Bat Walk Network Coordinator (Austin)
DEPARTMENT: Networks & Partnerships
FLSA STATUS: Exempt, Full Time
LOCATION: Negotiable (within Texas)
CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled
Our mission is to conserve the world's bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet.
BCI is dedicated to the enduring protection of the world’s 1300+ species of bats and their habitats, for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. In pursuit of this vision, during the next five years BCI will work worldwide with local, regional, national and multinational partners to deliver conservation impact at scale.
Founded in 1982, BCI employs a staff of more than 30 biologists, conservation experts, and administrators, supported by members in 60 countries. BCI offers Medical/Dental/Vision/Life/AD&D/PTO/401k.
Bat Conservation International and the Houston Zoo are working together to advance conservation of Texas bats by empowering local communities to appreciate and protect bats. The Bat Walk Network Coordinator’s primary role is to build and maintain a collaborative network of trained volunteers to lead inspirational bat walks with a focus on providing participants with a nature experience, education about the value of bats, and actions that can be taken to protect them in Texas.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience and a passion in community engagement, network building, and/or training and engaging volunteers and evaluation. They should have familiarity with the conservation field, be exceptionally organized, and demonstrate ability to work across stakeholder groups. The candidate should have the ability to coordinate and engage diverse audiences and volunteers, understand how to empower volunteers to become engaged and active supporters of conservation. An outgoing, multi-tasking self-starter with exemplary communication and networking skills will thrive in this position.
The Bat Walk Network Coordinator is supervised by BCI’s Senior Director of Networks and Partnerships. Although the position is based at Bat Conservation International it is co-sponsored by Houston Zoo and will work closely with both organizations to develop specific goals for the program’s Texas component. Working location is negotiable within Texas (Houston, Austin, Dallas or San Antonio are preferred).
Major Responsibilities and Duties:
- Develop training opportunities for volunteers to undertake public education presentations on behalf of BCI.
- Manage the growth and maintenance of volunteer and community trainings, tools, and resources to ensure they are effective.
- Develop outreach events, programs and messaging to reach key constituents. Work with local partners and community influencers to convey messages effectively in Texas communities.
- Coordinate BCI Bat Ambassadors participation and reporting for bat walk events across the network.
- Represent BCI at specific events, media interviews, committees and present to external audiences when needed.
- Work with BCI’s Networks & Partnerships and Communication teams to expand and implement vision for the program, develop work plans, and ensure goals are tracked and met.
- Work with Communications and IT departments to make the network of volunteers run as efficiently as possible. Initiate new ideas and systems to streamline processes and reduce staff time within the resources available.
- Work with Communications department to produce content to engage volunteers.
- Work collaboratively with the Conservation and Science teams to ensure that the collaborative network is fully engaged with our conservation programs.
- Identify and develop partnerships with education and community organizations that can facilitate our work in communities.
- Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a related field.
- Demonstrated experience in community engagement, grassroots training or volunteer management that involves project planning, evaluation and cross-departmental collaboration.
- Demonstrated familiarity/experience with the conservation field.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to write quickly and accurately on deadline are a must. Experience in communicating conservation or scientific/technical information required.
- Experience in managing projects and volunteers.
- Experience working with diverse communities is a plus.
- Superb verbal and presentation proficiency; as well as effective planning, organization, time management, and multi-tasking skills.
- Enjoys team dynamics and demonstrates a participatory work-style and superior interpersonal skills.
- Superior organizational skills and ability to handle a multitude of tasks, including experience in adhering to deadlines.
- Exemplary emotional intelligence, with the ability to inspire staff members, donors and partners toward our mission.
Working Conditions & Physical Effort:
- Work requires only minor physical exertion and/or physical strain. Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements.
- Willingness to travel (current expectation is 25% travel) and occasionally on short notice. Travel includes leading bat walk trainings, promoting the program at meetings/conferences, conducting targeted community outreach in Texas, attending annual staff retreats, and professional development activities.