With guidance from, and under the direction of, the Conservation and Maintenance Director and the Conservation Manager, the Conservation Technician will coordinate the following activities within the Bayou Greenways 2020 Conservation and Maintenance program. This position involves hands-on work in restoring and maintaining natural areas and landscape resources, therefore it requires knowledge of plant/animal ecosystems and landscape techniques.
Vegetation inventory/assessment within prairies, meadows, wetlands and wooded areas
Creation, overseeding/replanting and rebuilding of prairies and meadows
Work collaboratively in the field with volunteers and contractors on conservation projects
Natural resource management tasks, such as herbicide control of invasive species
Assist with development and implementation of Habitat Guidance Documents and Management Plans
Assist with communication for the Prairie Collaborative Group
Project coordination with HPB team members, including Greenspace Managers and the HPB Volunteer and Activation Manager
Regular meetings with Conservation Manager
Additional duties as required
Knowledge and Experience:
2 or more years of experience managing natural resource management projects and environmental education programs
Strong knowledge of plants native to the Houston area
Experience with technical aspects and best practices of landscape and wildlife management
Expertise and understanding of landscape systems, ecological systems, green infrastructure and landscape sustainability
Understanding of long-term implications of construction-related decisions and practices on future maintenance operations
Skills and Abilities:
Plant identification skills are essential for a successful candidate
Excellent organizational skills with the ability to meet multiple deadlines with attention to detail, define problems, collect data, establish facts, and present viable solutions
Good communicator, including clear, concise and accessible reports, correspondence, procedural manuals and verbal presentations
Ability to work effectively with others in order to build mutual respect and solve problems
Ability to efficiently respond to questions from staff, Board members, program partners, funders and members of the community
Ability to effectively manage projects and project personnel, both volunteer and contract
Demonstrated ability to work independently
Evidence of good judgment and decisiveness
Ability to work creatively and resourcefully within a determined budget
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite products, working knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), ability to read and interpret landscape architectural plans
Primarily “in the field” along the greenway system, via company vehicle, with periods of office time for meetings, preparing reports, etc.
The Conservation Technician will be outside exposed to long periods of sun, high heat and humidity, rain, or cold
Driving in the Houston area will be required
Must have valid Driver’s License
About Houston Parks Board
The Houston Parks Board “HPB” is a 501(c) (3) organization that was created in 1976 in response to a request by Houston’s major foundations and civic leaders who wanted to contribute to the city’s park system through an organization that would represent their needs and desires. Since its inception, HPB has raised and leveraged millions of dollars and touched at least 75% of the City’s parkland through acquisitions and or capital improvements.
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