LOCATION: California; ideal candidate would be located or willing to relocate to Central California (Fresno, Bakersfield, Sacramento, Napa or Central Coast preferred).
COMPENSATION: $29.50/hr, approximately $61,360/yr


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

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 native plant habitat restorationist with experience working in or around agricultural lands.

The Xerces Society is at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing 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, 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 dragonflies.

You'll be joining a growing team of professionals working to conserve some of the world's most important animals. The California Pollinator Habitat Specialist (Food Industry and Supply Chain) will support Xerces' private-sector partners in designing and implementing cutting-edge conservation systems for bees and beneficial insects on farms across California and the Western U.S.

Supervised by Senior Pollinator Habitat Specialist, Food Systems and Living Farms Project Lead, this position will collaborate closely with farm managers, as well as key staff at some of the largest food companies in the world to design and implement biodiversity and regenerative practices on farms that serve the manufactured food and fresh produce industries.


·       Work with key staff at select food companies to identify and reach out to farms that will implement habitat restoration.

·       Develop large-scale habitat restoration plans, including protocols for site preparation, planting methods, and ongoing maintenance.

·       Manage and provide technical support for habitat restoration projects both remotely and onsite.

·       Directly participate in the establishment of hedgerows, wildflower meadows and cover crop systems in heavily managed agricultural settings, including direct collaboration with farm staff and labor.

·       Perform extensive monitoring of on-farm pollinator and beneficial insect habitats throughout the region.

·       Document pest management practices on farms and work with farmers and Xerces' pest management specialists to foster the adoption of reduced-risk/ecologically-based pest management strategies.

·       Support partners with science-based advice and consulting on native bee and beneficial insect conservation and on-farm ecosystem services.

·       Communicate our conservation model and the impact of our work to diverse stakeholders including farmers, food companies, and government agencies at conferences, workshops, and business meetings.

·       Support the promotion, recruitment, and on-boarding of farms into Xerces' Bee Better Certified farm and food product certification program, including technical assistance throughout the application process.

·       Travel frequently to job sites within California and occasional travel to job sites out of state.

STATUS: Full-Time, hourly, non-exempt position, scheduled to work ~ 40 hours/week. Schedule can be made flexible. This position will be working from a remote home office location.

BENEFITS: This position includes a generous benefits package including; twelve paid holidays, paid time off accrued at a rate of 1.73 hours for every 30 hours of pay (15 days per year for a 40 hour/week schedule), medical, dental, vision, and prescription drug coverage, the option to participate in a pre-tax flexible spending account for medical and dependent care expenses, short-term disability insurance where not provided under state law, long-term disability insurance, participation in a 401k retirement program with employer contribution match upon meeting eligibility requirements, 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; http://bit.ly/xerces-jobs.




·       Extensive knowledge of California native plant ecology and restoration ecology in highly impacted landscapes.

·       An understanding of pollination ecology and the role of native pollinators (especially bees) in agroecosystems.

·       Extensive knowledge of large-scale farm practices and specialty crop management systems (especially in California).

·       Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, and ability to organize meetings and present information to a wide variety of professional clients and stakeholders.

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

·       Excellent organizational skills and ability to work independently managing long-term projects.

·       Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint). The use of Google Suite and geospatial data management software is required daily.

·       Proficiency or willingness to learn how to use mobile digital data collection tools and ArcGIS mapping software.


·       Cross-cultural, multicultural, and/or multilingual skills, background, or experience. Preference for Spanish-language competency.

·       Personal or professional background in California agricultural networks.

·       Ability to synthesize, interpret, and communicate complex scientific information in a way that will influence conservation practice.

·       Ability to develop and give engaging presentations to audiences of more than twenty adults.

·       Ability to manage time and diverse activities under deadlines, while delivering quality results.

·       Ability to tell a compelling story through writing and digital imagery.



·       Bachelor's degree in ecology, conservation biology, agriculture, horticulture, entomology, natural resource management, conservation science.

·       At least 2 years of field experience in natural and/or working lands.

·       Current driver's license and good driving record.


·       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 of 2-8 hours.

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

·       Able to work in stationary position for periods of 2-8 hours.

·       Travel overnight when necessary for project assessments, implementation or planning.

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