Endangered Species Conservation Technician, The Xerces Society – Portland, OR, USA

Position Title:Endangered Species Conservation Technician
Position Type:Temporary Position
Application Review Begins:Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Application Deadline:Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Institution:The Xerces Society
Department/Division:Endangered Species
Field (e.g., systematics):Invertebrate Conservation
City:Portland, OR, USA
General Information:JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

JOB TITLE: Endangered Species Conservation Technician
JOB LOCATION: Portland, Oregon—with travel to the Great Basin
or -based (negotiable)
JOB START DATE: Seasonal- 4.5 month assignment, starting May 15, 2016

SCOPE: Under the direction of the Endangered Species Program Director, the Endangered Species Technician will join a growing team of conservation professionals to work to conserve some of the world’s most important animals. The Endangered Species Technician will conduct surveys on public lands of monarch butterflies, milkweed, and nectar plants in the Great Basin to inform their conservation and management; communicate with land managers; assist with management of geographical and informational data; develop written guidance on the management of a variety of imperiled invertebrate species; and assist the Endangered Species Program team with other conservation projects.

BACKGROUND:
The Xerces Society is an international nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. Butterflies, bees, dragonflies, beetles, worms, starfish, mussels, and crabs are but a few of the millions of invertebrates at the heart of a healthy . Invertebrates are essential to the reproduction of most flowering plants, including many fruits, vegetables, and nuts; they are food for birds, fish, and other animals; they build the stunning coral reefs in our oceans. Yet invertebrate populations are often imperiled by human activities and rarely accounted for in traditional conservation.

Established in 1971, and named after the extinct Xerces blue butterfly, the Xerces Society is at the forefront of invertebrate protection, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of local citizens to implement conservation and education programs. We protect endangered species and their habitats, produce ground-breaking publications on insect conservation, train thousands of farmers and land managers to protect and manage habitat for beneficial insects, and raise awareness about the invertebrates of forests, prairies, deserts, creeks, wetlands, and oceans. The Xerces Society is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, with regional staff in California, , Texas, Minnesota, , New Jersey, Wisconsin, , , and North Carolina.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Conduct field surveys on public lands for adult and neonate monarch butterflies, milkweed species, and nectar plants in the Great Basin, including Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, and California. Field surveys may last up to two weeks with flying or driving time (if based in Portland, OR) or shorter if based in Nevada
 Surveys will be conducted via vehicle roadside surveys and by foot
 Surveys will be completed independently at times; at other times, with Endangered Species Program staff, public land managers, and/or volunteers
• Communicate with public land managers about the project and coordinate survey access;
• Utilize GPS units and ArcMap to navigate and create maps of monarch and milkweed occurrence and other invertebrate species;
• Assist with data management of geographic and informational databases;
• Assist with workshops for land managers to identify and monitor milkweed and monarchs.
• Develop written guidance for the conservation and management of at-risk invertebrate species, including detailed scientific information on taxonomy, identification, distribution, habitat associations, and conservation needs;
• Assist the Endangered Species Program team with other conservation projects.

Qualifications/Requirements:KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:  REQUIRED:
• Knowledge of terrestrial invertebrates, natural communities, ecosystems, ecological processes, and conservation;
• Experience conducting fieldwork including monitoring plants and invertebrates, especially in remote locations and without supervision;
• Ability to use taxonomic keys and guide books to identify plants and invertebrates;
• Excellent written and oral communication skills;
• Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, GPS, ArcGIS software, and other common applications (Google Earth, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint);
• Extremely dependable, organized, and with attention to detail;
• Ability to work independently on assigned tasks including independent field work;
• Ability to travel and camp for extended periods of time (up to 2 weeks) to complete field surveys and have reasonable schedule flexibility if field plans change.

QUALIFICATIONS:
REQUIRED:
• Valid driver’s license, have a good driving record, and ability to drive an automatic transmission vehicle on unimproved roads in the backcountry;
• Legal authorization to work in the United States by hire date; and
• Bachelor’s degree

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
• Lift and move supplies, materials, equipment weighing up to 35 lbs;
• Hike on unimproved trails, sometimes at high elevation, carrying equipment, for periods of 10 hours; and
• Work in the field under potentially adverse weather conditions including hot temperatures for periods of 10 hours.

COMPENSATION: $15 per hour, approximately 30-50 hrs per week (average of 40 hrs).

STATUS:
Temporary, Hourly full-time position, scheduled to work approximately 30-50 hrs per week. Employment expected to be 6 months or less.

BENEFITS: This temporary position is eligible for Paid Time Off benefits, but not for health, or disability insurance benefits.

TERMS: The Xerces Society 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.

MORE INFORMATION: The Xerces Society is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity. For more information on the Xerces Society and our programs, please see our website, www.xerces.org.

Responsibilities:ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Conduct field surveys on public lands for adult and neonate monarch butterflies, milkweed species, and nectar plants in the Great Basin, including Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, and California. Field surveys may last up to two weeks with flying or driving time (if based in Portland, OR) or shorter if based in Nevada
 Surveys will be conducted via vehicle roadside surveys and by foot
 Surveys will be completed independently at times; at other times, with Endangered Species Program staff, public land managers, and/or volunteers
• Communicate with public land managers about the project and coordinate survey access;
• Utilize GPS units and ArcMap to navigate and create maps of monarch and milkweed occurrence and other invertebrate species;
• Assist with data management of geographic and informational databases;
• Assist with workshops for land managers to identify and monitor milkweed and monarchs.
• Develop written guidance for the conservation and management of at-risk invertebrate species, including detailed scientific information on taxonomy, identification, distribution, habitat associations, and conservation needs;
• Assist the Endangered Species Program team with other conservation projects.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.):APPLICATION: Individuals interested in this position should e-mail a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references as a single attachment in MS Word or Adobe PDF. Address the subject line of your email to “Endangered Species Technician- search”, and send to: careers@xerces.org

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis, with final closing date April 20, 2016

APPLICATION FOLLOW UP:
 Unfortunately, due to the volume of communications we are unable to respond to individual applicants inquiries.
 We ask that applicants do not contact our office via phone or email about their application.
 You will be contacted if selected for an interview.
 All applicants will receive email notification once position is filled.

Compensation Range:$15/hr
Contact Name:Mary Ann Lau, careers@xerces.org

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