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

 

POSITION OVERVIEW:

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.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

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 https://jobs.maricopa.gov ; Job #600PNRS071018

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