Director of Reserve Management and Monitoring, RC

The Regional Conservation Authority (RCA) has an opportunity for a Director of Reserve Management and Monitoring in Riverside. The position is responsible for directing, creating, planning, organizing and implementing the Reserve Management and Monitoring Programs for the RCA in accordance with the Western Riverside County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP). The incumbent will train, direct, assign, and evaluate the work of RCA and contract staff. Additional duties include the preparation and oversight of budgets, inventories, and contract management, including identifying contract needs, preparing requests for proposals (RFPs), writing scopes of work, and negotiating contracts, memoranda of understanding, and agreements. The incumbent will be required to develop strategies and write policies and procedures relating to the implementation and administration of the MSHCP in keeping with federal, state and local laws and regulations. Additionally, the incumbent will create training materials and presentations for member agencies and the RCA Board of Directors, and will work closely with the wildlife agencies, the governing Board, permittees and the public in plan implementation.

Examples of Essential Duties:

Draft policies and procedures relating to the implementation and administration of the MSHCP in keeping with federal, state and local laws and regulations; gather comments relating to these drafts from stakeholders, state and federal agencies, and other interested parties, incorporating them into final drafts for the approval of the Executive Director, RC; maintain current final operating policies and procedures of the regional conservation department.

Assist the Executive Director, RC in developing strategies for reserve management and monitoring, and reserves uses; management of projects and programs; gather data, analytical evaluations and draft recommendations for the development of long-range planning such as expansion and growth forecasting.

Direct and guide the management and monitoring of the regional conservation reserve; direct the establishment of systems for maintaining all property and facility space utilization inventories of the regional conservation department; coordinate and administer use of reserve lands.

Train, direct, assign and evaluate the administrative work of subordinate and contract staff; create training materials and workshops relating to operating policies and procedures for the regional conservation department and present them to public agency stakeholders; coordinate and participate on-site in resolving MSHCP implementation issues.

Resolve politically sensitive issues relating to activities of the regional conservation department, resolve MSHCP implementation conflicts related to land use applications, and act as liaison with public and private agencies; make presentations to interested parties; provide technical advice, information, and materials relating to real property for use by legal counsel in court actions.

Prepare, analyze and evaluate a variety of legal, regulatory and conservation reports, contracts and other agreements as required for interested parties; direct, coordinate, analyze and evaluate regional conservation mapping activities with Global Information Systems (GIS) and related technical staff and make appropriate distribution of regional conservation maps upon approval of the Executive Director, RC.

Recruiting Guidelines:

Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree, preferably with a major in environmental studies, biological sciences, business or public administration, or a closely related field to the assignment. (Substantial qualifying experience may be substituted for the required college education.)

Experience: Substantial experience in: 1) gathering and compiling facts and statistics in order to evaluate program effectiveness and forecasting; 2) preparing and reviewing contractual and regulatory documents; 3) composing and maintaining complex program records and systems applications; 4) coordinating and conducting program activities, including personal negotiation with real property owners and developers regarding acquisition and rights-of-way/easements; 5) effective and efficient land acquisition and utilization in Riverside County.

Preferred Experience: 1) Directing, creating, planning, organizing and implementing the reserve management and monitoring programs of an HCP/HCCP; 2) training, directing, assigning and evaluating the work of staff; 3) preparing and oversight of budgets, inventories, contract management, including identifying contract needs, preparing RFPs, writing scopes of work, and negotiating contracts, memorandums of understanding and agreements; 4) experience in developing strategies, writing policies and procedures relating to implementation and administration of a major program in keeping with federal, state, and local laws/regulations; 5) experience creating training materials and presentations for agencies; 6) working closely with the Wildlife Agencies; 7) resolving politically sensitive issues; 8) acting as liaison with permittees, public and private agencies, state, federal, and local officials, the general public and affected individuals.  

License: Possession of a valid California Driver's License is required at the time of employment.

 

ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY FOR THIS POSITION USING THE COUNTY'S JOB GATEWAY (http://rc-hr.com/jobs)
 
This recruitment will remain open until filled. Applicants seeking to be considered in the preliminary candidate review must apply by 11:59 p.m. (PST) on November 14, 2018. Postings may close or be extended at any time.

For questions regarding this recruitment or the online application process, please contact Laura Chamberlain at (951) 955-5196 or lchamberlain@rivco.org.