-Conducts and documents all monitoring efforts in accordance with the most current Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Surface Water Quality Monitoring Procedures, Quality Assurance Project Plan and monitoring plan.
-Operates, calibrates and maintains field instrumentation such as electrofishing systems, data sondes, boats and trailers. Documents all required calibration and maintenance.
-Assists in developing and performing aquatic surveys including qualitative and quantitative freshwater mussel surveys, a wide variety of fisheries assessments and invasive species monitoring and removal.
-Makes unbiased observations of aquatic and riparian conditions, surrounding watershed land uses, current weather conditions, impacts of human activities and any other observations as needed.
-Routinely conducts basic data analysis in support of various projects and efforts and occasionally conducts advanced data analysis to inform management and policy decisions within the San Antonio River basin.
-Creates, revises and maintains standard operating procedures, scope of work documents, logbooks and calculation sheets.
-Presents a positive image for the River Authority when interacting with stakeholders, constituents and media outlets and participates in outreach and education events to promote natural resources stewardship.
-Participates in internal and external audits; writes follow up nonconformance and corrective action reports.
-All other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university in Biological Science, Environmental Sciences, or a related discipline and eighteen (18) months of progressively responsible environmental field experience, or a related discipline or a combination of experience and education that results in the required knowledge, skills and abilities is required.
A thorough knowledge of scientific principles and practices of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Texas Parks & Wildlife (TPWD) and TCEQ regulations and requirements that apply to water quality monitoring and environmental assessment; knowledge of aquatic and ecological theories and principles; ability to perform minor maintenance of field instruments and equipment; ability to swim; proficiency in the current Microsoft Office package is required; proficiency in statistical analysis software and GIS are preferred. SCUBA certification or willingness to complete certification process strongly encouraged.
Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record.
LANGUAGE AND REASONING SKILLS:
Ability to effectively interact with stakeholders and constituents; ability to understand written or oral instructions; read, analyze, and interpret documents, instruction manuals, policies and procedures is essential. Excellent communication skills (both oral and written) are required to effectively present information in a one-on-one, small, or large group setting. Strong interpersonal skills are essential to maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, agency representatives, civic groups, employees, and members of the public. The ability to work effectively and efficiently, under sometimes stressful conditions, to ensure deadlines are met is essential.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Regularly and safely lifts, carries, and handles supplies and equipment weighing at least 40 pounds. Occasionally lifts and carries up to 50 pounds approximately 15 feet. Visual acuity, hand/eye coordination and manual dexterity is required to perform some activities and to operate equipment. Regularly wades into bodies of water; must be able to work in waders while performing work duties.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
Work is performed primarily outdoors, sometimes in adverse weather and is exposed to such typical hazards of outdoor work as poison ivy, wasps, snakes, and other natural and mechanical hazards; work requires the ability to traverse uneven terrain and intermittently walk, stand, climb, balance, bend, crouch and reach while performing work duties. Occasionally work is performed indoors and requires observance of safe work practices, fire regulations and avoidance of falls, trips, and similar office work hazards.
The stress level for this position is moderate and the workload requires this position to work four day – 10-hour shifts, work non-traditional hours including nights, weekends, and holidays. Must be willing and available to work rotating on-call shifts. Must be able to perform in a small but highly professional team-oriented environment.
Must be able to function in a principle-based organization that has a culture built on character and SARA Core Values of Stewardship, Integrity and Excellence.