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Development and Communications Coordinator

Development and Communications Coordinator

Development and Communications Coordinator (DCC) - The Prescott College Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies seeks a Development and Communications Coordinator to contribute to regional conservation efforts by fundraising, creatively communicating and assisting the field station director. Prescott College is a private liberal arts institution of higher learning in Arizona offering B.A., B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. The Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies is Prescott College’s field station on the central shores of the Gulf of California in Sonora, Mexico. The Center’s mission is to protect priority species and habitats through the integrated application of science, education, information exchange, and community participation. The Center promotes and models collaborations between people from different cultures and institutions to co-create solutions to complex conservation challenges.

Assisting the Director (60%)

The DCC will provide assistance for the Director in a variety of areas that include, but are not limited to, grants management, fundraising, information management, and administrative support. The Center is seeking someone who has a strong interest in learning about all aspects of non-profit management and will be proactive in finding ways to assist the director in making the Center run efficiently and effectively. A successful applicant will have demonstrated skills in the areas of problem solving, attention to detail and organization. The roles and responsibilities of this position are likely to adapt as needed, therefore the candidate needs a high level of flexibility and the ability to prioritize and work on a wide range of tasks concurrently. The DCC will be required to travel regularly between the field station in Mexico and Prescott College in Arizona.

Responsibilities

  • Assisting the Director with grant management, fundraising, strategic information exchange/diffusion, facilitating communication with field staff, etc.;
  • Leading fundraising initiatives, which includes managing campaigns, assisting with donor cultivation and appreciation, and interfacing closely with advisory council;
  • Acting as a liaison between the field station and several departments at Prescott College;
  • Representing the Center in meetings and correspondences with potential donors and collaborators;
  • Assisting the Director with tasks and projects as they arise.

Leading activities of the Information Center (40%)

The Information Center (IC) provides library and bibliographical resources, workshops, databases, educational displays, web-based resources and meeting spaces that connect community members, researchers, resource managers and students with each other and with information about the region. The IC makes important information usable and accessible to bilingual and culturally diverse community members, students, resource managers, researchers, and funders. The IC also manages the diffusion of information to a broader audience via tools and platforms that include but are not limited to the station website, social media, and video/photo projects. The IC inspires collaborative and multicultural approaches to complicated conservation issues. The DCC will manage the IC and a Media and Communications Intern to support the station and program staff in information exchange.

Responsibilities

  • Oversee the Center’s Strategic Communication Plan;
  • Collaborate with all Center programs toward the creation of bilingual outreach materials such as posters, digital content, flyers, slideshows, community art, interactive displays, conference presentations, etc.;
  • Oversee an intern to: manage information databases, maintain a dynamic social media stream across platforms, create diffusion materials (print and web-based), etc.;
  • Maintain a photo database of over 30,000 images;
  • Assist in the writing and/or editing grant proposals, technical reports, annual reports, and peer-reviewed articles;
  • Update and maintain the field station's website and social media presence (bilingual);
  • Communicate the station's work to various audiences;
  • Support and interface with visiting researchers and groups;
  • Write regular content for newsletters, blogs, and other external communications outlets;
  • Participate in the Center's research and outreach activities as possible;
  • Lead and facilitate regular communication and occasional workshops with Center staff, faculty and students regarding media and communications skills and techniques, possibly mentoring upper-level Prescott College students in media projects.

Required experience/skills include

  • Bachelor’s degree in a field related to the mission of the Kino Bay Center and 2-3 years of work experience, preferably in the non-profit or education sector;
  • High levels of organization, attention to detail, ability to problem solve and often work independently;
  • Experience with fundraising and outreach efforts;
  • Excellent visual media skills (photography, video, graphic design, slideshows, etc.);
  • Familiarity with Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop and Microsoft Office; familiarity with video editing software is a plus;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills; professional level English required; Spanish highly desirable;
  • Website maintenance skills, information management skills, photo and bibliographic database mgt. skills;
  • Experience managing public social media accounts such as Facebook and Instagram;
  • Willingness/desire to participate in projects conducted through the Center;
  • Working knowledge of ecology, conservation issues and culture of NW Mexico and/or coastal and marine regions in general;
  • Willingness and ability to travel between Prescott, Arizona and Kino Bay, Sonora;
  • Ability to work and live as a part of a bilingual team in a remote communal field station in a small fishing village in northwestern Mexico;
  • Willingness to pitch in beyond project work to creating a functional and positive field station atmosphere.

Housing, competitive entry-level salary, project expenses and partial reimbursement of travel expenses will be provided. Please direct inquiries and applications to Elise Gilchrist (elise.gilchrist@prescott.edu) and Lorayne Meltzer (lmeltzer@prescott.edu). To apply please send a resume, contact information for 3 references, and a cover letter addressing your interest in the position and your relevant experience and skills (see above). Applications will be accepted until June 30th 2016.

Internship: Media and Communications

Internship: Media and Communications

Media and Communications Intern - The Prescott College Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies seeks a Media and Communications Intern to contribute to regional conservation efforts through visual media, creative communication and information exchange. Prescott College is a private liberal arts institution of higher learning in Arizona offering B.A., B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. The Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies is Prescott College’s field station on the central shores of the Gulf of California in Sonora, Mexico. The Center’s mission is to protect priority species and habitats through the integrated application of science, education, information exchange, and community participation. The Center promotes and models collaborations between people from different cultures and institutions to co-create solutions to complex conservation challenges.

The Kino Bay Center is seeking a Media and Communications Intern to work under the supervision of the Development and Communications Coordinator (DCC) in facilitating activities of the Information Center.

The information center (IC) provides library and bibliographical resources, workshops, databases, educational displays, web-based resources and meeting spaces that connect community members, researchers, resource managers and students with each other and with information about the region. The IC makes important information usable and accessible to bilingual and culturally diverse community members, students, resource managers, researchers, and funders. In addition to the physical information resources maintained by the field station, the Kino Bay Center regularly hosts training workshops and regional conferences to apply information toward progress on specific inter-institutional and community-based conservation initiatives. The IC also manages the diffusion of information to a broader audience via tools and platforms that include but are not limited to the station website, social media, and video/photo projects. The IC inspires collaborative and multicultural approaches to complicated conservation issues.

Responsibilities

Under supervision of the DCC, the Intern’s responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the DCC in communicating the station's work to various audiences to advance the mission and vision of the Center, garner public support and attract funders;
  • Maintaining a photo and video database of over 30,000 images and video clips;
  • Assisting in updating and maintenance of the field station's website (bilingual);
  • Managing a dynamic social media stream across platforms (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube);
  • Participating in the Center's research and outreach activities as possible, especially in an effort to record photo, video and blog content for the Center’s web platforms;
  • Manage Center mailing lists and otherwise assist in the management of data and information;
  • Assist the DCC in developing newsletters and other regular mailings to our network of supporters
  • Create media outreach materials such as informational displays, brochures, and videos.

    Required experience/skills include

  • Bachelor’s degree in a field directly related to the mission/vision of the Center;
  • Excellent visual media skills (photography, video, graphic design, slideshows, etc.);
  • Familiarity with Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop and Microsoft Excel is a plus;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills; professional level English required; Spanish highly desirable;
  • Ability to engage visitors through one or more of the following: interactive interpretive displays, murals, community art, posters, brochures, flyers, etc.;  
  • Website maintenance skills, information management skills, photo and bibliographic database mgt. skills;
  • Experience managing public social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram;
  • Willingness/desire to participate in research projects conducted through the Center;
  • Working knowledge of ecology, conservation issues and culture of NW Mexico and/or coastal and marine regions in general;
  • Ability to work and live as a part of a bilingual team in a remote communal field station in a small fishing village in northwestern Mexico;
  • Willingness to pitch in beyond project work to creating a functional and positive field station atmosphere.

Housing, project expenses and a small stipend will be provided. Internship term is September 5, 2016 – July 30 2017. Please direct inquiries and applications to Elise Gilchrist (elise.gilchrist@prescott.edu) and Lorayne Meltzer (lmeltzer@prescott.edu ). To apply please send a resume, contact information for 3 references, and a cover letter addressing your interest in the position and your relevant experience and skills (see above). Applications will be accepted until June 30th 2016.

Conservation Fellowship in Waterbird Monitoring and Research

Conservation Fellowship in Waterbird Monitoring and Research

Conservation Fellowship in Waterbird Monitoring and Research - The Prescott College Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies seeks a Fellow to contribute to regional conservation efforts through waterbird monitoring. Prescott College is a private liberal arts institution of higher learning in Arizona offering B.A., B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. The Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies is Prescott College’s field station on the central shores of the Gulf of California in Sonora, Mexico. The Center’s mission is to protect priority species and habitats through the integrated application of science, education, information exchange, and community participation. The Center promotes and models collaborations between people from different cultures and institutions to co-create solutions to complex conservation challenges.

The waterbird monitoring program monitors migratory and resident waterbirds in an assortment of habitats ranging from rocky islands to muddy estuaries in the Gulf of California, one of the most productive marine ecosystems in the world. Millions of waterbirds pass through the region seasonally, using the abundant food resources to fatten up before long migrations or in some cases to spend the winter or breed. Projects include: multi-species waterbird censuses in coastal wetlands, nest monitoring, productivity studies, and pelagic seabird monitoring. Focal species include ~20 species of waterbirds including wading birds, shorebirds, pelicans, murrelets and gulls.

Responsibilities

The fellowship recipient will work in collaboration with interns, students, researchers, local indigenous groups and community members to conduct all aspects of each project (e.g. field data collection, data entry, analysis, and synthesis). During the 2016-2017 season there will be an emphasis on analysis of long-term datasets and preparation of reports and manuscripts for publication. The fellowship allows for some degree of freedom to pursue independent research interests. The fellow will participate in events, outreach, and collaboration with other programs at the Center. Additionally, interfacing with students taking field classes and visiting researchers, as well as just pitching in at the field station generally is essential.

Required experience/skills include

  • Strong interest in and commitment to bird conservation; familiarity and confidence identifying and estimating group size for waterbirds (esp. shorebirds, gulls, terns, ducks, wading birds, seabirds);
  • Ability to collect data accurately in harsh conditions (desert sun, high heat, biting insects); experience using GPS units and ArcGIS;
  • Experience developing and writing research protocols for field studies;
  • Experience entering and maintaining data in Excel and running statistical analyses;
  • Experience preparing and publishing peer-reviewed articles;
  • English and Spanish language skills (fluency in one and competency in the other);
  • Experience teaching and public speaking for a range of audiences;
  • Ability/desire to collaborate with governmental agencies and NGOs toward regional goals;
  • Ability to work and live as a part of a bilingual team in a remote communal field station in a small fishing village in northwestern Mexico;
  • Ability to be self-directed/motivated as well as work alone in the field,
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs. and be in relatively good shape (able to walk 10+ km in a day sometimes through thick mud and waist-deep water).
  • Willingness to pitch in beyond project work to create a functional and positive field station atmosphere.

Housing, a living stipend, project expenses and partial reimbursement of travel expenses will be provided. To apply please send a resume, contact information for 3 references and a cover letter addressing your interest in the position and your relevant experience and skills. Please direct inquiries and applications to Lindsay Adrean (Lindsay.adrean@prescott.edu) and Lorayne Meltzer (lmeltzer@prescott.edu). Fellowship term is September 5, 2016 through at least July 30, 2017. We are expecting that this will be a two-year appointment, although the second year is dependent upon funding. Applications will be accepted until June 30th 2016.

Internship: Waterbird Monitoring and Research

Internship: Waterbird Monitoring and Research

Conservation Internship in Waterbird Monitoring and Research - The Prescott College Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies seeks an intern to contribute to regional conservation efforts through waterbird monitoring. Prescott College is a private liberal arts institution of higher learning in Arizona offering B.A., B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. The Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies is Prescott College’s field station on the central shores of the Gulf of California in Sonora, Mexico. The Center’s mission is to protect priority species and habitats through the integrated application of science, education, information exchange and community participation. The Center promotes and models collaborations between people from different cultures and institutions to co-create solutions to complex conservation challenges.

The waterbird monitoring program monitors migratory and resident waterbirds in an assortment of habitats ranging from rocky islands to muddy estuaries in the Gulf of California, one of the most productive marine ecosystems in the world. Millions of waterbirds pass through the region seasonally, using the abundant food resources to fatten up before long migrations or in some cases to spend the winter or breed. Projects include: multi-species waterbird censuses in coastal wetlands, nest monitoring, productivity studies, and pelagic seabird monitoring. Focal species include ~20 species of waterbirds including wading birds, shorebirds, pelicans, murrelets and gulls.

Responsibilities

The internship recipient will work in collaboration with a fellow, students, researchers, local indigenous groups and community members to assist in all aspects of each project (e.g. field data collection, data entry, analysis, and synthesis). This includes the opportunity to co-present at regional meetings and conferences, as well as to co-author reports and manuscripts. The internship allows for some degree of freedom to pursue independent research interests. The intern will participate in events, outreach, and collaboration with other programs at the station including the Marine Mammal, Environmental Education and Indigenous Community Partnership Programs. Additionally, interfacing with students taking field classes and visiting researchers, as well as just pitching in at the field station generally is essential.

Desired experience/skills include

  • Strong interest in and commitment to bird conservation;
  • Experience conducting ornithological field studies; knowledge of Pacific Coast waterbird species;
  • Ability to collect data accurately in harsh conditions (desert sun, high heat, biting insects); experience using GPS units and ArcGIS;
  • Experience entering and maintaining data in Excel (experience with statistics is a plus);
  • Excellent communication skills (written, spoken and interpersonal);
  • Interest and enthusiasm for working in multi-cultural environments;
  • Interest in working collaboratively with indigenous project partners;
  • English and Spanish language skills (fluency in one and competency in the other is a plus);
  • Ability to work and live as a part of a bilingual team in a remote communal field station in a small fishing village in northwestern Mexico;
  • Ability to be self directed/motivated as well as work alone in the field;
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs. and be in relatively good shape (able to walk 10+ km in a day sometimes through thick mud and waist-deep water);
  • Willingness to pitch in beyond project work to create a functional and positive field station atmosphere.

Housing, project expenses and small stipend will be provided. Please direct inquiries and applications to Lindsay Adrean (lindsay.adrean@prescott.edu) and Lorayne Meltzer (lmeltzer@prescott.edu). To apply please send a resume, contact information for 3 references and a cover letter addressing your interest in the position and your relevant experience and skills (see above). Internship term is September 5, 2016 – July 30, 2017.