|JOB TITLE||CFL Land Conservation Specialist (Conservation Practitioner III)|
|SUMMARY||The CFL Land Conservation Specialist (Specialist) is a staff member of the Stewardship and Field Programs Department (SAF) of The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Florida Chapter. SAF is responsible for implementing and managing field conservation work (e.g., wildland fire management, invasive species control, habitat restoration, etc) across Florida and stewardship of the Florida Chapter’s network of preserves. The Specialist performs and participates in land management efforts on TNC and partner lands in central Florida. They also maintain land management equipment & fleet resources to ensure they are in good working condition. They serve as part of SAF’s central Florida (CFL) regional program team and is supervised by the CFL Land Conservation Manager.
|The Land Conservation Specialist works with staff, volunteers, and leads work teams to ensure objectives of a preserve’s strategic plan and land management plan are implemented. They work primarily at the Disney Wilderness Preserve, but also provide support to Tiger Creek Preserve as well as TNC’s secondary preserves in central Florida. They serve in a wildland fire leadership role on prescribed burns and wildfire incidences. This position is required to meet NWCG qualifications of a RXB2 burn boss within 2 years of employment; Inability to meet this requirement may be grounds for dismissal. They support the maintenance of preserve areas frequented by the visiting public, removes exotic species, supports resource monitoring, maintains tools and equipment, operates heavy machinery, and opens and closes preserve to the visiting public. They are required to live onsite at the Disney Wilderness Preserve in Poinciana, Fl. and respond to after-hour security and emergency needs.
|RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE||Natural Resource Management (55%)
· Works on a natural resource management team to perform all aspects of land management under the direction of CFL Land Conservation Manager including prescribed fire operations and wildfire response, invasive species control, fence, road, and trail repairs and maintenance.
· Wildland fire management: Serves in a leadership role (NWCG Single Resource Boss – SRB) on prescribed burns and wildfire incidences, and will be required to achieve NWCG RXB2 burn boss status within 2 years of employment;
o They ensure that fire-line prep is completed
o Conducts mapping for Rx maps and post fire effects
o Maintains NWCG fire qualifications and annual NWCG arduous pack test (carry/walk 45lb pack for 3 mi in 45 min)
o Achieves qualification of an NWCG Intermediate Faller within 2 years
o May serve as a cadre member in training courses
o May travel to other TNC preserve’s outside of the central Florida region to provide fire support as needed.
· Operates and is proficient in the use of various land management tools such as chainsaws, tractors, ATVs,/UTVs, graders, mowers, hand tools, etc
· Works under minimal and distant supervision; must make independent decisions based on experience and judgments.
· Must have the ability to work independently and as a team member on projects
· May lead or monitor work groups consisting of staff, interns, and volunteers covering a wide geographic area
· Leads control of feral hogs on TNC lands in central Florida.
· Financial responsibility may include working within a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, and assisting with budget development.
· In coordination with supervisor, engages with diverse groups such as land owners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, and the public to recruit support for the Conservancy.
· May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
· They are required to live onsite at the Disney Wilderness Preserve in Poinciana, Fl. and respond to after-hour security and emergency needs.
Equipment and Fleet Maintenance (30%)
· Manages fleet of vehicles and equipment- including 4-wheel drive trucks, UTVs and ATVs, swamp buggys, tractors and heavy equipment, chainsaws and other small equipment- including purchasing, repairs and maintenance and providing training to insure safe operation.
· Works with equipment service venders on purchase and repair of equipment and fleet vehicles when needed.
Miscellanies support (10%)
· Provides logistical support for outreach events and tours as needed
· Provides talks and presentations in support of events and tours as needed
Other duties as needed (5%)
|MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS||· BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in science-related field and 1 year related experience in custodial and ecological land management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
· Experience with natural systems.
· Experience in ecological land management principles.
· Experience supervising staff.
· Experience operating and or repairing various types of equipment and machinery.
· Must have a valid driver’s license.
|PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE||· 5 years related experience in ecological land management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
· 5 years of experience in fire management, qualified as Single Resource and on track to qualify as an Incident Commander Type IV (ICT4) and Prescribed Fire Burn Boss (RXB2) within 2 years
· Ability to recognize plant and animal species to complete preserve management activities.
· Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation.
· Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
· Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers).
· Communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
· 1-2 years of supervisory experience
|ORGANIZATIONAL COMPETENCIES||Accountability for Outcomes||Pushes for excellence. Establishes challenging goals for self and others to drive performance in support of the Conservancy’s mission. Rewards behavior that achieves these standards and is aligned with the organization’s mission/ values. Takes action to address performance problems in a timely and appropriate manner.|
|Builds Organizational Capability||Builds or adapts organizational structures to accomplish the mission and to improve performance. This includes reorganizing organizational systems, structures, processes, procedures, communication channels or reporting relationships. With the Conservancy’s strategic filter in mind, determines who can contribute, gets the right people involved, and builds bench strength for the future.|
|Collaboration & Teamwork||Shows a willingness to put the needs and goals of a global organization before personal/local/departmental needs. Works with others across organizational boundaries. Makes decisions, sets priorities, and allocates resources to help the organization as a whole achieve results.|
|Communications||Effectively expresses messages verbally and in writing. Actively listens to others. Fosters open exchange of issues. Is timely with information.|
|Courage & Decisiveness||Makes decisions and stands by them. Makes timely decisions even under pressure and when lacking complete information. Has the courage to modify decisions and admit why and how they were wrong.|
|Flexibility & Innovation||Flexible to changing circumstances. Takes innovative approaches towards work. Takes calculated risks and makes dependable decisions in the fact of uncertainty.|
|Influences for Results||Achieves results by persuading, convincing, or influencing others. Adapts approach to the individual or group and knows how and when to use complex influence strategies. Uses success stories and passion for the mission to generate enthusiasm and support.|
|Open to Learning||Versatile learner and committed to self-improvement. Employs strengths effectively. Willingly shares knowledge with others. Seeks coaching on areas needing improvement. Adjusts behavior/performance as needed. Views mistakes as learning opportunities.|
|Organizational Awareness||Understands the basics of our business. Knows how local job relates to the big picture & contributes to the overall strategy. Knows how/why things work inside TNC. Easily moves through internal networks and channels for success.|
|This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.|