Orange County, CA, USA
Senior Environmental Resources Specialist - Integrated Pest Management and Sustainability This recruitment is open to the public and will remain open on a continuous basis for a minimum of five (5) business days, until the needs of the County are met. Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The deadline to apply for the first round of consideration will be on: Friday, January 18th, 2019 at 11:59 PM (PST).
This recruitment will establish an open eligible list. This list will be used to fill current and future Senior Environmental Resources Specialist positions. This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications throughout the County of Orange.
OC PARKS OC Parks encompasses regional, wilderness and historical facilities, as well as coastal areas throughout the County of Orange in California. Featuring 60,000 acres of parkland, open space and shoreline, Orange County's award-winning parks and programs are enjoyed by millions of residents and visitors each year, in ways as diverse as the parks themselves. Click here for more information. THE OPPORTUNITY Integrated Pest Management (IPM) & Sustainability is one of seven units within the Systems & Resources Division of OC Parks and reports to the division manager. The division performs a variety of functions across the department in support of the park operations divisions. The Sr. Environmental Resources Specialist will develop, implement and lead department-wide initiatives, programs and projects including IPM, invasive tree pest management, landscape best management practices and sustainability. The incumbent will use excellent communication skills, as they will represent OC Parks on committees, deliver presentations, provide training, and collaborate across OC Parks divisions, County departments, outside organizations and the public. The incumbent is an IPM subject matter expert and accomplished project manager with a focus on delivering results. The incumbent is self-motivated and enthusiastic, with strong organizational and problem-solving skills. Additional duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Manage OC Parks IPM Program.
Participate in state and regional committees and working groups.
Collaborate with academics, counties, cities, and County staff on IPM and sustainability best practices.
Identify and support scientific studies for invasive pest species control on OC Parks land.
Produce and implement annual OC Parks SHB Management Plan.
Manage the ongoing development and implementation of OC Parks Landscape Management Guidelines.
Develop and implement department-wide continuous improvement and change initiatives for OC Parks.
Manage the development and implementation of programs and projects.
Develop, administer, and manage agreements.
Provide technical and resource support for park operations.
Develop and deliver work flows, guidelines, trainings and manuals.
Track and analyze data, develop reports and provide recommendations.
Collaborate and coordinate with park staff, contractors, and other agencies.
Conduct annual budget development.
Manage purchasing requests, bids, requests for proposals, etc.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS AND CORE COMPETENCIES The ideal candidate shall possess a Bachelor's degree or higher in Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Natural Resource Management, Ecology, Environmental Science, Forestry, Biology or a closely related field. Certification in the following or similar areas is desirable: Arborist, Qualified Applicator or Pest Control Adviser, Project Management Professional, etc.
In addition, the ideal candidate will demonstrate extensive knowledge and/or related experience in the following core competencies by understanding and applying the following:
IPM and sustainability principles, best practices and developing trends.
Orange County tree pests, pathogens and diseases such as Invasive Shot Hole Borer, Golden Spotted Oak Borer, Foamy Bark Canker, Botryosphaeria, etc.
Orange County native, invasive and common ornamental plant species identification.
Knowledge of Southern California vegetation communities and principles of ecology.
Interpret and understand federal, state, and local legislation, policies, regulations and issues that pertain to the assignment.
Qualified Applicator or Pest Control Advisor.
Methods of monitoring habitat values.
Preparation of informational, statistical, scientific, technical and compliance reports.
Endangered Species Act, California Coastal Act, Fish and Wildlife Code, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Clean Water Act.
Application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to programs, projects or issues.
Research and analyze technical data.
Operates independently and collaboratively.
Identifies, sustains and develops partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.
Works with others to achieve goals.
Coordinates efforts with stakeholders to ensure awareness, share information, and provide updates.
Articulately writes and edits a variety of materials for a range of audiences.
Effectively communicates with peers, management, contractors, public, and city or county staff to achieve objectives.
Presents thoughts, ideas, information, and messages clearly, concisely, logically and persuasively both orally and in writing.
Persuades and informs audiences with competing interests in a way that all receivers understand.
PROBLEM SOLVING AND ANALYSIS
Identifies, researches, evaluates, estimates, accurately interprets and applies technical data and policy information.
Uses sound reasoning and logical judgment to arrive at conclusions and find alternative solutions to complex problems.
Effectively identifies and uses department resources to resolve issues.
Analyzes problems and adopts effective courses of action.
Uses sound judgment seeking out resources and/or consulting with others to gain and share information.
Proactively plans and aligns all undertakings with organizational vision.
Effectively manages competing priorities while meeting established deadlines.
Shows innovation and creativity with a solution focus.
Stays up-to-date with current practices in IPM, invasive tree pest management, landscape management and sustainability, and continuously updates best practices in OC Parks with an emphasis on organizational effectiveness and efficiency.
Sets challenging, measurable project goals aligned with County strategies and business objectives.
Holds self and others accountable for performance and goal achievement.
Focuses on outcomes and accomplishments.
Seeks to complete assignments in a timely manner and within budget.
Adapts to changes in work tasks, situations and environment, and understands the basis for changes.
Thinks and acts effectively under pressure.
Adjusts timelines, results and expectations appropriately to changing needs.
Identifies ways to incorporate new practices into existing framework.
Minimum Qualifications Click here for the complete classification description, including the minimum qualifications and the physical, mental, environmental, and working conditions, for Sr. Environmental Resources Specialist.