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  • Natural Resources Specialist Sr.

    • Employer: Travis County Natural Resources
      Location: Austin, TX
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 11/21/2018
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Job Summary

    Are you looking for a mid-level position in the Natural Resources Field? Travis County Transportation & Natural Resources is looking for an outstanding Natural Resources Specialist Senior in our Natural Resources and Environmental Quality division. This position is a mid-level position supporting management projects on the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. Travis County offers competitive benefits, career development opportunities as well as excellent retirement benefits. *Plans and conducts natural resources management protection and enhancement projects on the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve and other Travis County managed lands.
     Manages projects, conducts rare species monitoring, directs and implements problem species control programs, coordinates habitat restoration for endangered species, maintains preserve infrastructure, and reviews issues that may negatively impact Travis County managed lands and coordinating efforts to reduce or mitigate those impacts. This is a supervisory position that will manage technical staff.

    Develops and implements natural resources protection and enhancement projects on lands owned or managed by Travis County. Performs office and fieldwork to plan, implement, monitor and complete projects in the Natural Resources Program. Works closely with personnel from other programs and external agencies to optimize management and protection of natural resources.  Supervises technical staff responsible for land management. 

    Distinguishing Characteristics:
    This is the second in a series of four natural resources-related job classifications within the Professional Support job family. This classification is distinguished from lower classifications by having supervisory responsibilities and a higher level of project complexity. This classification may require a flexible work schedule in order to meet the needs of the department.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Plans and conducts natural resources management protection and enhancement projects on lands owned or managed by Travis County, including conducting rare species population and habitat monitoring, directing and implementing problem species control programs, collecting base line survey data on plant and animal species, coordinating habitat restoration for endangered species, implementing fuel reduction activities, and maintaining preserve infrastructure. Maintains applicable state and federal permits, as required.

    Supervises and evaluates staff job performance, coordinates and prioritizes schedules and assignments, authorizes staff productive and non-productive work hours, and trains staff.

    Serves as subject-matter expert by advising Elected and Appointed Officials, department heads, County staff, general public and other agencies, and consultants on natural resources matters relevant to programs and projects.

    Performs as project manager for natural resources, land management, facilities management, and scientific research projects.   Develops and implements projects, oversees work, and manages budget.

    Researches and develops methodology to perform effective natural resources monitoring and management activities.  Coordinates with other agencies or professionals conducting similar work.

    Manages, compiles, analyzes and presents field data in the form of geodatabases, technical written reports, special materials, annual reports, land management plans, and professional and public presentations. Evaluates data results with regard to impact on natural resources management.

    Conducts education and outreach to the general public. Provides public with information on natural resources protection and preserves. Disseminates information to landowners, managers, and other public agencies that uses the preserves and parks as research sites.

    Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

    Minimum Requirements

    Education and Experience:
    Bachelor's degree in Natural Resources, Environmental Science, Ecology, Biology or a directly related field AND three (3) years of directly related, increasingly responsible demonstrated experience in natural resource management, and one (1) year of supervisory or management experience;
    Any combination of education and experience that has been achieved and is equivalent to the stated education and experience and required knowledge, skills, and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this job.
    Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements:
    Pesticide Applicator License or must obtain license within one (1) year of date of hire.
    Valid Texas Driver's License.

    Wildland Firefighter Certification (Red Card Certification).
    Geographic Information System (GIS) and ArcGIS software experience.
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Section 10(a)(1)(A) Scientific Permit and State Permit for monitoring endangered avian species and for monitoring endangered karst invertebrates.

    Additional preferred qualifications:
    Water quality monitoring experience
    Bilingual in Spanish and English

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    Knowledge of:

    Standard theory, principles, practices and techniques of land management protection and enhancement projects.

    Conducting investigations, including data collection, analyzing, interpreting and writing a report of results.

    Federal, State, Local and County applicable laws, rules, regulations and guidelines.

    Policies, practices, procedures and terminology related to land management protection.

    Computer equipment to include word processing, spreadsheets, databases and a variety of software applications, such as ArcView Geographic Information System (GIS) hardware and software.

    Business letter writing, grammar and punctuation, and report preparation.

    Skill in:

    Using ArcView Geographic Information System (GIS).

    Using biological monitoring and censusing, and wildlife control equipment.

    Explaining complicated technical problems in simple non-technical language.

    Problem-solving and decision-making.

    Both verbal and written communication.

    Supervisory principles, practices and techniques.

    Ability to:

    Manage time well, perform and prioritize multiple tasks, organize diverse activities, and implement environmental research and projects.

    Meet deadlines and produce projects in a timely manner while working on several projects at once.

    Manage data in geodatabases.

    Work as a team member within a diverse organization.

    Use hand and power tools.

    Research, compile, analyze, interpret and prepare a variety of memorandums or reports.

    Manage, plan, assign, motivate, train, evaluate and supervise technical staff.

    Establish and maintain effective working relationships with County employees and officials, representatives of outside agencies, and the general public.

    Work Environment & Other Information

    Physical requirements include the ability to lift/carry up to 20-50 pounds occasionally, visual acuity, speech and hearing, hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer and office equipment.  Subject to driving, standing, walking/hiking (some rough terrain), good vision and hearing, sitting, repetitive motion, carrying, lifting, crouching/crawling, vision to monitor, pushing, reaching, and stooping, kneeling to perform the essential functions.  May work in extreme temperature/weather change/conditions, and smoke on prescribed or wild fires.  Maybe subject to contact with dangerous machinery, fumes, communicable/infectious disease, and hazardous chemicals.

    This job description is intended to be generic in nature.  It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.  The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and overtime eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.
    Work Hours: 8:00 to 5:00 PM; Monday through Friday
    Works some nights and weekends.

    Department: Transportation and Natural Resources

    Location: 9512 RR 620 N, Austin

    Criminal, Driving, Education, and Employment Background Check Required.



    Travis County


    700 Lavaca Street, Suite 420

    Austin, Texas, 78701





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