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Native Seed Partnership Coordinator

Native Seed Partnership Coordinator

Native Seed Partnership Coordinator Temporary Job Announcement

Job Title: Native Seed Partnership Coordinator

Office Location: Corvallis, Oregon but can be virtual, if in Oregon, Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona, or California.

Status: Temporary, full time

Supervisor: Plant Materials Program Director

Compensation: $23-25/hr depending on experience, plus benefits

Closing date: For full consideration apply by February 7, 2022. Applications will be evaluated beginning February 8, 2022.

Expected start date: Early March 2022 (March 1 – 14)


ABOUT US: The Institute for Applied Ecology is a dynamic nonprofit organization founded in 1999 whose mission is to conserve native species and habitats through restoration, research and education. We fill a unique niche among nonprofits and work with a diverse group of partners including federal, state and county agencies and municipalities to accomplish our mission. We maintain an open and convivial office environment with approximately 24 regular staff in our main office in Corvallis, OR and field office in Santa Fe, NM. We are committed to diversity and equity in our work place and the communities we serve. Please see our mission and diversity statements.


Studies have shown that Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), women and other marginalized groups are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and qualifications for the role.


VACCINE REQUIREMENT: In compliance with federal guidelines, IAE has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. All employees are required to submit proof of vaccination prior to employment. Employees may request exceptions and reasonable accommodations for medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs. Any offer of employment will be contingent on complying with this policy.


POSITION SUMMARY: The Institute for Applied Ecology seeks a full-time, temporary project coordinator in its Plant Materials program to assist with facilitating and coordinating two native seed partnerships in Western Oregon: one in the Willamette Valley and one on the coast. The Willamette Valley Native Plant Partnership was initiated in 2012 and the Coastal Native Seed Partnership is a new collaboration initiated in 2020. Both were established to increase the availability and affordability of genetically diverse and ecologically appropriate native plant materials for habitat restoration on a landscape scale through a coordinated approach, bringing together land managers, restorationists, and growers. Providing a stable marketplace for both growers and land managers is a key outcome. The Seed Partnership Coordinator will assist the IAE Plant Materials Program Director with day-to-day support of the partnerships, including working with a variety of land managers, restorationists, seed farmers and funders.



JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • Assist the Plant Materials Program Director with coordination of two seed partnerships, including hosting, coordinating, and facilitating subcommittee and individual partner meetings.
  • Conduct native seed market analysis to assist with the assessment of ongoing partner native seed needs to plan for future seed production.
  • Seek out and apply for grant funding to acquire ongoing funding for partnerships.
  • Generate and disseminate information to partnership members through emails, reports, web publications and presentations at meetings.
  • Assist with the development and updating of regional plant materials strategic plans for the partnerships.
  • Write quarterly newsletters for the partnership.
  • Write educational blog posts on topics such as site preparation for seed-based restoration.
  • Work with web developer to maintain and update partnership websites.
  • Coordinate and track partner seed sales, payback, distribution, invoicing and payments.
  • Assist the Plant Materials Coordinator with development of a seed tracking database.
  • Additional duties may include:
  • Participate in professional development and skill building workshops including grant writing, database/geodatabase and Seeds of Success training, plant identification workshops, etc.
  • Assist with wild seed collection and production as needs arise.
  • Lead public outreach events such as field tours, workshops, and presentations.
  • Maintain accurate records of work and ensure that data are entered correctly.
  • Collaborate with other IAE programs as needed.
  • Assist with coordination of the National Native Seed Conference.
  • Assist Program Director with day-to-day program management and budget tracking as requested
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Out-of-town travel (Oregon coast and the Willamette Valley) may be required as needed to complete these tasks. Infrequent overnight travel to the coast is expected.


Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a natural resources or non-profit management-related field.
  • Fluency with standard office-based software and technology (e.g., Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access; Google Suite).
  • Experience with leading meetings, facilitation, and group coordination.
  • Strong, demonstrated background in oral and written communication.
  • Skills and experience with website management (Wordpress) and email marketing.
  • Skills and experience in basic map-generating software (ArcGIS) and database software (Microsoft Access).
  • Experience with writing and receiving grants.
  • Great people skills, outgoing, energetic, and flexible.
  • Highly organized. Ability to manage multiple/complex objectives.
  • Current valid driver’s license.
  • Requires successful completion of a background check of driving record.


Qualifications that are preferred but not required

  • Master’s degree in a natural resources or non-profit management-related field.
  • Background in marketing or economics.
  • Knowledge of restoration organizations and seed-based restoration.
  • Understanding of native plant genetics and local adaptation.
  • Experience with horticultural production practices and plant identification.
  • Skills and experience in graphic design and layout.


Funding for this position is secured for six months of employment. However, there is a possibility to continue this position after six months, depending on staffing needs and funding availability.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for this position:

  • Complete the job application form
  • You will need the following information:
  • Your contact information
  • When you would be available to start work
  • Contact information (phone and email) for three professional references (including past employers)
  • Answers to specific online questions (we recommend you complete these offline, then paste into the application form)
  • Email your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample (for example, grant proposal, blog post, class paper, etc.) to alexislarsen@appliedeco.org with the subject line “Seed Partnership Coordinator.”


Questions may be addressed to:

Alexis Larsen, alexislarsen@appliedeco.org


IAE supports diversity and equity, and we encourage applications from all groups of people. We recognize that the strength of IAE is in our people, and we believe that every employee has the right to work in surroundings that are free from all forms of unlawful discrimination and harassment. IAE does not and will not discriminate in employment and personnel practices, and our commitment to equal employment opportunity applies to every aspect of the employment relationship.

Additional Info

Job Type : Temporary

Education Level : Bachelors Degree

Experience Level : Mid to Senior Level

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