Endangered Species Conservation Biologist Monarch Overwintering Specialist

Xerces Society Inc
California (US)
$26- $28/ Hourly Wage
Closing date
Aug 21, 2022

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Conservation science
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Employment Type
Full time


JOB TITLE: Endangered Species Conservation Biologist–Monarch Overwintering Specialist

LOCATION: Central Coast of California preferred, other areas in California may be considered.

COMPENSATION: $26.00-$28.00 per hour, commensurate with qualifications

JOB START DATE: October 1, 2022

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications reviewed on a rolling basis, closed on August 15, 2022


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

We are committed to creating a more diverse workforce that is welcoming to all employees and the communities we serve. As part of the application process, please be prepared to answer a brief essay question (1,000 characters or less) in which you describe any opportunities or experiences you have had working or collaborating in diverse, multicultural settings, and/or any actions you might take to help make a work setting be more inclusive for everyone

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 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 skilled and collaborative Monarch Overwintering Specialist who will provide habitat conservation technical support for managers of monarch butterfly overwintering habitat in California.

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 fully vaccinated for COVID-19.


Working as a member of the Xerces Society's Endangered Species team and reporting to the Endangered Species Senior Conservation Biologist—Western Monarch Lead, the Monarch Overwintering Specialist will coordinate with land managers to conduct site visits and then develop and facilitate implementation of management plans to benefit overwintering monarch habitat. This position will also provide restoration-focused technical assistance to partners and other stakeholders, lead trainings and field days, and assist with other western monarch tasks, as assigned.

You will work closely with other Xerces western monarch staff including the Endangered Species Conservation Biologist—Western Monarch Community Science position, state and federal land managers, private landowners, community scientists, and other local partners including NGOs and tribes. This position requires the candidate to work from a home office, and applicants should be sure they are able to accommodate work from home.


Working as a team with the Xerces Society Endangered Species staff, the Monarch Overwintering Specialist will:

· Conduct field visits to assess monarch overwintering habitat quality and status.

· Write overwintering site management plans which will include detailed guidance on forestry management practices and nectar plant enhancements.

· Coordinate habitat restoration activities in close partnership with land managers (e.g., developing scope of work for tree work, planting nectar plants).

· Develop partnerships with land managers and other stakeholders including representing the Xerces Society at professional conferences and local meetings through presentations.

· Coordinate and provide trainings and field days for land managers and other stakeholders on overwintering monarchs and their habitat.

· Develop additional information sharing opportunities for the land managers (e.g., plant lists, webinars, guidance documents).

· Address overwintering site protection issues including increasing awareness of habitat value and existing legal protections.

· Assist with Western Monarch Count monitoring and associated database maintenance.

· Respond to requests for information from Xerces Society team members, natural resource agencies, and the public about conserving monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

· Maintain regular communication with a remotely-based supervisor and other colleagues.

STATUS: Full-time, scheduled to work 40 hours/week. Position is hourly non-exempt. Schedule can be made flexible if consistent with work requirements.

BENEFITS: This position includes a generous benefits package: Twelve 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 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; https://xerces.org/job-opportunities.




· Natural resource management, forest restoration or arborist knowledge required. Must be familiar with California's central coast ecosystems, sustainable forestry, and natural resource conservation practices and principles.

· Experience planning and implementing habitat restoration projects, ideally in forests in California.

· Excellent partnership and communication skills in English, including the ability to write clear emails and management guidance. Ability to deliver presentations virtually and in the field.

· Strong organizational skills including ability to manage complex or multiple projects under deadline, while delivering quality results.

· Ability and willingness to work with diverse teams and constituents in a respectful, equitable, and inclusive fashion. Ability to work independently.

· Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Workspace, web browsers).

· Ability to travel out-of-town and overnight for multiple days as required by field season schedule


· Knowledge of western monarch biology, conservation issues, and overwintering habitat requirements.

· Understanding of and experience with wildfire risk reduction practices including fuels management.

· Working knowledge of geospatial mapping software (e.g., ArcPro, ArcGIS Online).



· Bachelor's degree in natural resource management, forestry, ecology, conservation biology, entomology, wildlife biology, horticulture, or more than 5 years of experience in conservation planning, 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:

· Occasionally work in the field for up to 8 hours per day under adverse weather conditions.

· Occasionally traverse across uneven terrain including trails and unpaved roads for periods up to 8 hours.

· Occasionally drive vehicle or fly by commercial airline for periods of up to 8 hours.

· Able to work on a computer for periods up to 8 hours.

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