Natural Heritage Program Manager

Natural Areas Program Manager

Recruitment #112918-MEAZ08-400300

Summary Statement

This position manages the Nature Preserve (NP) Program and all aspects of the Natural Areas Advisory Council, including quarterly meetings, agendas, public notifications and follow ups. Maintains natural areas and NP databases, articles of dedication, manages the nomination process for natural areas and NP, coordinates Preliminary Land Use Service comments, coordinates and leads volunteer groups in the field, inspects NP, documents issues.  The position coordinates with Stewardship Program to identify habitat restoration, invasive species control, wildlife management, archaeological resources, historic structures, and promotes NP to the public via webpage, brochures, magazine articles and short videos. The incumbent shares with landowners the ecological and financial benefits of Nature Preserves, and creates management plans for all NP.

Preferred Qualification

Applicants who do not possess the preferred qualification will still be eligible to compete for this position if job requirements are met.

  1. Six months experience in using computerized mapping software applications such as Geographic Information System (GIS) for collecting, analyzing, and mapping data.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Maximizes achievement of program goals through integration of multiple programs.
  • Provides staff support for Natural Areas Advisory Council and encourages citizen involvement through group and individual meetings and educational presentations.
  • Develops funding resources through grants and donations.
  • Ensures availability of natural heritage data, for environmental review and policymaking.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Natural Heritage Program Manager
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Possession of a Bachelors degree or higher in Life or Physical Science or related field. 
  2. Three years experience in environmental land use or preservation of natural habitats.
  3. Three years experience in interpreting natural heritage or environmental laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures. 
  4. Knowledge of grant writing.

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.  DNREC does not provide sponsorship for holders of H-1 B Visas.

As a condition of hire you must possess a valid driver's license (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).


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Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

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