Ecologist Iii

Location
Fairfax, Virginia
Salary
$72,032.27 - $120,054.06 Annually
Posted
Sep 05, 2020
Closes
Sep 19, 2020
Ref
20-00688
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

This job opportunity is being re-announced. Applicants who previously applied for this job do not need to re-apply; all applications will be considered.

The Maintenance and Stormwater Management Division (MSMD) seeks a highly qualified, dynamic individual to implement a major component of the county's Stormwater Protection Policy. The policy prohibits the discharge or disposal of specific substances into the county's storm drainage system. Develops solutions to reduce polluted stormwater runoff from municipal maintenance yards and public works sites. Works to understand how stormwater regulations apply to municipal facilities and how the various activities occurring at those facilities may impact water quality offsite. Implements High Priority Municipal Facility Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (HP-SWPPP) intended to document the selection, design and installation of control measures and best management practices (BMPs) to reduce pollutants in facility runoff. These documents prescribe compliance measures identified in the "High Priority County Facilities" element of the county's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit. The selected candidate will advise and train staff at county owned facilities managed by various departments and agencies, each with a diverse range of missions and tasks. Must have excellent communication skills to achieve outcomes and convey complex, technical information to non-technical audiences in a way that is understood by all. Interacts with audiences of professionals, paraprofessionals and trades workers and must ensure staff at every level of the operational unit understand the requirements of a HP-SWPPP permitted site. Lead teams of state and federal auditors through field inspections of Fairfax County's permitted facilities and should be prepared to describe program activities and respond to auditor inquiries.

The primary responsibilities of the position are as follows:

High Priority Municipal Facility Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (HP-SWPPP) Development
  • Site Assessment and Planning
  • Select Good Housekeeping BMPs
  • Identify Capital Improvements
  • Perform Inspections, Maintenance and Recordkeeping
High Priority Municipal Facility Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (HP-SWPPP) Implementation
  • Staff training
  • Conduct inspections
  • Maintain BMPs
  • Update and evaluate municipal facility SWPPPs
  • Record-keeping
High Priority Municipal Facility Evaluations
  • Regular desktop review of new and existing municipal properties
  • Field investigation of new and existing municipal properties
  • Review and distribution of standard operating procedures (SOPs)


Employment Standards

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in aquatic ecology, ecology, biology, botany, zoology, geography, environmental science, limnology, natural resource management, or a related field; plus five years of experience in the environmental science field at, or equivalent to, the Ecologist II level, to include experience in water quality monitoring, terrestrial ecosystem assessment and management, data analysis and reporting, bioassessments (fish, macroinvertebrates, vegetative communities, wildlife) using standard protocols, and assessments of associated habitat conditions.

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to")

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
  • Valid driver's License.
  • DEQ - Stormwater Management Inspector certification - completion of first required training class within 12 months of hire and certification required within 12 months of date of completion of first required class.
  • DEQ - Erosion & Sediment Control Inspector certification - completion of first required training class within 12 months of hire and certification required within 12 months of date of completion of first required class.


NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check and driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

The appointee to this position will be 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.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Five years of stormwater management experience. Demonstrated experience working with various levels of an organization to achieve desired results. Demonstrated communication skills. Experience implementing a HP-SWPPP, industrial hygiene, or regulatory compliance program is a plus.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Physically and mentally able to use all applicable personal protective equipment in an outdoor environment; including hard hat, eye protection, hearing protection, safety footwear, long pants, and sleeved shirt. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview and may include exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran 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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