Director of Soil Research and Conservation at Point Blue Conservation Science
Location: Petaluma, California (Hybrid)
Deadline to Apply: Position is open until filled. Initial screening will begin on 2/26/2024
Position Type: Full Time, Exempt
Compensation and Benefits: Salary is based on qualifications and internal equity. Estimated salary range for this position is $100,085 – $130,000 annually. Point Blue provides a comprehensive benefit package including employer paid medical and dental for staff and 75% for dependents. Other benefits include life insurance, long-term care, long- and short-term disability, flexible spending accounts, and retirement plans as well as time off benefits.
About Point Blue:
Point Blue Conservation Science (www.pointblue.org ) is a growing and internationally renowned non-profit with over 160 staff and scientists based in Petaluma, California. Founded in 1965 as Point Reyes Bird Observatory, our mission and programs have evolved over time to include a broad range of conservation activity, from restoration to environmental education to innovative work in the field of regenerative agriculture. We have a proven track record of scientific excellence.
We recognize that increasing racial, gender, cultural, and other diversity, equity, and inclusion factors at Point Blue and in our partnerships is essential for the success of our mission, vision, and strategy. We are actively engaging in a process to create lasting organizational change. We seek applicants from all backgrounds to join our teams. We strongly encourage applications from people with backgrounds that are under-represented in the conservation community.
The Director of Soil Research and Conservation will advance Point Blue’s growing and highly regarded soils program. The person in this position will develop and lead priority research projects and partnerships that further the scientific understanding of soil stewardship, cultivate awareness of soil health, and promote the practical application of science-based practices to ultimately protect and rebuild robust, resilient natural and working lands. This will include overseeing existing soil-related projects as well as developing and implementing new studies that help to advance Point Blue’s strategic plan. It will also include leading proposal development for the soils program, leading meetings and workshops with researchers, land managers, and agency staff to develop science products, and publishing scientific articles. In addition to publishing, this Director will communicate research results at scientific conferences and through writing and presentations for partners and peers. The position is based out of Point Blue headquarters in Petaluma, CA, with approximately four in-person meetings per month at a minimum with the Soils Team and other colleagues at Point Blue, and otherwise remote work optional.
The Director of Soil Research and Conservation will provide scientific direction and vision for the Point Blue soils program and will work closely with new and existing partners to conduct research, inform management decisions, and communicate science to diverse audiences. An ideal candidate will acknowledge and consider the original land stewardship and traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous peoples and other communities to incorporate and partner with these communities as aligned with the Point Blue mission. They will be an exemplary partner and will demonstrate the highest levels of professionalism and high performance teaming skills.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
Program Management (40%)
Scientific Leadership (40%)
Other Duties as Assigned (5%)
Perform special projects, research, and other duties as assigned, including the support and development of organizational diversity, equity and inclusion goals
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
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Preferred Education and Experience:
This position requires a combination of education and experience equivalent to a Master’s or Ph. D. degree in soil ecology or related field; and 5 years of experience in soil ecology conservation management or related field.
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Point Blue is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, disability status of an otherwise qualified individual, membership or application for membership in an uniformed service, or membership in any other class protected by applicable law and will make reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities to complete the application and/or participate in the interview process.