Under direction, manage staff and the overall operation of various programs within the Natural Resources Division of the Parks and Recreation Department. Key areas of responsibility include: Park Rangers, the Bobby Lanier Farm Park, Oaklawn Garden, urban forestry, wildlife management, greenways and trails including the Wolf River Nature Area and Riverwoods State Natural Area. Position is responsible for developing and implementing natural resources management programs and projects to protect and restore environmental conditions in the City’s green spaces.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Manage Natural Resource Division resources including personnel, budgets, operations and finances. Provide oversight and signature authority for Division contracts and purchase requisitions.
- Develop annual business plan, project management operational schedules and necessary reviews/updates to the long-range comprehensive Natural Resources Management Plan.
- In collaboration with Development staff and the City’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), review development plans and permit applications for planning, capital improvement and maintenance projects for compliance within the Tree and Vegetation Ordinance, wildlife management regulations, and other City policies related to natural resources, and prepare reports for staff, applicants, and boards/committees based on review.
- Develop and implement natural resources related policies and regulations. Review and advise on new development regulations and policies for their potential impact to natural resources.
- Lead all activities related to data collection and natural resources inventory management including the parks and open space urban forestry GIS tree inventory system. Record and report natural resources performance measures and adjust work plans as necessary to meet targets.
- Implement and manage the City’s urban forestry program through comprehensive tree management including oversight and training of staff responsible for tree planting, removal, pruning, fertilization, watering, and insect and disease management activities. Develop and administer contracts for street tree pruning and hazardous tree removals; coordinate this work through Public Works as necessary.
- Serve as liaison and provide staff support to applicable boards and commissions; attend meetings, prepare and present reports, and prepare or oversee preparation of agendas, minutes, and memorandums.
- Oversee special projects and environmental education including maintaining the City’s status as Tree City USA, holding Arbor Day celebrations, public tree care workshops, environmental education programs, and maintaining the City’s certified arboretum at Oaklawn Garden and Living Legacy tree program.
- Respond and communicate to public, co-workers, multiple city departments/divisions and Parks and Recreation Director on natural resources inquiries regarding operations and projects.
- Work directly with Code Enforcement and City attorneys on City park property and management issues including illegal tree cutting, encroachments, and risk management; keep records and prepare written reports, regarding property issues, projects and operations.
- Represent the department in attending various conferences and meetings and stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of natural resources.
- Recruit and coordinate volunteer efforts related to natural resource management and/or assigned program areas.
- Complete other duties as assigned such as assisting other departments with projects that relate to natural resources including staff training on relevant natural resources and environmental topics.
OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Performs related tasks as required.