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EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Direct research and monitoring activities related to scientific specialty; develop and lead interdisciplinary research projects to improve monitoring and management; coordinate with senior scientific and management staff to determine and implement Owens Valley management goals and strategies; collect and analyze field and laboratory data; prepare written and oral technical reports; supervise and train department field staff; prepare staffing and budgets for activities and studies related to scientific specialty; participate in department program development; obtain funding for projects; manage grants and contracts related to monitoring and research; assist in preparation and management of departmental budgets; and represent the department before the Board of Supervisors, the Water Commission, the Standing Committee, the Technical Group, other governmental governing bodies and organizations, private organizations and the public.
A Masters of Science degree or higher in botany, plant ecology, hydrology, soil science, or related environmental or earth science field. Three years experience in specialty field, or equivalent post-graduate study beyond masters level.
8/12 Ability to: Develop, administer and lead research projects and monitoring programs; prepare research reports and proposals; communicate effectively both orally and in writing, statistically analyze data; use field and laboratory equipment; operate computer equipment and software for data management and word processing; coordinate activities with other department staff; work independently as well as with other people; work outdoors in extreme weather conditions; obtain and administer grants; develop and manage budgets, consultant contracts, and grant contracts. This position requires field and office work which may require walking and standing in irregular terrain carrying up to 40 lbs of field equipment, work outdoors in hot dry conditions, driving on rough roads, and periods of time spent at desk and keyboard.
Scientific research principles, methods, and procedures; concepts of botany, plant ecology, plant physiology, and related aspects of soils science and hydrology; revegetation; multivariate statistics; vegetation mapping and sampling techniques; state and federal protocols relating to rare and endangered plants and wetlands; management of invasive species; Owens Valley flora, vegetation, geography, ecology and water issues; current vegetation, ecology and related literature; computer literacy; geographic information systems; principles and practices of supervision and project management.
Must possess or obtain by appointment date a valid California vehicle operator's license. Must successfully complete a pre-employment background investigation and physical examination.