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Mission Statement

Our Mission. The Biodiversity Group is an international team of wildlife biologists, educators, and photographers dedicated to preserving the smaller majority of animal life on Earth. Rooted in the science of ecology, we illuminate little known communities of animals in shrinking wild places. Our photography shares beauty, value, and scientific information to a worldwide audience through the camera-eye. And by fostering local education, we empower people with the experiences, skills, and tools to steward the rich ecosystems that surround and sustain them. Our ultimate goal is to facilitate informed management decisions by people, governments, and land preservation organizations to keep incredible biological landscapes intact for future generations.

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The Biodiversity Group is an international team of wildlife biologists, educators, and photographers dedicated to preserving the smaller majority of animal life on Earth. Rooted in the science of ecology, we illuminate little known communities of animals in shrinking wild places. Our photography shares beauty, value, and scientific information to a worldwide audience through the camera-eye. And by fostering local education, we empower people with the experiences, skills, and tools to steward the rich ecosystems that surround and sustain them. Our ultimate goal is to facilitate informed management decisions by people, governments, and land preservation organizations to keep incredible biological landscapes intact for future generations.

Locations: United States, Ecuador, Vietnam, and Mexico (Headquarters: Tucson, Arizona, USA)

The Biodiversity Group is currently seeking candidates to join our Board of Directors.

We are a passionate and multi-talented group of dedicated volunteers seeking to expand our capacity and abilities. To that end, we are soliciting energetic professionals with diverse life experiences who would like to join the board of an established nonprofit with global scope and impact--and to gather forces with a fun bunch of people!

We are seeking four candidates to begin service in November/December 2014

Benefits

  • Experience the satisfaction of teaming with a small but effective volunteer board that makes a tangible difference in tropical reserves and the education of local youth.
  • Enjoy the synergy and lively interaction of a leadership team that is directly involved in the communities which it serves. You'll enjoy camaraderie and a productive environment during our quarterly board meetings, held at our headquarters in Tucson, Arizona and other locations.
  • Help us as we continue to bring innovation and new applications of photography to our programs in citizen science, research, conservation and ecotourism. Our visual data is saving species, and has identified many more which are deserving of protection.
  • The Biodiversity Group is focused on local relationships and fostering community-based conservation in Ecuador, Mexico and Vietnam. Please consider applying for our board if you have significance experience in these countries and draw motivation from the needs of these people.
  • We are looking for visionaries and strategic thinkers. Please let us know if you feel your skills would complement our existing team. We hope you take some time to review our website.

Board Responsibilities:

Prospective members can expect a fast-paced, hands-on experience. Board members serve two-year terms, participate on committees, provide an annual financial contribution of personal significance, and are centrally involved in organizational fundraising. Members are also expected to attend our annual board retreat and participate in quarterly board meetings in Tucson and the southwestern United States. Opportunities for greater leadership and experience - through the roles of president, treasurer and secretary - are open to any board member.

Minimum Qualifications.

Strong applicants should be able to persuade, facilitate and build consensus among diverse individuals and allied stakeholders. Specific qualifications we’re looking for are:

  • Passion for biodiversity and the value of visual media in conservation
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in business, government, philanthropy or the nonprofit sectors
  • Strong strategic planning and problem-solving skills
  • Commitment to fundraising for the organization via individual solicitations, corporate gifts and sponsorships, underwriting, donations of goods, grant writing, and new ideas
  • Strong interpersonal skills, tact, integrity and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships

Desired Skills & Experience. Ideal board candidate will bring a collection of skills, experience, and expertise from the public, private and/or non-profit sectors, which may include:
  • Accountancy and Financial Management
  • Travel, residence, work experience or ancestry in Ecuador, Vietnam or Mexico
  • Business & Corporate Leadership
  • Website Design & Development
  • Development of Donors/Sponsors/Grants
  • Photography (scientific or aesthetic applications)
  • Video & Documentary Production & Distribution
  • Law (tourism, 501(c)(3), media)
  • Conservation & Natural Resource Science
  • Marketing (web/email/print, publicity)
  • Environmental education / Community outreach

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