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Wisconsin Pollinator Conservation Specialist

The Xerces Society
$46,000 - $53,000, per year, commensurate with qualifications.
Closing date
Jan 6, 2022

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Conservation science
Job Level
Mid level
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JOB TITLE:  Wisconsin Pollinator Conservation Specialist

LOCATION:  Wisconsin

COMPENSATION:  $46,000 - $53,000, per year, commensurate with qualifications.

JOB START DATE:  March 2022

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Applications reviewed on a rolling basis, closed on January 10, 2022  


All applications must be submitted via our application website at:

Xerces is happy to provide accommodations for the job application process if needed.  If you need an accommodation to complete the job application process, please email


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 skilled and collaborative Pollinator Conservation Specialist who will provide habitat conservation technical support and training for Wisconsin farmers, land managers, and conservation agency staff.

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.

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.


Working as a member of the Xerces Society’s Pollinator Program team and reporting to the Xerces Society’s Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist (Great Lakes Region), the Wisconsin Pollinator Conservation Specialist will provide pollinator-related technical support and outreach to farmers, land managers, conservation agency staff (such as NRCS and conservation districts), and other partners across Wisconsin. In addition, this staff-person will help to spearhead the development and launch of a Pollinator Habitat Kit program in Wisconsin, building upon the successful models currently underway in other regions.

More specifically, this work will focus on providing guidance to farmers and other partners about the planning, planting, or management of habitat for bees, butterflies, and beneficial insects that help control crop pests and enhance soil health on agricultural lands. Technical support and outreach efforts may vary greatly depending on the needs of the individuals or communities being reached, ranging from on-the-ground field visits with individual producers, to responding to phone or email inquiries, to larger trainings and presentations at key events.  We see this position as a critical and exciting step forward as we expand Xerces’ reach and impact in Wisconsin, increasing native habitat quality and quantity in agricultural areas, along with the collective knowledge about pollinator habitat restoration among farming communities. 

The ideal candidate will have experience with native plant-based habitat restoration, native pollinator and beneficial insect ecology, and the diverse farming systems of Wisconsin.  Experience and comfort in a public outreach role will help the candidate succeed in this position.  


Working as a member of the Xerces Society’s Pollinator Program team, the Wisconsin Pollinator Conservation Specialist will:

  • Provide one-on-one technical support and advice to farmers and conservation agency staff on pollinator, monarch butterfly, bumble bee, beneficial insect, or wildlife habitat restoration projects, including the development of on-farm habitat demonstration sites.
  • Conduct public outreach, such as participating in farm tours, conferences, webinars, and other events to provide clear and cutting-edge information to agricultural audiences on how they can create pollinator and beneficial insect habitat and protect pollinators and other beneficial insects from pesticide risks.  Outreach may involve participating in partner events, or designing and coordinating our own events.
  • Support the development and launch of a regional Pollinator Habitat Kit program, building upon the successful models currently underway in other regions. This work will involve native plant selection and design; coordination with nurseries to ensure availability of key plants; and recruitment and support of farmer partners.
  • Assist in the creation and dissemination of technical guides on the kit program, habitat planning and restoration, seed mix design and specifications, and other technical materials and tools for use by farmers, the general public, and conservation agency staff.
  • Promote and collaborate with colleagues to amplify nationwide Xerces conservation initiatives such as Bee Better Certified, our Farming with Soil Life Initiative, sustainability consulting for the food industry and electric power industries, and technical assistance to the USDA-NRCS.
  • Respond to requests for information or assistance from Xerces Society team members, state and federal government agencies, conservation partners, the public, and the media.
  • Maintain regular communication with the remotely based Supervisor, including providing status reports on work plans, and progress reports.
  • Travel regularly in Wisconsin to meet with partners, conduct field visits, and participate in trainings/events.



  • Knowledge and experience in wildlife habitat planning, enhancement, restoration and management This could include experience with native plant establishment, weed or invasive species control, cover-cropping, grassland restoration, hedgerow design, riparian and wetland restoration, forestry conservation practices, etc. Experience in the Upper Midwest is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of the ecology of bees, butterflies, other pollinators, or beneficial insects.
  • Good understanding of the farming systems and crops. Specific experience in Midwest agriculture is a plus.
  • Ability to understand, interpret, synthesize, and effectively communicate complex scientific information related to invertebrate conservation, habitat restoration, pest management, plant establishment, pesticide usage, and impacts on invertebrates.
  • Basic knowledge of Integrated Pest Management practices, Conservation Biological Control, and other strategies for reducing negative impacts of pest management on pollinators and other beneficial insects.
  • Excellent written communication skills in English, including the ability to write clear emails, project reports, and technical conservation documents for diverse audiences.
  • A demonstrated successful history of collaborative work, experience working with partners and diverse audiences to share, develop, and collaborate on complex projects.
  • Exceptional verbal communication skills in English, as well as presentation and public speaking skills for diverse audiences.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to develop work plans, and work independently on assigned tasks.
  • Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Ability and willingness to work with diverse teams and constituents in a respectful, equitable, and inclusive fashion.
  • Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Ability to travel out-of-town for multiple days (sometimes on a monthly basis) to support conservation work across Wisconsin.


  • Close familiarity with the diverse eco-regions of Wisconsin.
  • Direct experience working with agricultural producers in Wisconsin.
  • Solid understanding of pesticides commonly used in Wisconsin agriculture; the risks posed to wildlife; and direct experience implementing risk-reduction strategies.
  • Familiarity with the diverse demographics of Wisconsin agriculture and direct experience with at least some of the distinctive agricultural systems of the state.
  • Knowledge of USDA Farm Bill conservation programs and the work of the NRCS, the Farm Service Agency (FSA), and local conservation districts.
  • Bilingual in Spanish or Hmong languages.





  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in natural resource management, ecology, agronomy, conservation biology, entomology, wildlife biology, horticulture, or more than 4 years of experience in conservation planning, agriculture, wildlife conservation, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Valid driver’s license in the United States and a motor vehicle records check allowing employee to be insured under Xerces corporate liability insurance
  • Must have current authorization to work in the United States with any employer.  Visa sponsorship is not provided for this position.


Be able to perform the following with reasonable breaks and/or accommodations:

  • Able to move and transport supplies, materials, equipment weighing up to 30 lbs.
  • Occasionally work in the field for 8-12 hours per day under adverse weather conditions.
  • Frequently traverse across agricultural roads and fields, unpaved roads and walkways, and unimproved trails for periods up to 8 hours.
  • Occasionally drive vehicle or fly by commercial airline for periods of up to 8 hours
  • Able to work in stationary position for periods up to 8 hours.

STATUS:  Full-Time, salaried, exempt position, scheduled to work ~ 40 hours/week with some scheduling flexibility. This is a remote (home-based) position that will require an applicant has internet access sufficient to meet the needs of the position as well as frequent and regular travel across Wisconsin. Ideal candidate will be based in Central, East Central, South Central, or Southeast Wisconsin (to complement the geographic locations of other Xerces staff in the region).

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:


All applications must be submitted via our application website at:


The Xerces Society is proud to be an 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;

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