Ecologist IV

$73,963.14 - $123,272.24 Annually
Dec 03, 2018
Dec 17, 2018
Full Time

Leads the execution and ongoing development of two primary programs in the Stormwater Planning Division (SWPD); the watershed education and outreach (WEO) program and the stream physical assessment (SPA) program. Manages SPA field teams, oversees data collection, management, quality assurance, and reporting. Develops new assessment protocols and various program elements, as needed. Forms and maintains partnerships with Fairfax County Public Schools staff, Park Authority staff, other governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations and the general public to facilitate outreach efforts concerning stormwater management, stream protection, watershed health issues and environmental education. Coordinates existing WEO programs and develops new programs/tools as needs and opportunities arise. Presents regular WEO and SPA program updates to senior staff, committees, elected and appointed officials, and other public and private stakeholders on an as-needed basis. Provides regular support to SWPD stream health and water quality monitoring programs in accordance with established protocols and MS4 permit requirements. Participates in the Watershed Management Plan (WMP) process including evaluating and nominating candidate projects (for inclusion into the capital improvement program), supporting plan updates and coordinating public outreach efforts and communications with other agencies concerning WMP update/development activities. Liaises with the department's web and communication staff on web page development and maintenance to ensure consistent messaging from the SWPD. Negotiates and manages consultant support contracts. Recruits, trains, develops and supervises assigned technical staff and provides overall quality control for all work produced by assigned staff.

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 aquatic,ecology, ecology, biology, botany, zoology, geography, environmental science, environmental engineering, limnology, natural resource management, or a related field; plus six years of experience in the environmental science field, to include two years of experience in field water quality monitoring, terrestrial ecosystem assessment and management, data analysis and reporting and assessments of associated habitat conditions and/or the coordination of tasks to support key components of a comprehensive stormwater or natural resource management program.

Experience developing, implementing, administering, and/or coordinating a comprehensive environmental monitoring or assessment, program. Experience developing environmental education materials, activities and/or programs and working with diverse groups (eg. educators, interest groups, the general public) on topics relating to municipal environmental issues - both individually and in a team leader role. Expert knowledge and experience in field collection and analysis of water chemistry data, bioassessments, habitat and geomorphic conditions, stream quality assessment parameters, and/or streamside terrestrial community and species parameters - in accordance with standard protocols. Knowledge and experience in the analysis, development, and implementation of water quality/stream health monitoring plans and/or comprehensive watershed management plans; Ability to manage and lead a team of technical professionals executing environmental programs, while ensuring project goals, timelines and quality control objectives are continuously met. Experience supervising professional staff and managing professional services contracts. Excellent verbal, written and inter-personal communication skills.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED: Possession of a valid motor vehicle driver's license.
Ability to conduct field surveys that require walking long distances and carrying equipment through rough terrain including stream valleys and wetlands. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively. Physically and mentally able to use all applicable personal protective equipment in an outdoor environment; including hard-hat, eye protection, hearing protection, safety footwear, waders, etc. All duties are performed with or without reasonable accommodation.

Is required to complete a criminal background check, and driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer. Note: Is required to be available twenty-four hours a day/seven days a week (24/7) to respond to snow, flooding, and other designated emergencies on an as needed basis.SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview. May include a written exercise.

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 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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