American Bird Conservancy
Birds Outreach Associate
Title: Birds, not Mosquitio Outreach Associate
Supervisor: Hawai‘i Landscape-scale Mosquito Control Program Coordinator
Location: Hawai‘i (specific island flexible)
Employment Type: Full time, 1-year position with a possibility of extension
Submission Deadline: November 20, 2020
*We will begin reviewing applications on this date but we will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.
We seek a capable, enthusiastic person who is committed to conservation in Hawai‘i to assist with community outreach for the Hawai‘i Birds, Not Mosquitoes Program. This program is evaluating the possible use of the Incompatible Insect Technique to suppress mosquito populations at a landscape-scale in Hawai‘i. The program’s goal is to advance this technology to protect Hawai‘i’s native forest birds from avian malaria. The Outreach Associate will work with representatives from a broad coalition of state, federal, and private/NGO entities including communications specialists from across the state, as well as the American Bird Conservancy’s Project Coordinator and Hawai‘i Program Director. Work will include conducting virtual and in-person outreach and education activities and engagement activities involving the public, internal and external stakeholders, elected officialsand others. The Outreach Associate will work closely with the Project Coordinator to facilitate meetings, communications, and activities for the project.
- Assist with implementation of the project’s community engagement strategy.
- Develop, schedule, and conduct presentations, workshops, and events to scientific and non-scientific groups, including key stakeholders, community members, elected officials, and the general public.
- Assist with producing outreach and community engagement materials, press releases, and media (e.g., web pages, brochures, and infographics).
- Assist with maintaining positive relationships among state, federal, and private/NGO steering committee partners to facilitate inter-agency agreement on, and support for, communications strategies and activities.
- Assist and support Project Coordinator and Program Director in advancing goals and objectives of steering committee.
- Assist Project Coordinator with meeting organization, schedules, agendas, and minutes; maintain project calendar.
- Skilled at interacting with a wide diversity of stakeholders including community members, state and federal agency staff, elected officials, and others.
- Ability to understand complex, and potentially controversial technical issues, and successfully translate them into accessible and engaging presentations and conversations is critical.
- Ability to capture and successfully communicate local communities’ concerns to the steering committee so these issues can be included in the overall process.
- Enthusiastic about achieving project goals and finding solutions to obstacles, while developing positive relationships with diverse stakeholders and partners.
- college degree or sufficient experience in a related outreach or communications field.
- willing and able to travel frequently among islands, including occasional overnight stays and some weekends.
- Ability to effectively communicate (written and orally) with both scientific and non-scientific audiences, both in person and through use of web sites, social media, and other online forums.
- Understanding and experience with Hawaiian culture, history, institutions, and ecology.
- Ability to quickly learn and synthesize complicated scientific concepts into understandable presentations for different audiences.
- Self-motivation, ability to work independently and also as a productive, positive member of a team.
- Experience in community engagement and public outreach, including public speaking
- Conflict resolution skills.
- Meeting facilitation and management skills.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT & BENEFITS:
- Up to 1-year position with a possibility of extension.
- Competitive compensation, including benefits.
- Flexible hours and less than 100% time may be considered for the right applicant.
American Bird Conservancy values qualifications and competency. As an equal opportunity employer, ABC is committed to ensuring that employees and applicants for employment have equal opportunities.