The Senior Conservation Science Manager develops, updates, implements, administers and evaluates comprehensive natural resources and ecosystem management research and monitoring plans and programs for Cleveland Metroparks as integrated with a long-range strategic plan. This position implements natural resource research and monitoring and develops Park District-wide understanding and cooperation. This position also steers all aspects of natural resources research and monitoring, including planning, writing, hiring and supervising specialty staff, arranging all appropriate field equipment and supplies, coordinating volunteers and pursuing external funding to support research initiatives.
Effectively supervises assigned employees, including the following:
Interviews, selects and trains employees;
Coaches employees in proper job performance techniques and procedures;
Directs the work of employees and sets/adjusts hours of work;
Maintains records on employee productivity and appraises employees' productivity and efficiency to recommend promotions or other changes in status;
Handles employee complaints and disciplines employees when necessary;
Apportions work among different employees;
Monitors or implements legal compliance measures;
Determines the type of materials, supplies, or tools to be used by employees and controls the flow and distribution of materials and supplies; and
Provides for the safety of employees and the property of Cleveland Metroparks.
Regular and predictable attendance is expected and required. All Cleveland Metroparks employees must be prepared to work flexible schedules, including evenings, weekends, and/or holidays as required.
Develops, implements and coordinates district-wide natural resource research and monitoring within area(s) of specialized individual expertise, in particular, wildlife ecology, wetland ecology, forest ecology, stream ecology, botany and other issues related to the protection, research and/or monitoring of urban terrestrial and aquatic habitats.
Assists in the implementation of Long-Term Monitoring and Assessment Program by collecting data, training and/or supervising field staff, and/or performing data analysis and technical report writing.
Monitors natural resources and management activities, makes recommendations, and where appropriate implements a course of action to maintain or improve ecological condition and ecosystem services: Inventories natural resources and prepares maps for Park District; assesses impacts from site disturbances, high or low population levels from animal and plant species and disease; prepares vegetative inventory and assesses fixed photo plots; supervises various surveys potentially including, but not limited to plant community assessment, streambank erosion monitoring, spotlighting, telemetry, and fish surveys.
Consults with Natural Resources Staff, Nature Center Managers, and/or Park Reservation Managers to develop, implement and coordinate natural resource programs, with other Park District divisions, departments and community agencies including, but not limited to programs related to: wildlife, fisheries, natural resource, wetland, stream, forest, invasive species and/or ecosystem management; silvicultural practices; and natural resource restoration and bioengineering projects.
Using a watershed and/or ecosystem approach, consults, coordinates, participates in land use discussions, facilitates collaboration among community organizations and agencies, and recommends guidelines related to other agencies, contractors, and/or individuals to remove or reduce negative impacts on the natural resources of the Park District, including stormwater management, deer management, land development and construction projects in the watersheds adjoining the Park District.
Communicates, consults, provides input, trains and coordinates Natural Resources research and monitoring including, but not limited to, on-site natural resource training, volunteer coordination, leadership and technical direction, internal committees and external boards and requested print, academic articles and social media.
Participates and provides recommendations for acquisition of new properties and new uses of existing land: Provides input on natural resource value of lands being considered for acquisition.
Coordinates research with external universities, colleges and research organizations; coordination of inventory, survey and monitoring in conjunction with regional, state and national projects; elevation of citizen science in conjunction with Outdoor Experiences and/or applicable external partners; advises on emerging issues of concern - climate change, forest pests and pathogens, human-wildlife conflict, emerging contaminants. Other Functions
Performs related duties as assigned or apparent.
Master's Degree in natural resources, biological sciences, hydrology, ecology, forestry, wildlife, or related field required. Minimum of five years of progressive experience in watershed or natural resources monitoring, research techniques, and communication skills.
Preferred certifications include Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner, Certified Natural Resources Professional, Certified Ecological Designer, Professional Wetland Scientist, Certified Wildlife Biologist, and River Restoration Certificate.
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders, including employees and the general public.
Ability to speak and write clearly, concisely and persuasively using correct grammar, spelling and punctuation with ability to communicate one-on-one or in group settings.
Ability to perform work with a high degree of accuracy and organization.
Management skills and strong business acumen, including problem solving, vision, ability to manage multiple programs and meet deadlines, collaboration, leadership, decision making and ability to analyze diverse facts and develop clear and concise reports and recommendations.
Ability to work cooperatively with others.
Proficiency in software programs including statistical packages, databases, modeling software (e.g., HEC-RAS), and all Microsoft Office programs.
Mature professional attitude and considerable discretion, including ability to manage confidential information.
Ability to perform with considerable independence and initiative.
Must have the flexibility to work occasional evenings and weekends.
Schedule: Must have the flexibility to work occasional evenings and weekends.
Filing Deadline: 9/24/2019
Internal Number: 19379
About Cleveland Metroparks
Cleveland Metroparks, known as the “Emerald Necklace,” is a collection of conserved green space featuring natural beauty and diversity and is dedicated to conservation, education and recreation.Cleveland Metroparks is an integral part of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio’s regional identity. Founded in 1917, Cleveland Metroparks was the first natural-area Park District in Ohio. The system was at the forefront of the national movement to preserve areas of natural beauty for public enjoyment and improved quality of life.Cleveland Metroparks at a glance:•18 Reservations•One nationally acclaimed Zoo•One full-service restaurant, Merwin’s Wharf•Eight golf courses•Over 23,000 acres of prime natural habitat•17.5 million recreational visitsCleveland Metroparks is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse and talented workforce.