Program Manager, Ecologist
Tucson, AZ Programs
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The position focuses on the production of Sonoran Institute's Living River reports. The production of these reports will require data collection, analysis, and scientific writing for a layperson audience. This position requires the ability to assist the program director with partner engagement to ensure expectations are met and exceeded.

As a Program Manager (PM) the Ecologist must balance responsibilities associated with project oversight with the technical needs associated with data collection, analysis, and report writing. Also, a fair number of duties are associated with outreach to the community and collaboration with internal and external team members. This position requires both attention to detail on project deliverables and the ability to assist the Associate Director, Santa Cruz River (AD, SCR) with the creation and implementation of broad initiative-wide strategic goals and objectives. As the local face of the Santa Cruz River initiative, the Ecologist will be fluent in both the anthropocentric and bio centric aspects of the river system with partners, the media, and funders.


  • Leads collection, management, and interpretation of data related to project work
  • Performs GIS-based mapping, spatial analyses, and database integration and management, as well as custom GIS analyses 
  • Ensures data security, reliability, and quality
  • With oversight from AD, SCR, shares/exchanges information with state, county, and local governments; federal and private agencies; and nonprofit partners to facilitate the optimum and most efficient use of data
  • Stays current on relevant research, literature, and events pertaining to project work
  • Collaborates with Institute staff on relevant projects  
  • Supports AD, SCR with a variety of partner and stakeholder meetings related to project work
  • Prepares materials for meetings and workshops, and provides logistical support for workshops and conferences

Education and Experience  

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant scientific discipline
  • A commitment to natural resource conservation.

Required Skills and Experience 

  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office 365 Suite.
  • Basic knowledge of management and use of databases.
  • Basic knowledge of ArcGIS software.
  • Basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and/or publication design and layout.
  • Organized, attention to detail, able to multi-task.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently – Initiative is a must.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Proficient in Spanish language.
  • Previous experience or education related to conservation policy
  • Willingness to handle some general administrative tasks

Geographic Location: Tucson, Arizona

This position is a temporary part-time position from time of hire through December 31, 2022.

Salary: 20 hours per week, $18-$20 per hour (based on qualifications and experience).

This position is open until filled. We will be reviewing applications and scheduling interviews on a rolling basis and encourage you to submit your resume and cover letter as soon as possible.

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