Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner and NRCS Partner Biologist

Xerces Society

Madera, California

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $20.70- $23.10 per hour DOE
Deadline Jan 31, 2020
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

COMPENSATION: $20.70- $23.10 per hour (starting, commensurate with experience)

JOB START DATE: February 2020


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: All applications must be submitted via our application website at: 

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 conservation biologist to provide planning, technical support and training focused on pollinators, monarch butterflies, other beneficial insects and wildlife to farmers and NRCS field office conservation planners in California’s Central Valley. You’ll report to Xerces’ Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist (California Region), and work in collaboration with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) California State and area office staff.

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 farmers and conservation 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 raising public awareness about the invertebrates of farms, forests, prairies, deserts, creeks, wetlands, and oceans. Our methods focus on habitat conservation planning, education, scientific analysis, advocacy, and applied research to conserve invertebrates, such as bees, butterflies, mollusks, and dragonflies.


Working as a team with regional NRCS field and area offices, NRCS easement teams, Xerces Society Pollinator Program staff, and NRCS state technical experts, the Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner will:

• Assist NRCS conservation planners and the NRCS easement team in the development of conservation plans that improve or create pollinator and beneficial insect habitat on farms in the Central Valley.
• Assist in the implementation of monarch butterfly conservation efforts, including habitat evaluation and conservation planning.
• Assist in the implementation of honey bee habitat conservation efforts.
• Provide technical oversight and advice to landowners, NRCS staff and other agency staff on pollinator, butterfly, honey bee, beneficial insect, or wildlife habitat restoration projects.
• Coordinate and conduct outreach and trainings to NRCS staff, landowners and conservation partners on pollinators, monarch butterfly, or beneficial insect conservation.
• Work with Xerces Society and NRCS specialists to develop or refine technical documents that support establishment or enhancement of pollinator, beneficial insect, monarch butterfly, and wildlife habitat. Technical documents may include habitat evaluation guides, conservation practice specifications, plant lists, seed mixes, fact sheets, and habitat restoration guidelines.



• Knowledge of the ecology of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.
• Knowledge and experience in wildlife habitat planning, restoration and management unique to California landscapes. This includes experience with hedgerow design, cover-cropping, grassland restoration, riparian and wetland restoration, native plant establishment and invasive species control.
• 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.
• Understanding of California’s diverse farming and ranching systems.
• Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to write clear email, conservation plans, and technical documents for diverse audiences.
• Experience working with diverse partners and audiences to share, develop, and collaborate on farm conservation projects and/or outreach.
• Exceptional verbal communication, 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 to travel out-of-town for multiple days (approximately 4 overnights per month) to support conservation planning in other areas of California.

• Experience working in an USDA NRCS field office, implementing the NRCS conservation planning process and using NRCS conservation planning tools.
• Knowledge of USDA Farm Bill conservation programs and the work of the NRCS or the Farm Service Agency (FSA).
• Bilingual or multilingual.
• Knowledge of prescribed grazing systems and range planting.


• Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree strongly 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.

• Able to move and transport supplies, materials, equipment weighing up to 30 lbs.
• Work in the field for 2-8 hours per day under potentially adverse weather conditions.
• Frequently traverse across agricultural roads and fields, unpaved roads and walkways, and unimproved trails for periods of 2-8 hours.
• Drive vehicle for periods of 1-8 hours

• Regular, full-time (~ 40 hours/week), non-exempt, hourly position

BENEFITS: This position includes a generous benefits package: eleven paid holidays, paid time off, paid health and disability insurance, option to participate in a pre-tax flexible spending account for medical and dependent care expenses, participation in a 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:

APPLICATION FOLLOW UP: Unfortunately, due to the volume of communications we are unable to respond to individual applicant’s inquiries. We ask that applicants do not contact our office via phone or email about their application. You will be contacted if selected for an interview.
All applicants will receive email notification once position is filled.

The Xerces Society is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

It is Xerces policy to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and to administer all aspects and conditions of employment without regard to the following: race, color, ancestry, place of birth, citizenship or immigration status, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth, family relationship, health insurance status, medical history or condition, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, non-conviction arrest record, wage garnishment status, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws. Our commitment to equal employment opportunity extends to all aspects of employment, including all decisions on hiring, job assignment, training, compensation, promotion, demotion, access to benefits, transfer, leaves of absence, discipline, and termination.


All applications must be submitted via our application website at:

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Category Ecology, Wildlife