The Botany Coordinator performs professional work within the Natural Resource Division including daily operations and execution of natural resource management plans and prescriptions. Responsible for collecting and analyzing data to assist in development of new management plan while also carrying out long-term management projects and assessing their effectiveness.
Essential Functions and Duties:
Assist the Assistant Director of NRM with creation of new management plans and biodiversity surveys.
Performs advanced natural resource management work involving extensive responsibility, complexity and variety.
Execute the prescriptions outlined in the Invasive Species Management Plan and Aquatic Management Plans along with individual park plans as it relates to habitat health.
Coordinate projects which utilize volunteers to carry out management prescriptions.
Assists with the management of the Green Force Volunteer Program
Utilize GIS in data collection and inventory process and create system wide and park related maps for planning and management purposes.
Develops and manages comprehensive programs involving the coordination of projects within park ecosystems and habitats.
Conducts REAP surveys and collects data in the field to assess habitat types, health, biodiversity and unique features.
Develops citizens science projects which utilize volunteers to collect data and monitor resource conditions.
Uses acquired data to assist with development of management plans and protocols and assess effectiveness of these prescriptions on a regular basis.
Coordinate partnerships with other agencies in order to relay information and share data to foster new and innovative management techniques.
Contributes expertise to assist with future management planning and innovative solutions to existing problems.
Works closely with CORE division to communicate data and findings which will enhance education and programming of natural resources throughout the parish.
Maintain a close working relationship with Conservation Education Program Coordinator and Nature Center Coordinate to discuss habitat changes and processes in their parks.
Education Required: Graduation from an accredited 4-year college or university Preferred: Master's degree from an accredited college or university
Area of Study (major) Required: Natural Resources, Biology, Botany, Forestry, Environmental Science, Wildlife Management or closely related field Preferred: Biology with a focus in plants
Certifications Required: Professional membership with NRPA. First Aid and CPR/AED Certification within 30 days of hire.
License(s) Required: Valid LA Driver's License
Years Relevant Work Experience: Minimum 2 years of progressive experience in natural resource management or forestry with at least 1 years in supervisory capacity. Preferred: 5 or more years related experience
Other Job Specifications:
Advanced working knowledge of South Louisiana ecosystems.
Advanced knowledge of plant species and ability to identify plants in the field and in a lab if needed.
Extensive knowledge of botany as it relates to forestry, habitat restoration, native and non-native invasive species and management techniques specific to southern Louisiana ecosystems.
Knowledge of GIS including data collection, management and map creation and how to utilize it for system-wide planning.
Understanding of environmental policy as it relates to land designations, mitigation and NEPA.
Understanding of herbicide use and application including laws licenses and safety protocols.
Ability to learn Rapid Ecological Assessment Protocols and carry out effectively in the field.
Ability to communicate data results efficiently to supervisors.
Ability to write plans and reports from analyzed data.
Ability to follow all BREC policies, operations and programs
Ability to supervise and direct volunteers and staff, and develop a positive, productive working relationship is required.
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relations with departmental staff and individuals from outside organizations.
Ability to carry out instructions and see a project from start to completion effectively is required.
Ability to communicate problems to direct supervisor.
Ability motivate volunteers and explain safety procedures effectively.
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
Ability to operate a BREC Vehicle and off-road vehicle to perform essential functions of the job.
Ability to adjust to changing work demands, procedures, technology and or priorities
Ability to work in outdoor conditions which may include a variety of terrain and weather conditions such as extreme heat, rain or cold.
Ability to establish and maintain excellent working relationships with supervisor, volunteers, coworkers, employees and general public.
Must have a positive attitude with the willingness and desire to learn new skills
BREC operates public park and recreation facilities and programs throughout East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA. This award-winning agency is a member of NRPA (The National Recreation and Park Association) and has been nationally accredited and recognized as one of America's premier recreation and park departments. BREC maintains 184 parks that feature a wide variety of quality facilities with family-oriented leisure activities for all ages and population groups.www.brec.org