Endangered Species Conservation Biologist

California (US)
$21.65 - $24.52 per hour; approximately $45,000 - $51,000 per year, commensurate with experience.
Jan 27, 2021
Feb 23, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

JOB TITLE:  Endangered Species Conservation Biologist

LOCATION:  California; preferred location Sacramento, CA, negotiable

COMPENSATION: $21.65 - $24.52 per hour; approximately $45,000 - $51,000 per year, commensurate with experience.

JOB START DATE:  March 15, 2021



All applications must be submitted via our application website at:  http://bit.ly/xerces-jobs

Xerces provides accommodations for the job application process if needed.  If you need an accommodation to complete the job application process, please email reasonable.accomodation@xerces.org.


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 and pollinator conservation specialists in California and launch a statewide bumble bee atlas community science project with an eye toward comprehensive conservation planning for California’s bumble bees.

At Xerces, we harness the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of the public to implement conservation programs.  We take action by helping farms and public agencies develop conservation plans for pollinators and beneficial insects, producing ground-breaking publications on insect conservation, training thousands of farmers and land managers to protect and manage habitat for beneficial insects, protecting endangered species and their habitat, and engaging the public to raise awareness about invertebrates found on farms, forests, prairies, deserts, streams, wetlands, towns and cities. Our methods focus on habitat conservation planning, education, scientific analysis, advocacy, and applied research to conserve invertebrates, such as bees, butterflies, mollusks, and fireflies.


Reporting to the Xerces Society’s Endangered Species Program Bumble Bee Lead (Portland, OR office) and working in collaboration with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, other regional bumble bee atlas field staff, the Xerces Society’s California staff, the Endangered Species Conservation Biologist will launch a new initiative to conduct a statewide bumble bee atlas project in California using community science.

Building off the success of the Xerces Society’s bumble bee atlas projects in the Pacific Northwest, Nebraska, and Missouri, the successful candidate, working with state and regional partners, will develop and manage a statewide community science project, use emerging science (from this project and beyond) to develop effective land management strategies for bumble bees and other pollinators throughout California, and support the Pacific Northwest bumble bee atlas.

The Endangered Species Conservation Biologist will collaboratively focus on developing and implementing sampling protocols, coordinating and communicating with partners and community scientists, organizing and delivering training events, conducting field-based habitat and bumble bee surveys, and identifying bumble bees from photographs submitted by project participants. The successful applicant will also conduct outreach to California’s diverse communities to encourage participation in this community science project and other conservation initiatives that support the mission of the Xerces Society. The ideal candidate will have excellent outreach and presentation skills, as well as experience managing community science programs, developing and conducting field-based pollinator research projects, developing and implementing evidence-based conservation plans, and have extensive experience identifying bumble bees (Bombus spp.) that occur in the western U.S. This position will be based in the Xerces Society Field Office in Sacramento, CA (other nearby locations will also be considered).


Working as a team with the Xerces Society Endangered Species and Pollinator Program staff, the person who fills this position will:

  • Develop and conduct a statewide California Bumble Bee Atlas; engage key partners and harness the participation of community scientists.
  • Coordinate and provide educational training workshops to community scientists on bumble bee conservation, survey techniques, and species identification.
  • Accurately identify bumble bees from submitted photos and maintain a database of observations and associated data.
  • Analyze collected data (and data from other sources) for spatial patterns and communicate results using ArcGIS Online, or similar tools.
  • Use appropriate communication channels (website, social media, traditional media, email, etc.) to coordinate with project volunteers, project partners, and the general public.
  • Use data gathered from the Atlas project (and other sources) to develop a comprehensive conservation plan(s) for California bumble bees.
  • Assist Xerces Society Program Staff and their partners develop evidence-based conservation plans.
  • During the field-season (approximately May - September) spend ~25% of the time conducting fieldwork, including bumble bee surveys and habitat assessments, at times in remote regions of the state.
  • Travel out-of-town for multiple days (approximately 5 overnights per month during the field season – potentially more during some months) to support the bumble bee atlas and related projects. (Note: current overnight travel requirements are dependent on the status of COVID-19).
  • Support the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas Project.
  • Engage in other endangered species and pollinator research, education, outreach, restoration, and conservation projects and campaigns.




  • Strong knowledge of and experience with bumble bee survey, identification, and conservation techniques (similar experience with other invertebrate taxa will be considered).
  • Experience working with community scientists and building diverse coalitions.
  • Ability and willingness to work collaboratively with other Xerces Society staff members and with a wide variety of partners, stakeholders, and diverse teams and constituents in a respectful, equitable, and inclusive fashion.
  • Possession of a strong conservation ethic.
  • An understanding of the conservation organizations that work in California and an ability to develop partnerships to further the goals of our conservation project(s).
  • Knowledge of spatial data analysis (including the use of ArcGIS software, tools and applications).
  • Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to write clear emails, conservation plans, and technical documents for diverse audiences.
  • Exceptional verbal communication, presentation, and public speaking skills for diverse audiences that include community scientists, land managers, conservation partners, and others.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple, complex projects, to prioritize work, and to consistently deliver high quality work products on schedule.
  • Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).


  • Specific familiarity with California bumble bees and conservation issues.
  • Experience with habitat occupancy modeling.
  • Proven capacity to manage databases, including database development, management, and query.
  • Knowledge of native plant and weed identification in California.
  • Web design and social media communication experience.
  • Project management skills including staff and/or volunteer oversight.



  • Bachelor’s degree (graduate degree preferred) in natural resource management, ecology, conservation biology, entomology, wildlife biology, or similar. More than 4 years of experience in conservation planning, pollinator or wildlife conservation, or equivalent combination of education and experience can substitute for the required degree.
  • Valid driver’s license.


  • Bilingual (English and Spanish) or multilingual (including English and Spanish).


  • Able to move and transport supplies, materials, and equipment weighing up to 30 lbs;
  • Work outdoors in the field for 8-10 hours per day under potentially adverse weather conditions;
  • Frequently traverse across agricultural roads and fields, unpaved roads and walkways, and unimproved trails for periods of 8 hours.
  • Drive a vehicle for periods of up to 8 hours.
  • Operate a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a telephone, copy machine, and computer printer for periods of 1-8 hours.

STATUS:  Full-Time, hourly non-exempt position, scheduled to work ~ 40 hours/week.  Schedule can be made flexible and opportunity for partial remote work location can be made, 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 identity 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


All applications must be submitted via our application website at:  http://bit.ly/xerces-jobs


The Xerces Society is proud to be Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer including disability and veterans.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.


We request priority referral of protected veterans for all openings with our organization.  In order to be considered for employment, all applicants for employment with Xerces Society, apply through our Job Board. When referring or being referred as a candidate, including protected veterans, please refer them to this applicant site; https://xerces.org/job-opportunities.

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