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Regional Science Coordinator

Date Posted: 11-5-2012
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
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The Regional Science Coordinator supports the science-related activities of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) chapters in MD, VA, and WV and cooperates and participates with other science staff of TACF. The coordinator supports and advises chapter breeding programs following accepted breeding-program protocol, including such activities as pollination, harvest and seed collection, seed storage and distribution, planting site selection, planning plantings, directing the planting and maintenance of chestnut trees, inoculating and selecting trees, and record keeping. In addition, the coordinator provides support to chapter programs by facilitating education and outreach opportunities, participating in chapter meetings, and acting as a link between the chapters and TACF’s headquarters.

1. Provide science, breeding, orchard management information, advice and assistance to the chapters in accordance with TACF breeding program protocol and principles of good tree care:
2. Stay abreast of advances in chestnut research through professional journals, attend TACF board, cabinet, committee, and appropriate science meetings and confer with TACF and associated scientists.
3. Communicate regularly with other TACF staff and Chapter Presidents, Regional Science Coordinators, and chapter members to facilitate goals, strategic plans, fundraising efforts, etc.
4. Prepare annual reports on the status of the region’s chapter breeding programs for presentation to the TACF board and in TACF publications. Assist in editing or review of TACF publications as requested.
5. Write and develop grants to support projects and other chapter activities.
6. Work with chapters to establish and maintain Restoration Branches and restoration plantings.
7. Promote the work and accomplishments of the state chapters and of TACF.

1. Degree in biological sciences, environmental sciences, forestry, or equivalent; an M.S is preferred, but not required.
2. Managerial and/or professional experience related to the duties and responsibilities of the position.
3. Ability to write clearly on matters of scientific, technical, and administrative nature, as demonstrated by written or published articles or presentations.
4. Ability to present technical information to a variety of audiences, as demonstrated by successfully making such presentations and by being invited by organizations to give such presentations.
5. Knowledge and ability in computer-based spreadsheets, databases, GPS systems, presentation software, reporting systems and other appropriate software programs.
6. Knowledge of the principles, concepts, and methodologies in the field of biological sciences, particularly genetics.
7. Knowledge and ability to use standard guides such as county soils maps, weather, etc.
8. Experience in tree-orchard operation and management is preferred, but not necessary.
9. Ability to travel, including on weekends. This position requires approximately 20ravel time.

• The ultimate location for this position is somewhat negotiable, but we prefer to house the position at the Virginia Department of Forestry offices in Charlottesville, VA.
• Final salary will be based upon qualifications and experience. This position enjoys a full benefits package including health insurance and a retirement fund.

Interested candidates should send cover letter, resume, and references by May 25, 2012 to (email preferred):
Sara Fitzsimmons
Regional Science Coordinator Supervisor
Salary: 35K - 45K


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