The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a statewide non-profit conservation organization (www.cnps.org) founded in 1965, with more than 11,000 members in 35 chapters across California and Baja California Mexico. The mission of CNPS is to increase understanding and appreciation of California’s native plants and to conserve them and their natural habitats through scientific study, education, advocacy, horticulture, and land stewardship.
The “Fire Followers” project is an attempt to capture California’s pyrodiversity after 2020’s historic fire season, activate people to explore the plant diversity revealed after fire, and compile the photos and stories to help change the perceptions around wildland fire. This project coordinates and amplifies work by chapters, partners, and associated CNPS initiatives such as the Rare Plant Treasure Hunt (RPTH), an ambitious effort that brings together expert botanists and dedicated volunteers to find, map, and preserve California’s rare plants.
The Community Science Coordinator is a full-time non-exempt position directly supervised by the Director of Plant Science. This position looks to “game-ify” and socialize data collection, relying on large numbers of volunteers and observations and smaller numbers of experts and data management to extract trends and stories from available information. The Community Science Coordinator will coordinate with CNPS chapter representatives, partners, and community members, to activate photo-based data collection of fire-following plants in California. The Community Science Coordinator may lead some surveys, but will primarily focus on engaging local efforts and connecting people to local opportunities.
Duties and Responsibilities
The duties of the Community Science Coordinator include:
Applicants that do not possess any or all of the desired skills will still be considered.
This job requires prolonged sitting, use of computer and mouse, and ability to participate in field trips including traveling off trail in sites with variable grade. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Additional Job Information
Compensation and Benefits
The hourly rate offered is $24-$26/hour. CNPS provides a comprehensive benefits package, paying 100% of employee premiums for health, life, dental, and vision insurance with low cost family coverage options. CNPS offers a 401K retirement plan with up to 6% matching contributions. Annual paid leave benefits include 12 holidays, 12 sick days, and generous paid vacation.
Equal Opportunity Policy
CNPS’s policy is to afford equal employment opportunity to all persons. This policy demonstrates CNPS's commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive environment that values different perspectives and fosters belonging. To better understand the demographic profile of applicants, CNPS requests candidates to fill out the volunteer questionnaire that is part of the application form. Your responses will remain confidential, anonymized, and not shared with the hiring committee.
Submit a cover letter and resume. Please include any pertinent information, including professional and personal experience, that is relevant to the position. Review of applications will begin on January 11, 2021, and the deadline to apply is January 25, 2021.
CNPS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.