Happenings: NABA Regional Representative Search

NABA is looking for regional representatives!

Statement of Purpose
The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) is looking for regional representatives to establish an on-the-ground presence throughout the continent for the purpose of growing our membership and gaining traction for our campaigns.

Background Information
Currently, NABA has 5,000+ supporters, but in order to accomplish our goals, specifically the mission defined by the Butterfly Habitat Network, to purchase and manage landscapes for threatened butterfly species, we need to grow that membership. That’s where the Regional Reps come in; we need to establish a local presence that can reach out directly at the grassroots.

Scope of Request and Outcome
A Regional Rep would serve a term of one year to focus on signing up new members and promoting NABA’s programs (Garden Habitat Program, Butterfly Count, Butterfly Habitat Network, etc.). They would be expected to work with their local area, and statewide/province wide if possible. The goal would be to sign up at least fifty members during that one year period. The relative success of reaching this target will determine the Regional Rep’s viability for the following year.

Terms and Incentives
Each Regional Rep would receive a yearly budget of $100 to spend as they see fit (the spending of which should be documented) to accomplish the scope of the request. In return, they will be given a free year of membership to NABA. If they are a current NABA member, the free year will go towards a renewal for the next available year.

Regional Reps should check in at least once a month with NABA administrators (cerbone@naba.org) to report their progress and claim any members that were signed up.

Please provide us with a brief introduction, and tell us about your history with butterflies. Your proposal should explain in as much detail as is possible what your strategy would be to acquire new members and circulate information about NABA programs. Please include which state you plan on serving.

Please send your proposals to cerbone@naba.org, and include the best means by which we can contact you, but please also include a phone number. That said, we prefer the convenience of email too!

One thought to “Happenings: NABA Regional Representative Search”

  1. I would be interested in doing what I could to promote NABA in my area of New Hampshire (Lake Sunapee Region). I only just signed up, but I just completed a project of daily-weekly surveying of my landscape documented on e-butterfly as requested of landowners by NH Fish and Game Dept. and NH Audubon, in the absence of any state funding for a state-wide butterfly survey. New Hampshire is very forested, and there is very little to no data on the current state of the butterflies here. New Englanders are very into neat, tidy gardens, but are also conservationists if they have the information.

    Currently, I am a full-time school employee (speech-language pathologist). My father was a biology teacher and I grew up in rural NW Wisconsin near Crex Meadows in the days when we could take specimens by making kill-jars and pinning them for display, which has obviously been replaced by my camera. I have successfully colonized my own landscape with about 30 generalist species.

    On Feb. 4th, I am doing a photo presentation for my neighbors to explain what I have done as a perennial gardener to promote the full life cycle of butterflies. They have more connections than I do with various organizations, particularly in regards to gardening. I could repeat this to more audiences, including the schools and working with NH Audubon or other local conservation organizations (there is kind of a saturation of organizations out here).

    If you don’t get any better candidates in New Hampshire, I would be happy to informally promote NABA within the confines of my work schedule, but this would need to be a low-pressure relationship for me to be of any value to you. I am not a highly social type of person and wouldn’t want it to feel like “work” so I do have reservations about committing to something expecting more out of me than what I have to give, but I could offer more than nothing. It would be a good idea to minimally have a rep from the North Country, one from the Seacoast Region, Modnadnock, Lakes Region and one from Southern NH. I live in the west-central part of the state, referred to as the “Lake Sunapee Region.”

    Amy Highstrom
    Sutton, NH

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