JOB TITLE: Endangered Species Conservation Biologist – Fireflies
LOCATION: Preferably in the Southeast or Mid-Atlantic region, other Eastern US locations may be considered
COMPENSATION: $46,000 - $53,000 per year; starting, commensurate with qualifications
JOB START DATE: January 2022
APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 30, 2021
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Come join a growing team of conservation professionals at the Xerces Society who are dedicated to protecting some of the world’s most important animals. We are seeking a motivated expert who can join our team of Endangered Species conservation biologists to launch a new Firefly Atlas initiative with an eye toward comprehensive conservation planning for North American fireflies.
At Xerces, we harness the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of the public to implement conservation programs. We take action by conducting applied research to advance invertebrate conservation, engaging the public in community science efforts to track the status of imperiled species, producing ground-breaking publications on insect conservation, training thousands of land managers and farmers to protect and manage habitat for beneficial insects, and advocating for the protection of endangered species and their habitat. Our methods focus on education, scientific analysis, advocacy, applied research, community science, and habitat restoration to conserve invertebrates, including bees, butterflies, mollusks, and fireflies.
Note: In our effort to keep our employees, partners, clients and the public safe, Xerces Society follows a mandatory vaccination policy, requiring employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19.
WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING:
Reporting to the Xerces Society’s Endangered Species Program Firefly Lead (Portland, OR office) and working in collaboration with other Xerces Society conservation staff and project partners, the Endangered Species Conservation Biologist will focus on developing and launching a new nationwide Firefly Atlas initiative, with an initial focus in three targeted areas: the Southwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast.
The successful candidate will help develop and manage a large, national project that engages land managers, biologists, researchers, and community scientists in effective conservation science, while increasing awareness of firefly conservation and helping to develop effective, evidence-based habitat management recommendations. The Endangered Species Conservation Biologist will collaboratively focus on developing survey protocols and conservation guidance, launching a new Firefly Atlas website, coordinating with partners and land managers, organizing and delivering training events, conducting surveys, assisting with species identification (Lampyridae spp.), and providing ongoing support and technical expertise to Xerces staff, partners, and the public. The Endangered Species Conservation Biologist will also write scientific listing petitions to request that some of the most imperiled firefly species be listed under the Endangered Species Act. In addition, the Endangered Species Conservation Biologist will use data from this project to inform best management practices and species assessments and make recommendations for the conservation of imperiled and data deficient firefly species across the US.
The ideal candidate will have a strong scientific background, and also have excellent outreach and presentation skills, as well as experience managing projects, developing and conducting field-based research projects, writing management guidance, and contributing to evidence-based species assessments and conservation plans. The ability to work collaboratively and build lasting conservation partnerships with diverse groups of people will be crucial to the candidate’s success. This position will be based in a home office in the eastern U.S., preferably in the southeast or the Mid-Atlantic region.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Working as a team with other Xerces Society Endangered Species staff, the person who fills this position will:
Full-time, salaried, exempt position, scheduled to work ~40 hours/week. Schedule can be made flexible consistent with work requirements.
BENEFITS: This position includes a generous benefits package: eleven paid holidays including two floating holidays that may be used for a personal or religious holiday observed by the employee or other occasion per policy; paid time off; paid health, dental, and disability insurance; option to participate in a pre-tax flexible spending account for medical and dependent care expenses; participation in a 401k retirement program upon eligibility; and a flexible work environment.
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. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identify and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.
MORE INFORMATION: For more information on the Xerces Society and our programs, please see our website: www.xerces.org.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
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KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE:
Be able to safely perform the following with reasonable breaks and/or reasonable accommodations: