Biodiversity and Research Specialist

$47,701 - $60,791 yearly
  • Tohono O'odham Community College
  • Sells, AZ, USA
  • Sep 14, 2022
Full time Admin-Clerical Customer Service Education Research Strategy-Planning

Job Description

Job Title:           Biodiversity and Research Specialist

Reports To:       Director, Land Grant Office for Sustainability

Status:               Full-time/ Regular/ Salary/Exempt

Salary:                $47,701- $60,791 annual (DOE). One year position.

SUMMARY: The Biodiversity and Research Specialist (BRS) will support LGOS objectives in the areas of biodiversity conservation, traditional germplasm preservation, statistical analysis of biodiversity, development of indigenized research methods, and preparation and submission of grant proposals.


  • The selected individual will promote collaboration with the Tohono O’odham Nation Department of Natural Resources (TONDNR), other tribal authorities, tribal advocacy groups, and community members on biodiversity, wildlife, and conservation.
  • The BRS will also provide technical training and mentorship to TOCC students and interns as well as support the community with technical and scientific expertise.
  • The successful applicant will teach classes/and/or Microcredentials per departmental need, including capstone activities.
  • The BRS will assist LGOS’s mission to formulate collaborative and training strategies, design, implement, monitor, and evaluate biodiversity conservation and natural resources management projects.
  • The BRS will communicate effectively with the TONDNR and manage knowledge on biodiversity conservation, sustainable natural resources management, and related topics.
  • This position will also support outreach efforts to relevant TON departments, advocacy groups, community tribal members, and the public.
  • The BRS will represent the LGOS in local, national, and international meetings, conferences, and seminars.
  • The selected individual will assist in developing procedures to ensure that LGO’s activities in wildlife, natural resources, and biodiversity conservation are tracked, and that relevant findings and lessons are disseminated on time.
  • The BSR will maintain contact with the environmental community to keep current with the latest technical, scientific, and policy developments and promote collaboration for the sustainable use of natural resources in the Tohono O’odham Nation.
  • Support the T- so:son (Our Core Values) including T-Wohocudadag – Our Beliefs, T-Apedag – Our Well-Being, T-Pi:k Elida – Our Deepest Respect and I-We:mta – Working Together;
  • Perform other job related duties as assigned.



Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree in biology, agriculture and natural resources or master’s degree in a related field with 18 graduate semester hours or 24 upper division semester credit hours and/ or graduate semester hours.
  • Additional Consideration May Be Given To Individuals with the Following


  • Ph.D. in Biology, agriculture and natural resources
  • Publication record demonstrating expertise in biodiversity and research, teaching, student mentoring, and grant writing experience.
  • The applicant should have familiarity with indigenized scientific research methodologies.
  • Have an understanding of the natural resources tribal needs
  • Knowledge on tribal governance, and knowledge of the TON landscape, biodiversity, and history.


  • Valid Arizona Driver’s license with no DUI's or major traffic offenses within the past two years.
  • Must successfully pass a background check and fingerprint clearance.


  • Knowledge of genetic lab techniques
  • Germplasm sampling techniques
  • Instructional methodologies
  • Adult learning theory
  • Research methods
  • Student evaluation methods (formative and summative)
  • Principles in biology and genetics
  • Advising processes and practices
  • Curriculum development


  • Use of computer and relevant software applications
  • Ability to conduct research
  • Ability to Evaluate student performance
  • Ability to instruct students
  • Ability to create collateral materials for teaching sessions