagues, NRCS State, Area, and Field Office staff, and key partners in Indiana regarding project activities and status updates

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The Indiana Partner Biologist should possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • Ability to build trust and communicate clearly and effectively with farmers, landowners, and partners.
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision and with diverse clientele. Must be a motivated self-starter with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of the ecology of bees, butterflies, other pollinators, and natural enemies of crop pests.
  • Understanding of regional farming systems and crops, including pesticides and pesticide use, and experience with common agricultural practices of the Midwest
  • Knowledge of IPM practices, Conservation Biological Control, and other strategies for reducing negative impacts of pest management on pollinators and other beneficial insects
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to develop and give engaging presentations to audiences of more than twenty adults
  • Knowledge of wildlife ecology, grassland, wetland, and early succession habitat management including the ability to utilize various habitat management tools in the development of management plans.
  • Excellent plant identification skills, with specific familiarity with forbs, shrubs and trees most beneficial to pollinators.
  • Knowledge of conservation and wildlife habitat programs provided by federal, state, & local entities. In addition, knowledge of how these programs are implemented in an agricultural landscape is desired.
  • Strong organizational skills, time management, and attention to detail, with demonstrated ability to manage demanding workloads.
  • Comfortable working outside, willing and able to work across various habitat settings
  • Ability to travel throughout Central Indiana (with occasional travel to other parts of the state) to conduct site visits, workshops, record video interviews and interpretive content, and occasionally work from local USDA NRCS Field Office(s)
  • As a remote employee, individuals will need computer access and a workspace
  • Proficiency with Microsoft and Google Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.)
  • Valid driver’s license required; use of personal vehicle required with a mileage reimbursement provided.

Education and Experience Preferred: Any combination of training and/or experience that will enable the applicant to possess the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. A Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management or closely related natural resources field with a minimum of 2 years related experience is required. Proven experience working with USDA Farm Bill programs and map making utilizing GIS software (e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS, etc.) is highly preferred. The ideal candidate will exhibit a balance of technical knowledge and interpersonal skills required to implement voluntary conservation programs on private lands. Practical and/or professional experience in farming and agricultural disciplines is highly beneficial. The successful applicant must enjoy working with private landowners and producers to achieve their conservation objectives.

Schedule, Compensation, and Benefits: Full-time, salaried, exempt position, scheduled to work ~40 hours/week with some scheduling flexibility. Beginning salary range $45,000-$50,000, commensurate with experience. Travel, lodging, mileage, and per diem expenses will be reimbursed, but are not to exceed a set amount. This position includes a generous benefits package: twelve paid holidays, paid time off, paid health, vision, life, and dental insurance, option to participate in a 401k retirement program, and a flexible work environment.

Terms: Pollinator Partnership is an at-will employer. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s 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.

Duration: This is a 3-year grant-funded position running until September 2025 and may continue depending upon availability of funds.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should email your cover letter, resume, and 3 references combined as 1 PDF to Amber Barnes at ab@pollinator.org. Please name the email subject and attached PDF “P2 Indiana Partner Biologist – Last Name”

Pollinator Partnership Ohio Partner Biologist

Location: Eastern Ohio (Specific Location Negotiable)

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin on November 29th and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Anticipated Start Date: December 2022

Pollinator Partnership (P2) is looking for an experienced and passionate professional who possesses the skills to expand and enhance USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and P2 pollinator programs working as P2’s Partner Biologist in Ohio. This individual will be a full-time employee of P2, working closely with NRCS Area and Field Offices and their partners. This position will provide outreach, education, and technical assistance to a diversity of private landowners and partner organizations to accelerate adoption of pollinator and other wildlife conservation practices in Ohio. The P2 Partner Biologist will work in joint capacity with NRCS and other partner agencies to promote, coordinate, and implement conservation provisions of the Federal Farm Bill as it relates to pollinator habitat on private lands. Coverage area will primarily be focused within Eastern Ohio, but will vary based on workload and program interest. This candidate should be a detailed and team-oriented professional, have a strong work ethic, and be committed to the mission and values of P2 and NRCS.

Principal Responsibilities and Tasks:

The Ohio Partner Biologist is responsible for the following duties and others as assigned:

  • Gain familiarity and expertise with Ohio specific NRCS conservation programs and procedures.
  • Work towards and complete the necessary training to become a Certified Apprentice Planner.
  • Utilize existing P2 program contacts and develop new relationships with stakeholders in the state.
  • Develop and provide NRCS with education and outreach material for the public through videos, stories, social media, newsletters, and other mediums.
  • Work with NRCS and other local partners to create short, engaging videos that introduce landowners and producers to pollinator-related NRCS conservation practices and implementation.
  • Work with P2 staff, other conservation partners, and farmers to tell Farm Bill program success stories through short videos and blog articles.
  • Conduct training workshops to teach agricultural land stewards about pollinator conservation.
  • Accelerate conservation program enrollment by working with NRCS, P2 contacts, and other partners.
  • Provide technical assistance for conservation practice implementation (pollinator/wildlife habitat focus).
  • Complete conservation plans, implementation requirements, wildlife habitat evaluation guides, and other documentation for the conservation programs in cooperation with the NRCS staff and partners
  • Communicate program requirements, complete site visits, and develop contract documents for applicants and participants of USDA-NRCS conservation programs and other local and state programs
  • Review plans and specifications for feasibility under Farm Bill program contract rules, etc.
  • Facilitate the development of monarch butterfly and pollinator habitat best management practices for common scenarios, such as cropland or pasture conversion to pollinator habitat
  • Coordinate and routinely communicate with P2 colleagues, NRCS State, Area, and Field Office staff, and key partners in Ohio regarding project activities and status updates

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The Ohio Partner Biologist should possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • Ability to build trust and communicate clearly and effectively with farmers, landowners, and partners.
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision and with diverse clientele. Must be a motivated self-starter with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of the ecology of bees, butterflies, other pollinators, and natural enemies of crop pests, and the importance of their habitats for other wildlife.
  • Understanding of regional farming systems and crops, including pesticides and pesticide use, and experience with common agricultural practices of the Midwest
  • Knowledge of IPM practices, Conservation Biological Control, and other strategies for reducing negative impacts of pest management on pollinators and other beneficial insects
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to develop and give engaging presentations to audiences of more than twenty adults
  • Knowledge of wildlife ecology, grassland, wetland, and early succession habitat management including the ability to utilize various habitat management tools in the development of management plans.
  • Knowledge of conservation and wildlife habitat programs provided by federal, state, & local entities. In addition, knowledge of how these programs are implemented in an agricultural landscape is desired.
  • Strong organizational skills, time management, and attention to detail, with demonstrated ability to manage demanding workloads.
  • Comfortable working outside, willing and able to work across various habitat settings
  • Ability to travel throughout Eastern Ohio (with occasional travel to other parts of the state) to conduct site visits, workshops, record video interviews and interpretive content, and occasionally work from local USDA NRCS Field Office(s)
  • As a remote employee, individuals will need computer access and a workspace
  • Proficiency with Microsoft and Google Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.)
  • Valid driver’s license required; use of personal vehicle required with a mileage reimbursement provided.
  • Must be able to obtain USDA Federal Security Clearance.

Education and Experience Preferred: Any combination of training and/or experience that will enable the applicant to possess the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. A Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management or closely related natural resources field with a minimum of 2 years related experience is required. Proven experience working with USDA Farm Bill programs and map making utilizing GIS software (e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS, etc.) is highly preferred. The ideal candidate will exhibit a balance of technical knowledge and interpersonal skills required to implement voluntary conservation programs on private lands. Practical and/or professional experience in farming and agricultural disciplines is highly beneficial. The successful applicant must enjoy working with private landowners and producers to achieve their conservation objectives.

Schedule, Compensation, and Benefits: Full-time, salaried, exempt position, scheduled to work ~40 hours/week with some scheduling flexibility. Beginning salary range $45,000-$50,000, commensurate with experience. Travel, lodging, mileage, and per diem expenses will be reimbursed, but are not to exceed a set amount. This position includes a generous benefits package: twelve paid holidays, paid time off, paid health, vision, life, and dental insurance, option to participate in a 401k retirement program, and a flexible work environment.

Terms: Pollinator Partnership is an at-will employer. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s 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.

Duration: This is a 3-year grant-funded position running until September 2025 and may continue depending upon availability of funds.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should email your cover letter, resume, and 3 references combined as 1 PDF to Amber Barnes at ab@pollinator.org. Please name the email subject and attached PDF “P2 Ohio Partner Biologist – Last Name”