Title:  Invasive Species Coordinator

Description: 

Requisition Id: 1317 

Salary: $52,656.00 - $$65,712.00

Salary Grade: S10 

Job Location:  Conservation Headquarters (JEFFE) or Statewide with home domiciled/remote work 

Closing Date: January 28, 2022

 

If selected for an interview, you will be notified as to whether your interview will be held in person or by phone.  If it is in person, we ask that you follow CDC and DHSS guidelines. A mask and hand sanitizer will be available upon your arrival to our facility. 

 

To learn more about the job, please contact the hiring supervisor - Nate Muenks at nate.muenks@mdc.mo.gov or at 573.522.4115 ext 3353.  

Summary/Objective

In conjunction with the Natural Resource Planning Section Chief and the Statewide Resource Management Branch, provide leadership and strategic guidance to the Department invasive species management and control program as well as regional and statewide resource management programs, while working collaboratively with a variety of partners and stakeholders. 

Essential Job Duties

  • Provide leadership to develop and implement a strategic approach for the Department and partners to address the threats posed by terrestrial and aquatic invasive species, including identifying which species should be targeted and priority areas in which invasive species should be more aggressively controlled. 
  • Assist in the development and implementation of Department polices, procedures, and guidelines regarding invasive species prevention, control, and management.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of the Department's strategic plan with regard to invasive species prevention, control, and management, and develop objective measures to quantify success.
  • Participate in interagency efforts to develop or update invasive species in state and regionwide strategic conservation planning.
  • Chair the internal Invasive Species Coordination Team (InSCT).
  • Coordinate with field leaders for priority invasive species to provide expertise and leadership in prevention and control of these species.
  • Coordinate with Fisheries Section on the Aquatic Nuisance Species Grant and control of aquatic invasive species.
  • Coordinate and provide technical assistance in the production of annual status reports on Department invasive species management.
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners to develop, implement, and maintain invasive species partnerships within Missouri and the Midwest Region.
  • Work with GrowNative!, Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri Department of Agriculture, landscape architects on progressive strategies to prevent and control invasive species.
  • Provide expertise and technical support as a Department specialist in the classification, description, inventory, and management of invasive species.
  • Develop invasive species and ecosystem management expertise within the Department and partner organizations by developing publications and conducting training workshops and one-on-one support to staff, partners, and private citizens.
  • Remain current of modern understanding of invasive species prevention, control, and management techniques by developing a network of invasive species experts, and communicate knowledge to staff, partners and citizens.
  • Work with the Natural Community Ecologist to provide scientific information to managers on restoring or reconstructing impaired or destroyed natural communities.
  • Educate staff and partners regarding invasive species prevention, control, and management targets.
  • Review management objectives for invasive species and assist field staff in developing management recommendations.
  • Organize and conduct invasive species management field trips and technical workshops.
  • Review research proposals and permit requests concerning invasive species and work with Department staff on special invasive species management projects.
  • Coordinate with other branches, the regions, and partner organizations to develop and provide metrics and monitoring protocols for invasive species control and management.
  • Provide leadership to and coordinate with appropriate staff and partners to promote understanding of invasive species and their effect on Missouri's native habitats and species.
  • Familiarize Missouri citizens with Missouri's native fish and wildlife habitats and the threat invasive species pose to them.
  • Summarize and publicize invasive species prevention, control, and management and successes in restoring Missouri's native natural communities.

Ancillary Job Duties

Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Required qualifications to effectively perform the job. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Natural Resource Management, Biological Sciences, Ecology, Fisheries, Forestry or Wildlife Management, Landscape Ecology, Zoology, Botany, Plant Taxonomy, Invasion Biology, or closely related field.
  • At least three (3) years of progressively responsible professional experience.
  • Must maintain a valid, current driver's license.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • May be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those knowledge, skills, and abilities commonly associated with this position.
  • Ability to develop new insights into situations and apply innovative solutions that make improvements.
  • Ability to keep focused on understanding, anticipating and responding to the needs of customers.
  • Ability to make timely and effective decisions with available information or knowledge within own span of authority.
  • Knowledge to administer financial resources in a manner which instills public trust and accomplishes the Department’s mission.
  • Ability to persuade others to “buy into” a course of action.
  • Ability to coach and challenge others to achieve their potential.
  • Knowledge to establish comprehensive and realistic plans of action to accomplish activities and evaluate progress.
  • Ability to identify internal and external politics that impact the work of the Department.
  • Ability to define a problem, analyze relevant information, and develop solutions and plans to solve the problem.
  • Ability to take a long-term view of the Department’s and Divisions’ direction and articulate a vision which integrates key program goals, priorities, values and other factors.
  • Ability to coordinate administrative and management activities to achieve Branch and Department goals.
  • Knowledge to evaluate and analyze Branch programs and develop recommendations for improvement.
  • Ability to exercise judgment and initiative in interpreting Department and Division policies and procedures.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with Department personnel, staff of related state and federal agencies and the public.
  • Ability to travel and stay overnight occasionally.

Work Environment

  • Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.
  • Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting with occasional travel to remote office locations and to outdoor field settings.
  • Field work may involve exposure to inclement or adverse weather conditions, including extreme heat or cold, biting and stinging insects, skin-irritating plants, and other environmental conditions.
  • Occasional physical exertion such as walking over rough, uneven, or steep terrain.

Physical Abilities

  • Activities that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
  • Remain in a stationary position 70% or more of the time.
  • Constantly operate a computer and other office productivity machinery.
  • Frequently communicate and exchange accurate information.
  • Clarity of vision at 20 inches or less.
  • Regularly lift up to 5 pounds, correctly lift up to 10 pounds.
  • Concentrated attention is required at all times.
  • Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.

Disclaimer

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; an employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required. The Missouri Department of Conservation reserves the right to revised or change job duties as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment. Management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties, functions, and requirements.

Exemption Status/Special Notes

This position has been determined to be Exempt according to the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Employees must agree to accept compensatory time in lieu of cash payments in accordance with the Department's Compensatory Time Off and Overtime Policy. 

MDC promotes a Tobacco-Free (smoke and smokeless) working environment.

The Department of Conservation will only hire United States citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States.  All new employees will be required to complete an "Employment Eligibility Verification" (Form I-9) and produce requested documentation after employment.

Candidates seeking initial employment or re-employment must submit to a drug screen following offer of employment.

All persons employed with the state of Missouri shall file all state income tax forms and pay all state income taxes owed.


Nearest Major Market: Jefferson City
Nearest Secondary Market: Columbia Missouri