Travis County seeks an innovative, self-driven professional to work with Natural Resources staff on the development and implementation of strategies to protect wildlife and habitats in the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve from the harmful effects of climate change. The position reports to the Natural Resources Program Manager. It will manage contractors and supervise future staff positions.
This position provides subject matter expertise on the effects of climate change on conservation lands and provides a variety of project management services to support the county’s natural resources management and protection goals. It monitors research on the effects of climate change on the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve and other conservation tracts. It devises mitigation strategies and implements projects, such as wildfire mitigation and water conservation, to reduce and adapt to the impacts of climate change on native wildlife and ecological systems. Leads complex projects involving interdepartmental teams, contractors, and multiple agencies. Familiar with the Endangered Species Act and environmental regulations; reviews existing and proposed policy; analyzes policy impacts to endangered species and natural resources; conducts natural resources assessments; monitors preserve lands; analyzes grant programs to support climate change initiatives; advises managers and staff on funding strategies; prepares grant applications. Procures and administers contracts and professional services agreements. Develops scopes of work, hires, and manages contractors for natural resources projects.
Duties and Responsibilities
Performs as project manager, develops, implements, oversees, manages or administers projects, budgets, codes, specifications, policies and procedures for countywide programs, projects and improvements.
Supervises support staff, evaluates staff job performance, coordinates and prioritizes schedules and assignments, and authorizes staff productive and non-productive work hours. Orients and trains staff.
Provides environmental expertise and support for development design, construction, improvements, and maintenance. Monitors grant projects for compliance with funding agency regulations.
Acts as liaison on environmental matters. Performs County, interlocal and code enforcement coordination. Advises County staff, citizens and other agencies and consultants on environmental matters relevant to County programs and projects. Resolves problems.
Performs tasks as assigned in annual work-plan. Works with staff to develop and implement. Prepares and conducts environmental compliance training; oversees annual reports.
Conducts environmental assessments, investigates and analyzes problems and advises methods to mitigate adverse environmental impact of all County operations. Monitors existing and proposed federal, state and local laws and regulations relevant to environmental aspects of County programs and projects and ensures compliance with such laws and related County policies and procedures.
Develops, reviews, and recommends annual fiscal year expenditures involving contracts for capital improvement projects, grants, construction design, construction, maintenance, compliance issues, and general items to complete projects within policies and procedures.
Manages and oversees the preparation and submission of grant applications for new and continued funding of programs through Federal, State, Local and County sources. Develops and prepares contract documents.
Drafts projects bid specifications and performs plan review. Reviews and identifies potential environmental compliance problems with engineering design, construction plan activities and site assessments. Conducts research, provides recommendations, resolves issues and conveys information. Provides environmental compliance oversight in grant projects. Makes recommendations to resolve issues and conflicts in coordination with consultants, staff and other agencies.
Serves as subject expert by advising Elected and Appointed Officials, department heads, County staff, general public and other agencies, and consultants on environmental matters relevant to programs and projects.
Assists in the development of long range County plan for natural resources/environmental related programs and projects. Develops, reviews and recommends budget expenditures for County projects and grants, working with project managers and staff.
Coordinates with Elected and Appointed Officials, department heads for programs.
Represents the County in attending meetings, advisory groups, neighborhood groups, boards and commissions, seminars, conferences, professional associations meetings, private organizations, and participate on related committees. Responds to difficult citizen inquires and complaints.
Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree in Natural Resources, Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Geography, Technical Writing, Resource Economics or a directly related field AND four (4) years of experience in natural resources/ environmental analysis and grant management, including program and project development, implementation and grant administration, and including one (1) year of mid- to senior level supervisory or management experience;
Any combination of education and experience that has been achieved and is equivalent to the stated education and experience and required knowledge, skills, and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this job.
Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements:
Valid Texas Driver's License.
Depending on assigned duties may require grant/certification writing, International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Arborist Certification, International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Erosion Control. Specialist Certification, Water Supply Operator Certification or Pest Control License.
Certified Erosion, Sediment and Storm Water Inspector (CESSWI); OR,
Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC); OR,
Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC).
Familiarity with one or more of the following is preferred:
• Wildfire risk modeling, analysis, and mitigation
• Central Texas fuel types, ecology, flora, and fauna
• Habitat Conservation Plans and/or Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Plan
• Principles of landscape ecology
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Standard theory, principles, practices and techniques of environmental and natural resource protection.
Supervisory principles, practices and techniques.
Federal, State, Local and County applicable environmental laws, rules, regulations and guidelines.
State and Federal environmental regulatory or administrative grant requirements and practices.
Implementation of environmental engineering techniques and specifications and management practices relating to water quality, storm water pollution control, erosion control, restoration, land and vegetation management, hazardous materials, waste management.
Principles of local land development, transportation and roadway design.
Implementation of environmental procedures within an organization.
Grant guidelines, procedures and of funding agencies.
Grant technical writing, project management, and environmental specifications.
Governmental grant programs.
Project and contract management.
Budget preparation and office management.
Computer equipment to include word processing, spreadsheets, databases, ArcView GIS hardware and software, and related applications.
Business letter writing, grammar and punctuation, and report preparation.
Supervisory/management issues, including planning and managing teams.
Using biological monitoring and censusing, and wildlife control equipment.
Conducting environmental assessments and studies.
Interacting with all levels of government (Elected Officials), management, employees, multiple outside agencies, and outside contractors.
Exercising independent judgment under minimal supervision.
Performing technical writing tasks, including successful grant writing.
Explaining complicated technical problems in simple non-technical language.
Problem-solving and decision-making.
Public speaking and content delivery.
Both verbal and written communication.
Assess the impacts of proposed land development and/or maintenance practices upon water quality, land resources, and biological resources.
Analyze and interpret mapped and graphic data and plans for land management and capital improvement projects.
Manage time well, perform and prioritize multiple tasks, organize diverse activities, and implement environmental research and projects.
Meet deadlines and produce projects in a timely manner while working on several projects at once.
Work as a team member within a diverse organization.
Research, compile, analyze, interpret and prepare a variety of memorandums or reports.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with County employees and officials, representatives of outside agencies, and the general public.
Work Environment & Other Information
Physical requirements include the ability to lift/carry up to 20-50 pounds occasionally, visual acuity, speech and hearing, hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer and office equipment. Subject to driving a 4-wheel drive vehicle, standing, walking/hiking (some rough terrain), carrying, sitting, repetitive motion, reaching, climbing stairs, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, pushing, pulling, balancing, client/customer contact, squatting to perform the essential functions. May work in extreme temperature/weather change/conditions, and smoke on prescribed or wild fires. Maybe subject to contact with dangerous machinery, fumes, communicable/infectious disease, and hazardous chemicals.
Travis County employees play an important role in business continuity. As such, employees can be assigned to business continuity efforts outside of normal job functions.
This job description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and overtime eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.