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    Ecologist II/III

    Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
    JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
    Ecologist

    RMS II Annual Salary Range: $93,138-$116,328
    RMS III Annual Salary Range: $105,253-$131,428

    Link to Job Announcement: Ecologist II or III

    Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (www.openspace.org) is looking for an Ecologist. This position oversees the Midpen’s IPM Program and Wildland Fire Resiliency Program; advise and monitor field and office staff and contractors on vegetation management; lead a multi-department team in reviewing and setting priorities for all vegetation management activities on approximately 65,000 acres according to Midpen policy; train staff in ecologically sensitive vegetation management and safety; conduct field inspections; recommend appropriate treatment methods; monitor work; and report on progress of the program to the General Manager, Board of Directors, and public.

    The ideal candidate has a strong background in biology/ecology; experience applying IPM principles in the management of invasive, weedy and flammable plants and pest animals in natural park environments and facilities; possesses excellent judgment and proactive problem-solving skills; has the ability to successfully collaborate with field staff, contractors, and biologists; and is able to clearly communicate with the public. The successful candidate has a working technical knowledge of a wide range of vegetation management techniques, including low toxicity pesticides; pesticide alternatives; measures to protect the health of people and the environment; techniques for inventory, monitoring, analyzing and reporting; and is accustomed to working independently and exercising sound judgment.

    Required Education & Experience
    Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

    Resource Management Specialist II
    Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in ecology, biology, wildlife, or a related field, and three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience in evaluating, surveying, or monitoring of natural resource systems. Experience and/or education with botany and/or forestry is desirable.
    Candidates should possess the following qualifications:
    • Knowledge of plant taxonomy and natural community ecology;
    • Experience conducting botanical field surveys, or experience conducting such botanical field surveys under the direction of an experienced botanical field surveyor;
    • Familiarity with federal, state, and local statutes and regulations related to plants and plant collecting.

    Resource Management Specialist III
    Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in environmental design, natural resource management, ecology, biology, geology or a related field, and three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience in natural resource management preferably in parks, open space, or related field, including at least one (1) year of supervisory and administrative responsibility. Experience and/or education with botany and/or forestry as well as a master’s degree is desirable.
    Candidates should possess the following qualifications:
    • Knowledge of plant taxonomy and natural community ecology;
    • Experience conducting botanical field surveys;
    • Familiarity with federal, state, and local statutes and regulations related to plants and plant collecting.
    • Experience analyzing the impacts of projects on native plant species and sensitive natural communities.
    • Familiarity with plants of the region, including special status plants;
    • Familiarity with natural communities of the region, including sensitive natural communities;
    • Experience with Survey of California Vegetation Classification and Mapping Standards;
    • A Master’s Degree is desirable.
    Last edited by csifuentes; 06-30-2022, 09:25 AM.
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