Incumbent in this class is responsible for planning, implementing and supervising multiple natural heritage programs and mandates.
Nature and Scope
This is an administrative/technical position reporting to an administrative superior to review, compare and coordinate various programs with mutual objectives. Work involves extensive coordination of multiple federal, state and private sector agencies, organizations and individuals dedicated to preservation of rare animals, plants and their natural habitat.The incumbent meets with land owners to explain the various programs providing information on legal restrictions, land donation, management plans, conservation casements and land protection options. Additionally, the incumbent participates in administration and promotion of programs that encourage monetary contribution for the support of natural heritage activities. A significant aspect of this work involves directing natural heritage research efforts and maintenance of a data base incorporating information related to rare animals, plants and natural communities.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
Maximizes achievement of program goals through integration of multiple programs.
Provides staff support for Natural Areas Advisory Council and encourages citizen involvement through group and individual meetings and educational presentations.
Develops funding resources through grants and donations.
Ensures availability of natural heritage data, for environmental review and policymaking.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.
Knowledge of mandated and private sector programs impacting natural heritage issues.
Knowledge of State and federal budgetary cycles and fiscal policies.
Knowledge of laws, rules and regulations applicable to assigned area.
Knowledge of principles and practices of research methods.
Knowledge of plant and animal taxonomy.
Skill in negotiation and persuasion.
Skill in establishing and implementing priorities.
Ability to interpret complex issues and information.
Ability to recognize and mediate diverse and/or conflicting priorities.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Natural Heritage Program Manager Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
Possession of a Bachelors degree or higher in Life or Physical Science or related field.
Three years experience in environmental land use or preservation of natural habitats.
Three years experience in interpreting natural heritage or environmental laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures.