Characteristics of Work
This is entry-level scientific work with responsibility for providing expertise in the areas of coastal resource management and regulation. The work involves reviewing, investigating, and making recommendations on applications for general coastal wetlands permits under the laws, rules, and regulations of the Mississippi Coastal Wetlands Protection law, the Coastal Zone Management laws, and United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE); performing field investigations for compliance with applicable laws, rules, and ordinances; reviewing all of the specifications of the permit application; assessing mitigation and compliance and identifying violations; and reviewing USACE non-tidal permit applications for federal consistency with the applicable state and federal laws. The work also includes identifying coastal wetlands for possible mitigation sites, cataloging potential wetlands for purchase by the State of Mississippi and working with higher-level scientific staff in developing and implementing management plans for state-owned coastal wetlands. Successful interaction with members of local, state, and federal regulatory entities, land use developers, economic developers, port and harbor officials, environmental consultants, business and community leaders, special interest groups, and the general public is required. The duties are performed using independent judgment and discretion under the direct supervision of a DMR-Biological Program Coordinator or other higher-level scientist. Work is reviewed through regular meetings and conferences.
Examples of Work
Examples of work performed in this classification include, but are not limited to, the following:
Conducts preliminary review of general coastal wetlands permit applications, conducts field surveys of the proposed site to determine habitat loss and required mitigation, and determines solutions/alternatives to the original request in order to facilitate compliance.
Makes recommendations to higher-level management as to approval or disapproval of coastal wetlands permit applications and federal consistency reviews.
Operates a motor vessel and serves as crew member on a motor vessel in the coastal wetland areas using GPS, loran, depth finders, radar, rangefinders, and other mapping and navigational devices.
Researches the environmental and economic impact of coastal wetlands permit applications and federal consistency with the coastal zone plan of non-tidal wetlands and makes recommendations to higher-level scientists for approval or denial.
Conducts coastal and non-tidal wetlands delineations.
Conducts land searches in order to identify coastal wetlands subject to tax liens, which could be considered for purchase in the name of the State of Mississippi and makes recommendations to superiors regarding same.
Participates in various public education activities sponsored by the Department and other agencies.
Performs related or similar duties as required or assigned.
These minimum qualifications have been agreed upon by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in this job class and are based upon a job analysis and the essential functions. However, if a candidate believes he/she is qualified for the job although he/she does not have the minimum qualifications set forth below, he/she may request special consideration through substitution of related education and experience, demonstrating the ability to perform the essential functions of the position. Any request to substitute related education or experience for minimum qualifications must be addressed to the Mississippi State Personnel Board in writing, identifying the related education and experience which demonstrates the candidate's ability to perform all essential functions of the position.
A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in biology, botany, geology, geography, ecology, anthropology, archaeology, environmental science, forestry, wildlife biology, or a related field.
Graduation from a standard four-year college or university, related education, and related experience may be substituted on an equal basis.
Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring agency. The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Uses sound scientific knowledge, appropriate testing, and an understanding of all applicable laws, rules, and regulations to determine the appropriate and legal uses of the Mississippi Coastal Zone assets and provides associated services for the use of these assets through permitting and education.
2. Performs field inspections and conducts various research projects.
3. Participates in research, management, education, and stewardship of the Mississippi Coastal Zone resources.
4. Reviews and monitors the uses and quality of the Mississippi Coastal Zone.
5. Promotes public education and economic knowledge concerning coastal wetlands and associated coastal resources.
Closing date and time 6/21/2018 at 11:59 PM Central Time
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