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Class Code:P5484

NATURAL RESOURCE SPECIALIST III

NATURE OF WORK

This is advanced professional and supervisory environmental work administering the provisions of environmental ordinances as well as managing natural resource enhancement and protection efforts.

Work involves supervising and participating in natural resource protection activities related to air pollution, water pollution, groundwater and soil protection and restoration, ecosystem protection and restoration, and environmental enforcement. Work assignments usually are specialized in scope and require the use of seasoned judgment and advanced knowledge and skills in the area of specialization. Assignments usually are received in the form of broad instructions or general program objectives. Employees in this class may supervise professional and sub-professional assistants engaged in various natural resource protection programs. Work is reviewed for general adherence to established guidelines and procedures.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

This class is distinguished from Natural Resource Specialist II by the greater experience required, by the supervisory responsibility and the opportunity for considerable independent decision making.

ILLUSTRATIVE TASKS

Provides supervision and directs subordinates in monitoring and enforcing policies and procedures involving environmental protection laws and regulations.

Supervises investigations of complaints involving non-compliance with environmental rules, issues Notice of Violation, and prepares correspondence dealing with enforcement of environmental rules and ordinances.

Supervises field evaluations and makes recommendations on environmental aspects of resource management; prepares restoration and management plans.

Supervises the review of environmental license applications and evaluates complex project proposals for consistency with federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations.

Supervises and participates in the development, analysis and review of environmental technical and scientific studies and designs prepared by professional consultants; prepares recommendations for the consideration of professional and administrative superiors and committees; designs and participates in the design of environmental mitigation projects.

Supervises and participates in the activities of environmental engineers, scientists, inspectors and technicians in the investigation and evaluation of environmental impact incidents and environmental mitigation and enhancement projects; prepares and reviews specifications for environmental project contracts and agreements.

Develops manuals, guidelines and procedures for implementing environmental resource programs; assists in writing, amending, and updating County environmental rules and regulations.

Prepares reports and participates in hearings concerning violations of federal, state, or local laws or ordinances.

Tracks the progress of environmental protection and restoration efforts and works with contractors.

Prepares grant request proposals; prepares technical and statistical reports.

Prepares informational and educational materials and programs relating to environmental resources; develops and implements Best Management Practices.

Directs and coordinates the training and instruction of subordinates in the gathering, evaluation and interpretation of hydrological, terrestrial, chemical and/or marine physical and biological data.

Makes presentations to schools, civic groups, chambers of commerce, and other business and civic associations to publicize the environmental programs and ordinances.

Reviews beach erosion control projects to ensure appropriate enhancement and protective environmental considerations.

Reviews water resource and habitat restoration plans for County impact.

Interprets laboratory and geotechnical data related to permits, compliance inspections, or enforcement actions.

Supervises and participates in the review of operating, transfer and closure permits for compliance to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Coordinates programs with other County departments, municipalities and agencies.

Attends conferences and public and professional meetings.

Performs related work as required.

KNOWLEDGE ABILITIES AND SKILLS

Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of chemistry, biology, geology, physics, and environmental science as related to natural resource protection.

Considerable knowledge of federal, state, and local environmental control laws and regulations.

Considerable knowledge of quality control procedures, sampling, an statistical techniques used in determining reliability and validity.

Knowledge of basic solid, industrial and hazardous waste handling practices and requirements.

Knowledge of reference sources, current trends, and recent research in environmental pollution control and regulation.

Ability to collect, record and analyze technical data relating to environmental science and pollution control, and make recommendations regarding environmental problems.

Ability to apply scientific and technical knowledge with accuracy and sound judgement.

Ability to supervise and participate in the work of subordinate professionals and technicians.

Ability to act in emergency situations and respond to changing field conditions.

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of Broward County's Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials, and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds regardless of race, religion, age, sex, disability, political affiliation or sexual orientation.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in environmental science, biology, marine biology, engineering, chemistry, forestry, geology, hydrology or field of specialization appropriate to area of assignment; four (4) years progressively responsible experience in natural resource protection work appropriate to area of assignment including two (2) years supervisory experience; or any equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Bargaining Unit: Government Supervisors Association - (Professional Unit)

FLSA Status: Exempt

Code of Ethics

Certification: No

Work Locations: Air Quality, Biological Resources, Environmental Monitoring, Land Use & Permitting, Pollution Prevention & Remediation, and Water Resources

Class Spec. Estab./Revised: E12/95 R5/00


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