Natural Resources Manager: Georgia

Jekyll Island Authority
Jekyll Island, GA
Job Category
Full time Positions
$42,000 - $52,000 (DOQ)
Last Date to Apply
Job Summary: Under general direction, works under the supervision of the Director of Conservation to carry out focused restoration of priority habitats and research and monitoring of priority species. This position will oversee the Land Management Technician and their primary objectives. Duties within this position will change seasonally based on the objectives set forth in the Jekyll Island Conservation Plan. Description: This position will primarily focus on wetland monitoring and leading ecological restoration planning and implementation. Manages and updates the JIA Watershed Protection Plan and must possess knowledge of basic water quality parameters, sampling, and analysis techniques. Participates in restoration planning activities in partnership with the Wildlife Biologist. Duties will involve permitting, grant writing, and project management. Restoration activities will require knowledge of Prescribed Fire, plant ID and monitoring, occasional heavy equipment operation, and adaptive management. Oversees the survey and control of priority invasive plant and invasive-herp species on Jekyll Island, GA. Knowledge of southeastern invasive plants and animals will be necessary to manage the prioritization of efforts moving forward. Leads and assists the Land Management Technician in strategically managing the spread of invasive species on Jekyll. Outreach opportunities may be necessary along with contribution to the Jekyll Island Authority’s partnership with the Coastal Georgia Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. Provides technical field-based support to assist in wildlife research and monitoring on Jekyll Island, GA. This will include aspects of wildlife management, habitat monitoring/management, and public outreach/education. Tasks include but will not be limited to radio tracking and detectability surveys of rattlesnakes, wildlife population censuses, shorebird monitoring, bobcat scat surveys, amphibian monitoring, and camera-based wildlife monitoring. Will participate in training for safe and effective wildlife management practices, including capture, handling, tracking, and population monitoring methods. May be involved in island-wide conservation discussions and meetings with the executive team including but not limited to Environmental Assessment Procedures, Design Review Group, and other seasonal committees. Performs other duties as assigned, including administrative assistance, under the guidance of the Director of Conservation and in coordination with the Wildlife Biologist.
Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a directly related field (e.g. wetland/watershed management, wildlife management, ecology, biology, zoology, environmental science, etc.) with 5 years experience (2 as a supervisor) in conservation or natural resource management. A Master’s Degree with experience is preferred. Technical experience with the collection of a variety of water samples, monitoring wildlife, and general field experience in various environmental conditions A working knowledge of ArcGIS including extensions like Survey123. Prescribed fire certification (State or Federal), or willingness to obtain, with at least 1 year of fire experience preferred Ability to work with an engaged community with broad stakeholders including guests, residents, and staff. Good communication skills, positive demeanor, and a demonstrated ability to work and solve problems independently Must have a valid driver’s license. Must have or be willing to obtain rabies vaccination. Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including time outside of normal business hours such as early morning and/or evening and night, and occasional weekend and holiday work, and be on-call for wildlife-response situations usually one week per month. Must have public speaking skills as the position will include presenting in front of large groups, at JIA Board of Director meetings, providing improvised tours, and occasionally helping with naturalist programs. Additional Preferred Qualifications: Familiarity with the coastal ecology of the southeast including saltwater, brackish, and freshwater ecosystems Knowledge of southeastern coastal plant species and the ability to use a plant key Chainsaw use experience and/or safety certification (OSHA or Wildland) Previous experience working with wildlife, including capture and handling of crocodilians and/or venomous snakes, as well as radio-telemetry FAA Part 107 – Unmanned Pilot Certification
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