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Regional Science Coordinator – Southern Region

Date Posted: 25-07-2016
Location: Asheville, NC, USA
Contact Person: Wendy Wilson
Company/Business Name: The American Chestnut Foundation

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Regional Science Coordinator – Southern Region

Duties and Responsibilities:
The Southern Regional Science Coordinator (SRSC) supports the science-related activities of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) chapters in GA, NC, SC, AL and TN. The SRCS 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 SRSC provides support to chapter programs by facilitating education and outreach opportunities, participating in chapter meetings, and acting as a link between the chapters and the national office of TACF.

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, attendance TACF board, committee, appropriate science meetings, and confer with TACF and associated scientists.

3. Communicate regularly with other TACF staff, Chapter Presidents, 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, develop, and participate in 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 via articles for various media, interviews, presentations to various groups, etc.


1. Degree in biological sciences, environmental sciences, forestry, or equivalent; an M.S. or PhD is preferred.

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.

The complete job description can be viewed at www.acf.org. Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and resume, including references, to jobs@acf.org. No phone calls, please.

Salary: $47,500-$52,000, based on experience


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