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Overview of Role:
The Wetland and Riparian Ecologist provides support and leadership in the department’s Wetland and Riparian Ecology program. In collaboration with other ecologists, the Wetland and Riparian Ecologist’s work includes: conserving, protecting, restoring, managing, monitoring and evaluating wetland and riparian resources on city-owned and city-managed lands; conducting research and analysis to manage, protect, and evaluate wetland and riparian resources; assisting in the development of departmental and city policy to protect and conserve wetland and riparian resources; and providing technical assistance to the city and department in the management of wetland and riparian resources.
Example Responsibilities and Activities
Management of Wetland and Riparian Resources (40%)
Implement short, medium, and long-term wetland and riparian ecology projects identified in OSMP plans; is often responsible for all aspects of project management (technical review, construction and contractor oversight, budget and schedule management, etc.).
Plan new wetland and riparian ecology projects to support charter purposes and meet emergent needs.
Serve as departmental liaison on other city projects that affect wetland and riparian resources.
Planning and Policy Development/Technical Support (25%)
Participate as wetland and riparian resource expert in departmental planning efforts (e.g. Area Management Plans, Integrated Site Plans, resource plans, etc.).
Provide technical review of internal and external project designs, permits, and leases and makes recommendations for improvements to better protect wetland and riparian resources.
Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal wetland and ecological resource regulatory requirements for department work; apply for and obtain wetland and ecological resource related permits on behalf of the department for departmental projects.
Provide technical expertise to other city departments to support the City’s Stream, Wetland, and Water Body Ordinance and protect wetland and riparian resources across the city.
Monitoring and research (25%)
Map and evaluate wetland and riparian resources on OSMP-managed land including development of monitoring and research protocols, and collection, management and analysis of data.
Conduct research and analysis on complex issues related to wetland and riparian ecology; coordinate and direct wetland and riparian research conducted by contractors or independent researchers on OSMP-managed lands
Develop professional written information related to wetland and riparian ecology; contribute to issue identification, alternatives analysis, strategy, and monitoring development
Develop and conduct informational and interpretive presentations to educational institutions, organizations, and the general public.
Develop and present professional written and oral reports on programs and projects to service area, department, and city management staff, city advisory boards, and City Council.
Occasionally provide training for staff and volunteers.
Participate in professional organizations related to wetland and riparian ecology and practice, including attending/speaking at local, state, and/or federal conferences and meetings.
Resolve public concerns related to program.
Program management and other duties (5%)
Coordinate work within the program to ensure operational consistency and collaboration, meet department goals, and resolve problems.
Participate in annual work planning to develop the program while meeting the department’s needs and budgetary constraints; may help pursue grant opportunities related to program goals.
Lead, coordinate, and oversee seasonal staff and volunteers.
Perform duties as required to meet the needs of the city.
Strong work experience in field of wetland and riparian ecology
Excellent educational foundation including a bachelor’s degree in wetland ecology, riparian ecology, natural resource management, ecology, biology, hydrology, environmental science, water resources, or related field or demonstrated additional experience with the background, theory and fundamentals of ecological science.
Experience in the design and analysis of research studies and using a variety of inventory and monitoring tools, such as ArcGIS, Microsoft Office, and data analysis software.
Ability and willingness to attend evening meetings and work early or late hours as necessary for field work.
Physical ability and willingness to perform a wide range of physical and manual tasks in adverse weather and field conditions.
Ability to work under stress from demanding deadlines, public contact, and changing priorities and conditions.
Ability to use all safety equipment.
Possession of a valid driver's license and having and maintaining an acceptable motor vehicle record.
Project management: Demonstrated experience managing projects that involve many variables including time, people, logistics, resources, guidelines/specifications, and responding to unexpected or additional elements. The ability to manage multiple projects with varying requirements simultaneously. Strong time organizational and time management skills. The ability to meet deadlines with limited supervision.
Critical Thinking: Skill in using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems. Demonstrated analytical skills.
Teamwork: The ability to plan and coordinate the work of others; work effectively as a leader or individual contributor of formal and informal teams; understand the interests and concerns of others and able and willing to share and receive information; cooperate within and across groups and supports group decisions. The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, departments, governmental agencies, and the public
Decision Making: Skilled at making good and timely decisions based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; makes decisions in a timely manner sometimes with incomplete information and under tight deadline; seeks help from others to get even better results.
Effective communication: The ability to prepare effective written reports and public presentations, and to work and communicate effectively with diverse groups of people, including the ability to interact courteously with the public and land users. Skill in communicating orally and in writing with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, other government agencies, and other external sources.
Initiative and Independence: The ability to identify what needs to be done and doing it before being asked or before the situation requires it. Ability to work independently with limited supervision.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience with wetland and riparian ecology management, research, monitoring techniques and activities in Western High Plains and/or Rocky Mountain Front Range Foothills ecosystems/cultures, including conducting wetland delineations and obtaining federal and local wetland permits.
Demonstrated ability to correctly identify Rocky Mountain Front Range plants.
Experience interpreting and writing construction plans and specifications
Strong proficiency with ArcGIS.
Advanced degree in wetland ecology, riparian ecology, natural resource management, ecology, biology, hydrology, environmental science, water resources or related field.
Intellectual Horsepower: Skill at comfortably dealing with difficult concepts and complexity; intellectually sharp, capable, and agile.
Customer Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer service including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Skill at keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to the job and work of the group.
Drive for Results: Steadfastly pushes self and others for results; skill at consistently delivering results; accomplishes work on time without alienating others.
Business Acumen: Knows how professional work fits into the overall business of the department; knowledgeable and current in business policies and practice; broad-thinking.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
The City of Boulder provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.
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