Careers at Pollinator Partnership

Native Seed Steward

Program: Pollinator Partnership: Project Wingspan Across Chicagoland

Position: Native Seed Steward (Field) – 2

Location: Greater Chicago Area (Illinois)

Duration: Seasonal

Hours: Part-time flex


Pollinator Partnership (P2) seeks to hire two motivated native plant conservation individuals in the greater Chicago Wilderness Region. The Native Seed Stewards will make collections of native plant seed to support habitat enhancement efforts to address the alarming declines in native pollinator populations. This project is part of P2’s wider Monarch Wings Across America program (https://www.pollinator.org/monarch/mwaa).


Program Overview:

Project Wingspan Across Chicagoland (PWAC), is a native plant seed amplification program to support and increase the quality, quantity, and connectivity of habitat for imperiled native pollinators of the greater Chicago Wilderness Region including the monarch butterfly, the endangered rusty patched bumble bee, and others. The program will address threats of species extirpation due to habitat degradation, fragmentation, and loss by increasing supplies of local genotype native seed for plant species that are highly valued and in demand, yet are not commonly available through the native seed market, for habitat enhancement efforts. Seed from targeted species will be collected from key landscapes, grown out in quantity over several years, and then awarded to restoration projects within the Chicago Wilderness Region.


Position Overview:

The Native Seed Stewards (NSS) are contract field positions spanning 7 months, beginning late April 2020 through early November 2020; The positions are scheduled to resume in 2021 on a limited basis to make additional collections as necessary. The NSS(s) will conduct native seed collections, either independently or as a team of two, from a vetted list of highly desired plants as identified by program partners vital for pollinator habitat enhancement and restoration. The positions will require the ability to work a flexible monthly schedule due to the nature of flora phenology and associated responsibilities. Collections will be made at sites within the Forest Preserves of Cook County and the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge, managed by The Wetlands Initiative, in Putnam County, IL.


Responsibilities:

  • Work with PWAC project manager to learn detailed seed collection protocols (SOS model) and provide regular updates regarding scouting and collection activities.
  • Coordinate as necessary with program partners at project sites to gain information on approximate locations for viable populations suitable for collection.
  • Coordinate as necessary with the other Native Seed Steward. Transportation to and from sites (mileage will be reimbursed at the current federal rate).
  • Conduct in-field scouting missions during bloom periods.
  • Identify flora to species level using keys to flora.
  • Make seed collections during the appropriate time periods as dictated by various species’ phenologies and climate conditions, (May through November).
  • Ensure that all required population scouting data, GPS location data, seed collection data, and photos are properly recorded, using a self-provided smart phone or tablet.
  • Provide suitable location(s) to properly dry seed collections before shipping.


Qualifications:

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Flexibility/ability to work varying hours across the project timeline in accordance with the growing season so as to conduct timely scouting events and seed collection activities.
  • A degree in botany, plant science, ecology, restoration ecology, or a related field; Or a minimum of 3 years’ experience identifying Midwest native plants in the field (e.g. native plant monitoring, restoration, seed collection, etc.).
  • Strong Midwest plant identification skills (to species) and knowledge of plant taxonomy and plant biology. Familiarity with plants of the Chicagoland Wilderness Region’s prairie and woodland-edge ecosystems.
  • Experience using Flora ID Keys. Experience using dichotomous keys preferred.
  • Experience scouting, planning, and conducting seed collections (through SOS programs or other seed handling/collecting work).
  • Experience recording accurate and detailed field data records.
  • Experience working with agency, academic, private, or nonprofit partners to coordinate, plan, and execute fieldwork on public or private lands.
  • Capable of conducting field work and hiking for extended periods in uneven/rough terrain, and in potentially in harsh environmental conditions, (cold, heat, biting insects, etc.). The ability to carry personal gear, food, and water in addition to flora keys, collection materials, and seed collections weighing up to 25 pounds is expected. First aid training preferred.
  • Proficiency working with smart phone apps.


Compensation:

$15.00 for field work hours. Travel time will be paid at half wage ($7.50/hour) in addition to mileage reimbursed at the current federate rate of 57.5 cents/mile. Total hours estimated to be 48 per month.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should email the following information to Elizzabeth Kaufman at ek@pollinator.org by Sunday April 19th, 2020.

  • 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 “PWAC– Last Name”
  • An inability to following the instructions above will result in an automatically rejected application.
  • Deadline for applications Sunday April 19th, 2020.

No phone calls please


About Pollinator Partnership

Pollinator Partnership (P2) 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. For more information, visit www.pollinator.org.

Program and Administrative Coordinator

Program and Administrative Coordinator Full-Time Position

Pollinator Partnership (P2) is looking for an experienced and passionate professional who possesses the skills to assist the Director of Programs and Operations in program, administrative and development activities for a small non-profit organization. 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 also be interested in conservation and pollinator issues.


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. 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 (percentages vary depending on needs):

70% - Program and Administrative Support

  • Support Director of Programs and Operations on a daily basis in managing P2’s 20+ programs
  • Assist in conference planning and meeting facilitation
  • Coordinate and work directly with program key staff and partners
  • Project research and report writing
  • Assist with administrative activities including HR, finance, and Board of Directors coordination

30% - Development and Fundraising

  • Donor development activities
  • Grant research and writing
  • Fundraising event planning


Required Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science or a related field (MS preferred)
  • Project Management experience (2+ years’ experience preferred)
  • Strong planning, implementation, and multitasking skills
  • Strong communication and facilitation skills
  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented, resourceful and flexible
  • Ability to meet deadlines and plan effectively to meet realistic project goals
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel


Preferred Skills:

  • Development, fundraising, and grant writing experience
  • Event planning and contractor management
  • Graphic Design capabilities with an understanding of the Adobe Design Suite


Compensation: $40,000 – $50,000. Compensation will be based on experience and qualifications.

Location: San Francisco, CA

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume as one document to kr@pollinator.org by Friday, April

10, 2020.

No phone calls please.

Monarch Wings Across California Part-Time Project Coordinator

Monarch Wings Across California (MWAC) Coordinator

Pollinator Partnership (P2) seeks to hire a motivated and detail-oriented individual in Merced County, California. The Project Coordinator will provide programmatic support for Monarch Wings Across California (MWAC), a collaborative monarch butterfly habitat initiative with numerous partners in the Los Banos, CA region. MWAC is a multi-component project to address the alarming decline in the western population of the monarch butterfly and the fragmentation of habitat through the installation of long-term habitat, monitoring, and the dissemination of BMPs. This project is part of P2’s wider Monarch Wings Across America program (https://www.pollinator.org/monarch/mwaa).

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

This position is a mix of office and field work. The MWAC Coordinator is responsible for the following duties and others as assigned:

  • Work with and report to project lead based in San Francisco, CA
  • Collaborate with partners and landowners to develop a habitat implementation plan at three rural sites near Los Banos, CA
  • Work directly with landowners and contractors to coordinate and execute habitat installation
  • Site evaluations and plant establishment assessments
  • Conduct plant-pollinator monitoring and data collection including richness and abundance, and site characteristic monitoring (plant lists and photographs)
  • Assist project lead in planning and leading in-person training workshops
  • Manage time efficiently and work independently
  • Organize and manage travel within a set budget

Personal and Professional Qualifications

The MWAC Coordinator should possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • Degree in natural resource management, biology, botany, ecology or related field
  • Field research and monitoring experience
  • Experience in conservation partnerships, project management, and technical training
  • Habitat restoration experience highly preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal, planning and implementation skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to communicate directly with partners and landowners
  • Dependable, well-organized, and detail-oriented
  • Should be comfortable working outside, willing and able to work across various habitat settings
  • Computer literate (MS Office programs)
  • Local travel will be mandatory. Access to a vehicle, valid driver’s license, insurance, and clean driving record are required
  • As a remote employee, individuals will need a computer, internet, and work-space access

About Pollinator Partnership

Pollinator Partnership (P2) 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. 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.


Location:
Merced County, California – project locations near Los Banos, CA.

Deadline to apply: Friday, February 14, 2020.

Schedule: This position is part-time and seasonal, with an average commitment of 70 hours per month. Work schedule is flexible.

Compensation: This is a contract position at $25 per hour. Travel, lodging, mileage, and per diem expenses will be reimbursed, but are not to exceed a set amount. This is a part-time position and medical benefits will not be offered.

Duration: This position will begin in February 2020 and continue through March 2022.

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 “MWAC Coordinator – Last Name”
  • An inability to following the instructions above will result in an automatically rejected application.

No phone calls please.