Under the direction of the Wildlife Diversity Program Director, this position is responsible for advanced (senior-level) administrative and supervisor program work including supervising the administration and direction of the Urban Wildlife Technical Guidance Program that is tasked with providing expert assistance to municipal and community leaders in improving the quality and quantity of wildlife habitat in and around metropolitan areas and outreach to constituents and partner groups. This position provides leadership and general program management including budget planning and oversight. Supervises staff involved in urban technical guidance, volunteer programs designed to engage community members and collect scientific data, and other outreach and technical guidance programs designed to connect constituents to the agency. Responsible for establishing partnerships with other agencies and organizations to address species of greatest conservation need, habitats and conservation issues identified in the State Wildlife Action Plan, especially those in or near urban areas. Increases public awareness of Action Plan priorities for a diversity of constituents through partnerships and various outreach strategies. Promotes biodiversity and ecosystem management concepts, training, and field projects on private and public lands. Integrates Wildlife Diversity staff into regional field operations by regular communication at supervisory levels, and by providing training opportunities and other assistance to Wildlife Division biologists. Leads diversity and inclusion initiatives and develops strategies for reaching new constituencies in the conservation and management of nongame and rare resources in Texas in and around urban areas. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Performs other duties as assigned. Complies with all Agency, Division and Branch rules, regulations and procedures.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree and coursework in Natural Science, Wildlife, Range Science/Management, Conservation Biology, Forestry, Environmental Education or closely related field.
Five years of relevant experience.
Must possess or be able to obtain, within 30 days of employment, a valid Class “C” Texas driver’s license
NOTE: Retention of position contingent upon obtaining and maintaining license.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree in Natural Science, Wildlife, Range Science/Management, Conservation Biology, Forestry, Environmental Education or closely related field may substitute for one year of the required experience;
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a PhD in Natural Science, Wildlife, Range Science/Management, Conservation Biology, Forestry, Environmental Education or closely related field may substitute for two years of the required experience.
Experience supervising volunteers and managing volunteer projects.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of urban wildlife species and life history;
Knowledge of solutions to common wildlife conflict situations;
Knowledge of the Texas Master Naturalist Program and principles of volunteer management;
Knowledge of the Bird City Texas Program;
Knowledge of nongame and rare species in Texas and characteristics of ecological regions;
Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration and management;
Knowledge of budget oversight and management;
Knowledge of the benefits and limitations of community science data
Skill in using MS Word, Excel and Outlook;
Skill in effective verbal and written communication;
Skill in program administration, budgeting, planning and analytical procedures;
Skill in planning and reviewing videos, publications, reports, and social media strategies;
Skill in motivation, supervision and evaluation of assigned staff;
Skill in exercising initiative to work both independently and as a team member;
Skill in facilitating cooperative efforts between individuals and teams, including citizen advisory groups and statewide and national organizations;
Skill in building consensus among stakeholders with conflicting viewpoints and political
Skill in using personal computers;
Ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing, on a broad range of fish, wildlife, and habitat issues;
Ability to market and promote programs and products;
Ability to manage projects and coordinate efforts with the members of the public, advisory boards, universities, conservation organizations, media representatives, TPWD colleagues, and other government agencies;
Ability to develop and manage volunteer programs;
Ability to perform duties of program director in his/her absence;
Ability to solve problems and facilitate conflict resolution;
Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program.
Required to work from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday;
Required to attend the Texas Master Naturalist annual conference each year;
Required to perform work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions;
This position is suitable to telework two days per week and the candidate may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval;
Required to operate a State vehicle;
Required to travel in-state of out-of-state 30% with possible overnight stays;
Must conform to TPWD dress and grooming standards, work rules and safety procedures;
Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.
TPWD IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER