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Overview of Role:
Under general supervision the Wetland and Riparian Ecologist will support and assist in the department’s Wetland and Riparian Ecology Program. In collaboration with other ecologists, the Wetland and Riparian Ecologist’s work includes: conserving, protecting, restoring, managing, and monitoring wetland resources on city-owned and city-managed lands; conducting year round field work to map, monitor and assess wetland resources managed by the program; providing design, research, and analysis to manage, protect, and evaluate wetland and riparian resources; and providing technical assistance to the city and department in the management of wetland and riparian resources on OSMP properties.
The starting pay for this position is $32.49 - $39.71/hour, commensurate with experience.
Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Work collaboratively to manage wetland and riparian resources
- Collaborate with Senior Wetland and Riparian Ecologist to develop and implement wetland and riparian ecology program projects identified in OSMP plans.
- Collaborate with OSMP department staff to implement best management practices for recreational, scenic, agricultural, and conservation projects to support wetland and riparian program goals.
- Develop relationships and provide exceptional service to internal and external partners through careful listening and understanding of partner issues and by communicating research findings, proposals, specifications, and project statuses to ensure multiple management objectives are being met.
- Understand departmental business practices and help develop and ensure contractor compliance with contract terms.
2. Provide technical support for management and land use planning
- Participate as wetland and riparian resource expert in departmental planning efforts, which may include Area Management Plans, Integrated Site Plans, Resource Plans, etc.
- Provide technical review of internal and external project designs, permits, and leases and make recommendations for improvements to better protect wetland and riparian resources.
- Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal wetland and ecological resource regulatory requirements for department work; apply for and obtain wetland and ecological resource related permits on behalf of the department for departmental projects.
- Provide technical expertise to other city departments to support the City’s Stream, Wetland, and Water Body Ordinance and protect wetland and riparian resources across the city.
3. Conduct mapping, monitoring, and assessment of wetland and riparian resources
4. Perform outreach
- Conduct vegetation mapping of wetland and riparian areas using the national vegetation classification system.
- Help to develop a monitoring and assessment strategy for OSMP wetland and riparian resources.
- Work as part of a team conducting research and analysis on complex issues related to wetland and riparian ecology; help coordinate and direct studies done by contractors or independent researchers on OSMP managed lands.
- Participate in the collection, management, and analysis of wetland and riparian field data.
- Develop professional written information related to wetland and riparian ecology.
- Develop and conduct informational and interpretive presentations to educational institutions, organizations, and the general public.
- Participate in professional organizations related to wetland and riparian ecology and practice, including attending/speaking at local, state, and/or federal conferences and meetings.
- Perform related duties as required to meet the needs of the city.
- Take proper safety precautions, anticipate unsafe circumstances, and act accordingly to prevent accidents. Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials, and equipment. Use all required safety equipment and follow all safety regulations, policies and procedures. Report all accidents and damage to city property.
- Actively supports and upholds the city’s stated mission and values. Optimizes the use of resources; responsible for knowing and complying with all city and department policies; participating in professional trainings and development; and adhering to attendance and workplace attire policies.
City Vision and Values:
The City of Boulder is committed to service excellence for an inspired future and the following values:
- Customer service - We are dedicated to exceeding the expectations of our community and our co-workers by demonstrating consistent and professional service with a solution-oriented approach
- Respect - We champion diversity and welcome individual perspectives, backgrounds and opinions. We are open-minded and treat all individuals with respect and dignity.
- Integrity - We are stewards of the public’s trust and are committed to service that is transparent and consistent with city regulations and policies. We are honorable, follow through on our commitments and accept responsibility.
- Collaboration - We are committed to organizational success and celebrate our shared dedication to public service. We believe community collaboration and the sum of our individual contributions leads to great results.
- Innovation - We promote a forward-thinking environment that supports creativity, calculated risks and continuous improvement. We embrace change and learn from others in order to deliver leading edge service.
- Conflict Management – Reads situations quickly and readily addresses conflicts through focused listening and settling disputes equitably.
- Drive for Results - Steadfastly pushes self and others for results; skill at consistently delivering results; gets things done on time without alienating co-workers.
- Decision Quality – Skilled at making good decisions based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; seeks help from others to get even better-quality results.
- Composure – Stays cool under pressure and does not become defensive or irritated; is a settling influence during a crisis.
- Functional / Technical Skills – Effectively applies technical knowledge to solve a range of problems related to program disciplines; keeps informed about cutting-edge technology and practices in assigned technical area.
- Timely Decision Making – Keeps self and team members on task; makes decisions in a timely manner sometimes with incomplete information and under tight deadlines.
- Teamwork – Works effectively as a member of formal and informal teams; understands the interests and concerns of others and is able and willing to share and receive information; cooperates within and across groups and supports group decisions.
- Organization – can put together resources to get assignments done; uses resources effectively and efficiently.
- Communication – Expresses ideas effectively, organizes and delivers information appropriately; actively listens to concerns and is open to the ideas of colleagues and customers.
- Action Oriented – Maintains a high level of productivity and self-direction; takes personal responsibility for job performance; completes work in a timely and consistent manner; positive influence on others and supports them in achieving annual work plans.
- Customer Service – Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer service including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Critical Thinking – Skill in using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
(1) TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Senior Wetland and Riparian Ecologist (P2)
(2) TITLE(S) OF POSITION(S) OVER WHICH THIS POSITION HAS DIRECT SUPERVISION: none; may lead seasonal field crews, contractors, volunteers, and interns.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
- A bachelor’s degree in wetland ecology, riparian ecology, natural resource management, ecology, botany, biology, hydrology, environmental science, water resources, or related field or demonstrated additional experience with the background, theory and fundamentals of ecological science.
- A minimum of two years of work experience in the field of wetland or riparian ecology.
- Experience in the design and analysis of research studies using a variety of inventory and monitoring tools including ArcGIS, Microsoft Office, and data analysis software.
- Physical ability and willingness to perform a wide range of physical and manual tasks in adverse weather and field conditions.
- Ability and willingness to attend evening meetings and work early or late hours as necessary for field work.
- Ability to use all safety equipment.
- Possession of a valid driver's license and having and maintaining an acceptable motor vehicle record.
Preferred Qualifications – In addition to the required minimum qualifications:
- Advanced degree in wetland ecology, riparian ecology, natural resource management, ecology, botany, biology, hydrology, environmental science, water resources, or related field
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience with wetland and riparian ecology, preferably in the Western High Plains and/or Rocky Mountain Front Range Foothills ecosystems.
- Experience conducting wetland delineations and obtaining federal and local wetland permits.
- Demonstrated ability to correctly identify Rocky Mountain front Range plants and/or the ability to use a dichotomous plant identification key to identify wetland and riparian vegetation.
- Strong proficiency with ArcGIS.
- Experience interpreting construction plans and specifications.
Accommodations: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. The City of Boulder provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.