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Northeast Regional Partner Biologist

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin on February 17th, 2023 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Anticipated Start Date: Early March 2023

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 the Northeastern United States. 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 New York and throughout the Northeast. 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. This position will be based in Central New York, but will provide remote support to several other Northeastern states. 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 Northeastern Regional Partner Biologist is responsible for the following duties and others as assigned:

  • Gain familiarity and expertise with Northeast specific NRCS conservation programs and procedures

  • Utilize existing P2 program contacts and develop new relationships with stakeholders in the region

  • Work towards and complete the necessary training to become a Level I Planner

  • Conduct outreach to agricultural producers and others currently involved in P2 programs regarding applicable Farm Bill resources available for pollinator habitat development

  • Develop drafts of technical documents and videos promoting pollinators and pollinator habitat

  • Work with and assist USDA staff and other agency and NGO partners in providing pollinator-related educational outreach and training to NRCS staff, partners, producers, and landowners through in-person and virtual events with a special focus on urban agriculture

  • Plan and conduct training workshops to teach agricultural land stewards about pollinator conservation

  • Participate in NRCS State Technical Advisory Committee meetings on a regular basis

  • Develop and provide NRCS with education and outreach material for the public through videos, stories, social media, newsletters, and other mediums

  • 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 the Northeast regarding project activities and status updates


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
The Northeastern Regional 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

  • 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.

  • Understanding of regional farming systems and crops, including pesticides and pesticide use, and experience with common agricultural practices of the Northeast

  • Knowledge of IPM practices, Conservation Biological Control, and other strategies for reducing negative impacts of pest management on pollinators and other beneficial insects

  • Strong organizational skills, time management, and attention to detail, with demonstrated ability to manage demanding workloads

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to develop and give engaging presentations to audiences of more than twenty adults

  • Comfortable working outside, willing and able to work across various habitat settings

  • Ability to travel throughout New York (with occasional travel to other Northeastern states) to conduct site visits, workshops, and occasionally work from Syracuse State Office and other local USDA NRCS Field Office(s)

  • 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 provide

  • Must be able to obtain USDA Federal Security Clearance

  • While a part-time workstation will be available at the Syracuse State Office, individuals will also need an at-home workspace with computer access for telework and a reliable personal vehicle


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 $50,000-55,000, 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 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 position is funded through a 3-year agreement with the NRCS which will run until September 2025 and may continue depending upon availability of funds.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should apply by filling out the form at this link: https://form.jotform.com/230227867556060

NAPPC Coordinator

Full-Time Position

Pollinator Partnership (P2) is looking for an experienced and passionate professional who possesses the skills to promote and facilitate collaborative conservation for pollinators across 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 meeting planning and facilitation, partnerships, and international collaboration.

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.

About NAPPC:

P2 founded and administers the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC). NAPPC is a growing, collaborative body of more than 170 diverse partners, including respected scientists, researchers, conservationists, government officials, and dedicated volunteers. NAPPC's mission is to encourage the health of resident and migratory pollinating animals in North America. For more information, visit www.nappc.org.


Principal Responsibilities:

  • Connect with government agencies and support a variety of pollinator activities to build national and international cooperation and conservation success
  • Plan and coordinate the Annual NAPPC Conference, typically hosted in Washington, DC
  • Facilitate and seek guidance from the NAPPC Steering Committee
  • Liaise with and assist approximately 10 Task Forces, their Co-Chairs, and members
  • Facilitate communication among NAPPC partners
  • Manage, promote, and fundraise for NAPPC Habitat and Research Grant programs related to Honey Bee Health, Lepidoptera Conservation, and Imperiled Bumble Bee Conservation
  • Manage and promote NAPPC awards programs
  • Assist with NAPPC external communications including website, social media, and publication content
  • Think creatively and strategically about NAPPC activities and bring new ideas to the collaborative
  • Innovate ways to streamline, expand, and promote NAPPC’s framework
  • Lead fundraising for NAPPC sponsorship campaigns
  • Recruit new partners to the coalition

Required Skills:

  • Degree in Environmental Science, Public Policy, International Relations, Communications, or other relevant fields
  • Event planning and meeting facilitation experience (3+ years’ experience preferred)
  • Strong communication skills, verbal and written
  • Experience in diverse stakeholder engagement, partnership building, facilitation
  • Experience with virtual meeting and event platforms such as Zoom
  • Strong planning, implementation, and multitasking skills
  • Basic understanding pollinator conservation (scientific background not needed)
  • Experience fundraising and grant writing
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

Preferred Skills

  • Multilingual (Spanish, English, French)

Compensation: $60,000-$65,000. Compensation will be based on experience and qualifications. Medical and retirement benefits will be provided. Travel and expenses will be reimbursed.

Location: Washington, DC area.

To Apply: Please email cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references as one document to careers@pollinator.org by Friday, January 6, 2023.

No phone calls please.

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. This position will remain open until filled.