The Wild Basin Preserve Manager (PM) provides logistical and supervisory support in the management of the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve for the Wild Basin Creative Research Center (WBCRC). The PM will coordinate with St. Edward's University (SEU) and local government agencies on land management criteria in accordance with the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve Land Management Plan. Working closely with the Director of the WBCRC, the PM will ensure compliance with regulations pertaining to the preserve, oversee all land and trail maintenance, help maintain facilities, participate in grant writing efforts, and play an active and supportive role in stewardship and public relations.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Coordinate with government agencies to ensure program compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations pertaining to preserve lands.
• Ensure compliance with Travis County management agreement-related responsibilities, including quarterly & annual reporting and permitted projects.
• Work with Director and Travis County to adapt management activities and visitor access rules as needed.
• Maintain fire management criteria around facilities and throughout the preserve.
• Oversee gate operations, including onsite supervision of gate attendants; Ensure automatic gate is working properly; Maintain a safe line of ingress/egress for vehicles.
• Support education and research programs as needed and coordinate with researchers and educators to develop stewardship-based projects and programs.
• Develop and provide training materials and protocol guidance for interns, security guards, gate attendants, volunteers, and relevant contract employees.
• Recruit, coordinate, and train stewardship and trail patrol volunteers. Hold weekly and monthly stewardship workdays when possible.
• Work with the Center Director to identify possible grant-funded projects. Work to facilitate successful interactions with the community, donors, and the media.
• Serve as a point of contact to neighbors regarding preserve management issues.
• Monitor, map and remove invasive species, and perform vegetation restoration in coordination with Travis County BCP staff.
• Work closely with Center Director and Travis County personnel to determine signage needs. Install and replace signs as needed.
• Patrol perimeter quarterly. Monitor and troubleshoot trespass and rule violations issues.
• Perform monthly water quality management and monitoring.
• Support the Director of WBCRC and Dean of the School of Natural Sciences in maintaining facilities, including security and safety preparedness.
• Maintain composting and evaporative toilets. Coordinate with SEU facilities for major repairs or issues.
• Work closely with SEU Facilities and Master Planning staff on site-related issues and projects; Serve as point of contact for construction or repair-related contracted projects occurring onsite.
• Perform other duties as directed by the Director of WBCRC.
• Perform other duties as required.
Minimum bachelor's degree in environmental science or natural resource management or a closely related field; Master's degree a plus. Experience interacting with a variety of government agencies involved in land and natural resource management preferred. Relevant work experience (e.g., maintenance operations, land management and grounds support). Experience training, supervising, and managing volunteers preferred. Experience working with threatened and endangered species preferred. Training in and experience working with GIS preferred. Master Naturalist certification a plus. Must be able to comply with workplace guidelines and attendance requirements. Successful completion of an employment and/or criminal history background check is required.