The primary responsibility of these positions is to assist in planning and conducting wildlife surveys and habitat enhancement/protection activities on Travis County-managed tracts of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. Main duties will focus on Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo surveys, invasive plant control, fire ant control, feral hog trapping, cowbird trapping, GIS/data management, and deer surveys. Additional duties include assisting on a variety of land stewardship activities such as boundary inspections, trail maintenance, fuel reduction activities, rare species/karst surveys, and public outreach events.
This is the first in a series of three natural resources-related job classifications within the Professional Support job family. This classification is distinguished from other classifications by the entry-level of work required. This classification may require a flexible work schedule in order to meet the needs of the department.
Duties and Responsibilities
Assists in planning and conducting natural resources management protection and enhancement projects on lands owned or managed by Travis County, including monitoring and maintaining projects, conducting biological rare species monitoring, directing and implementing problem species control programs, collecting baseline survey data on plant and animal species, coordinating habitat restoration for endangered species, and maintaining preserve infrastructure.
Assists in providing geographic information system (GIS) mapping support for management and maintaining GIS databases for land management activities. Maintains and updates maps.
Assists in researching and developing methods and protocols, or improves methods for natural resources management. Researches issues pertaining to natural resource protection and coordinates or works with other agencies or professionals to improve methods and project management for the development and enforcement of statewide regulations.
Assists in compiling and analyzing field data in the form of public presentations, technical written reports, special materials, annual reports, land management plans, protocols, and checklists for the general public. Evaluates data results with regard to the impact on natural resources management.
Assists in conducting education and outreach to the general public. Provides the public with information on natural resources protection and preserves. Disseminates information to landowners, managers, and other public agencies that uses the preserves and parks as research sites.
Assists in serving as an advisor and consultant for County parks and staff on a variety of natural resources issues.
Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in Natural Resources, Environmental Science, Ecology, Biology or a directly related field or directly related increasingly responsible demonstrated experience in natural resource management;
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.
Pesticide Applicator License.
ArcView Geographic Information System (GIS) geoprocessing experience.
Experience conducting avian wildlife surveys, including territory mapping, point counts, nest searching, color leg band resights, etc.