LOCATION: Administrative Office
BARGAINING UNIT / LEVEL: Professional Level 08
SALARY RANGE: $63,712 - $68,980 annually DOQ
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Under the direction of the Natural Resources & Environmental Compliance Manager, the position is involved in the assessment of park lands and the planning and preparation of reports and studies regarding the condition of the parks natural areas as well as natural resource management and environmental compliance needs. The position will perform a variety of professional and technical duties related to natural resource management, ecological stewardship activities, volunteer coordination, environmental compliance matters, park improvements and assisting in directing the Natural Resource Crew, Natural Areas Crew and Natural Resources Volunteer Coordinator in the aforementioned activities.
Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, natural resources planning, conservation biology, ecology or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.
A minimum of (2) years of experience in ecological restoration and management and the planning of such activities; or any equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to demonstrate ability to perform the job.
Supervisory experience with seasonal staff and/or volunteers working in the field preferred.
Previous fieldwork experience in the Great Lakes region is preferred.
Working knowledge of computer systems and GIS.
Ability to operate listed tools and equipment.
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
Ability to establish and maintain effective, respectful and productive working relationships with department staff, governmental officials, volunteers, community organizations, general public and other related organizations.
Will be required to work assigned Special Events, Weekends, Evenings and Holidays.
Will be required to adjust schedule to meet organizational needs.
Ability to perform essential duties.
MINIMUM SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE:
Working knowledge of native and invasive flora and fauna, geology, and ecology of southern Michigan
Understanding of the ecological impacts of invasive species on native ecosystems of southern Michigan, the rate at which those impacts occur, and the best management practices to control and minimize those impacts.
Knowledge of the ecological role of fire in the management of southern Michigan ecosystems, and the techniques employed to use prescribed fire in natural areas.
Knowledge of contemporary principles and practices of volunteer management and supervision.
Knowledge of relevant safety procedures, environmental compliance regulations and sustainability issues.
Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and Arc GIS.
Ability to identify ecological threats to local native ecosystems and recommend appropriate best management practices to mitigate those threats.
Ability to lead, coordinate, and motivate employees and volunteers to conduct ecological stewardship activities in the field.
Ability to document and monitor those stewardship activities over time.
Ability to safely use and maintain (and train others to safely use and maintain) chain saws, brush blades, herbicide applicators, and other field equipment.
Ability to critically analyze operations, collaboratively design and institute improvements without disruption of existing operations.
Provide both oral and written communication that is easily understood and direct in its content.
LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS: Within six months of employment, must possess and maintain during employment a Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certificate for the State of Michigan and Prescribed Burn Qualifications necessary to direct and perform Rx burns.