DAH Program Manager-Habitat Coordinator / Project Manager
Title:DAH Program Manager-Habitat Coordinator / Project Manager
Post Date:03/28/18
Location:Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Little Rock
Details:Class Summary: The Habitat Coordinator / Project Manager is a critical member of the team working to preserve Arkansas’s biological diversity and natural heritage through research, conservation, restoration, and outreach. This position will use project management principles to oversee and coordinate agency projects with a primary focus on habitat restoration work including ecological thinning, invasive species removal, and prescribed fire management for the State System of Natural Areas (System). The position is governed by state and federal laws and division policy. While at work, you will either be in a new, modern, pleasant building in downtown Little Rock or out among the 67,000 acres comprising 72 natural areas spread out among all eco-regions of the state. Don’t miss this opportunity to work with a small, dedicated group of science-based professionals in a productive, fast-paced, pleasant work environment, while doing positive things for conservation in Arkansas. We accomplish great things with a small staff and limited resources through teamwork, partnership, and efficiency.

Examples of Work:
1. Develops program goals and objectives to best serve management needs for the System, effectively uses available program resources, and accommodates administrative mandates.
2. Researches the best approaches to ecological management and public use facility development and seeks input from agency staff concerning methods of approach.
3. Establishes priorities and budget requirements for land management activities in the System.
4. Use project management methodologies to schedule, monitor, and evaluate effectiveness of activities implemented by staff and contracted services.
5. Develops partnership with other government agencies, non-profit organizations, constituency groups, and corporations.
6. Work with grant coordinator to find grant sources, write grant applications, and monitor grant contracts.
7. Presents information and provides recommendations with regard to the Stewardship Program and cooperative agreements to the agency's appointed commission members at regularly scheduled and special meetings.
8. Responds to requests for information regarding natural area management from both within and outside the agency.
9. Assists with agency environmental review of proposed development potentially affecting any part of the System.
10. Organizes and attends volunteer events on natural areas that enhance our land management program.
11. Attends workshops and meetings to stay abreast of trends in applicable areas.
12. Performs related responsibilities as required or assigned.

Working Relationships: The Habitat Coordinator / Project Manager has regular contact with contractors, department staff, related state and federal agency personnel, government officials and the general public.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of ecological management of natural communities.
Knowledge of project management principles and methods.
Knowledge of public use facility design.
Knowledge of state fiscal procedures and policies.
Ability to develop and implement land management plans.
Ability to program and/or design public use facilities.
Ability to traverse extremely rugged terrain on foot.
Ability to safely operate a variety of outdoor power equipment (ATV’s, Chainsaw, etc.)
Ability to plan, prioritize, and accomplish work activities.
Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Ability to interpret state policies and regulations.
Skill in researching and compiling information.
Skill in written and oral communication.
Skill in conflict resolution.
Skill in personal computer use.

Qualifications:Minimum Qualifications (Applicants must meet or exceed):
The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in public administration, business administration, the program field, or related field; plus three years of experience in a specific program related field, including one year in a leadership or supervisory capacity.

Preferred Qualifications:
The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in Natural Resource Management, Forestry, Wildlife, Ecology, Environmental Science, or related field; plus three years of experience in a specific program related field.

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree (or Masters) in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in biology, or a related field of science (forestry, wildlife management, geology) underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences; plus three years' experience in planning, research, or related field.

Professional experience conducting land management activities, including complex ecological restoration projects, native plant restoration, exotic plant and animal management, prescribed fire, and public use facility construction and management.

Professional knowledge of ecological principles and the flora, fauna, and physical environment of Arkansas. Experienced in the current trends and practices in conservation, land management, public use management, and natural resource preservation

Professional experience in project management and coordination, working with a team, developing implementation plans, collecting and analyzing data, writing reports and publications, grant writing, supervising staff, public speaking, and using geographic information systems and global positioning systems.

Special Requirements: Job requires regular overnight travel, both in- and out-of-state. Ability to interpret maps is necessary due to remote locations of the natural areas. The terrain of the natural areas is typically quite rugged requiring a high degree of physical fitness. Occasional work outside regular business hours; occasional in-and out of state travel and valid Arkansas driver’s license. A pre-employment criminal background check is required. Position is subject to drug screening. Project management and experience writing, editing, and proofreading for professional business communication preferred.
Comments:Applications are accepted online ONLY at www.arstatejobs.com

The Work History section of the application must be completed in its entirety. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

This position offers a full benefit package including paid holidays, annual and sick leave, health and life insurance and retirement.

To find out more about the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Department of Arkansas Heritage, please visit www.naturalheritage.com , www.arkansasheritage.com.
Employer:Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
Contact:Debbie Biggs/Jamie Harrison
Department of Arkansas Heritage
1100 North Street
Little Rock AR 72201
Phone: 501-324-9150
Email: debbie.biggs@arkansas.gov
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