Principal Environmental Specialist – Conservation Collier Coordinator

  • Collier County
  • Naples, FL, USA
  • Aug 11, 2018
Full time Communication - Public Outreach Conservation/ Natural Resources Environmental Science - Engineering Management

Job Description

Purpose of Classification

The purpose of this classification is to plan, implement, and supervise activities of the Conservation Collier program within the Parks & Recreation Division.

Essential Functions

Develops and implements land management action plans for the Conservation Collier program including required updates prepared, reviewed, approved by the Advisory Committee and BOCC; plans and implements new programs/projects; monitors section/program performance; evaluates efficiency and effectiveness of program operations, procedures, and use of resources; implements improvements as needed; documents and maintains records of County assets. Follows and implements the Conservation Collier Ordinance 2007-65, as amended; oversees development and public vetting of Land Management Plans for each acquired property; works with the County Attorney's Office to prepare and amend ordinances, resolutions, MOUs and easements; works with the Real Property Management Division staff to acquire property. Interprets, applies, and enforces the provisions of environmental regulations and other applicable federal, state, and local code, laws, permits, rules, regulations, specification, standards, policies and procedures; researches codes/regulations issues as needed; initiates actions necessary to correct deviations or violations. Coordinates with the Land Acquisition Advisory Committee (LAAC) and its subcommittees - working with the Chairman and members to develop agendas, plan meetings, and present topics of interest to the LAAC and subcommittees; manages membership of the LAAC and orients new members to duties; presents and processes volunteer applicants for service on the LAAC; processes and provides minutes for LAAC meetings; provides LAAC recommendations to division management and the Board of County Commissioners; prepares and presents a Program Report annually at a public meeting for updating the Board of County Commissioners and public on the Conservation Collier Program and for soliciting proposals and applications if the program is in a buying cycle. Coordinates daily work activities with land managers; prioritizes and assigns work; monitors status of work in progress and inspects completed work; confers with assigned staff; assists with complex situations and provides technical expertise. Consults with Parks & Recreation management; oversees interactions with regulatory agencies, or other officials including the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to review operations/activities, review/resolve problems, receive advice/direction, and provide recommendations; makes presentations to the Board of County Commissioners. Includes working with all levels of agencies on restoration, research, and recreation programs undertaken on Conservation Collier preserves. Coordinates with other local agencies and non-profit organizations; supervises and assists with inspections of conservation/preservation areas; evaluates condition of land and habitat; assesses value and quality of habitat; may assist with environmental mitigation plans; reviews protected species management plans and exotic vegetation management plans; prepares staff reports; prepares executive summaries for presentation to the Board of County Commissioners and Planning Commission; performs plant/animal identifications as needed; assists with development of County Natural Resource Management policy; acquires and analyzes data to assess impact on natural resources; produces geographic data to facilitate analysis; converts GIS data to analyzable formats; prepares data in a wide variety of formats; conducts or coordinates wildlife and vegetation surveys with land managers; oversees removal of exotic vegetation from County preserves. Oversee State and Federal Grant preparation and subsequent monitoring; Administers contracts; coordinates with land managers to monitor work of contracted service providers and ensure compliance with terms of contracts, regulatory violations or other issues; meets with and discusses problem areas with property owners, contractors, staff and the public; recommends solutions to problems; provides data to customers, both internal and external, upon request. Supervises, directs, evaluates assigned staff (processing employee concerns and problems, directing work, counseling, disciplining, and completing employee performance appraisals); conducts interviews and makes hiring recommendations. Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge of applicable laws/regulations; Performs administrative tasks - assists in developing and implementing budget for assigned area, makes purchasing recommendations, reviews/approves time sheets and leave requests, reviews/approves invoices for payment, coordinates preparation of invoices to bill for program services, applies for/coordinates grants relating to the Conservation Collier program, develops/coordinates brochures for public distribution, gives community presentations about the Conservation Collier program. Performs other related duties as required. May work weekends and some evenings relating to presentations, surveys, or public functions/presentations. In the event of a declared state of emergency, employees in this classification may be called to work during days and hours and capacities other than those for which they are regularly scheduled.    

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Natural Sciences, Wildlife Science, Biology, or closely related field; supplemented by five (5) years of progressively responsible previous experience and/or training that includes environmental program administration, environmental assessment, ecological impact analysis, environmental permitting, environmental code enforcement, computerized mapping, and/or personal computer operations; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Will be required to possess and maintain a valid Public Applicator Pesticide License if selected for hire. Hands-on prescribed fire experience preferred.

Must possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver's License with any applicable endorsements and maintain eligibility requirements and endorsement(s) to drive a County vehicle as provided in CMA 5805. Fingerprinting required.    

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Sector

Government- Local/Regional

Salary

$57,469.00 Annually