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We do not currently have any job, fellowship, or internship openings but will begin posting open positions in late April. Please email Kino_Bay@prescott.edu with any questions. 

Executive Assistant/Development Associate

Executive Assistant/Development Associate

The Prescott College Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies seeks a motivated and talented individual to provide leadership and support for the Center’s regional conservation, community and education work. 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 EA/DA works with the Director in a variety of areas that include, but are not limited to, development, internal and external communication, administrative support and leadership. 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. The 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 EADA is based at the Kino Bay Center in Bahia de Kino, Mexico and travels regularly between the Center and Prescott College in Arizona and occasionally to other locations.

Assisting the director in coordination and implantation of Development activities (40%): Responsibilities Include

  1. Assist the Director with grant management, researching potential new funders and grant writing;
  2. Lead fundraising initiatives, which includes managing campaigns, assisting with donor cultivation and appreciation;
  3. Represent the Center in meetings and correspondences with potential donors and collaborators;
  4. Manage mailing list through Sales Force;
  5. Work with the Media a Communication Fellow to produce newsletters, annual reports and other strategic communications.

Assisting the Director with administrative tasks (30%): Responsibilities include

  1. Assist the Director in logistics, meeting facilitation, event planning organization, calendar development and management;
  2. Assist the Director in record keeping and correspondence.

Leadership (30%) responsibilities include

  1. Provide participant leadership for team building and cultivation of a positive living/learning environment;
  2. Act as a liaison between the director and staff in facilitating communication;
  3. Oversee the Media and Communications Fellow to implement the Center’s Information Center Strategic Plan (development of bilingual outreach materials, social media, website content management, displays, art, communicating science, information management and more);
  4. Act as a liaison between the field station and several departments at Prescott College;
  5. Assist the Director with advisory council communication;
  6. Participate in the Center's research and outreach activities as possible.

Required Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in a field related to the mission of the Kino Bay Center
  • Demonstrated high levels of organization
  • Attention to detail, ability to problem solve and often work independently
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising and outreach efforts
  • Excellent writing and editing skills; professional level English required;
  • Intermediate Spanish language skills
  • Information management skills (file management and use of Google Drive and Drop Box)
  • Some prior experience using Salesforce database or other CMS program or the demonstrated ability to learn new programs quickly
  • 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
  • Ability to design appealing print and web-based material

Desirable Skills

  • Experience with CC Suite (InDesign), Microsoft Excel, Word and Adobe Acrobat
  • Excellent visual media skills (photography, video, graphic design, slideshows, etc.)
  • 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
  • Photo and bibliographic database mgt. skills

Housing, competitive entry-level salary, project expenses and partial reimbursement of travel expenses will be provided. Please direct inquiries and applications to Liz Gregg (liz.gregg@prescott.edu) and Lorayne Meltzer (lmeltzer@prescott.edu ) with the subject EA_DA applicant. 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 received before June 30th 2017 will be given priority; start date is September 15, 2017. For more information please visit our website: http://www.prescott.edu/kino-bay-center/index.html

Conservation Fellowship

Conservation Fellowship

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 programmonitors migratory and resident waterbirds in an assortment of habitats ranging from rocky islands to muddy estuaries in the Gulf of California in Mexico, a very important region for nesting and migratory waterbirds. Data has been collected over many years through projects including: multispecies 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 focus of the 2017-2018 WMP Fellowship is the application of data to management, conservation and outreach. The fellowship recipient will work in collaboration with interns, students, researchers, local indigenous groups and community members to conduct monitoring and to enter, analyze and apply data. During the 2017-2018 season there will be an emphasis on analysis of long-term datasets, the preparation of reports and manuscripts for publication and the application of data to regional management and outreach efforts. 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. Everyone at the center is expected to contribute to the Center’s vision of modeling multi-cultural and co-creative collaborations.

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 following research protocols for field studies;
  • Experience entering and maintaining data in Excel and running statistical analyses;
  • Excellent organization and writing skills with experience preparing and publishing peer-reviewed articles;
  • English and Spanish language skills (fluency in one and competency in the other);
  • Experience and passion for 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 Liz Gregg at liz.gregg@prescott.edu and to the Prescott College Kino Bay Center kino_bay@prescott.edu. Fellowship term is September 15, 2017 through at least July 30, 2018. 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 2017. For more information please visit our website: http://www.prescott.edu/kino-bay-center/index.html