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Seasonal Project Coordinator in Pollinator Research

Butterfly Pavilion
Broomfield, Colorado, US
Closing date
May 16, 2024

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Academic / Research
Informatics / GIS
Salary Type
Employment Type
Temporary / Seasonal
Job DescriptionJob Description
Title: Seasonal Project Coordinator in Pollinator Research

Position reports to: Target Species Manager

About Butterfly Pavilion: Here at Butterfly Pavilion, we transform the way people think about invertebrates. These small but mighty animals that surround us are so much more than people think. They are everywhere because everything depends on them. They are the hidden heroes of the animal kingdom. As the leader in invertebrate knowledge, inspiration, and connection, Butterfly Pavilion works to foster an appreciation of these critical animals by educating the public about the need to protect and care for threatened habitats globally, while conducting research for solutions in invertebrate conservation. Whether it is providing unique, hands-on learning experiences in our exhibits and educational programs, conducting new research that sets the standard for zoos across the country or building innovative solutions for species and habitat conservation in countries around the world, Butterfly Pavilion is leading the way in ensuring invertebrates are protected for the future.

Looking forward, we are committed to providing the most enriching experience for our audience, being recognized as a scientific authority, and being a leading educational resource on invertebrates. To this end, Butterfly Pavilion has begun the early stages of launching a $40 million Capital Campaign to expand Butterfly Pavilion into the Center for Invertebrate Research and Conservation (CIRC) in a brand new, state-of-the-art facility in 2022.

A large part of who we are as an organization is how we interact with each other. Valuing our facility, guests, donors, and our team is a priority, without these puzzle pieces we can't make it all work, these Core Values guide us throughout our day. We Love What We Do at Butterfly Pavilion, we Make Science Cool by Going Above and Beyond for all guests, donors, and team members while also Leading Change in invertebrate conservation. We Know Our Stuff and work to have a healthy culture by Being Positive and Welcoming to All. These aren't just words, but words for us to live by here at Butterfly Pavilion.

Core Values:

Make Science Cool: Science has the power to change the world and education is where it starts. We immerse our guests in the world of invertebrates, creating a safe, comfortable atmosphere to make connections to nature, filling guests with wonder and inspiring them to embrace their role as stewards of our environment.

Go Above and Beyond: It is "our job" to find a solution, even if we did not create the problem. We never stop with okay, instead striving for world class in all we do.

Love What You Do: As a conservation organization, we are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do the work we do each day. Independent of role, project, or task, we stand behind that work with an unwavering belief in the significance of our efforts to support our mission, knowing our passion will inspire others to join our efforts.

Be Positive: We approach challenges with vibrant optimism. Always assuming positive intent, we embrace a productive problem-solving attitude and a supportive team-oriented atmosphere.

Know Your Stuff: We are the experts on invertebrates and their conservation. We are well-informed and present knowledge in a way that is accessible to the public and allows us to embrace our role as a community leader locally and globally.

Lead Change: We approach our work with a sense of exploration and adventure, pioneering new ways to view the world in which we live. As problem solvers, we seek new ways of tackling challenges and approaching opportunities.

Welcome All: We pride ourselves in embracing diversity of thoughts, beliefs, and lifestyles. We embrace a kind, compassionate, and engaging approach, welcoming all people in the work we do. We seek a competency of cultural understanding and social responsibility to make it as easy as possible for others to join us in conserving our natural world.

FLSA: Technician/Staff

Hourly Rate: $21/hr

Location: BLM Lands in Colorado and Butterfly Pavilion

Housing, food stipend and vehicles: Housing, food stipend provided when in the field.

Commitment: 28 weeks (May to December 2024) 40 hours per week (8 hours per day). This position will require fieldwork and onsite work. The first week will be onsite for training and onboarding.

Position Summary: The Research Seasonal Project Coordinator spends 40 hours/week fulfilling the research and conservation goals involving the BLM Lands pollination grant at Butterfly Pavilion, working in close cooperation with the Target Species Manager, Research Species Identification Specialist, Vice President of Science and Conservation, and Fieldwork Technicians. Work duties include project management, overseeing staff, managing and analyzing data, and report writing.

Butterfly Pavilion is currently seeking a creative, highly motivated, and energetic individual to assist in the support and management of a BLM Lands pollination grant conducting fieldwork, overseeing staff, data management and analyses, and report writing as part of a team of talented and experienced staff, interns, and volunteers.

The Research Seasonal Project Coordinator will assist in overseeing two field technicians from June to September 2024. They will oversee staff, working with their field schedule, assisting in fieldwork, identification and preservations of diurnal invertebrate pollinators, managing and analyzing data, and report writing. After September 2024, the Research Seasonal Project Coordinator will work along with the Species Identification Specialist in learning about insect taxonomy, supporting identification and report writing.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities:
  • Provide active, self-motivated participation in Butterfly Pavilion's research and conservation goals.
  • Communicate with Butterfly Pavilion staff (particularly the Target Species Manager) daily.
  • Responsible for staff oversight (2 field technicians and 1 species identification specialist).
  • Implement procedures and protocols for fieldwork, including, but not limited to; fieldwork sampling, staff schedule, record keeping, preservation and identification, data management and analyses, and report writing.
  • Support conducting pollinatorsurveys relatively close to roads on public property covering each of the following vegetative communities: shrublands, wetlands, sagebrush valleys, deserts, canyonlands, sagebrush steppes, and prairies and other grasslands.
  • Support creating a baseline dataset of existing invertebrates that will help inform BLM management strategies and outreach materials.
  • Support in insect processing, pinning, and identification.
  • Lead the scheduling of fieldwork technicians, ensuring they are supported during field season.
  • Maintain AZA standards.
  • Work collaboratively with staff and volunteers, problem solve, and communicate, within the team and when working with other teams or departments.
  • Assist in data management and analyses.
  • Assist in reports and scientific publications.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Target Species Manager.

  • New Team Orientation.
  • The Research Seasonal Project Coordinator will be supervised in the field before working independently and will receive In-the-field training with their supervisor (the Target Species Manager) on invertebrate surveys, GPS use, field photography, and data management.
  • The Target Species Manager and possibly other BP staff will visit field sites once per month to ensure that the Research Seasonal Project Coordinator is correctly following research protocols.

  • Ability to work in the field under sometimes difficult conditions
  • Ability to work as part of a Team
  • Project/time management
  • Results and goal oriented
  • Detail oriented
  • Communication skills
  • Reliability
  • Teamwork experience

Required Minimum Qualifications/Experience:

  • 2 years' experience in staff management.
  • Degree in Biology, Zoology, or related field of study required.
  • Experience working with or mentoring interns and volunteers.
  • Experience with processing high amounts of data accurately and promptly.
  • Prior experience working with, as well as comfortable working with, individuals of different ages, abilities, and backgrounds.
  • Experience in invertebrate identification, preferentially North American insects. College level classes will count towards experience.
  • Bachelor's degree in Entomology, advanced degree is a plus.
  • Experience collecting, preserving, and identifying invertebrates using taxonomic keys.
  • Enthusiasm to learn new concepts, field skills, and lab skills.
  • Ability to work productively in a collaborative team.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Valid driver's license and personal vehicle.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel/Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Experience conducting independent research.
  • Experience with insect identification, especially in Colorado.
  • Experience working in a team.
  • Experience using statistical software such as R, GIS, PICES, and SYSTAT.

Additional Requirements:
  • The Research Seasonal Project Coordinator must follow all non-negotiables, check email and phone messages regularly, report injuries within 24 hours, and alertimmediate supervisor and necessary team staff when calling in from work.
  • Requiredtraining and Butterfly Pavilion functions as designated essential by department and/or organizational need.
  • Additionalduties based on organizational priorities and as assigned by the Target Species Manager.

Work Environment/Physical/Transportation Requirements:

Work Environment
  • The following work environment characteristics are representative of the environment Research Seasonal Project Coordinator will Reasonable accommodation will be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of Research Seasonal Project Coordinator.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may beexposed to low humidity, intense sunlight, heat, cold, wind, thorned vegetation, and precipitation, insects such as mosquitos and flies, wildlife, and uneven surfaces. The employee will be exposed to and may work regularly around bees, wasps, and ants. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to moving mechanical parts and vehicles. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud. This employee will work outside for the collection of

Physical Demands
  • The following physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary foran employee to successfully perform the essential functions within this position. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions described of Research Seasonal Project Coordinator.
  • While performing the responsibilities of this job, the employeeis required to talk and The employee is often required to: sit, stand, use hands and fingers to handle or feel, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and lift (the intern must be able to lift 20 lbs). Vision abilities required by this job include far and close vision. This position will required to walk long distances in the field to actively look for insects on flowers and flying around.
  • This position will require the use of a GPS and written data collection.
  • The Research Seasonal Project Coordinator must have an up-to-date Tetanus vaccination.

  • Must havea valid driver's license and the ability to commute to and from field work site and perform work duties using a rental vehicle.
  • Mileage costs for work activities will be reimbursed.
  • Must have Colorado state minimum liability insurance for operating a motor vehicle.

How to Apply:

Butterfly Pavilion is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply for open positions and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or veteran status.

Applicants must submit a Resume and Cover Letter to Position is open until filled. No phone calls or drop-ins please.

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