Ecological Resources Specialist II — Riverside, CA
Organization: Riverside County Transportation and Land Management Agency
Job Title: Ecological Resources Specialist II
Location: Riverside, CA
Hours and Compensation: $54,545.50 – $77,315.06 annually
Application Deadline: none specified
The TLMA is seeking an Ecological Resources Specialist II to support the Environmental Programs Department. Under general direction from the Principal Planner, the Ecological Resources Specialist II is responsible for the analysis, formulation, and implementation of programs for the management and protection of wildlife habitats and the natural resources of the County. Incumbents will review and evaluate the biological elements of land use applications and ensure practical implementation of regional ecological policies and guidelines. Environmental evaluations may pertain to ecological reserve/conservation configuration, various urban/wild land interface issues, exotic plant and animal control, species relocation, revegetation, pesticide use, erosion control, wildfire control, grazing practices, and other related land use issues which occur as a result of public and private land development.
• Conducts biological resource evaluations and assists in determining the types of mitigation required of proposed projects in very sensitive habitat areas in order to implement habitat conservation plans.
• Reviews biological reports and other environmental data submitted to the County with development/land use applications, makes comments and requests further information as needed and determines the type and nature of appropriate mitigation measures for any biological resources found on properties.
• Prepares relevant sections of environmental documentation for proposed projects, which include development and monitoring of biological mitigation measures; develops and assigns biological conditions of approval to land use projects and communicates this information to landowners, developers, consultants and other public agencies.
• Prepares natural resource use and management plans, progress reports, and site evaluations; performs environmental research on County and private development sites for the detection and protection of natural resources; monitors resources in the field.
• Analyzes resources and develops preliminary evaluations of suitability of potential land for preservation of open spaces; plans, evaluates, and recommends programs related to natural resource inventories, ecological values, human use impacts, and environmental planning.
• Participates in the preparation of the habitat conservation plans; provides technical expertise needed to effectively implement those plans.
• Assists in the coordination of environmental site research and planning by other agencies, private groups or individuals.
• Provides information regarding the results of County mitigation measures for habitat conservation programs to federal and state agencies.
• Participates in department work groups to develop, implement, and monitor the results of biological impact mitigation measures for development projects; creates procedures for collecting, editing, compiling and disseminating statistical information.
• Works with consultants, Planning Department and other County staff on pre-development and post-development impact and management studies.
• Assists in the development of databases to record information from biological reports, mitigation efforts, and their results; catalogs interpretive and descriptive materials about County preserves, natural area and open space sites.
Competitive candidates will have two years of professional experience conducting research techniques, with at least one of those years performing field work for the management of wildlife habitats, restoring native habitats through re-vegetation, conducting biological surveys of plant and animal species, or similar activities.
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