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Communications Coordinator for Seattle‐based NGO

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Puget Sound Bird Observatory Seattle, WA
United States

Communications Coordinator for Seattle‐based NGO

Puget Sound Bird Observatory is seeking a part‐time Communications Coordinator to provide support for our programs. This position will involve communicating with prospective participants for our 2010 bird‐banding class, developing explanatory materials for our website about our projects and our mission, communicating with our membership through newsletters and web‐based materials, and helping to develop grant proposals. As our first staff position, other tasks may be required on an as needed basis as well. Initially, planning and preparing for our summer banding camp in the mountains will be part of the responsibilities as well.

Our Communications Coordinator should be organized, self‐motivated and creative; should possess strong writing skills and enjoy writing; should feel comfortable interacting with a broad audience including scientists, donors, volunteers, officials, and the public; should help to identify and anticipate project communication needs and opportunities; and should have an interest in and enthusiasm for both birds and science.

• Respond to inquiries about PSBO’s summer bird‐banding camp
• Develop systems for organizing volunteers to get involved with our projects
• Develop responses to inquiries from members, volunteers, and the public
• Help develop online presence and outreach materials through blog and facebook, newsletter articles, project and data summaries, images
• Help organize member mailings
• Research potential funding sources and help with grant proposals
• Help board members with specific tasks, depending on candidate interests & skills and our needs
• Possibly some volunteer coordination for specific projects
• Maintain close contact with board members


• Outstanding written and verbal communications skills with writing samples.
• Ability to use computers and internet effectively for communication (Word and MS Excel
required; Quickbooks, Access and HTML helpful)
• Detail‐oriented and organized for expedition‐preparation
• Familiarity with website maintenance helpful; basic knowledge of HTML and experience posting text & images on web is an important part of the job but the basics can be learned by motivated candidates.
• Commitment to learning about birds through science.

The position is part‐time but flexible, 8‐12 hours/week. Pay will be $12‐$18/hour, depending on skills and experience. Funding is secure through August 2010; thereafter, pending additional funding and candidate performance, we hope to increase hours and raise pay. Opportunities to volunteer with our banding and bird‐monitoring project and possibility to participate in our bird‐bander training in August.

Please email your letter of interest along with PDFs of your resume and two writing samples by April 10 to: Daniel Froehlich, President PSBO; [email protected].

PSBO studies birds and their habitats in the Pacific Northwest to better understand changes in bird populations, to inform decision makers, and to engage the public with birds and their needs. Citizen‐science research is the core of our mission; getting the public involved in this work and communicating results and needs from this work is the core of our outreach efforts.


Puget Sound Bird Observatory Seattle, WA
United States