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Parks Natural Resources Specialist | Phoenix, AZ | Closes 7/17/2018

Parks Natural Resources Specialist

Agency: Maricopa County
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Closes: 7/17/2018
Salary: $50,024 – $82,888
JOB TYPE: Full time



The Natural Resources Specialist develops, guides and directs natural resource stewardship management programs including, but not limited to, habitat, watershed and vegetation, carrying capacity, cultural resource protection, and recreation/natural resource interface.

The position will report to Park Administrative Headquarters at Lake Pleasant Regional Park,41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd, Morristown, AZ 85342.



Minimum education and/or experience:
Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources Biology or related field and two (2) years of work experience working in Natural Resources Biology and/or with environmental regulations and policies, and directing or conducting environmental studies and preparing environmental documents. A Master’s degree in a related field may substitute for one (1) year of the work experience requirement.

Specialized training, certifications, and/or other special requirements:
Must possess, or have the ability to obtain by the time of hire, a valid Arizona Driver’s License. Position may require technical certifications or training for some work.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Knowledge of:

  • State and Federal environmental regulations (Native Plant Law, National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, etc.), guidelines, policies, legislation, trends and standards.
  • Environmental methods, theories, concepts, methodology, and techniques.
  • Environmental survey (plant, animal, habitat, etc.) procedures.
  • Park, open space or natural area planning, management and construction practices and procedures.

    Skilled in:

  • Conducting natural resources survey work (bird nest surveys, habitat assessments, native plant surveys, etc.).
  • Identifying, evaluating, and mitigating effects of impacts on environmental/natural resources.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective/collaborative working relations with co-workers and other Divisions within the Maricopa County.
  • Planning, organizing, and coordinating natural resources/environmental surveys.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective/collaborative working relations with other governments and non-profit organizations.
  • Preparing various permits (Native Plant Law, Section 404 & 401, etc.).
  • Conducting environmental assessments and biological reviews.
  • Preparing/writing various levels of environmental documentation (Categorical Exclusions, Environmental Determination Reports, Biological Assessments, Biological Reviews, etc.).
  • Operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of business software and GIS.

Ability to:

  • Work collaboratively to develop sound natural resource stewardship measures to improve the immediate and long-term ecological health of County park lands.
  • Effectively communicate, with various Federal, State, County and Local government agencies, internal staff and the public.
  • Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands
  • Analyzing environmental conflict issues and preparing recommendations/mitigation based on findings.

Preferred education and/or experience:
One (1) or more years’ related work experience in a natural resource position. One (1) or more years public or non-profit sector related experience. Experience working with government agencies.

Preferred training, certifications and/or other special requirements: Experience with GIS, ArcMap.

Working conditions:
Must be able to work in a normal, indoor office environment. Must be able to work outdoors in a park environment or in an isolated desert environment, in varied/extreme weather conditions (100+ degree Fahrenheit, dusty/windy, rain, etc.). Must have manual dexterity of hands and body to operate: office equipment; motor vehicles, hiking/walking in varied terrain outdoors. Must be able to manage frequent interruptions, time pressures, high work volumes, multiple and complicated tasks, unscheduled tasks, team-oriented activities, prompt decision-making and interaction with government officials and the public. Must constantly maintain concentration, accuracy, ethical behavior and a professional demeanor. Must be able to file and lift/carry/push and/or pull 25 lbs.


To apply, visit ; Job #600PNRS071018


Gila Watershed Partnership: Habitat Restoration Manager

Gila Watershed Partnership Habitat Restoration Manager Position

Location: Safford, AZ
Closes: 7/10/2018
Salary:  $35,000 – $40,000
JOB TYPE: Full-time/Salary

Organizational mission:

To improve the water quality and ecosystem condition of the Upper Gila Watershed while enriching the local community through education and economic opportunity.

Position Summary:
The Habitat Restoration Manager is responsible for operating and refining the GWPs restoration program. The position includes planning and supervising restoration projects, managing contracts, collecting monitoring data, analyzing results, and communicating lessons learned to the broader scientific and management community. The Habitat Restoration Manager will work locally with contractors, landowners, partners and stakeholders to accomplish restoration goals, report progress, use outcomes to improve future planning, and revise protocols as needed to ensure successful project completion. There is potential for growth and development of this position and program.

Required qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Biology, Conservation, Ecology, or related field, or a bachelor’s degree in the same with experience leading projects from beginning to end.
  • Positive attitude and ability to inspire and motivate team members
    Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to interact with a wide variety of constituents through meetings, presentation, and writing
  • Three years minimum applied field experience in the field of habitat restoration
  • Demonstrated successful experience leading and managing field crews or teams
  • Proficient in ArcGIS suite
  • Proven ability to manage and maintain relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Should be a good listener.
  • Demonstrated management skills related to planning, organization, team building and follow-up.
  • Experience synthesizing and interpret ecological monitoring data
  • General computer skills including Microsoft Office and data management
  • A valid state driver’s license

Work Environment
Work schedule involves occasional outdoor work in extreme temperatures
Work requires safe use of hand tools, herbicide application equipment, power tools, and heavy machinery. Additional safety equipment and risk management training will be provided if needed. Significant travel is required to inspect and work at field locations and to attend conferences, outreach, and community events. Some weekend or evening work may be required for important events or activities.

The Gila Watershed Partnership offices are located in Safford, Arizona, a small, friendly city on the
edge of the Sonoran Desert and nestled in the shadow of Mount Graham. Safford and the Gila Valley
offer numerous outdoor rec


To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Melanie Tluczek, Executive Director at by July 10, 2018.


Mexican Wolf Field Tech | Alpine, AZ | Closes 8/15/2018

Mexican Wolf Field Tech

Agency: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Location: Alpine, AZ
Closes: 8/15/2018
Salary: Living Stipend: Competitive grant application via NGO and Housing Provided
JOB TYPE: Internship


Major Duties: The volunteer will perform a variety of tasks in support of the Mexican wolf recovery project. Team members must be excellent and open communicators, team oriented, and adaptable to the dynamic nature of the program. This is a very field-based opportunity. Duties MAY include the following: • Monitoring wolf distribution and occurrence (using track identification , scat ID, and howling surveys) • Conducting radio-telemetry (by vehicle or hiking, or assisting with aerial telemetry) using receivers and H-antenna to monitor the locations and movements of radio collared wolves. Telemetry skills also involve using a map, compass and GPS to triangulate and plot wolf locations. Previous experience with radio-telemetry is a strong plus. • Hazing wolves using non-lethal munitions such as cracker shells. Previous experience using firearms is a plus. (Applicants must be legally able to possess a firearm) • Backcountry travel by 4WD vehicle, hiking and backpacking. Camping and horseback riding are possible. Extended periods of work in remote areas for behavioral observations and various management activities can occur. • Depending on seasonal needs, the volunteer MAY assist project biologists with various wolf management and research activities such as: Capture (using leg-hold traps or darting) Radio collaring of wolves including medical workups (blood, vaccines, etc.) and measurements Possible monitoring of den and rendezvous site activity Being a courteous ambassador of the wolf program, distributing current wolf information and educational materials to ranchers, campers, hunters, and other persons using the recovery area • The majority of field data is collected and entered in the field utilizing collector app software on an iPad. Office tasks such as data entry (syncing remotely collected data, managing photo database, etc.) and equipment maintenance (vehicles, traps, snowmobiles, ATV’s, etc.) are routinely conducted. Depending on current seasonal activities, volunteer may be asked to assist with a wide variety of project needs, complex or tedious. Flexibility and a good helpful attitude are essential.



Qualifications: The applicant should be age 21 or over, in excellent physical health and hold a current driver’s license. He/she must be able to work independently and with a team and demonstrate a good level of flexibility. Work conditions are often in remote areas with extreme environmental conditions. Long, irregular hours can be anticipated. Must be able to work and live in backcountry conditions for extended hitches (independently and in teams). Ideal candidates are highly motivated, detail oriented, organized, and able to maintain a positive disposition even under adverse conditions. Applicants with or working towards a Bachelors degree in wildlife biology are desirable. Experiences in backcountry travel, map and compass use, wildlife or wolf handling and tracking, ranching, hunting and trapping are helpful. Remote backcountry hiking and camping experience, radio-telemetry, 4WD vehicle operation, and good communication skills are preferred. During their first few months, volunteers will be evaluated to assess their skills, decision making, and ability to learn for overall compatibility with program needs and to ensure the safety of themselves and others; working in remote areas can be hazardous. Applicants must be willing to represent the views and goals of the USFWS, Mexican Wolf Recovery Program to cooperators and the public, and adhere to the services code of conduct and ethics. E-mail a short cover letter, resume, and 3 references as one document to: No phone calls please. The position announcement closes as soon as filled; early consideration will be given as resumes are received.


Contact: Allison R Greenleaf;;