Naturalist II

$51,935.73 - $86,559.62 yr
May 14, 2018
May 28, 2018
Full Time

The Resource Management Division of the Fairfax County Park Authority is hiring 3 Natural Resource Managers, one for each of the following Park Authority locations: Ellanor C. Lawrence Park 5235 Walney Road, Centreville, VA 20120, Huntley Meadows Park 6901 South Kings Highway, Alexandria, VA 22306, and Riverbend Park 8700 Potomac Hills Street Great Falls, VA.

Become part of a dynamic staff at resource rich sites for an agency that manages a variety of naturally and culturally significant areas. The natural resources under management at each of these three sites varies because of the local habitats; however the tasks, background knowledge and skills required are similar. These positions will be responsible for assessing and managing the impacts of wildlife, non-native and invasive species, disease, and stresses on natural communities/ecosystems at the home site and nearby park locations. The ideal candidate will be able to effectively research, plan, coordinate, conduct and report on natural resource management activities and park operations. In support of the site operations, the candidate will contribute to visitor services and operations including the oversight of building and ground maintenance, security, safety, and program support. Specific areas of expertise and experience include: researching, writing, and executing resource management plans and procedures. Conducting surveys, assessments, and control actions to reach resource management objectives for vegetation and wildlife. Providing technical support on resource stewardship issues to include: researching, writing, and delivering educational materials for programming or training. Recruiting, training, supervising, and evaluating paid and volunteer staff. Managing financial resources to include creating budgets, monitoring fund and grant balances, and purchasing capital equipment, supplies, and services in accordance with County policy and procedures.

Illustrative Duties
  • Assists site manager in the research, writing, implementation and evaluation of the site's annual operational plan, project plans, prospectus and interpretive plan, including goals and objectives for delivering programs and services;
  • Responds to visitor, telephone and staff inquiries concerning natural and cultural history and conservation matters;
  • Investigates and responds to citizen complaints and concerns;
  • Recruits, interviews, selects, trains, supervises, sets priorities and work schedules, assigns projects and evaluates paid and volunteer staff;
  • Assists section manager and agency by providing professional and technical expertise in natural resource protection to include reviewing development plans, managing natural resource inventory, providing guidance on land acquisitions, and assisting in the development of the agency's strategic natural resource management plan;
  • Provides technical support on resource stewardship issues to include researching, writing and producing educational material, articles for publication, signage, exhibit components, training modules and presentations, updates to environment reference manual, and preparation of standard operating procedures for Park Authority policies addressing natural resource issues.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of nature conservation theory and philosophy;
  • Knowledge of conservation program and resource management practices;
  • Knowledge of the natural and biological sciences including the theory, principles and practices of interpretation and environmental education;
  • Knowledge of native flora, fauna, geology and ecology of the local area;
  • Knowledge of local environmental issues and conservation practices;
  • Knowledge of the principles, methods and practices of park management;
  • Ability to provide technical resource and program leadership to naturalist staff;
  • Ability to perform effective administrative work including budgeting, human resource management, purchasing, and the development of short and long range operational plans;
  • Ability to manage and operate interpretation/conservation programs at a site;
  • Ability to manage paid and volunteer staff engaged in professional naturalist and technical support positions;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to deal effectively with citizen inquiries and complaints;
  • Ability to develop and maintain relationships with the community and organizations concerned with environmental, natural, cultural and wildlife matters;
  • Ability to analyze and recommend solutions to environmental problems.
Employment Standards MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Any combination of education, experience and training equivalent to the following: graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in natural or life sciences, natural history, park management, education or a closely related field; plus two years of progressively responsible experience in conservation management, environmental education, interpretation, park programming, or a closely related field.
  • Ability to obtain Pesticide Applicators Certification within 1 year of appointment;
  • Ability to obtain prescribed Burn Manager Certification within 1 year of appointment;
  • First Aid and CPR Certification within 1 year of appointment.

Appointee will be required to complete a criminal background investigation and a driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

  • Three years of progressively responsible experience in conservation management, environmental education, interpretation, park maintenance, park programming, or a closely related field.
  • Work experience in park or area with significant natural resources.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of natural and cultural resource protection.
  • Experience managing volunteers and community projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to: set and maintain project priorities while having the flexibility to adapt to change; collaborate and negotiate with diverse stakeholders; work well with teams, and establish positive relationships with managers, peers, subordinates, customers and stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Ability to navigate varied terrain such as park trails and grounds. This position requires one to be able to stand, stoop, bend, stretch, walk, climb, sit, type on keyboard. Ability to spend extended periods of time standing, walking, and ability to traverse rough and uneven terrain to inspect remote park areas. Must be able to work in varying weather conditions. Must be able to lift 50 pounds. Duties can be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include exercise to include: presentation, writing sample, or demonstration.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 711. EEO/AA/TTY.

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