The Science Coordinator coordinates and supports research projects as part of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Parsons Field Institute. Projects will include long-term monitoring, wildlife radio telemetry, wildlife camera traps, experimental research, training and engaging citizen scientists, and community engagement.
Support local and regional projects focused on flora and fauna research and monitoring and the
management of natural open space.
• Coordinate and oversee fieldwork logistics, including protocols, equipment, and data collection.
• Manage multiple, diverse databases under the supervision of Biodiversity Manager.
• Manage geospatial data in ArcGIS and related software, and work with volunteers to maintain updated maps.
• Recruit and train citizen scientists and other volunteers. Provide support for field and data
• Contribute to project reporting for partners, funders, and other stakeholders.
• Partner with staff and volunteers to recruit and mentor lead volunteers for research projects.
• Partner with education and communication staff/volunteers to engage volunteers and the
community in the Conservancy’s work.
• Draft regular updates on activities and research findings to promote the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy to public, volunteers, the Conservancy Board of Directors, scientific partners, and other interested organizations and individuals.
• Work with volunteers and staff to develop professional-level presentations and engaging
• Participate in and contribute to planning and coordinating Conservancy events.
• Manage and update research permits and equipment inventory.
Other duties, as assigned.
Required skills and experience
• Bachelor’s degree in natural resources science or closely related field and two or more years of experience in a closely related field OR equivalent scientific experience in related/applicable areas.
• Fieldwork experience and field skills, such as plot sampling, plant and animal identification, and use of GPS.
• Experience leading teams to conduct fieldwork.
• Ability to plan, schedule, provide structure, set expectations, and follow-up on results.
• Must have exceptional attention to detail, able to multitask, be organized, fast, efficient, skilled at prioritizing and meeting deadlines and excel in a fast-paced environment with the ability to keep a positive outlook under pressure.
• Ability to interact well with a wide variety of people, including volunteers, research partners, and the public.
• Experience using ArcGIS and associated software, such as Survey 123 and Fieldmaps.
Like all of our staff members, this role is expected to contribute to a culture based upon respect, teamwork and collaboration. Adaptability, creativity, and a passion for the environment and the Conservancy are a must.
Work is performed in an office setting as well as outdoors. Some local travel to meetings and
fieldwork is required. Much of the work will be performed outdoors, occasionally in inclement weather.
A complete application contains the following items:
• A cover letter, not to exceed one page.
• A comprehensive resume or curriculum vitae.
Items should be saved together in one PDF (.pdf) or Word document (.doc or .docx), and saved with a file name in the following format:
LastnameSCApplication.pdf or LastnameSCApplication.doc or LastnameSCApplication.docx
Complete applications should be attached to an email message and sent to
email@example.com by 5:00 pm (Arizona Time) on July 5th. Applications will not be
accepted through any other means.
The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all
employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfers, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.