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Natural Resource Specialist I/II (Open and Promotional)

San Mateo Medical Center
San Mateo County, California, US
Closing date
Dec 13, 2022

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Informatics / GIS
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The County of San Mateo's Department of Public Works is seeking highly motivated and experienced candidates for the position of Natural Resource Specialist I/II !

Working with a team of highly skilled Natural Resource professionals, the Natural Resource Specialist will have the opportunity to:
  • Develop, implement, coordinate, promote, monitor, and evaluate one or more natural resource conservation programs or projects
  • Serve as subject matter expert and technical resource in assigned areas.
  • Research, analyze, and interpret information and data
  • Design and conduct studies and field surveys
  • Develop, conduct, monitor, and evaluate comprehensive outreach and public education activities
  • Provide supervision and leadership on a project basis to professional, technical, support, contract, and volunteer staff.
  • Perform other work as required.

The ideal candidate will have a degree in biology, natural resource management, or environmental studies with related coursework such as aquatic ecology, zoology, fisheries management, conservation biology, geomorphology, hydrology, geology, GPS/GIS, statistics, plant ecology and water law.

In addition, the ideal candidate will possess the following experience, skills, and abilities:
  • Experience in construction monitoring
  • Basic knowledge about construction BMPs
  • Experience conducting biological surveys (e.g., wildlife, nesting birds, plants, sensitive species)
  • Knowledge of endangered species, environmental and stormwater regulations
  • Experience with environmental permitting
  • Excellent oral communication and writing skills and experience in preparing detailed reports (e.g., biological assessment reports and habitat and mitigation and monitoring plans)
  • Training in GIS
  • Ability to interpret engineering plans

Depending upon level of experience, the current vacancy may be filled at the Natural Resource Specialist I or II level.
The salary range for Natural Resource Specialist I is $81,078 - $101,400 annually.
The salary range for Natural Resource Specialist II is $89,253 - $111,550 annually.

Natural Resource Specialist I is the entry and trainee level class which works under immediate supervision. Incumbents may be assigned to a specific area or may work in multiple areas. This class is flexibly staffed with Natural Resource Specialist II, and incumbents may advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating proficiency which meet the qualifications of the higher level.

Natural Resource Specialist II is the fully experienced, journey level class which works under general direction. Incumbents at this level are capable of independently performing the full range of duties in one or several specialized areas and are expected to serve as subject matter experts in these areas. Incumbents may provide supervision and leadership on a project basis to professional, technical, support, consultant/contract, and volunteer staff. This class is distinguished from Natural Resource Specialist III which is responsible for multiple assignments and programs/projects of a complex nature in a wider range of areas and for representing management, as needed, on complex and sensitive issues.

NOTE: The eligible list created from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies including classified, unclassified, full-time, part-time, temporary, and extra help assignments.

Examples Of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Performs a variety of professional duties related to the County's resource conservation, environmental compliance, and permitting programs/projects such as RecycleWorks, Recycling and Composting, Green Building, Stormwater, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) permits, Areas of Special Biological Significance (ASBS) Pollution Prevention Reduction grant, and other programs/projects.
  • Develops, implements, coordinates, promotes, monitors, and evaluates one or more of the various resource conservation, environmental compliance, and permitting programs/projects.
  • Serves as subject matter expert of assigned area(s) or program(s) for the department, the County, external agencies, businesses, community groups and staff.
  • Ensures compliance with federal, state, local and other pertinent environmental mandates, laws, codes, rules, regulations, and agreements within assigned areas.
  • Researches, analyzes, and interprets information and data.
  • Designs and conducts a wide variety of related studies and surveys, including biological field surveys; designs best management practices (BMPs), prepares biological assessments and permit applications; negotiates permit conditions with various regulatory agencies, and prepares and implements mitigation and monitoring plans.
  • Reviews and provides comments on various technical and environmental documents, including environmental impact reports, initial study/mitigated negative declaration, mitigation plans, and biological assessments.
  • Develops, prepares, negotiates and monitors grants; ensures compliance with grant stipulations and funding agency reporting requirements.
  • Develops systems and procedures to support program/project activities.
  • Prepares written materials such as permit applications, narrative and annual reports, technical charts, and publications.
  • Maintains environmental regulatory compliance and monitoring required by permits and project activities.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert by identifying biological resources and regulatory requirements within a worksite.
  • Researches evolving Best Management Practices (BMP's) utilized within the industry and incorporate these measures into project plans when applicable.
  • Develops, conducts, monitors, and evaluates comprehensive outreach, public education, training, and media activities.
  • Provides supervision and leadership on a project basis to professional, technical, support, consultant/contract, and volunteer staff.
  • Develops, negotiates, and monitors grants, contracts, and terms of permit conditions.
  • Reviews consultant deliverables and invoices to ensure compliance with contract stipulations, permits and County standards.
  • Represents the section on committees, boards, and other related groups.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of policies and procedures for new and existing programs.
  • Participates in developing and implementing short and long-range goals and objectives for the section.
  • Provides management with information related to developing and monitoring budgets.
  • Stays abreast of new trends, laws, regulations, and innovations in the related fields of natural resource conservation, environmental compliance, and permitting.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. Typical ways to qualify are:

Level I : A Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management/ Ecology, Environmental Science, Wildlife Biology, or a related field.

Level II : A Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management/ Ecology, Environmental Science, Wildlife Biology, or a related field plus three years of relevant experience.

Substitution : A Master of Science degree in Natural Resource Management/ Ecology, Environmental Science, Wildlife Biology or related field plus two years of relevant experience.

License :
  • Possession of a valid California Driver license or equivalent.

Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of program planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Principles and practices of contract management.
  • Principles, practices, and trends in the assigned specialty areas of resource conservation.
  • Technical information in the assigned specialty areas such as wildlife management, biology/botany, ecology, restoration, forestry, and marine biology.
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

Skill/Ability to:
  • Plan, implement and evaluate assigned programs, projects, and activities.
  • Coordinate multiple functions and contracts.
  • Supervise permanent, temporary, contract and volunteer staff on a project basis.
  • Serve as subject matter expert in assigned areas.
  • Work with a wide variety of people at all levels including those from government, business, private and non-profit agencies, community groups and the public.
  • Identify problems and resolve them.
  • Track and monitor compliance with pertinent mandates, laws, codes, rules, regulations, and agreements.
  • Develop and conduct outreach, public education, training, and media activities.
  • Research and analyze information/data to formulate findings and recommendations.
  • Serve as representative on various boards, committees, and community groups.
  • Prepare comprehensive reports, letters, and other written materials.
  • Provide information regarding planning, developing, and monitoring the budget.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with others.
  • Perform instant and sustained arduous physical activity and work in rough, brushy terrain and in adverse weather.


Open and Promotional. Anyone may apply. Current County of San Mateo and County of San Mateo Superior Court of California employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, Confidential and Management extra-help/limited term, and SEIU or AFSCME represented extra help/limited term positions prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%) which may include a pre-interview presentation.

Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification . All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.

Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the 'Apply' button. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.

Application Deadline:
Monday, December 5, 2022, 11:59 p.m. PST
Application Screening: Week of December 12, 2022
Panel Interviews: Week of January 9, 2023

The County of San Mateo may require that all employees provide proof of COVID-19 vaccine. Employees hired into specified health care facilities and other high-risk settings where there is potential for frequent COVID-19 exposure to staff and highly vulnerable patients are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. For more specific information, please refer to the County's .

At the County of San Mateo, we welcome and celebrate the diversity of our employees and strive to create a workplace where they feel valued every day.
The County of San Mateo is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Analyst: Dorothy Halley (11182022) (Natural Resource Specialist I/II - J084/J085)

Please visit for a complete listing of all benefits for this classification.

Benefits are offered to eligible employees of the County of San Mateo. All benefits are subject to change.

As an additional benefit, the County offers extensive training and development programs designed to improve skills and enhance career opportunities. Most programs are offered on County time at no cost to you.

County employees are also covered by the federal Social Security system and earn benefits for retirement based on salary and time worked.


IMPORTANT: Applicants for this position are required to submit responses to the following supplemental questions. Your responses will give us additional information about your background and experience related to this position and will be used in the selection process. Be concise and specific. Neatness, clarity of expression, grammar, spelling and ability to follow instructions will be considered in the evaluation process. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for your responses to these questions.
  • I have read and understand these instructions.


Possession of a valid California driver license or equivalent is required for this position. If you have a valid driver license or the equivalent, please provide your driver license number and expiration date. Type N/A if you do not have a valid license.


Explain how your education and/or experience qualify you for the position of Natural Resource Specialist I/II with Watershed Protection emphasis. Provide details regarding your experience in researching applicable permits, conducting required field work, preparing permit applications, and observing or directing field work in order to satisfy the permit conditions.


Describe your experience performing field work surveys. Include in your description: (a) the types of data you collected, (b) the methods you used to analyze the data, AND (c) the results of your analyses.


Describe your experience and/or knowledge with erosion and sedimentation regulations. If you're certified, provide certification(s) related to your knowledge.

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