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East Bay Regional Park District
Oakland, California (US)
Closing date
Apr 16, 2023

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Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type


$8,172.13 - $9,247.88 Monthly

Oakland, CA

Job Type
Full-time (37.5 hrs)


Job Number

4/5/2023 5:00 PM Pacific

The Position
The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) is a full-service governmental agency stewarding a metropolitan system of public open space parklands and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of the San Francisco Bay. EBRPD spans across 125,000 acres in 73 regional parks, including over 1,250 miles of trails that are enjoyed by over 25 million visitors and the community per year. The Park District acquires, manages, and preserves natural and cultural resources for everyone to enjoy now and forever to experience nature nearby.


EBRPD preserves a rich heritage of natural and cultural resources and provides open space, parks, trails, safe and healthful recreation and environmental education.  An environmental ethic guides the District in all of its activities.

• Respect – We honor the land we steward, each other, and the park visitors we serve.
• Resilience – We creatively adapt to change. We address challenges with empathy, perspective, and determination.
• Relationships – Our greatest strength lies in the trust, accountability, and teamwork we cultivate with our colleagues, partners, and the public we serve.
• Responsiveness – We communicate openly, honestly, and reliably.
• Transparency – We hold the public's trust through meaningful stakeholder engagement and access to timely and reliable information on decisions and performance.

• Working with a purpose for a better world today and for future generations through the preservation of open space, public access to the outdoors, and a commitment to the conservation of the natural world found east of the San Francisco Bay across 33 cities in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
• A community of colleagues who are passionate about public service and the East Bay Regional Park District, the communities it serves, and its mission.
• Excellent benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, Flexible Spending, and pension benefits through California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). Click here (Download PDF reader) for details regarding additional benefits.
• Tuition reimbursement and professional development.
• Free on-site parking.
• Free parking permit for EBRPD parks (for up to 2 privately owned vehicles)
• Employee discounts for certain EBRPD park amenities (reservations, daily fishing permit, public boat launch).

The Park District is currently recruiting for an Ecologist in our Wildland Vegetation Management Department which is headquartered at the Park District’s Administrative Office, 2950 Peralta Oaks Ct., Oakland.  The hiring pools established from this recruitment will be used to fill the current vacancies and additional vacancies that may occur during the one-year life of the hiring pools.  

The wildland vegetation management team oversees and advises on managing parkland vegetation for resiliency, for maintaining or increasing biodiversity, reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire and overall health and function. The Department oversees the Park District's grazing program that includes 44 grazing tenants across 80,000 acres. Additionally, Department staff are responsible for leading the management of rare plant and vegetation communities, permitting and restoration for fuels management, and habitat restoration.

What You'll Be Doing: 
Under general direction supports natural resource protection through the scientific application of the principles and practices of ecological management by analyzing, monitoring, researching, and coordinating natural resources and/or community resources; and performs related duties as assigned.

We Are Looking For Someone Who:
• Demonstrates attention to detail, superb organizational skills, and independent judgment to creatively problem solve.
• Enjoys working in a diverse and fast paced environment.
• Is able to work collaboratively as a member of a team as well as independently.
• Has experience working on fuels management projects, restoration projects, and/or other types of projects in related fields.
• Has experience with environmental permits and is comfortable implementing permit conditions.
• Is knowledgeable and passionate about California ecology and ecological restoration.

Essential Functions

• Assists manager or program administrator with a variety of projects or assignments: performs research, provides analysis, collects data, conducts field and resource assessments, and makes recommendations;
• Maintains records, logs, and databases; prepares reports and writes correspondence;
• Researches, secures, and manages grant funding; assesses Park District projects, consult with regulatory agencies and obtains legally binding state and federal permits, biological opinions, and/or authorizations for Park District projects;
• Coordinates with other Park District departments and outside agencies;
• Reviews and/or assists with the development of policies and guidelines;
• Monitors budget and tracks expenditures; attends meetings, represents the Park District and makes presentations;
• May exercise lead direction and technical supervision over assigned project staff. This includes training, assigning, prioritizing, and monitoring work assignments, establishing goals and standards and providing input for evaluations. Coordinates natural resource protection through the scientific application of the principles and practices of environmental management, integrated pest management, and other resources to enhance plant and animal populations and their habitats;
• Performs restoration and monitoring of vegetation management and natural resource areas, including post-treatment restoration and assessment;
• Coordinates the implementation of plans (e.g. Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Resource Management) in cooperation with other departments;
• Leads and administers  resource management programs within the Park District and with outside resources agencies and consultants;
• Manages consultants and oversees work products;
• Consult staff on resource issues related to project design, maintenance, interpretation, and other activities to affect resources;
• Interacts with the public pertaining to resource issues.

Minimum Qualifications
Education:  A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in resource management or biological and/or environmental sciences with a focus in biology, botany, or a related field; AND

Experience: Three (3) years of experience performing complex research or work in a discipline related to natural resource management. AND

License or Certificate:   Possession of a valid Class C California Driver’s License is a condition of initial and continued employment in this classification.

Substitution:  A Master's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in a related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.

Additional Information
Knowledge of: 
• Principles and practices of restoration and ecology or appropriate study; 
• Native and invasive species of plants and wildlife of the San Francisco Bay area, including rare, threatened, and endangered species;
• State and federal regulations pertaining to the protection and management of these species, the habitat requirements of these species, and strategies to manage for their benefit including implementing habitat restoration;
• California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA);
• State and Federal Endangered Species Act, and regulatory requirements of resource agencies;
• Listed plant and animal species and the state and federal regulations to protect them;
• Restoration techniques to enhance habitats and reduce invasive plant and animal cover;
• Basic ecological concepts;
• Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access.  

Ability to:
• Investigate and analyze situations;
• Plan and organize research; coordinate research with other Park District departments and other agencies;
• Assist with negotiation and attainment of regulatory permits;
• Use a global positioning system (GPS);
• Maintain a Qualified Applicators License (QAL) for those assigned to the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) unit;
• Obtain and maintain a United States Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) Section 10 permit for handling listed species for those assigned to the Wildlife Program unit;
• Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications;
• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work at all levels, including a culturally diverse general public, with a focus on quality service to internal staff and external customers.

• All East Bay Park Regional District employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. 
• Must be able to pass a Level 1 background check which includes:  employment history verification, employee reference check, education or certificate verification, Department of Justice fingerprinting, and criminal history review.
• Possession of a valid Class C California Driver's License is a condition of initial and continued employment. Or other CA CDL requirement.
• Depending on the work location and assignment, may be required to wear a Park District Uniform.
• Positions may be required to work occasional evenings and/or weekend hours for meetings, presentations, or special events.

AFSCME: East Bay Regional Parks Employees, Local 2428, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, represents this classification. Wages, hours, and other terms of conditions of employment are covered in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Park District and Local 2428.  The probationary period for this classification is nine (9) months.

SALARY RANGE:  The starting pay for this position will be at Step A of the salary range.

Application materials for these positions consist of two (2) required parts:
1 A current East Bay Regional Park District application submitted online, and
2 Completed supplemental questions

Apply prior to the closing time of the job announcement and allow at least one (1) hour to submit your application if you are a new user to the system.  If you have previously applied to a position on, please allow time to update your existing profile. Applications are accepted online only.  Our online application system is provided by NeoGov.  If you encounter problems while applying online, please contact NeoGov Help Desk toll-free at (855) 524-5627.

Notification: All applicants will be notified of the status of their application via email, generally within two to three weeks after the closing date. You may also sign into your account to view your current application status and notifications.

Selection Process: The application materials for all applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be reviewed by a screening panel to select the best qualified for testing or oral examination/interview. The District reserves the right to set up a written test, performance test, and/or other assessment procedures before or after the interview process. Possession of minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview or invitation to test. Pursuant to the Federal Immigration and Reform Act of 1986, all applicants who are hired will be required to provide proof of identity and appropriate work authorization documents prior to commencement of employment.

Special Testing Arrangements: If you require special arrangements due to a verified disability or medical condition, please contact the Human Resources Department at (510) 544-2154 at least five business days before the test.

Tentative Date of Onsite Examinations:

Equal Opportunity Employer:
The East Bay Regional Park District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and respects a diverse workforce and community. It is committed to promoting an equitable and inclusive workspace that is welcoming to all. Applicants from all backgrounds and life experiences are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.

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