Community Engagement Coordinator

  • Xerces Society
  • Portland, OR
  • Apr 18, 2018
Full time Advocacy and Policy Biology - Ecology Communication - Public Outreach Conservation/ Natural Resources

Job Description


Come join a growing team of conservation professionals working to protect habitat for some of the world’s most important animals. We are seeking a Community Engagement Coordinator who will reach out to broadly engage the public in Xerces Society’s education and conservation efforts. The Coordinator will develop and implement a community outreach and engagement plan including: defining engagement goals, identifying key audiences, recruiting volunteers to expand the reach of our communication and education efforts, and evaluating the impact of engagement activities.

Our vision is to transform towns and cities around the country to increase their support for sustainable populations of bees, butterflies, and other invertebrates. By developing and working with a network of motivated activists, the successful candidate will mobilize communities to speak out for protection of natural areas; augment habitat in yards, parks, community gardens, and other public spaces; and advocate for policies that reduce the use of pesticides. The Community Engagement Coordinator will report to the Director of Communications and Outreach to help communities reconnect with nature and beautify neighborhoods with flowering habitats and will foster leaders and stewards of nature.


The ideal candidate will have expertise in outreach and education and a background in or knowledge of ecology, biology, conservation biology, or entomology.


  • Action-oriented with a passion for engaging the community.
  • Strong knowledge of ecology, conservation biology, entomology, and/or environmental studies.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with staff and public.
  • Exceptional presentation, public speaking, and verbal communication skills.
  • Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple tasks with attention to detail and timeliness.
  • Able to supervise volunteers at a distance in coordination with Xerces staff.
  • Self-motivated and able to take initiative with minimal supervision.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, and preferably with systems to manage volunteers or events.
  • Experience with program evaluation planning, implementation, and analysis.


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in education, organizing, or communications with a background in natural resource management; or
  • Bachelor’s degree in natural resources management, ecology, entomology, or other related field plus two to five years of experience in communications, organizing, or other relevant work.


  • If hired in a location other than our Portland, OR, office, candidate must be able to work from an office located in their home.
  • Ability to travel out of town up to ~ 5 days/month.
  • Occasionally lift and move supplies, materials, equipment weighing up to 30 lbs.
  • Ability to drive vehicle for periods of up to 8 hours.


Nonprofit- NGO