The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, botanical garden, natural history museum, and Art Institute, with a long history of basic and applied research in support of Sonoran Desert conservation. The Conservation Research Scientist position provides an opportunity for an excellent scientist to contribute new knowledge, understanding and conservation action consistent with The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum’s mission of protecting the Sonoran Desert.
Job Title: Conservation Research Scientist
Department: Conservation Education & Science
Reports To: Director of Conservation Education and Science
Status: Regular Full-Time
Reviewed: April 26, 2018
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has played a crucial role in developing and disseminating the foundational knowledge of Sonoran Desert natural history. Over its 66-year history, it has also contributed to significant conservation efforts, including numerous endangered species recovery and survival plans; establishing protected areas in the Gulf of California, Sonoran Tropical Deciduous Forest and Arizona’s Ironwood Forest National Monument; developing the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan for Pima County; documenting the needs and ecosystem services of migratory pollinators, and the founding of the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center. As a well-known and highly-respected institution with skills at translating science for general audiences, the Museum has often filled the niche of catalyst, helping to gather critical data, connect conservationists across cultural and political borders, translate science for decision-makers and tell inspiring conservation stories.
The Conservation Research Scientist will carry out their own research as well as work with regional partners to facilitate research and information exchange. He/she will identify and secure resources to catalyze and elevate conservation efforts. Current research and conservation areas of focus are invasive species and pollinator ecology in the Sonoran Desert. The Museum welcomes applications from scientists whose work ties to any aspect of these topics, from the landscape to the organismal scale. In addition to research and conservation work, the Conservation Research Scientist will help build awareness, understanding and support for conservation among the Museum’s audiences via regular communication through presentations and workshops, and popular articles. The Conservation Research Scientist is ideally expected to divide their time among research, coordination of conservation partnerships and public outreach.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
* Maintains an active research program in a field related to the Museum’s current focus areas, pollination biology and invasive species,
* Contributes to conservation science by publishing in the peer-reviewed literature.
* Collaborates with colleagues at the University of Arizona, and possibly other universities to build robust partnerships that have the critical mass to “move the needle” on a conservation issue.
o Conservation Coordination and Fundraising
* Fosters and maintains collaborations among scientists, land managers, conservationists and other professionals and organizations that advance Sonoran Desert conservation, working in both Mexico and the US.
* Strategically chooses conservation efforts in which the Museum can play a catalytic role, helping to move the programs to the next level.
* Works with Museum colleagues to develop and implement short-term and long-term funding strategies through a combination of public and private grants. It is expected that the Conservation Research Scientist help to raise a portion of their salary each year.
o Public Outreach
* Builds capacity for conservation via activities such as:
- Providing training opportunities for students and young professionals on both sides of the US-Mexico border.
- Engaging the general public via citizen science and volunteer opportunities, public presentations and digital and printed media.
- Teaching public programs and providing training to Museum staff and volunteers, including teen and college interns.
* Provides guidance and answers questions in the area of Sonoran Desert science and conservation from ASDM staff, volunteers, and the public on both sides of the border.
* Contributes to the scientific accuracy of ASDM interpretive and educational programs, and publications.
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
This position was opened on May 14, 2018 and does not have a closing date. It is considered open until filled; however, it is recommended that all credentials be submitted for consideration as soon as possible. Please understand that if offered a position, you will, as a final condition of employment, be required to successfully complete a pre-employment drug test.
This is a Full-time Salaried Exempt Status position with a comprehensive benefit package, which includes medical, dental, vision, life and LTD insurance, FSA, HRA, 403(b) retirement plan, paid holidays, personal business, sick leave, and vacation.
Education and/or Experience
• Doctoral degree (Ph. D.) in a field related to the conservation of biological diversity.
• A minimum of five years’ experience in research and conservation of the Sonoran Desert Region, which may include graduate work.
• A minimum of two years’ diverse fundraising experience.
• A minimum of two years’ experience in working with and/or coordination of diverse stakeholders and partners.
• A minimum of three papers published or in press in peer-reviewed science journals.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Ability to obtain an Arizona Driver’s License
Other Skills and Abilities
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred
• Ability to check for scientific accuracy in public education materials
• Ability to travel throughout the region
Applications are accepted only for open positions and must be completed online. Resumes, CVs, or related correspondence received by any other means (such as mail, fax, or email) will not be acknowledged, reviewed, or kept on file.
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The Desert Museum is a drug and alcohol free workplace and participates in E-Verify. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.