The Presidio Trust, an innovative federal agency created to save the Presidio, is seeking a Supervisory Natural Resources Management Specialist to steward the continue health and enhancement of Native Plant Community zones in the Presidio, and collaborate on areas of indigenous flora and fauna habitats in forested and landscaped areas throughout the park.
Once an Army base, the Presidio is a unique national park located in San Francisco at the edge of the Golden Gate. With 1500 acres rich with history, nature, and open space, the Presidio contains hundreds of restored former military buildings animated by more than 3,000 residents and 200 companies, including high tech start-ups, innovative non-profits, and other organizations that offer a welcoming mix of visitor experiences. The park also offers a mosaic of wildlife communities, including the newly re-introduced native Pacific chorus frog, Forktail damselflies, California Floater mussels, Western Pond turtle, stickleback, over 30 butterfly species, 60 bee species, and one of the most diverse communities of migratory birds in the world with over 200 different species spotted. The Presidio also contains 991 acres of open space with 330 native plant species and 14 native plant communities, historic gardens and forests, restored and remnant wetlands, sand dunes, grasslands, a freshwater lake, and a salt marsh. On any given day at the Presidio, you'll find organizations pursuing new ideas, scientists conducting research, and people of all ages volunteering, learning, playing, and exploring.
The successful applicant will join a team of innovative natural resources stewards, working to restore biodiversity to our changing landscape. Our ideal candidate is enthusiastic about their work, and enjoys the day-to-day challenges of natural resources program management and interacting with local communities, volunteers, colleagues, tenants, and visitors. You have a strong commitment to technical excellence; a keen ability to build meaningful and functional partnerships with a variety of entities; and are an exemplary manager, ambassador, and collaborator with a cooperative communication style.
Applications received by July 30th, 2018 will receive first consideration. We are planning to hold interviews beginning the week of August 6th, make a job offer before the end of August, and set a work start date in September.
- Develop and implement Vegetation Restoration Action Plans and associated implementation strategies, actions, timeline, costs and procedures in coordination with the Trust, NPS and GGNPA staff.
- Develop contract scopes and complete visa purchases.
- Manage stewardship project implementation including site preparation, erosion control, soils and topography work, outplanting, irrigation, weeding, providing assistance with public interpretation of the activities, monitoring, and maintenance.
- Administer project budgets.
- Oversee volunteer-based native plant restoration and exotic species control activities.
- Guide and direct workday activities in the Presidio and oversee field staff to ensure the health of Presidio natural areas.
- Coordinate Presidio Trust vegetation monitoring, including rare habitats and restoration sites under supervision of Plant Ecologists.
- Oversee staff and volunteers in order to complete vegetation management duties.
- Implement the native plant management objectives in the Vegetation Management Plan.
- Assist in completing vegetation-related NEPA and USFWS compliance requirements for remediation sites, such as identifying mitigations for projects and developing Biological Assessments.
- Evaluate ecological conditions to prepare plans and assessments. Develop and implement restoration action plans in coordination with other Presidio restoration staff.
- Provide technical assistance in ecology and native plant management techniques to facilitate work of other divisions of the Presidio Trust.
- Serve as a liaison (as assigned) for research involving rare species and habitats of the Presidio, and with the National Park Service (NPS) and Golden Gate Parks Conservancy (Parks Conservancy) stewardship staff.
- Coordinate special event activities
- Recruit, train and provide day-to-day supervision for temporary, seasonal and stay-in-school park staff, park steward interns, and volunteers.
- Manage contracts for restoration and monitoring programs.
- Prepare reports on the health of ecosystems in compliance with the Government Performance and Results Act the Endangered Species Act, and monitor natural resources.
- Develop the budget for the Natural Resources Stewardship Program, and track expenditures, manage procurement requests, etc.
- Serve as a liaison between the Presidio Trust vegetation program and other Trust divisions and the NPS and Parks Conservancy vegetation programs.
- Master's degree in the field of environmental studies, conservation biology, forestry, wildlife ecology, land management, or a related field; AND at least five years of related experience including supervising staff and/or volunteers in the field of ecological restoration. Or a Bachelor's degree in the field of environmental studies, conservation biology, forestry, wildlife ecology, land management, or a related field; AND at least ten years of related experience including supervising staff and/or volunteers in the field of ecological restoration.
- Excellent communication skills including speaking before groups, writing reports, teaching field work techniques, and using specific software programs to enhance public understanding of resources.
- Experience in field vegetation restoration.
- Professional knowledge of and ability to apply ecological principles and processes with emphasis on plant ecology, restoration ecology, and conservation biology of California coastal ecosystems. Ability to identify plants and plant communities of California coastal ecosystems.
- Ability to administer and coordinate community-based vegetation management and stewardship projects, including budget development, planning and compliance, implementation, coordination, evaluation, staffing and oversight.
- Experience with database management and various computer software programs such as Microsoft Excel, Access and Microsoft Word.
- Knowledge of vegetation management tools and equipment, and how to maintain them.
- Knowledge of safety procedures in vegetation management.
- Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. Assignments may be performed in potentially hazardous areas including steep slopes, rocky terrain, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, snakes, and wild animals. Laboratory work may involve exposure to hazardous chemicals.
- Passion for parks; strong desire to work for the Presidio.
- Experience working in community-based natural resource and hands-on education programs.
About the Presidio Natural Resources Program
Our Natural Resources Program is a thought-leader within the ecological community and diligently manages native plant conservation and wildlife, monitors water quality and erosion, and conducts natural resources research, continually challenging conventional thinking and creating innovative solutions to improve the Park's ecological health. We work closely with and share ideas with other innovative leaders in ecology, and engage our local communities in citizen science, ecosystem restoration, and the management of biodiversity within the park.
The Presidio Trust has identified this position as subject to a standard employment background investigation, which shall consist of a review of applicable county, state and Federal criminal and civil records. An individual's granting of a background investigation and resulting report is voluntary, however, employment is contingent upon the successful completion of the investigation. The Trust may refuse to hire an individual, rescind an offer of employment, or review and terminate the employment of a current employee who does not successfully complete a background investigation.
This position requires the completion of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, both as a New Entrant into the position and annually thereafter. The purpose of the financial disclosure system is to assist employees and their agencies in avoiding conflicts between official duties and private financial interests or affiliations.