Develop and implement natural, cultural, and recreational management plans and best management practices for City-owned public natural areas using a scientific research process
Responsible for the hiring, training, supervision, evaluation and performance of staff including seasonal and intermittent
Oversee program budget including purchasing, contracted services, grants, and permit fees
Develop and deliver reports and presentations to public boards, committees, and the media
Assist with the implementation of collaborative community Open Space, green infrastructure, and climate resiliency projects
Coordinate Conservation Lands activities with other department supervisors and outside agencies to facilitate efficient, effective, and professional departmental operations
Prepare and administer grants related to conservation lands and assigned public areas or programs
Advanced knowledge of local ecology and the current principles, best management practices to balance habitat protection, fuel reduction, forest health, and recreational us
Knowledge of relevant OSHA, Federal, State, and City safety standards and guidelines
Knowledge of integrated pest management practices and adaptive management techniques for establishing preferred vegetation and restoration practices for Western Montana
Knowledge of budgeting principles and skilled in acquiring grants, alternative funding, and leveraging tax-dollars to expand service
Skilled in communicating to a broad audience and making presentations, and responding to the media, public inquiry, boards, and city council
Skilled in creating educational opportunities for the public about Conservation Land Management, Responsible Recreation, and Environmental Stewardship
Knowledge of personal computers, Microsoft Office Suite, Arc GIS, and other data analysis/management software
Knowledge of tools, GIS and GPS technologies used in Conservation Land management including tomographs, historical records, aerial photography, and other best practices to develop management plans
Ability to direct, supervise, train, and evaluate the performance of staff to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships
Ability to interpret and apply regulations relating to native habitats, trails, cultural sites, and facilities
A bachelor's degree in ecology, natural sciences, recreation resource management, landscape ecology, or related field, plus three years of full-time relevant supervisory experience in natural resource maintenance, OR an equivalent combination of education and experience
A Government Operator Applicators Pesticide license required within 30 days of hire.
Verified acceptable driving record, Montana State Drivers License within thirty days of hire
APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 27, 2020 before 5:00pm MST
Additional Salary Information: Benefits include; health insurance, vacation, sick leave, wellness program, employee assistance program, public employees retirement.
About City of Missoula
The City of Missoula is in the heart of the northern Rockies. Missoula is home to the University of Montana, blue ribbon trout streams, and is surrounded by National Forest lands, including the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Wilderness. The population is approximately 70,000. Missoula residents rank high in their per capita participation in outdoor and organized sports, art, culture, and music. While budgets are challenging, citizens demonstrate exceptional support of their parks and recreation services. In addition to City provided public lands and programs, residents of Missoula are within minutes of Snowbowl Ski Area, and less than half a day from Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. Missoula is a mecca for hiking, cycling, mountain biking, climbing, fishing, hunting, kayaking, art, music and more. Missoula also offers wide varieties of education for all ages through public, parochial, experiential, and alternative learning opportunities. Missoula is the shopping and service center of western Montana. Additionally, Missoula attracts some of the greatest research and medical/health professionals in the nation due to the many recreation opportunities offered.... Missoula has been designated among the Top 100 Communities for Kids. Missoula Parks and Recreation is a dynamic department charged with maintaining most of Missoula's public spaces, which include the Urban Forest, 3600 acres of conservation lands, 400 acres of parkland with the development of a new 156 acre Fort Missoula Regional Park, and miles of commuter and recreation trails. The Department operates state of the art aquatic facilities including Currents, an indoor water park and fitness pool as well as Splash MT, a full service outdoor water park. The Department prides itself on successful public process and empowerment. It demonstrates that success through continued implementation of adopted plans such as; the Urban Area Comprehensive Master Parks and Recreation Plan, Open Space Plan, Conservation Lands Management Plan, Transportation Plan (including non-motorized). Friends of the Urban Forest, Missoula's newest advocacy group, is just now forming.
The City of Missoula is committed to building and sustaining a culture of diversity and inclusion. We embrace and encourage diversity in age, color, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political ideas, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make individuals unique. Reasonable accommodations in the selection process are provided, upon request, for individuals with disabilities. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.