Now Hiring: Missouri Prairie Foundation and Grow Native! Operations Assistant

June 21, 2022 | News

Missouri Prairie Foundation and Grow Native! Operations Assistant
Full-time (40 hours a week) or 3/4-time (30 hours a week) position, the duties of which involve supporting
the work of the Missouri Prairie Foundation’s (MPF’s) Executive Director, Director of Prairie Management,
Outreach and Special Projects Coordinator, future staff, board of directors, and volunteers. Work is largely
information-based and includes managing data; coding and organizing invoices for payment in
coordination with other staff, Treasurer, and contract bookkeeper; managing event preparation and
registration; preparing postal mailings; organizing and managing outreach supplies and merchandise;
managing MPF’s Square store; filing hard copy and electronic documents; and some event participation
for MPF, which is a nonprofit land trust, and its Grow Native! native plant marketing and education
program. Work remotely from a home office, located preferably in Columbia, Missouri, although excellent
candidates from throughout the lower Midwest will also be considered. This position will be directly
supervised by MPF’s Executive Director, and work collaboratively with MPF’s Director of Prairie
Management, Outreach and Special Projects Coordinator, additional, future staff, contractors, board
members, and volunteers. We are looking for a self-starter who enjoys carrying out a wide variety of tasks
that are necessary for MPF to carry out its important work.

Annual Full-time Salary:
$38,500 plus benefits listed below. MPF will provide computer and other items necessary to perform work.
3/4-time salary: $28,875

Benefits:
Full time: $2,400 a year health care stipend; maximum two weeks pay for jury duty; paid holidays (after
30 days of service); after one year of employment, paid vacation, and eligibility to participate in MPF’s
SIMPLE IRA with an MPF 3% match.
3/4 quarter time: $2,400 a year health care stipend, maximum two weeks pay for jury duty; paid holidays
(after 30 days of service); after one year of employment, paid vacation.

Duties and Responsibilities:
– Organizing and coding invoices for payment three times a month
– Working with the Little Green Light donor management system to manage event registrations and other
tasks. Training provided.
– If located in the Columbia area, receiving and distributing MPF postal mail from Columbia P.O. box via
postal service and electronically as appropriate.
– Mailing outreach and membership materials.
– Managing some aspects of the MPF and Grow Native! websites, including posting events and news
releases and editing some web pages. Training provided.
– Filing hard copy and electronic documents.
– Organizing and staffing live and virtual booths at events such as Earth Day, community events, etc. and
securing volunteers to help at such events and prairie volunteer workdays; tracking volunteer hours.
– Carrying out certain fundraising aspects of events, such as procuring and organizing silent auctions.
– Carrying out various administrative and clerical tasks, such as creating name tags for events, printing
and mailing letters, and ordering supplies.
– Assisting with fundraising and outreach events, such as MPF’s annual dinner, workshops, and staffing
booths at conferences and other events.
– Occasional travel in Missouri or elsewhere in the lower Midwest to meet with other staff and to work at
some events and some meetings. (MPF reimburses travel expenses.)
– Managing MPF’s Square store and fulfilling MPF/Grow Native! Gift Shop orders
– Organing outreach materials and Gift Shop merchandise
– Other duties as assigned in keeping with skill set and experience

Minimum Qualifications
Degree in communications, journalism, marketing, natural resource planning, horticulture; or, if degree is
in a different field, equivalent on-the-job experience, or, if no college degree, minimum of five years of
related work experience with excellent references.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
Excellent writing, editing, speaking, organizational, and fact-finding skills are critical. Must express oneself
clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Must have attention to detail. Must be willing to follow
directives and also share ideas for improved operations. Must have excellent and self-reliant knowledge
of Google documents/sheets and be proficient in Google storage protocols. Must be proficient in or willing
to learn website software (WordPress and Divi), donor management system (Little Green Light), and other
software as needed. Ability to take initiative, work autonomously, meet deadlines, and work within the
organizational structure and culture of MPF is essential. Effective interpersonal communication skills and
ability to work in small groups are very important. Must have ability and means to travel around the
MPF/Grow Native! region as the job requires. Must have the ability to lift objects in the normal course of
completing job requirements. Knowledge and experience with nonprofit administration, project
management, sales, public relations, conservation, botany, gardening, landscaping, and photography are
pluses.

Core Competencies and Special Ability Requirements:
Accept all responsibilities of the job and assigned tasks.
Accept change, new information, and carry out agreed-upon plans.
Work independently with self-motivation and willingness to learn.
Define a problem, analyze relevant information, and develop solutions and plans to solve the problem.
Develop and sustain cooperative working relationships and possess willingness to communicate
concerns.
Demonstrate technical proficiency in areas of responsibility.
Create and sustain an atmosphere in which timely and quality information flows between self and others,
and express facts and ideas in a convincing manner whether one-on-one or within groups.
Take a long-term view of MPF’s direction and articulate a vision within daily work that integrates key
program goals, priorities, values, and other factors.
Demonstrate regular and predictable attendance and document work accomplishments.
Must be bondable.

To apply, send all of the following materials electronically to caroldavit@gmail.com no later than July 8:
Resume
Three references with at least one from a direct supervisor
Writing sample, and/or examples of work as it relates to this job description
We welcome questions. Contact Carol Davit at caroldavit@gmail.com or 573-356-7828.
Proof of COVID vaccination is required.

Download Job Description PDF

About the Missouri Prairie Foundation:
The Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) is a 56-year old land trust that owns and manages 30 properties around the state including many original, unplowed prairies with exceptional prairie biota. These are rare and biologically diverse natural communities and natural treasures. MPF has a reputation for excellent prairie management of exotic and invasive species. These properties are open to the public to enjoy for nature study, birding, and in some cases, limited hunting.

MPF organizes many events throughout the year to educate and inform about Missouri’s prairie legacy. MPF also runs the 22-year-old Grow Native! native plant marketing and education program and administers the Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force (MoIP).

Missouri Prairie Foundation Vision:
For the benefit of present and future generations, we envision original prairie protected forever, an abundance of prairie plantings, native plants in widespread use in developed landscapes, and systematic control of invasive plants.

Missouri Prairie Foundation Mission:
The mission of the Missouri Prairie Foundation is to protect and restore prairie and other native grassland communities through land acquisition, management, education, and research; to promote the use of native plants through its Grow Native! program; and to support the control of invasive plants through its administration of the Missouri Invasive Plant Council.

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