Xerces Society Pesticide Program Director closes Feb 19

SCOPE: Join a growing team of professionals working to conserve some of the world's most important animals. Under the direction of the Pesticide Program Director the Pesticide Program Specialist will be involved in local, state and federal efforts to support pesticide policies and practices that protect the environment for bees, butterflies, aquatic invertebrates and other wildlife.


The Xerces Society is an international nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. Butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, worms, starfish, mussels, and crabs are but a few of the millions of invertebrates at the heart of a healthy environment. Invertebrates are essential to the reproduction of most flowering plants, including many fruits, vegetables, and nuts; they are food for birds, fish, and other animals; they build the stunning coral reefs in our oceans. Yet invertebrate populations are often imperiled by human activities and rarely accounted for in traditional conservation.

Established in 1971, and named after the extinct Xerces blue butterfly, the Xerces Society is at the forefront of invertebrate protection, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of local citizens to implement conservation and education programs. We protect endangered species and their habitats, produce ground-breaking publications on insect conservation, train thousands of farmers and land managers to protect and manage habitat for beneficial insects, and raise awareness about the invertebrates of forests, prairies, deserts, creeks, wetlands, and oceans. The Xerces Society is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, with regional staff in California, Nebraska, Texas, Minnesota, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Washington, Wisconsin, Vermont, and North Carolina.


  • Assist in creation and dissemination of pesticide related outreach materials. Materials could include: community guides, fact sheets, summaries of scientific findings, and position papers.

  • Provide technical support and provide clear information on how people can protect pollinators and other beneficial insects to a variety of audiences.

  • Design, coordinate and present workshops and other trainings throughout the United States.

  • Work to enact local and state level policies to reduce the environmental impacts of pesticide use.

  • Evaluate pest management plans to determine potential risk to invertebrates. Provide recommendations to reduce reliance upon pesticides and minimize pesticide related risks.

    • Review pesticide data including risk assessments, use and monitoring data and/or incident reports to assist Xerces in determine priority project areas.



  • Basic understanding of pesticides, toxicology and pesticide regulation.

  • Ability to understand, interpret, synthesize, and effectively communicate complex scientific information to a range of audiences to influence conservation practice.

  • Excellent written communication and public speaking skills.

  • Proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

  • Extremely dependable, organized, and with great attention to detail.

  • Ability to manage time and diverse activities under tight deadlines, while delivering high quality results.

  • Ability to develop work plans and work independently on assigned tasks.

  • Background and interest in networking and outreach.

  • Adaptable, able to adjust work plans to respond to opportunities and issues as they arise.

  • · Ability to travel out of town up to ~ 5 days/month.


  • Knowledge of common insect pests, integrated pest management and other pest management systems.

  • Knowledge of pollinators, monarch butterflies, bumble bees, botany, natural communities, restoration ecology, land management, ecological processes, and biodiversity conservation.

QUALIFICATIONS: (education, training, licensure)


  • Legal authorization to work in the United States

  • Bachelor's in toxicology, ecology, environmental science, conservation biology, natural resource management, entomology, or related field degree with 3-5 years of experience in a relevant field.

  • Current driver's license and good driving record.


  • Master's degree or Ph.D. in toxicology, ecology, environmental science, conservation biology, natural resource management, entomology, or related field degree with 3-5 years of experience in a relevant field.

How to apply

APPLICATION: Individuals interested in this position should e-mail a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references as a single attachment in MS Word or Adobe PDF. Address the subject line of your email to "Job title- search", and send to: careers@xerces.org



  • Unfortunately, due to the volume of communications we are unable to respond to individual applicants inquiries.

  • We ask that applicants do not contact our office via phone or email about their application.

  • You will be contacted if selected for an interview.

All applicants will receive email notification once position is fill