Natural Resources Land Stwdshp Mgr
Plans, manages, directs, and supervises the daily operations of the Larimer County Weed Control District, Weed Enterprise Fund, and Forestry Program; consults with landowners regarding weed problems and develops control programs to meet individual needs; organizes the materials and personnel necessary to implement an integrated vegetation management, weed control, and forest health program in designated sections of the County.
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 immediate supervision from the Program Manager - Land Stewardship Program.
- Exercises direct and indirect supervision over Weed and Forestry staff
- Plan, direct, and supervise the activities of the Larimer County Weed Control District to enforce the Colorado Noxious Weed Act in conducting vegetation management and weed control activities.
- Plan, direct, and supervise the activities of the Larimer County Weed Enterprise fund.
- Supervise the Forest Specialist in areas such as implementation of the Pest Control Act, stewardship of public lands, forest management, and oversight of the County's forestry program.
- Provide input and monitor the Lands Stewardship Program budget for the Weed District, Weed Enterprise, Forestry Program, and Parks and Open Lands vegetation management projects; provide land management recommendations and suggest guidelines; may recommend resources needed for appropriate management of assigned areas.
- Assign, direct, and supervise activities of assigned staff ensuring adherence to established policies, procedures, and standards; administer or make recommendations for routine personnel matters affecting subordinates including recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, assigning work, scheduling work hours, granting leave, appraising performance, disciplining, and submitting such records and reports as required by County policies and procedures.
- Assist in identifying, developing, and implementing new policies and procedures as needed; assist to review and resolve internal issues; develop and implement strategic directions.
- Investigate complaints; inspect public and private properties; provide weed control and integrated vegetation management information when needed; identify and oversee implementation of appropriate mechanical, biological, or chemical control measures to address specific management needs.
- Ensure landowners are informed of their obligation to control noxious weeds on their properties through notification in person or mail; monitor landowner weed control activities where weed infestations have been identified; order, direct, and identify weed control efforts required to bring uncooperative landowners into compliance; bill landowners for obligatory weed control services provided.
- Assist citizens performing weed control activities on their properties; consult with landowners regarding weed problems; identify weed specimens; develop appropriate herbicide, mechanical, and/or biological control programs to meet individual needs; serve as an information source to landowners and the general public relative to weed control programs; handle complaints raised by the public.
- Develop and coordinate educational/informational programs related to vegetation management which includes native vegetation restoration, integrated weed management, and related topics that will benefit County landowners; research and review current developments pertinent to weed control and make this information available to citizens.
- In cooperation with the Director and other managers and staff, participate in planning, organizing, overseeing and reviewing various administrative programs or special projects; may estimate and schedule work to be done, direct work assignments, and ensure equipment and supplies are available.
- May participate in developing and monitoring of integrated revegetation plans for ecosystems native to Larimer County including development of native seed mixes and participation as an active member of department vegetation and other planning efforts.
- Assist in weed control activities with other County departments and divisions and outside agencies on joint projects concerning land stewardship; promote state weed programs as appropriate; work closely with educational institutions, cities, other counties, and federal agencies on collaborative vegetation management planning.
- Track progress of individual projects and provide reports as necessary or requested; maintain records and map and track noxious weed infestations.
- Research, interpret, and ensure compliance with various federal and state laws governing the Larimer County Weed Control District, Weed Enterprise Fund, and Forestry Program including pesticide application laws and regulations.
- May conduct research into a variety of complex issues; develop options and alternatives and present recommendations; implement final results.
- Evaluate and define noxious and invasive plant vegetation areas and control programs.
- Participate in and effectively represent the department at meetings, conferences, presentations, and other similar functions as appropriate.
- Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
- Methods, equipment, and control methods as well as short and long-term monitoring protocols used in vegetation management and weed control programs.
- Application and maintenance of herbicides, mechanical, and biological control agents.
- Ecology, ecological principles, on-the-ground vegetation management techniques, practices for invasive plant management, and native plant species management and conservation.
- Noxious plant species, their biology, and appropriate integrated control programs.
- Extensive, proven knowledge of western native plant species (including rare species and communities) and their conservation needs and ecosystem process.
- Principles and practices of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
- Thorough knowledge of contemporary PC-based computer systems and software, HTML programming, and GPS/GIS applications and software.
- Represent Larimer County on local, state, and national levels concerning noxious and invasive plant control; assist in drafting and lobbying for related legislation.
- Monitor management actions and apply monitoring results for adaptive management practices.
- Develop and maintain appropriate weed control programs.
- Properly handle and apply herbicides and conduct facility inspections.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing, effectively with various audiences.
- Maintain appropriate records and reports.
- Speak publicly and prepare educational materials.
- Supervise and mentor professional and support staff in a productive and positive manner.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
- Five years of experience in a directly related field or in the performance of similar duties and responsibilities including two years supervisory experience.
- Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Natural Resources, Range Ecology, Plant Biology, Weed Science Agronomy, Agriculture, or a related field.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a qualified supervisor's pesticide application license from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Division of Plant Industry for the Right-of-Way Industrial, Agricultural Weeds, Range Land Weeds, and Research and Demonstration Categories.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.