Plant-Pollinator Database Specialist

Plant-Pollinator Database Specialist

Job category: Other

Job Type: Full Time

Remote, Oregon

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Job Description:

JOB TITLE: Plant-Pollinator Database Specialist


LOCATION: Remote based position, flexible within the United States. Candidates must be able to work from their home office with broadband internet access.


COMPENSATION: $54,000 -$57,000 per year


JOB START DATE: Late January 2023





All applications must be submitted via our application website at:

We are committed to creating a more diverse workforce that is welcoming to all employees and the communities we serve. As part of the application process, please be prepared to answer a brief essay question (1,000 characters or less) in which you describe some ways you might help Xerces collaborate with diverse audiences or historically excluded communities in this role.

Xerces is happy to provide accommodations for the job application process if needed. If you need an accommodation to complete the job application process, please email



Come join a growing team of conservation professionals at the Xerces Society who are dedicated to protecting some of the world’s most important animals. We are seeking a plant or pollinator ecologist to collaborate with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service National Plant Data Team, researchers, and other partners to develop a database of plant-pollinator interactions.


At Xerces, we harness the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of the public to implement conservation programs. We take action by helping farms and public agencies develop conservation plans for pollinators and beneficial insects, producing ground-breaking publications on insect conservation, training thousands of farmers and land managers to protect and manage habitat for beneficial insects, protecting endangered species and their habitat, and engaging the public to raise awareness about invertebrates found on farms, forests, prairies, deserts, streams, wetlands, towns and cities. Our methods focus on habitat conservation planning, education, scientific analysis, advocacy, and applied research to conserve invertebrates, such as bees, butterflies, mollusks, and fireflies.



The Plant-Pollinator Database Specialist, in collaboration with the NRCS National Plant Data Team, will lead an effort to update existing and create new plant-pollinator data sets and integrate them into the PLANTS Database, one of USDA’s most visited websites and a resource for conservation planners, as well as researchers and the general public. The Specialist will be coordinating with ongoing efforts conducted by other federal agencies, academic researchers, as well as other entities. The data will be shared with the public, researchers, and government agencies.



Under the direction of the Xerces Society Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist (Great Plains and Midwest Region), and in collaboration with NRCS National Plant Data Team, the Plant-Pollinator Database Specialist will:

  • Manage, organize, and streamline existing datasets, working in close collaboration with the NRCS National Plant Data Team.
  • Conduct quality control checks on existing dataset.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities to incorporate additional datasets into PLANTS pollinator database.
  • Characterize plant-pollinator species interactions, extracted from the scientific literature and other documented sources, and input these into PLANTS pollinator database.
  • Work with the National Plant Data Team to add plant-pollinator data to the public-facing website.
  • Foster and maintain strong relationships with diverse set of collaborators.


STATUS: Full-Time, salaried, exempt position, scheduled to work ~ 40 hours/week. Schedule can be made flexible and opportunity for partial remote work location can be made, consistent with work requirements.


BENEFITS: This position includes a generous benefits package: twelve paid holidays including two floating holidays that may be used for a personal or religious holiday observed by the employee or other occasion per policy, paid time off, paid health, dental, and disability insurance, option to participate in a pre-tax flexible spending account for medical and dependent care expenses, participation in a 401k retirement program upon meting eligibility requirements and a flexible work environment.


TERMS: The Xerces Society is an at-will employer. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.


MORE INFORMATION: For more information on the Xerces Society and our programs, please see our website:



All applications must be submitted via our application website at:



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  • Ability and willingness to work with diverse teams and constituents in a respectful, equitable, and inclusive fashion.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the willingness and ability to reach out to possible partners.
  • Experience managing large data sets, including historical or time-series data, and proficiency with database design.
  • Strong pollinator ecology background.
  • Proven ability to communicate technical information to a wide variety of audiences, from land managers and policy makers to other researchers and the public.
  • Strong project management skills, including the ability to manage time and diverse activities under tight deadlines, while delivering high quality results.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to develop and implement work plans independently with attention to detail.
  • Exceptional attention to detail, and a proven ability to establish quality assurance and quality control processes when managing large datasets.
  • Excellent computer skills, with high proficiency of Microsoft Excel data queries, sorting, concatenation and spread sheet management. Additionally, strong familiarity with the following programs: MS Word, Access, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Ability to take initiative in identifying problems and designing novel solutions.


  • Direct experience with plant-pollinator data sets.
  • Conservation entomology background and/or understanding of conservation biology issues and taxonomy.
  • Experience using various sampling techniques to gather data on plant-pollinator intersections in field settings.
  • Experience with data use ethics, managing data privacy and information security.
  • Experience in visual design and knowledge of design software, such as Adobe Creative Cloud.
  • Cross-cultural, multicultural, and/or multilingual skills, background, or experience.



  • Bachelor’s degree in pollinator ecology, ecology, conservation biology, entomology, or related field.
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience, or demonstrated truly equivalent knowledge and skills, working with databases and data management and analysis.
  • Must have current authorization to work in the United States with any employer. Visa sponsorship is not provided for this position.


  • Graduate degree in pollinator ecology, entomology, ecology, conservation biology, or related field.
  • 2 or more years of experience, or demonstrated truly equivalent knowledge and skills, working with databases and data management and analysis.
  • Valid driver’s license in the United States and a motor vehicle records check allowing employee to be insured under Xerces corporate liability insurance.


Be able to perform the following with reasonable breaks and/or reasonable accommodations:

  • Operate a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a telephone, copy machine, and computer printer for periods of 1-8 hours.


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