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Educator/Biologist for the Rio Grande Phenology Trail Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP)

Educator/Biologist for the Rio Grande Phenology Trail Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP) Partnering with Valle De Oro National Wildlife Refuge

Full Time, Year Round Position Starting 1 August 2017

Anticipated Hiring Timeline

  • Applications accepted through Monday 29 May
  • Phone interviews with selected candidates 30 May through 2 June
  • In person interviews at Bosque School for finalists, Albuquerque 7 and 8 June
  • Position offered by 15 June Starting 1 August 2017

Overview of Partner Organizations and Job:

The Educator/Biologist will work as a ‘Phenology Network Coordinator’ to assist Local Phenology Leaders and their volunteer groups in tracking changes in plant and animal life cycle events (phenology) at multiple locations along the Rio Grande as part of larger citizen science efforts including Nature’s Notebook and the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program.

The Rio Grande Phenology Trail (RGP Trail) ( was created in 2014 to bring together like-minded organizations to better understand the changing phenology of the Middle Rio Grande watershed. The Trail began with phenology monitoring of focal species at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, the first urban wildlife refuge in the Southwest, and has since expanded to include six locations from Santa Fe in the north to Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in the south.

The Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP) hosts one of the Rio Grande Phenology Trail locations and is a local citizen science organization in the central New Mexico region that focuses on student engagement in the local riverside forest, or bosque. It is a partnership of Bosque School and the University of New Mexico Department of Biology. BEMP provides over 10,000 students, teachers, and the public with environmental education and science research opportunities annually.

Nature’s Notebook ( is a project of the USA National Phenology Network (USANPN, Weekly monitoring will result in scientific data that will provide information on seasonal changes in plant and animal species along the Rio Grande corridor. This information will be used to meet management and outreach goals at the various Trail locations, and will be summarized and presented back to local communities and schools. In order to best understand how this region is being impacted by a changing climate, the Rio Grande Phenology Trail will amass at least 7-10 years’ worth of observation data. A main focus of this position is to create a sustainable monitoring program that will endure for many years.

This individual will work with other BEMP Educators to develop and deliver exciting hands-on education programming and curriculum related to the Rio Grande Phenology Trail, both in the field and in classroom settings. Students in the existing BEMP and Nature’s Notebook programs range from ages 8 to 18.

We are looking for someone who is flexible and ready to adapt to new situations on the fly. The successful applicant should be a reliable and dependable team-member, and should be excited about fostering curiosity in students about the natural world. Strong communication and organizational skills are a must.

Job duties will include:

  • Supporting the RGP Trail’s Local Phenology Leaders (LPLs) by organizing regular check-in meetings (quarterly), relaying feedback to staff at the USA National Phenology Network, and providing resources and trainings for the LPLs as needed (with support from the USA-NPN)
  • Organizing trainings for new volunteers and calibration trainings (to ensure consistent data collection between sites) for experienced volunteers
  • Working with local schools in the BEMP network to involve them in phenology monitoring at various Trail locations and BEMP sites and to support general BEMP and field science work as assigned
  • Involving students at BEMP sites and visitors to Valle de Oro NWR (and other interested Trail locations) in making observations via paper datasheets/smartphones
  • Organizing social events, seminars, and other activities to retain program volunteers
  • Maintaining social media outlets (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) as a means to strengthen connectivity within the community of Trail members.
  • Promote awareness of USA-NPN’s Nature’s Notebook program by attending related events for Valle de Oro and BEMP as a representative of all 3 programs.
  • Writing a newsletter to share results, resources, and stories from the Trail
  • Creating data summaries, visualizations, and stories to share with Trail volunteers and the public
  • Expand the Trail by reaching out to other potential partners and supporting new Trail partners
  • Complete both quarterly and annual written reports and plans for the future for ensuring the sustainability of the position

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with experience in field biology, environmental education, or related work 
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience in program coordination and volunteer management
  • Experience in an environmental education role
  • Desire to work with volunteers, students, and the public
  • Ability to work from two locations – Bosque School (where the BEMP offices are) and Valle De Oro National Wildlife Refuge
  • Familiarity with social media outlets

Highly Desired Qualifications: 

  • Strong connection with Hispanic and/or Native American (particularly Pueblo) communities
  • Spanish Speaker

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience with data summary and analysis and report writing
  • Demonstrated experience teaching, curriculum and lesson development, and creation of training modules
  • Demonstrated experience creating data visualizations appropriate for the public
  • Previous experience working on citizen science projects or initiatives

Application Materials:

Applicants should email a cover letter and resume to Preferred deadline for submission of applications is 29 May 2017. Position is open until filled.

The position is an employee of the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP) within Bosque School. It is a full time position. Salary: $35,400 + benefits. Health and other benefits are provided as per Bosque School’s policies. All Bosque School contracts are year to year. All BEMP contracts contingent upon continued funding.

Non-Discrimination and Disability Policy:

Bosque School is an equal opportunity employer and makes all employment decisions, including those related to recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, and recognition of individuals on the basis of their ability and job related qualifications and without regard to race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or any other classification proscribed under applicable federal, state, or local law.

We actively seek diversity among faculty and administration as well as among students. The school complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application/interview process are requested to contact the School in order to arrange such accommodation (505) 898-6388.

Opportunity within the NCO: 
Closing Date: 
Monday, May 15, 2017