Palouse Prairie Restoration Manager

The Phoenix Conservancy
Pullman, WA
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Full time Positions
$40,000 -$50,000 base; DOE
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BENEFITS: -Heath benefits -Retirement benefits (after 1 year of employment) -Flexible work schedule & location (partly remote) -Paid holidays & leave -Potential for raises and bonuses with successful project growth -Future career advancement opportunities POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Phoenix Conservancy is seeking a motivated Prairie Restoration Manager to join our team to restore our local project site: The Palouse Prairie. The Phoenix Conservancy is a rapidly growing nonprofit organization based in Pullman, Washington, whose mission is to restore endangered ecosystems for the communities and biodiversity that depend on them. We work on ecosystems that are less than 10% intact, and we have flagship projects on a local (Palouse prairie), national (Northern Short Grass prairie in the Great Plains of North America), and global (Madagascar rainforest) scale. The Palouse Prairie Restoration Manager is responsible for actively developing, expanding, and growing our prairie project. The central goal is to maximize the amount of land under restoration, expand our capacity to restore these areas, and to increase project budgets through grant writing, creative fundraising, and innovative project development tied to restoration activities. This position is responsible for efficient management and execution of upland prairie and riparian restoration projects, supervision of a year-round team of interns and staff and support achievement of organizational and program goals. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to: 1) manage complex projects and budgets, 2) communicate effectively, 3) succeed in team environments, 4) empower supervised staff, 5) solve problems to ensure project success, and 6) grow and develop restoration projects. This successful candidate will enjoy an extremely flexible work schedule, opportunities to rapidly earn salary increases through project expansion, benefits, paid holidays and time off, and a unique opportunity to direct the growth of prairie restoration projects. As an important element of our projects is small-scale, sustainable entrepreneurial feedbacks into restoration work, an ideal candidate will have a combination of entrepreneurial experience and drive to develop new projects. This position is supervised by the Executive Director. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Pocket Prairie Project Development and Implementation (40%) -Coordinate all aspects of project design, implementation, logistics, and execution of Palouse prairie restoration sites. -Recruit, train, supervise, mentor a team of interns and staff to implement restoration and invasive plant management. -Develop long term monitoring plans for TPC sites, collect and analyze subsequent data to inform restoration goals and practices Outreach and Grant writing (30%) -Collaborate and plan restoration volunteer events -Network with other restoration practitioners throughout the region and contact, develop, and maintain relationships with project-specific stakeholders. -Public speaking and community engagement -Write grant proposals in collaboration with the management team to secure funding for priority conservation projects. Greenhouse Management (20%) -Oversee wild seed collection, cleaning, storage, identify target species for collection -Oversee native plant production in a low-tech setting Administrative Planning (10%) -Participate in the development of annual and long-range plans, brainstorm project concepts, complete special projects, etc. -Participate in the ongoing growth and development of a rising conservation nonprofit organization focused on restoring endangered ecosystems. The duties listed above are intended only as general illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. Specific statements of duties not included does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Job descriptions are subject to change by Phoenix as the needs of the organization and requirements of the job change. HOW TO APPLY: To apply, submit an application to as a single pdf document that includes: -A letter of interest, detailing relevant experience; -Resume or curriculum vitae; -Contact information for three professional references Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 1, 2023, and reviewed in the order received until the position is filled; earlier applications will therefore be strongly preferred. For additional information and questions about the position, please contact Dr. Chris Duke at
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: -Bachelor's Degree or higher in environmental or restoration related field -Experience in ecological restoration (1+ years required, 2+ years strongly preferred) -Demonstrated experience supervising employees. -Demonstrated experience writing grant proposals. -Entrepreneurial ambition, and a passion for building a startup into a major conservation nonprofit organization. -Demonstrated experience managing projects and using project management processes. -Must be a self‐driven and resourceful team player with the proven ability to solve problems. -Ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast‐paced environment, and work independently. -Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Office products.• Strong written and verbal communication skills. -Ability to work under physically demanding conditions, including cold, wet weather and hot conditions. -Ability to walk on uneven terrain for long distances, operate hand and power tools and other mechanical equipment. -Valid driver’s license, acceptable driving record. -Must be willing to be located in the greater Palouse region (i.e. Pullman, Moscow, or associated area). -Proven commitment to personal growth and understanding concepts of racial diversity, equity and inclusion. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: -Strong preference will be given to candidates with an MS or higher in an environmental or restoration related field, nonprofit experience, entrepreneurial experience, and/or demonstrated experience developing successful conservation projects. -Knowledge and background in grassland ecology, native plants of the intermountain west, and native plant propagation experience. -Ecological restoration experience in the Pacific Northwest and prairie ecosystems. -Proven ability to successfully manage multiple complex projects. -Proven ability to establish and maintain relationships with a variety of stakeholders -Washington State Pesticide Applicator license. -Experience with securing and managing grants. -Excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills. -Interest in community service and the environment.
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