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Job Announcement

The Bee Girl Organization

Project Assistant

Ashland, Oregon

Part-time, year-round

Job Description

The Bee Girl organization is a nonprofit with a mission to educate and inspire communities to conserve bees, their flowers, and our food. Our work is all about creating and connecting communities to their soil through bee conservation. We envision a future where kids frolic in pastures of flowers, buzzing with bees, alongside profitable family farmers and ranchers. Through our research projects and education programs we are regenerating soil, bees, and communities. We are looking for a highly motivated individual, who lives and breathes our mission, to join our hive.

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, be able to work well independently, and be able to communicate efficiently. We are looking for someone who will fit seamlessly into our small team of two (executive director and program coordinator) with a passion for service work, the nonprofit sector, and conservation. This person will have, or be able to learn, a multi-faceted skill set including data collection and analysis, assisting with administrative tasks, working with kids, beekeeping, and interacting with the general public as well as project collaborators. Experience in all of these facets is not required, we will train the right person who has an outgoing and positive attitude.

Job Functions and Responsibilities

Team member will assist in:

  • Gathering and recording data (soil, plant, pollen, bee virus, hive monitor, etc.), and working with collaborators to analyze data from our bee habitat research projects.

  • Research plot prep, planting, and maintenance.

  • Maintaining 40+ bee hives.

  • Harvesting, bottling, and delivering honey.

  • Preparing for, working during, and breaking down education and fundraising events.

  • Educating kids in grades K-12 about bees.

  • Organizing volunteers at events.

  • Delivering cut flowers from our test plots to kids and senior nonprofit partners.

  • A variety of administrative support tasks.

  • Possibly social media management, and blog writing.

Qualification Preferences

  • Bachelor’s Degree, or higher, in the fields of environmental education, environmental policy, environmental studies, nonprofit administration, event planning, resource conservation, conservation biology, ecology, natural resource management, entomology, wildlife biology, or horticulture.

  • In addition to, or in lieu of, a college degree, we are looking for someone with 2+ years of work experience in any of the following fields: beekeeping, new media management, field research, adult or child education, farming, volunteer management, or policy work.

  • Valid driver’s license and personal vehicle.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to lift 50 pounds (bee hives are heavy!), must not have a known bee allergy, must be able to work outside in extreme heat, cold, and wildfire smoke, and practice rigorous self-care to maintain yourself in said conditions.

Benefits

  • Being part of a quickly growing organization making big, positive changes in our communities and environment.

  • Flexible schedule.

  • Full or partial tuition payment to beekeeping and regenerative agriculture classes and training.

  • Opportunity for an annual raise, and possible schedule increase.

Schedule

March – September: approximately 30 hours per week. October – February: approximately 10 hours per week. Some weekends, evenings, and 10+ hour days required for educational and fundraising events and beekeeping responsibilities.

Compensation: $13 per hour

Terms: The Bee Girl organization 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.

To apply: Submit cover letter and CV to thehive@beegirl.org

Position open until filled. Our hiring committee will be reviewing candidates and scheduling interviews every two weeks.

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.

For more information on the Bee Girl organization and our programs and projects, please visit www.beegirl.org, www.facebook.com/sarahbeegirl, and www.facebook.com/sarahbeegirl

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