The Natural Resources Area Manager develops, continuously updates, implements, administers and evaluates comprehensive natural resource management plans and programs for assigned Park District Reservations, integrating each plan with the long-range master planning process. The incumbent implements natural resource programs and develops inter-departmental understanding and cooperation. Based upon individual's environmental science expertise, the incumbent will be responsible for coordinating specific natural resource programs on a district-wide basis.
- Develops innovative and comprehensive natural resource management plans and programs for assigned Park District Reservations. Develops, coordinates and implements an annual work program in support of the Division of Natural Resources management plans and objectives of the Division. Coordinates Park District-wide Natural Resource Programs within area(s) of specialized individual expertise.
- Monitors natural resources and management activities, makes recommendations and where appropriate, implements a course of action to maintain or improve ecological condition and ecosystem services.
- Develops, implements and coordinates natural resource programs in conjunction with other Division staff, other Park District divisions, and outside agencies, including:
- Wildlife, habitat and fisheries management agencies, including nuisance wildlife control;
- Invasive plant species control and eradication programs;
- Land restoration, natural resource analysis and inventory, and bioengineering projects; and
- Silviculture practice, including species improvements, replacement and reforestation, removal of certain vegetation species, special use area management, diagnosis of insect and disease infestations, and integrated pest management programs (IPM).
- Communicates, consults, provides input, training, and coordinates natural resources programs and natural history information for the following:
- On-site natural resources training, leadership and technical direction;
- Reservation or Park District-wide committees and teams for natural resources input;
- Natural resource management & field projects with Park Operations and Outdoor Education Divisions;
- Natural resource informational & educational programs for the general public & special interest groups; and
- Through Park District publications, video, and electronic media as approved.
- In cooperation with other staff, develops, coordinates, and conducts natural resource research and monitoring to evaluate and adjust Natural Resource Management Plans. Organizes observation and studies, prepares reports, and communicates them effectively to Director of Natural Resources.
- Consults, coordinates and recommends guidelines related to Park District and other agencies, contractors, and individuals for construction or other impacts on natural resources. Participates in land use discussions and recommends course(s) of action.
- Develops, compiles, maintains and evaluates a comprehensive natural resource database in support of the management plans and the integrated system-wide GIS/GPS land use database.
- Conducts extensive and detailed natural resource inventory. Integrates the natural resource inventory with the long-range Master Planning process.
Hours: Typical 40 hour work week Monday through Friday. However, special projects include irregular and long hours with occasional weekend work. Shifts can range from 8 to 16 hour days.
- Bachelor's degree, Master's preferred, from an accredited college or university in natural resources, ecology, forestry, fisheries, or wildlife management. Minimum of three (3) years of practical experience in natural resources, wildlife management and/or land use planning in large urban/suburban areas.
- Must have a good driving record (less than six (6) active points on driving records at the application stage of the hiring process) and possess a valid Ohio driver's license.
- Proficient in application of computers and software, including databases, Geographic Information Systems ("GIS") and Geographic Positioning Systems ("GPS").
- Knowledge and field experience, including plant and animal identification skills and familiarity with forestry measurement tools, weather monitoring equipment and electronic data recorders or a strong desire and aptitude to develop these skills.
- Knowledge of watershed and habitat management and the stress factors that affect the sustainable functioning of ecosystem services.
- Technical skills, including the use of maintenance of hand and power equipment, chain saws, tractors and related accessories, ATV's and other resource management equipment.
- Experience with trapping and handling of wildlife and the use of prescribed fire is preferred.
- Possesses a demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders, including employees, senior management, board members and the general public.
- Management skills and strong business acumen, including problem solving, vision, ability to manage multiple programs and meet deadlines, collaboration, leadership, decision making and ability to analyze diverse facts and develop clear and concise reports and recommendations.
- Ability to speak and write clearly, concisely and persuasively using correct grammar, spelling and punctuation with ability to communicate one-on-one or in group settings.
- Performs related duties as assigned or apparent.
- Must be a non-smoker/tobacco user.