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Lead Scientist (Native Pollinator Focus)

Lewisburg, WV 

Position: Lead Scientist (Native Pollinator Focus), Appalachian Pollinator Center

Organization: Appalachian Headwaters

Location: Lewisburg, West Virginia

Position Overview:

Appalachian Headwaters is a nonprofit organization focused on environmental education and restoration of native ecosystems in central Appalachia. Headwaters creates and supports a wide range of environmental programs, including the Appalachian Pollinator Center, an environmental education and research program focused on the ecology of honey bees, native pollinators, and native plants in our region. Headwaters’ reforestation program focuses on restoring native forests on former mountaintop removal coal mining sites in central Appalachia. That program is now in the process of establishing native forests and restoring streams on two former mines totaling over 5,000 acres. Our native plant program will propagate and grow many of the plants for our reforestation projects from seeds and other materials collected from local forests. The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective program helps beekeepers in distressed Appalachian counties learn how to keep bees an environmentally responsible way and earn an income. We operate Camp Waldo, an environmentally focused summer camp for children in our economically distressed region. We are also expanding our environmental education program in public schools and creating a network to support environmental educators in central Appalachia.


We are hiring a Lead Scientist to work in our environmental education program, extend and manage our citizen science programs focused on native pollinator health and habitat, and help with development of our pollinator habitat demonstration sites. The program operates from our offices in Lewisburg, WV, as well as our camp in Summers County, WV (sleeps 140 people), and a newly established educational park in Lewisburg.

Out ideal candidate will have a PhD in some form of entomology, botany, environmental science, ecology, forestry, or other related field. The candidate must be compatible with our program mission, including a dedication to environmental protection, organic plant growing and restoration of native ecosystems. The candidate should also be able to work closely and respectfully with our members and communities throughout rural West Virginia and Virginia.


  • Educational outreach regarding the issues related to native pollinator health and habitat
  • Help develop policies, educational programming, and research projects focused on native pollinators in our region
  • Conduct and facilitate partnerships to promote community science programs focused on native plants and pollinators
  • Ecological data assessment/analysis
  • Help support native plant growing program,
  • Help support reforestation and reclamation projects


  • Masters or PhD in entomology, botany, environmental science, ecology, agriculture, forestry, or related field
  • Teaching experience preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to relate to people of diverse backgrounds
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple and diverse tasks


Salary: DOE, includes strong benefits package

Website: www.appheadwaters.org



Please submit a resume, two or three references and cover letter to kasquith@appheadwaters.org.

Position open until filled

Start date: ASAP

Posted May 4, 2021

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