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Invasive Species Program Coordinator (Full-time/Temporary) 


With the recent launch of the Sonoran Desert Cooperative Weed Management Area (SD-CWMA), the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has become a center of invasive species education, control efforts, and research in southern Arizona. The main focus of the SD-CWMA is to reduce the impact of well-established invasive plant species that are changing the Sonoran Desert ecosystem (e.g., buffelgrass, fountain grass, red bromes) and emergent plant species with the potential to drastically change the local ecosystem (e.g., stinknet). The Invasive Species Program Coordinator will help advance the goals of the SD-CWMA and the Desert Museum science team. The position has four main functions:

Administration/Coordination: As part of the administration of the SD-CWMA, they will coordinate CWMA meetings, trainings, and events, and assist with invasive species project planning and grant reporting.

Data Management: An important part of this position will be the management of data relevant to grant applications and grant reporting as well as curation of data collected as part of ongoing and new research projects.

Outreach and Education: The successful candidate will work collaboratively with members of the CWMA and Museum staff to build invasive species outreach and education programs that target a wide variety of audiences and will serve as a point person for community outreach.

Field Work: A large part of this position demands time in the field, often in rugged terrain and in challenging environmental conditions. They will oversee contracted weed control activities as well as lead volunteer projects, and as such must be able to supervise diverse teams. There may be other supervisory responsibilities for interns and volunteers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Organizes, coordinates and administers the activities of the SD-CWMA as well as CWMA sub-committees, which are made up by representatives from the federal, state, county and city government agencies, research institutions, and citizen groups.
  • Establishes and maintains liaison relationships with public and private agencies, organizations and groups involved in invasive species control efforts.
  • Oversees contracted weed control activities in a variety of field locations in southern Arizona.
  • Monitors grants, program contracts and/or contractor performance and prepares grant program reports and materials for management review.
  • Leads volunteer invasive species projects and delivers public invasive species education and training events.
  • Builds and maintains invasive species outreach and education programs that target a wide variety of audiences.
  • Plans and coordinates Museum and partner activities, including a strategic outreach and education campaign, for “Save our Saguaros-Beat Back Buffelgrass Month”.
  • Works with science staff to assist invasive species related research and curation of resulting data.
  • Works with science staff to write and submit grant applications and prepare/review proposals.

Supervisory Responsibilities
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Applicants please note: This position was opened on April 14, 2021 and does not have a closing date. It is considered open until filled; however, application review will begin immediately. Please understand that if offered a position, you will, as a final condition of employment, be required to successfully complete a pre-employment drug screen and provide a satisfactory 39-month DMV report.


Position Requirements

Education and/or Experience
Bachelor's degree from four-year College or university; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Language Skills
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Mathematical Skills
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Computer Skills
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have one-year experience as a database user. In addition, the individual should have knowledge of spreadsheet and word processing software. Basic GIS skills would be a plus!

Certificates and Licenses

  • Must have or be able to obtain State of AZ Certified Pesticide Applicator License. The Museum will assist the employee in obtaining this license.
  • Valid Arizona Driver's License, or ability to obtain, and a satisfactory 39-month DMV report

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to speak effectively to the general public
  • Detail oriented
  • Spanish and O'odham language skills are a plus

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

The Invasive Species Program Coordinator must be able to use a backpack sprayer to apply herbicide to invasive plant species in rugged conditions. Backpack sprayers typically hold 3 or 4 gallons of water.

The Invasive Species Program Coordinator must be able to dig and pull large clumps of grass using heavy dig bars. They must be able to bend and squat while exerting force.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The individual is frequently required to work in high, precarious places and be able to deal with outdoor weather. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The above description reflects a general overview of the responsibilities, reporting relationships and position requirements for this job classification. It is not intended to be a complete description of all duties and requirements that may be inherent in the position.

EOE Statement We are an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. For this position, we are seeking candidates who are U.S. citizens or permanent green card holders. We believe that inclusive teams with diverse perspectives are essential to our success and encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply, within the remit of the eligibility criteria.  
Open Date 4/14/2021  

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