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Environmental Land Management Specialist

Charlotte County, FL
Port Charlotte, Florida, US
Closing date
Oct 18, 2021

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General Summary & Essential Responsibilities

Performs technical and field work protecting Charlotte County's natural resources including wetlands, listed wildlife species, and native habitats by managing environmental parks, preserves, easements and mitigation lands. Prepares and implements management plans for environmentally sensitive land in compliance with current land management practices and local, state and federal requirements for listed species on public lands.

  • Reviews and implements assigned habitat management plans: plans and conducts prescribed burns; identifies and treats exotic and invasive plants.
  • Conducts listed species surveys and flora monitoring; and maintains an inventory of listed species and vegetation communities within the County.
  • Organizes and analyzes data to be used for internal projects, county-wide projects, and for statewide agencies working to protect Florida's wildlife and natural resources.
  • Prepares and submits purchase requisitions and work orders for habitat management activities, such as fences, herbicides, and special events; and monitors related contracted work.
  • Prepares grants for natural resource protection: monitors and ensures adherence to grant requirements.
  • Conducts educational outreach: prepares, writes and distributes educational materials; and makes presentations to civic groups, schools, conferences, etc.
  • Leads volunteer groups involved in land management projects: identifies priorities and assigns work; and coordinates logistics and materials to complete projects.
  • Provide exceptional customer assistance, problem-solving, and/or complaints by all forms of communication.

Min. Education, Licenses and Certifications

Minimum Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in field of science education, natural sciences, ecology, wildlife conservation, or related field
  • One (1) year of experience in environmental conservation, natural resource management or related field.Or an equivalent combination of relevant training, education, and experience.

Licenses and/or Certificates:
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Florida driver's license.
  • Must obtain and maintain the following land management certifications and licensures within 18 months of hire:
  • Basic Wildland Firefighter S-130/S-190
  • Natural Areas Pesticide Applicator through Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS)
  • Gopher Tortoise Agent through Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Thorough knowledge of Florida's native ecosystems, flora, and fauna.
  • Knowledge of the regional, state and federal regulations regarding listed species.
  • Ability to identify common and listed vertebrate and plant species, vegetation communities, and wetlands.
  • Ability to interpret and use aerial photography, GIS, road maps, etc.
  • Thorough understanding of the principles and practices of land management.
  • Knowledge of operations and practices of local government; ability to analyze and interpret departmental functions, procedures and policies.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks with multiple deadlines.
  • Ability to make recommendations and to use resourcefulness and tact in solving new problems.
  • Strong analytical and research skills; ability to ascertain priorities and meet deadlines and objectives.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills to include public speaking and the ability to develop effective proposals.
  • Skill in the use of standard office computer equipment and software applications; ability to maintain accurate records and reports.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Ability to effectively and safely utilize hand tools and power tools including but not limited to machete, knife, hammer, saw, chainsaw and/or pole saw
  • Knowledge of the functions and operating methods for standard automotive and construction equipment.
  • Ability to provide internal/external guidance and customer assistance via all forms of communication.

Supplemental Information

Working Conditions: Work is primarily performed outdoors and requires tolerance to heat, sun, wind, rain and/or other adverse environmental conditions such as; biting/stinging insects irate customers, extreme noise, odors, heights and/or dust.

Risk/Safety Conditions: This position requires moderate exposure or risk related to physical and/or mental health and safety (e.g., exposure to environmentally hazardous materials, heavy equipment, assault and battery, pathogens, etc.)

Physical Activities: Stooping, crouching, walking, pulling, grasping, hearing, seeing up close, seeing far away, kneeling, reaching, pushing, talking, standing, finger movement, repetitive motions, depth perception, wading. Frequent lifting of up to 25 pounds; occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds.
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