Field Coordinator

Program · Tucson, Arizona
Department Program
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation Starting $40,000

If you love being outside in the Sky Islands and helping the planet with a team of passionate people, this job is for you! Since 1991, Sky Island Alliance has worked to protect and restore the wild lands, wildlife, and waters that embody the Sky Island Region of the U.S. and Mexico. Named for the 55 different pine and oak forested mountain “islands” surrounded by desert and grassland “seas,” the region is a continental crossroads where the Rocky Mountains, Sierra Madre, Sonoran Desert and Chihuahuan Desert connect and blend together to create a renowned biological diversity hotspot. This is where jaguar and gray wolf meet, where bromeliads grow in the arms of maple trees, and spicy chiltepin pepper and sweet Arizona grape grow side-by-side. More than 7,000 species of plants and animals–including over half of the birds in North America–can be found here. In a day’s walk, you can climb through desert and scrubland habitats characteristic of central Mexico, up to mixed-conifer forests characteristic of Canada. 

The Field Coordinator connects volunteers, interns, and partners to our stewardship, wildlife, and water programs throughout the Sky Island Region of the United States and Mexico. To increase engagement in community science and support Sky Island Alliance’s field program, this position coordinates fieldwork for staff and volunteers. To support volunteers, the Field Coordinator creates training materials and coordinates, facilitates training sessions, and tracks volunteer contributions. To support programs, the Field Coordinator will manage field supplies and equipment and assist with other logistics as needed. Finally, the Field Coordinator plays a key role in managing and conducting fieldwork for the Border Wildlife Study and Spring Seeker projects, as well as any other field projects in the United States and Mexico. This position is full time, exempt, and located in Tucson, AZ. Applications will be reviewed starting July 25th.


Job Summary 

Field Coordinator duties include: 

  • Coordinate volunteer participation in conservation projects and programs including stewardship activities and Border Wildlife Study, Sky Island FotoFauna, and Spring Seeker: 
    • Coordinate logistics and field schedules with other program staff, volunteers, partners, students, interns, and land managers. 
    • Lead new volunteer outreach to individuals and partners. 
    • Serve as primary contact for organizations looking for volunteer partnership opportunities. 
    • Manage existing volunteer contact information tracking, fieldwork planning, waivers. 
    • Design effective volunteer retention and recognition programs. 
    • Assist with data collection and analytics of our water and wildlife programs. 
    • Ensure community science and other volunteer programs are aligned with SIA’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) framework. 
    • Participate in staff, volunteer, and partner trainings and discussion on IDEA. 
    • Create and maintain training materials for volunteers that serve both U.S. and Mexico audiences. 
    • Train volunteers. 
    • Seek new ways to reach wider audiences through our programs.
  • Manage and keep all field equipment in good working order:  
    • Maintain cameras, field materials, first aid kits, and vehicles in proper working order with guidance as needed from other staff. 
    • Organize field gear and supplies. 
    • Contribute to communications strategy as needed with website content, blogs, outreach, and information on community science projects and internship activities. 
    • Coordinate individual projects from start to finish ensuring deliverables are completed in a timely fashion, reporting requirements are met, and the project stays within budget. Identify and resolve project issues.  
    • Coordinate cross-project activities with staff at all levels. 
    • Contribute to development of the organizational annual plan and annual budget. 

      Core Competencies 

      The following list of competencies, skills and knowledge are required: 

      • At least 1 year professional experience in community science, volunteer management, field logistics coordination, or educational equivalent. 
      • Strong knowledge of principles and practice of inclusivity and demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
      • Demonstrated skills in data management. 
      • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English—communicate ideas clearly and concisely.  
      • Demonstrated ability to collaborate well with diverse stakeholders.  
      • Demonstrated abilities to organize equipment and schedules. 
      • Ability to obtain and keep Wilderness First Responder or higher medical certification. 
      • Ability to plan weeks to months ahead, anticipate necessary tasks and potential challenges and develop strategies to solve them. 
      • Ability to engage staff at all levels to contribute to success of projects. 
      • Ability to anticipate project challenges and proactively address them with Managers. 
      • Ability to develop and manage project budgets with Manager input. 
      • Operates as an effective tactical and strategic thinker. 
      • Ability to work well with diverse staff, follow-through with minimal supervision, persevere in the face of challenges and changes, be able to handle numerous projects at one time, and meet deadlines consistently. 
      • Commitment to continuous improvement that values learning and to taking on new challenges. 
      • Maintain continuous lines of communication, keeping Managers informed of all critical issues. 
      • Must have or be able to get a valid Arizona Driver’s License within 30 days of hire. 

      Desired Competencies 

      • Strong verbal and written communication skills in Spanish 
      • GIS analysis and mapmaking skills desired, but not required. 
      • International conservation experience desired, but not required. 
      • Experience with MS Office Suite, Teams, Constant Contact, Wordpress, Zoom, and other blended remote-office tools. 

      Working Conditions 

      This position requires: 

      • Regular travel within the Sky Island Region of the U.S. and Mexico including working field weekends and multi-day trips during the week as often as 2-3 times per month, and occasionally camping for up to 5 days 
      • Scheduling flexibility to accommodate weekend and evening work, with days off often occurring on weekdays 
      • Ability to work long days in excess of 12 hours in the field in a variety of sometimes extreme weather conditions and other hazards, often at elevation 
      • Comply with organizational Covid-19 safety protocols 
      • Occasional travel outside the region to attend conferences, meetings, or trainings 
      • Regular lifting of field and other equipment up to 50 pounds 
      • Ability to hike on and off trail for more than 8 miles while carrying field equipment 
      • Occasional evening work to attend meetings or organizational events 


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      • Location
        Tucson, Arizona
      • Department
      • Employment Type
      • Minimum Experience
      • Compensation
        Starting $40,000