Resource Specialist II
Performs professional and technical natural resource planning, management, and services related to the acquisition and stewardship of land for parks, open space, and trail projects. Oversees, as project manager, the construction of facilities and infrastructure on open space lands, development of land management plans, and inventories for proper stewardship of open lands and parks as well as the design and management of trails.
The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Receives general supervision from the Program Manager Resource Manager.
- Exercises direct and indirect supervision over professional, technical, and clerical staff as assigned.
- Assist Program Manager Open Lands in identifying and developing acquisition priorities, management opportunities, and constraints for open land, park, and trail acquisitions, and in evaluating lands acquired through the Open Lands Program in order to develop land management recommendations and guidelines.
- Review land development proposals for coordination with Open Lands Program goals; identify opportunities for furthering Open Lands Program goals including such possibilities as open space or trail dedications, fees in lieu of land dedication, or regional park/open space impact fees; negotiate development terms between developer and the Open Lands Program.
- Conduct research, plan, and coordinate programs and projects in the areas of resource management, historic preservation, reclamation, and land use; develop and coordinate a resource management team that will advise and contribute specific resource expertise to the management plan development process.
- Conduct research for review, development, and implementation of the open space, trails, and environmental resource elements of the Larimer County Open Lands Master Plan, other related plans, and supporting land use regulations.
- Perform resource inventories and ongoing monitoring of plant and wildlife communities, endangered and threatened species, geologic and historical sites, etc., and integrate information into existing management and master plans.
- Serve as Park Fee Administrator for collection of park fees in lieu of parkland developments.
- Consult and coordinate with other agencies, departments, land trusts, and volunteer organizations regarding special projects and issues of mutual interest.
- Monitor conservation easements and leases on open lands; conduct annual inspections for compliance with easement agreements.
- Conduct research and prepare, submit, and monitor proposals for grant funding, in coordination with the Program Manager Open Lands; coordinate grant and/or contract administration with department administrative staff and other agencies, as appropriate.
- Handle inquiries from the public regarding open space acquisitions, parks, trails, or other open lands issues as needed.
- Attend Open Lands Board, Planning, BOCC, and other meetings and area or task force groups as required; make presentations to these groups as requested.
- Coordinate, manage, assign, track, and evaluate progress of individual projects and provide reports as necessary.
- Assist the Program Manager Open Lands in analyzing open space and regional park fee programs when appropriate and in developing policy recommendations to the department management team.
- Develop yearly work plans and provide input to setting objectives and priorities for Department activities.
- Represent the Open Lands Program in lieu of the Program Manager Open Lands as needed in coordinating with other agencies on matters related to the acquisition, planning, preservation, and management of open space, regional parks, and trails including regional and local planning committees, land trusts, and state and federal agencies.
- In conjunction with the Program Manager Open Lands, work with Larimer County cities, towns, and park districts in areas of joint venture and attributable share of funds.
- Assist the Program Manager Open Lands in setting annual Open Lands Program goals, objectives, strategic plans, and annual budget.
- Directly and indirectly supervise technical and clerical staff including Trail and Project Staff and limited term employees for the Open Lands Program as required including coordination of various teams and task forces such as the Resource Stewardship Team, Technical Advisory Groups, and open space management activity teams.
- Act as a resource or expert in natural resource management, planning, and implementation for the Department and for the Division as assigned.
- Project manager for facility design and development projects including oversight of requests for proposals, interviewing and hiring consultants and contractors, coordinating design and planning consultant teams, and managing development budgets.
- Project manager for development and update of Open Lands, Parks, Open Space Master Plans, and other complex and controversial planning processes.
- In conjunction with the Larimer County Land Agent, assist the Program Manager Open Lands in developing alternative financial and protection scenarios for proposed purchases including researching tax issues and performing financial analysis.
- Manage the Department GIS/GPS data and databases, information, and projects; develop and oversee mapping and related activities.
- Develop policies, systems, and procedures for the Parks and Open Lands Department.
- Coordinate and develop vegetation and wildlife monitoring protocols and perform ongoing monitoring activities and subsequent adaptive resource planning.
- Research and analyze long term financing options for the open space sales tax and for resource management plans for open lands.
- Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities:.
- Ecology, ecological principles, on the ground vegetation management techniques, and practices including native plant revegetation.
- Extensive proven knowledge of western native plant species (including rare species and communities), their conservation needs, and ecosystem process.
- Larimer County real property records.
- Basic knowledge of Colorado water law and water rights.
- Larimer County land use regulations.
- Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to assigned area.
- GIS applications, mapping, and uses.
- Routine software and business applications including, but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and databases.
- Make recommendations and decisions for holistic, ecological, and sustainable land management practices.
- Commit to providing effective and efficient customer service to the public and to co-workers.
- Demonstrate sense of fairness, honesty, practicality, and long- range vision.
- Adapt appropriately to particular circumstances and handle stress effectively.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
- Write and review grant proposals.
- Extensive knowledge of Colorado flora and fauna, vegetation communities, grazing management, and holistic ecological and adaptive sustainable land management practices.
- Budget management and resource allocation according to governmental standards and procedures.
- Supervisory principles, procedures, and methods including selection, training, discipline, and evaluation.
- Natural resources planning and land use management including principles of reserve design and conservation biology.
- Methods of effective leadership
- Group process, group dynamics, meeting facilitation, negotiation, mediation, and group problem solving principles and techniques.
- Facilitate public and working group meetings effectively and to positive outcomes and to solicit citizen input in planning processes on complex and controversial subjects.
- Effectively perform complex and controversial management planning functions and strategize effective public processes.
- Supervise and mentor professional and support staff in a productive and positive manner.
- Act as an official representative of the County in a professional manner with local, state, and national agencies and organizations.
- Negotiate and manage contracts for service.
- Perform effective public speaking to groups of varied interests and backgrounds.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
- Four years of advanced experience in a directly related field or in the performance of similar duties and responsibilities with little direct supervision.
- Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Natural Resources Management, Ecology, Project Management, Public Facilitation, and methods of Field Biology. A Master's degree preferred.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.