Invitation for Bid: California Sustainability in Prisons Project Lead
INVITATION FOR BID: California Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP) Lead
Invitation Number: SPPCA122019
Status: Part time position (approximately 500 hours total from January – October 2020)
Closing date: December 20, 2019

About Us: The Institute for Applied Ecology is a dynamic nonprofit organization founded in 1999 whose mission is to conserve native species and habitats through restoration, research and education. We fill a unique niche among nonprofits and work with a diverse group of partners including federal, state and county agencies and municipalities to accomplish our mission. Our main office is in Corvallis, OR and our Southwest office is in Santa Fe, NM. https://appliedeco.org/

Contract Summary: The Contractor will support IAE’s Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP), a multi-state, multi-partner effort to improve habitat for wildlife and engage diverse incarcerated people in pro-social action, conservation science, and vocational training. https://appliedeco.org/programs/sagebrush/
The contractor will lead the SPP’s Mojave Desert Native Seed Project at the California City Correctional Facility. This project improves habitat for the threatened desert tortoise by engaging inmates in the seed production of native plants that the tortoise eats. Inmates will propagate several native plant species and harvest seeds to add to a seed bank. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be using the seeds to restore desert tortoise habitat.

The Contractor must have their own vehicle and be able to travel to the prison. Mileage will be reimbursed at the current federal rate. The Contractor will need to be registered in the federal SAM (System for Awards Management) database and have a DUNS (Data Universal Number System) number before the contract start date.

Contract will start January 6, 2020 and end October 31st 2020.

Duties Include:
• Coordinate with Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) for program planning at the prison
• Participate in California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) security and safety training as needed
• Coordinate training of incarcerated crew members, provide relevant education materials, and act as intermediary between crew members, CDCR, and IAE
• Implement seeding and initial care of plants with incarcerated crew members
• Work on-site at the prison with incarcerated crew members to review plant health, develop solutions to challenges, meet with partners and inmates, and deliver lectures and on-site vocational training in the prison. Keep activity log for each facility up to date
• Monitor progress “on the ground” (sowing, daily care, thinning, fertilizing, preparation for seed collection).
• Work with team to identify and problem solve program related issues
• Track supply needs and submit order requests
• Communicate with DOC program lead, IAE staff and/or regarding program status, technical difficulties, and any behavior issues
• Collect seeds as they are ready with incarcerated crew members

Independent Status: Contractor is and shall be an Independent Contractor. While performing the work or services provided, Contractor or Contractor's employees shall not be construed as being IAE employee(s) for any purpose, including but not limited to the accrual of any employee benefits such as health insurance, life insurance, retirement or vacation time. As an Independent Contractor, Contractor assumes full responsibility for making all necessary federal, state and social security tax payments and will file all returns and forms required in connection with compensation received in connection with this Agreement.

Preference will be given to those with:
• Bachelor’s degree in biology, natural resources, forestry, horticulture or a related field
• Current US driver’s license
• California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) training and clearance.
• Ability to successfully pass a criminal background check and ongoing compliance with Federal, State and Local statutes (required for working in prisons)
• Horticulture experience, especially with Mojave desert native plant propagation and seed collection
• Leadership or management experience
• Positive willingness to work with incarcerated individuals at minimum and medium security facilities
• Positive willingness to work with people of diverse backgrounds
• Experience with data collection
• Ability to lift up to 30 lbs and work in outdoor conditions while standing or stooping

HOW TO APPLY

You must complete the online application form below. In addition, you need to submit a resume as a single PDF document emailed to procurement@appliedeco.org with the subject line “SPPCA122019 Application.”

Applications must be received by December 20, 2019. INCOMPLETE BIDS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Job is also posted here:

losangeles.craigslist.org/ant/npo/d/california-city-california/7027765302.html

https://appliedeco.org/wp-content/uploads/CA-City-SPP-Contractor-Bid-Invite-1.pdf
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