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1845- Program Coordinator (Biologist – Ecological Monitoring)

Pima County

Job detailsSalary$50,898 a yearJob TypeFull-timeFull Job Description

Position Description

This position is in the Office of Sustainability and

Salary Grade: 51

Pima County is seeking a Biologist Ecological Monitoring Program Coordinator in the Office of Sustainability and Conservation to assist with the implementation of the Pima County Ecological Monitoring Program (PCEMP), a key feature of the Countys Multi-species Conservation Plan (MSCP) Endangered Species Act Section 10 permit. The successful candidates time will largely be spent as part of a field team collecting data related to plant and animal populations and their habitats often in challenging environmental conditions. Office work includes technical writing, inter-departmental coordination, data synthesis, management, organization using ArcGIS and other tools, and other duties as assigned. Other duties may include supervising intermittent staff, volunteers, and/or consultants.


A letter of interest for the position.
At least one original written work as the main author from a university, college, or professional setting. These may include a thesis or dissertation, publication, technical report, or other written product related to the environmental or biological sciences, or natural resource management.


(Work assignments may vary depending on the department’s needs and will be communicated to the applicant or incumbent by the supervisor.) Plans, organizes, coordinates and administers the activities of a specialized program within Pima County; Assists the Program Manager or department director in developing and establishing program goals and objectives; Evaluates program effectiveness and measures/reports on program success; Supervises, trains and evaluates staff, determines work assignments and priorities and participates in personnel selection; Monitors program-specific legislation and ensures program compliance with applicable regulations; Performs public relations activities as a program representative, makes program-related presentations to the general public, prepares and presents news releases and other media materials and participates in the development of community awareness programs; Coordinates the development of training and informational materials to promote public understanding of program activities, services and requirements; Establishes and maintains liaison relationships and coordinates program activities with other departments, public and private agencies, organizations and groups; Conducts meetings to resolve problems, address issues, discuss program goals and objectives and disseminate information; Monitors grants, program contracts and/or contractor performance; Participates in the development of the program budget and supervises the monitoring and administration of program funds; Conducts program-related studies and prepares written reports and recommendations; Prepares routine and special program status reports for federal, state and county agencies; Analyzes data and prepares program activity reports and statistical materials for management review; May access or maintain specialized databases containing program-specific information to record activity or generate reports; May write and submit grant applications and prepare/review proposals. KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS: Knowledge of:

principles and techniques of public relations and media resources;
community agencies, organizations and resources;
principles and practices of effective supervision and program administration;
federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations;
principles and practices of grant administration;
budgeting and fiscal accountability;
data and statistical analysis techniques and application to planning studies and projects;
principles and techniques of effective communication to include written composition and public speaking;
applications of automated information systems.

Some positions within this classification require knowledge of program-specific terminology, principles, practices and procedures.

Skill in:

planning, organizing and coordinating program activities;
communicating effectively;
establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with governmental agencies, community and special interest groups;
supervising, training and evaluating personnel;
identifying needs and developing and implementing programs to meet those needs;
preparing budgets and monitoring funds;
data analysis and report preparation;
use of automated information systems to maintain or produce data.

Minimum Qualifications

(1) A bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with a major in natural resource management, environmental science, biology, wildlife biology, botany or related field as defined by the appointing authority at the time of recruitment and three years of relevant experience in program activities. (See Special Notice section for additional requirements). (Relevant professional level experience and/or education from an accredited college or university may be substituted.)
(2) Four years of experience with Pima County in a professional administrative classification.

Qualifying education and experience must be clearly documented in the “Education” and “Work Experience” sections of the application. Do not substitute a resume for your application or write “see resume” on your application.

Preferred Qualifications
: (Be specific in describing your experience in your application. Ensure the descriptions provided illustrate your competencies, specifically addressing the required and preferred qualifications.):

Minimum three (3) years field experience applying a variety of methods to inventory or monitor plants, animals, and/or vegetation.

Minimum two (2) years work experience in the desert southwest (US/Mexico) conducting biological fieldwork on plants and/or animals, preferably in Sonoran Desert or associated riparian systems.

Minimum three (3) years experience with data analysis and management principles, practices, and programs.

Minimum two (2) years experience storing and managing geospatial data in ArcGIS or QGIS platform.

Minimum three (3) years experience creating written, oral, and web-based communication such as technical reports, publications, public presentations, and the generation of web-based content to communicate an organizations goals/achievements.

A graduate degree (MA, MS, PhD) in natural resource management, environmental science, conservation biology, biology, wildlife biology, botany, or closely related field.

Selection Procedure
: Pima County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates that meet the minimum/desired qualifications. All applications will be assessed based on an evaluation of the listed education and experience. Candidates meeting the minimum/desired qualifications may be further evaluated/score against any advertised Preferred Qualifications. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidates from a referral list provided by Human Resources. Additional assessments/testing may be required as part of the selection process.

Supplemental Information

Licenses and Certificates: Valid driver license is required at time of application. Valid AZ driver license is required at time of appointment. The successful applicant will be subject to a 39-month DOT Motor Vehicle Record review to determine applicants suitability to operate county vehicles in accordance with Pima County administrative procedures. Failure to obtain and maintain the required licenses and certifications shall be grounds for termination. Any offer of employment resulting from this recruitment is contingent upon Fleet Services review and approval of the candidates driving record. Special Notice: The County requires pre-employment background checks. Successful candidates will receive a post-offer, pre-employment background screening to include verification of work history, education, and criminal conviction history. A prior criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify a candidate from employment with the County. Some positions within this classification may require up to two years of prior supervisory experience (as determined by the appointing authority) and may require irregular work schedules and/or travel. Some positions within this classification carry a low risk of exposure to infectious diseases. Therefore, special medical screening prior to or during employment may be necessary to ensure employee health and safety. Successful completion of a satisfactory personal background investigation, polygraph test and/or drug screening by law enforcement agencies at time of appointment may be required. Physical/Sensory Requirements: Physical and sensory abilities will be determined by position. EEO Information: Pima County Government is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We are committed to an inclusive and diverse workforce and will not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, kinship, political interest, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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