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Job Type: full-time permanent position
Posting Date: 18 Dec 13
Closing Date: 19 Mar 14
We currently are seeking a Stewardship Specialist to provide technical expertise and staff & volunteer coordination to effectively conduct ecological stewardship activities in the City of Ann Arbor. The mission of Natural Area Preservation (NAP) is to protect and restore Ann Arbor’s natural areas, and to foster an environmental ethic among its citizens.
Ideal candidates will have a minimum of 2 years working with volunteers, coordinating and overseeing a prescribed burn program, and 1 year of experience operating a chainsaw, and herbicide application sprayer and wand. Experience training staff to safely operate a chainsaw, herbicide application sprayer and wand, and prescribed burn equip is also highly desired.
• Hire, train, supervise, set work priorities for, and evaluate seasonal staff
• Act as NAP Safety Officer, assuring compliance with all City and Service Area work rules and procedures regarding safety issues
• Develop policies and procedures regarding NAP safety issues
• Train staff and volunteers on safe work methods, equipment use, and maintenance
• Oversee NAP’s herbicide program including the proper training of staff and volunteers
• Assist staff with herbicide application to invasive species as needed
• Ensure NAP’s compliance with all city and state herbicide-related policies and regulations
• Provide floristic quality assessment of existing and potential city natural areas
• Monitor changes in floristic quality of sites over time
• Manage all of NAP’s databases (including inventory, volunteer, ecological restoration, restoration priority, and time tracking databases) and generate regular reports from each
• Help coordinate and oversee prescribed burn program and serve as Burn Leader in NAP Manager's absence
Additional duties may include:
• Develop ecological stewardship plans and prescribed burn plans for City natural areas and other areas.
• Monitor effectiveness of management techniques for control of invasive species and restoration of native ecosystems
• Stay current on latest research findings regarding control of invasive species in southern Michigan
• Develop and coordinate research program and monitoring program in natural areas related to invasive species control, restoration of native ecosystems, and other ecological stewardship activities
• Document, track, monitor, and regularly report on all ecological stewardship activities
• Schedule volunteer stewardship workdays
• Assist with leading volunteer workdays and other restoration activities in the field
• Track and maintain tools and equipment and order new materials as needed
• Handle requests from scouts, civic organizations, teachers, and other members of the public interested in volunteering with NAP
• Review site plans and park development projects for the City
• Assist with revising and updating City’s environmentally oriented ordinances (including providing expert consultation on City’s Invasive Species List)
• Respond to citizen inquiries and conduct field investigations
• Assist with other activities of NAP, as assigned
Knowledge may be required in one or more of the following areas:
• Knowledge of native and invasive flora and fauna, geology, and ecology of southern Michigan
• Understanding of the ecological impacts of invasive species on native ecosystems of southern Michigan, the rate at which those impacts occur, and the best management practices to control and minimize those impacts
• Knowledge of the ecological role of fire in the management of southern Michigan ecosystems, and the techniques employed to use prescribed fire in urban natural areas
• Knowledge of ecosystem services provided by native landscapes, especially as they pertain to storm water management and rain gardens
• Knowledge of wetland permitting process
• Outstanding customer service principles
• Contemporary principles and practices of volunteer management and supervision
• Knowledge of relevant safety regulations and procedures
• Thorough knowledge of databases for tracking large amounts of data
Skills may be required in one or more of the following areas:
• Ability to identify the native and non-native flora of southern Michigan
• Ability to identify and develop ecological objectives for the restoration and management of natural areas
• Ability to identify ecological threats to local native ecosystems and recommend appropriate best management practices to mitigate those threats
• Ability to prioritize natural area restoration work sites and activities
• Ability to lead, coordinate, and motivate employees and volunteers to conduct ecological stewardship activities in the field
• Ability to document and monitor those stewardship activities over time
• Ability to safely use and maintain (and train others to safely use and maintain) chain saws, brush blades, herbicide applicators, and other field equipment
• Ability to apply for wetland permits
• Ability to oversee creation and establishment of rain gardens and other native landscaping projects
• Ability to critically analyze operations, collaboratively design and institute improvements without disruption of existing operations
• Provide both oral and written communication that is easily understood and direct in its content
• Establish and maintain effective, respectful and productive working relationships with department staff, citizen advisory groups, governmental officials, city employees, volunteers, community organizations, and the general public
• Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and Arc View
• Proficiency and interest in current field technologies
• Ability to obtain a Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certificate for the State of Michigan within 3-6 months of date of employment
Equipment used may include any of the following:
• Standard Office Equipment including: PC Computer, FAX, Telephone with multiple lines, Copier, and printer
• GPS (Global Positioning System) handheld unit
• Herbicide application handheld sprayer and wand
• Prescribed burn hand equipment
Training and Experience:
• Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in natural sciences, natural resources planning, conservation biology, or a related field
• At least two (2) years of experience in ecological restoration and management (specifically the control of invasive species with prescribed fire or herbicides), and the planning of such activities; or any equivalent combination of education and experience
• Supervisory experience with seasonal staff and/or volunteers working in the field
• Previous fieldwork experience in the Great Lakes region is preferred
• Valid Driver’s License
• Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certificate for the State of Michigan within 3-6 months of date of employment
The physical ability to walk, stand, stoop, crawl, climb, kneel, crouch, reach, pull, push, lift, finger, grasp and perform repetitive motions. The work requires the ability to operate hand controls on equipment. Incumbent may be exposed to hazardous physical conditions (i.e. heights, mechanical parts, etc.), and poor atmospheric conditions (i.e. fumes, odors, dusts, etc.). In addition, the work may require seasonal exposure to extreme (both hot and cold) weather conditions, including snow and ice. The incumbent may be expected to walk on rough, off-trail, uneven terrain, as well as wet and slippery surfaces. The work requires the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, the ability to distinguish colors and to hear audible alarms.
The physical ability to ascend and descend ladders, handle heavy brush, to perform routine moderate lifting and to carry up to 50 lbs. in a backpack. The work requires the ability to correctly apply Personal Protective Equipment.
While in the office, the ability to move and lift objects less than 20 lbs. such as mail, files and supplies. Operating office equipment requiring continuous repetitive hand/arm movements. The ability to remain in a sitting position for extended periods of time.
Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. EOE
To apply please go a2gov.org and click on City Employment. Select Requisition Number 13-0222 Stewardship Specialist and click apply online in the bottom right hand corner of the job posting. Applications are completed online via the internet.
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