Natural Areas Stewardship Chief

The primary purpose of the Natural Areas Stewardship Chief is to provide direction to and coordination of Division staff charged with carrying out DCR’s science-based approach for managing preserves. This includes supervising staff who plan and implement management actions such as prescribed fire, invasive species control, rare species monitoring, natural community restoration, public access facility design and maintenance, and visitor use monitoring. Major position functions include budgeting, expense tracking, personnel management, reviewing preserve management and prescribed burn plans, developing staff annual work plans, outside research collaboration, and obtaining outside/special funds

Full-Time


Job Location

Richmond, VA with some remote work


Job Description

Environmental Manager II - 59034

Natural Areas Stewardship Chief

Open Until Filled

Division of Natural Heritage

Hiring Range: $90,000 - $110,000

Job Description

THE AGENCY

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is the state’s lead natural resource conservation agency. DCR protects what Virginians care about – natural habitat, parks, clean water, dams, open space and access to the outdoors.

THE DIVISION

The Natural Heritage Program’s work focuses on science-based conservation to protect Virginia’s native biodiversity. Scientists collect data on natural communities and rare plants and animals, develop land conservation data and online mapping tools, and provide up-to-date information to enable timely conservation decisions. The Natural Heritage Program works to conserve and manage these natural heritage resources on Natural Area Preserves, and collaborates with partners to conserve and manage these resources on their managed lands. Virginia’s Natural Area Preserve System, currently consisting of 66 preserves, provides permanent protection and sustainable public access to some of the state’s and the planet’s most ecologically important lands. As a member of NatureServe’s network of programs, DCR’s Natural Heritage Program contributes to an understanding and conservation of biodiversity throughout the western hemisphere.

THE OPPORTUNITY

The Natural Areas Stewardship Chief, based in Richmond, Virginia, oversees and directs management of the Virginia Natural Area Preserve System by supervising a statewide team of Natural Areas Stewards responsible for managing over 60,000 acres of permanently protected highly biodiverse conservation lands encompassing habitats for rare species and exemplary natural community occurrences. This position oversees all management plans and actions for DCR’s preserve system, assists with natural heritage resource stewardship on other high priority conservations lands, and ensures that natural heritage resource stewardship concepts, practices and needs are conveyed to preserve visitors, as well as to public and private landowners and other conservation organizations.

The primary purpose of the Natural Areas Stewardship Chief is to provide direction to and coordination of Division of Natural Heritage staff charged with carrying out DCR’s science-based approach for managing state natural area preserves. This includes supervision of Regional Supervisors, plus Stewardship Biologist and Public Access Coordinator positions, who plan and implement management actions such as prescribed fire, invasive species control, rare species monitoring, natural community restoration, public access facility design and maintenance, and visitor use monitoring. Major position functions include budgeting, expense tracking, personnel management, reviewing preserve management plans and prescribed burn plans, developing staff annual work plans, outside research collaboration, and obtaining outside/special funds (grants and contracts) to augment stewardship of natural heritage resources beyond that supported by state general funds.

Minimum Qualifications

Basic knowledge of state and federal environmental laws, regulations and policies.

Advanced knowledge of resource management techniques, conservation biology, ecological restoration and environmental issues, practices and procedures.

Ability to work with and through other organizations, agencies, groups, and individuals.

Advanced communication abilities with strong skills in technical writing and public speaking.

Expertise with developing and implementing prescribed burn plans.

Fluency with the collection and use of GIS data.

Knowledge of and experience with sustainable outdoor recreation concepts and practices.

Skills in interpreting natural history and conducting natural resource conservation outreach.

Strong skills in managing, supervising, leading, and mentoring staff.

Experience and skills with grant management including budgeting and reporting.

Strong organizational skills and expertise with time management.

Preferred Qualifications

Advanced degree (MS or PhD) in a natural resources field.

Experience in program management and budgeting, state government procedures, staff supervision, team building, and collaboration between various organizations and agencies.

Experience developing policy related to management of natural resources and/or public lands

Experience reporting to and communicating with local government officials, state legislative members and/or high levels of state or federal government leadership, towards an understanding of program importance, generally or pertaining to emerging issues.

Special Requirements

Valid VA Driver’s License or ability to attain required. Criminal history record check, references, work history and DMV driving record will be verified prior to employment.

This position will be based in Richmond, Virginia, at DCR’s Headquarters Offices. A weekly work schedule including alternate location option(s) is permissible and negotiable, though the majority of work, aside from routine fieldwork, will require physical presence in Richmond, VA.

Special Instructions to Applicants

State applications will only be accepted as submitted online by 11:59 pm on the closing date through the Recruitment Management System (RMS). State applications submitted via email, postal mail, fax, or in person will not be considered. This website will provide a confirmation of receipt when the application is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your RMS Account to check the status of your application for this position. DCR is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and the highest ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that our greatest strength lies in the individual differences, experiences, and skillsets that our employees bring to the table. Because of this, we strongly encourage applications from all walks of life and we welcome all contributions in terms of age, beliefs, color, culture, disability, education, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, language, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and veteran’s status.

Employment in all positions within the Virginia State Parks is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background check.

Commonwealth’s Alternate Hiring Process: In support of the Commonwealth’s commitment to inclusion, we are encouraging individuals with disabilities to apply through the Commonwealth Alternative Hiring Process. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants will need to provide their Certificate of Disability (COD) provided by a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor within the Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS). Veterans are encouraged to answer Veteran status questions and submit their disability documentation, if applicable, to DARS to get their Certificate of Disability. If you need to get a Certificate of Disability, use this link: https://www.vadars.org/drs/cpi... , or call DARS at 800-552-5019.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is an Equal Opportunity Employer by both policy and practice. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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