North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities toexperience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Raleigh, NC, USA
Mar 21, 2019
Full time
Description of Work ***This position is time-limited, grant funded, full-time.  Funding for this position will end on December 31, 2019.*** **This position is posted at recruitment salary of $36,677-$60,00 and at salary grade equivalent GN09**   This position will be located at: Land & Water Stewardship 121 W. Jones Street Raleigh, NC  27603  This position serves as the lead Program staff for providing in-depth support and maintenance of applications used by the Natural Heritage Program and clients for gathering and documenting natural heritage resource data. This position supports natural area inventory data development using an oracle-based data management system (Biotics), helps maintain and improve completeness and accuracy of the natural heritage database and GIS maps, and researches emerging technologies associated with field data collection and delivery. This position will work under a cooperative agreement to ensure data collected by Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC) biologists and partners are incorporated into the applications supported by the Natural Heritage Program (NHP) and made available to the Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF), thereby improving the overall completeness, accuracy, and practical use of the data. The work will not only benefit conservation work conducted by WRC, NHP, and CWMTF, but also will benefit that of many other state and federal agencies, nongovernment organizations, and private businesses. The duty station will be the Nature Research Center and will report to the director of the Natural Heritage Program. Work includes: - Acquire New Element Occurrence Records for Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) from staff of the Nongame Program of the Commission, partners, and contract biologists working under their supervision. Enter field observations meeting NHP data standards into Biotics database and mapping application. - Review and Improve Existing Element Occurrence Records - Perform annual maintenance updates or comprehensive updates for Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN), as appropriate. - Work with NHP conservation data managers to assist in performance of standard quality control checks. - Annually update the Biodiversity and Wildlife Habitat Assessment (BWHA) and Open Space and Conservation Lands (OSCL) layers of the Conservation Planning Tool. The North Carolina Conservation Planning Tool provides a means for synthesizing and sharing the data from the state's conservation agencies with planners in government and the private sector. Annually update the datasets included in the BWHA and OSCL layers and perform raster-analysis to update the overall BWHA map. - Provide customer support for accessing wildlife data via the Natural Heritage Data Explorer website and GIS shape files upon request. The Natural Heritage Data Explorer is an online interface for viewing data and includes a custom full screen Map Viewer that has been developed using JavaScript and ArcGIS JavaScript. This allows non-GIS users to view and generate custom maps of project areas and species. The employee must be focused and self-motivated, and have experience preparing technical reports; excellent organizational skills; attention to detail; reliability; ability to work independently with little supervision, and collaborate with other Division staff to achieve common goals; ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written form; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of public officials, field professionals, coworkers, supervisor, and the general public. The ability to accept changing work tasks in a dynamic team environment is required. Management Preferences: Experience using the Natural Heritage Data Explorer or other Environmental Review Tools to identify natural resource areas. Demonstrated knowledge of North Carolina rare animal species, including taxonomy and habitat. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies **To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must provide the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed as general statements, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit.**    Demonstrated experience using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Access). Ability to integrate and coordinate elements of these applications. Demonstrated experience using ESRI ArcGIS 10.x to make maps, analyze data, and edit features and geodatabases. Demonstrated experience using Drupal to build and modify websites. Demonstrated experience writing technical reports with documentation to explain and support conclusions. Demonstrated experience with developing new processes and procedures to facilitate efficient data entry, storage, and reporting. Minimum Education and Experience Requirements Bachelor's degree in one of the agricultural, biological, engineering, environmental or natural resource sciences or a closely related curriculum from an appropriately accredited institution and one year of experience related to the area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Supplemental and Contact Information The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) selects applicants for employment based on required education and experience and job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation or political influence. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com