This Coastal Dune Restoration Coordinator position is anticipated to be 6-year position with a lead role in restoring dune habitats in the Florida Panhandle as part of a multi-agency grant focused on restoring natural vegetation diversity and connectivity in the coastal dune ecosystem to benefit beach mouse and other wildlife populations. The individual selected for this position will serve as an expert on ecological restoration and will have the opportunity to significantly influence restoration outcomes in this important coastal dune ecosystem. This position serves as a key team member who will work closely with the project oversight team to coordinate and guide dune restoration activities at multiple sites across the Florida Panhandle. This position provides a great opportunity to work creatively with diverse partners and stakeholders to address unique conservation challenges.
Coordinate pre-restoration site evaluations to identify and prioritize restoration sites, develop site-specific restoration plans in collaboration with external coastal ecosystem experts, and help coordinate pre- and post-restoration vegetation monitoring activities. Collaborate with project staff, other FWC staff members, staff of other agencies, and property owners before, during, and after restoration to ensure conservation work is carried out efficiently and as prescribed.
Coordinate with land managers and conservation specialists as necessary and appropriate to help ensure Project activities are consistent with other planned or ongoing management and conservation activities.
Coordinate effectively with external partners implementing vegetation monitoring protocols to assess habitat conditions of sites pre- and post-restoration. Work effectively with contractors hired to conduct restoration activities to ensure contractors successfully meet all provisions of the restoration contracts and produce quality deliverables.
Assist the Project Coordinator and other project staff with writing of progress reports, and other necessary technical reports, detailing progress and results of the habitat restoration activities conducted for the Project. Assist with writing and implementing the Adaptive Management Plan for the project.
As needed, coordinate with other project staff and partners to maintain project budgets, facilitate public outreach to develop and maintain public support, coordinate interagency activities and deliberations, comply with regulatory requirements, use GIS to identify survey sites and track project activities as necessary, provide support for individual projects through the construction phase, develop and implement vegetation and wildlife monitoring plans, assist with coordinating data management and analysis activities, maintain organized and current project digital and paper files, and produce project reports. Provide technical expertise and assistance to project staff, other FWC staff members, and staffs of other agencies.
Education: Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences is required, preferably in natural resource conservation, ecology, environmental science, or a closely related field. A Master’s degree in one of the listed fields is preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge: Of ecology, biology, wildlife, and natural resource conservation principles as well as Florida’s wildlife and coastal dune ecosystems, and applicable federal and state laws, rules, and policies.
Demonstrated interest, knowledge, and experience in natural resource management and protection, with experience in ecological restoration of coastal ecosystems, especially in coastal dune systems, preferred.
Demonstrated knowledge of and experience working with private, public agencies, non-profit organizations, and municipalities, and engaging effectively with partners to advance restoration projects and promote and develop effective collaborations is preferred.
Demonstrated knowledge of and experience conducting restoration planning and project site identification through desktop and field survey assessments, and other technical survey techniques are preferred. Two years of professional experience is preferred. Florida-based experienced is preferred.
Skills: Well-developed problem-solving skills. Excellent all-around computer skills and proficiency with the suite of Microsoft programs and ArcGIS software. Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communications skills including an ability to write concisely, express thoughts clearly, and an ability to prepare and present information through public speaking activities involving diverse stakeholder participation is preferred. Strong time management and information management skills.
Abilities: Enthusiastic and self-motivated to complete quality work on time. Strong ability to work independently with minimal supervision when appropriate, while also serving as an effective team player with strong interpersonal and communication skills who is able to work effectively in a collaborative team environment on multiple tasks with varying deadlines. Ability to communicate consistently and effectively and to efficiently organize information and details. Ability to work effectively with other agency staff members, partners, and stakeholders to achieve desired results. Ability to collect and analyze biological data. Ability to evaluate processes and outcomes and adapt approaches accordingly. Ability to conduct moderately strenuous management and monitoring activities outdoors, to safely operate vehicles; to work at night, if necessary, and to travel overnight as needed.
Licensure Requirements: Valid Florida Driver’s License
Working hours: 8am-5pm, 40 hours per week, work hours may vary.
OPS Employment Description: This is an OPS (Other Personnel Services) position. Employees in OPS positions have the option to receive health insurance benefits. OPS employees are paid for the number of hours they work, do not receive any paid leave, paid holidays, or participation in the Florida Retirement System.
To apply: Submit an application for Position Number 77902490 through the State’s People First system (https://jobs.myflorida.com/). In addition, please attach a resume and a cover letter. This letter should explain your interest in this specific position and describe your most relevant qualifications for the position. The closing date is Nov. 30th, 2020.
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