Rincon Institute Staff
May brought several exciting changes to the Rincon Institute. Lynsey Gould, intern extraordinaire, began a full-time position as Stewardship Coordinator with the Institute. Lynsey will continue her work on private land protection and with the Cienega Corridor Conservation Council, but due to Michelle Berry’s departure from the Institute, Lynsey will also assist with education and outreach programming. Michelle B. has left the Institute to take a full time teaching job at St. Gregory College Preparatory High School in Tucson. She has promised to be a hyper-active volunteer.
Berry was the Institute’s Director of Outreach and Education and her
contributions to the Institute were extensive. Through her tireless
efforts, our website has been incredibly improved and updated, our
electronic newsletter has taken on a new form and content, and our
audience has dramatically increased. We have engaged in new
environmental education programs and created a collaborative
presentation series that pulled some of the largest attendance numbers
RI has ever seen. Her implementation of the “naturalist outings” series
that coupled an informative talk with an outdoor experience lead by a
local expert are informative and well received by the public and her
work on core organizational tasks including fundraising and program
planning were top-notch. Most of all, Michelle B’s work with Michelle Z
made for an unstoppable team that made giant strides for the programs
and conservation successes of the Rincon Institute.
Thank you, Michelle Berry, for your true passion for conservation, your
belief in the Rincon Institute, and your efforts to make the
They say changes come in three’s and along with Lynsey’s move to
full-time and Michelle Berry’s move to a teaching position, Michelle Z
was offered and accepted the position in Denver. Michelle Z will begin
her new job in August and will be assisting staff and board in the
interim until a new executive director has been hired.
In addition to staff changes, the Rincon Institute, with the help of
Walt Staton, at the Sonoran Institute, created a new website. The fresh
new look also has fresh new content. To see the new site, go to:
Job Announcement Executive Director
Rincon Institute seeks a leader who can motivate and inspire land
protection and stewardship and guide the organization through a pivotal
time for land protection in the Rincon Valley. The Executive Director
will represent the Institute, expand fundraising, manage daily
operations and finances, and demonstrate a commitment to land
conservation. The position is full time. Salary DOE. For a full job
description visit: www.rinconinstitute.org.
Search Begins for New Exec. Dir.
Michelle Zimmerman, the Executive Director of the Rincon Institute, has
announced her intention (sadly) to resign from her current role in
order to work on projects in the Southern Rockies region of Wyoming,
Colorado, and New Mexico. Michelle has been the Director since 2002.
Under Zimmerman’s leadership, the Rincon Institute has grown
significantly. To date, the organization has protected over 4,200 acres
through park expansions, support of county open space acquisitions, and
conservation easements. In the past four years the Institute’s support
base has seen an impressive increase in individual membership and
support as well as almost $1 million in unrestricted and restricted
grant funds for ecological research and conservation efforts.
“I am continually impressed with the knowledge and energy of our
partners and supporters. I feel fortunate to have been Director and I
look forward to what the future will being for all of us. Although it
is difficult to walk away when so much is going well, I believe that
leaving the organization while we have such wonderful momentum will
help us attract a great candidate.”
The Rincon Institute has formed a search committee and have been advertising both locally and nationally.