Rangeland Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Oakland

Website East Bay Regional Park District

The Position

Do you understand livestock grazing and the benefits it provides from an ecological viewpoint? Are you passionate about enhancing native and special plant communities, while balancing the need to reduce wildland fuels?  Does working for an organization dedicated to preserving a rich heritage of natural and cultural resources, public access to open space, and environmental education, inspire you?   If you answered yes, then you should join the East Bay Regional Park District (Park District) as our Rangeland Specialist, in the Acquisition, Stewardship & Development Division (ASD).

The Park District is a system of beautiful parklands and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco Bay, established in 1934. The system comprises 121,000 acres in 73 parks including over 1,250 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature learning.  Park District employees perform a variety of roles to meet our mission to preserve a rich heritage of natural and cultural resources and provide open space, parks, trails, safe and healthful recreation and environmental education.Our Values

  • Respect: We honor each other, the park users we serve, and the land we steward.
  • Resilience: We creatively adapt to change. We address challenges with empathy, perspective, and determination.
  • Relationships: Our greatest strength lies in the trust, accountability, and teamwork we cultivate with our colleagues, partners, and the public we serve.
  • Responsiveness: We communicate openly, honestly, and reliably.
  • Transparency: We hold the public’s trust through meaningful stakeholder engagement and unfettered access to timely and reliable information on decisions and performance.

What You’ll Be Doing

Under general direction of the Wildland Vegetation Program Manager, you will plan, organize, perform and supervise the work of staff under the Park District’s livestock grazing program and support the implementation of the District’s Vegetation Management Plan by responding to questions and resolving complaints between Park District Staff and tenants on range management issues; performing vegetation and general wildlife surveys; training Park District staff in current range management practices; maintaining databases; analyzing stocking reports; calculating livestock carrying capacity; coordinating grazing licenses, developing and implementing range management recommendations; inspecting  infrastructure such as fences, gates, livestock drinking water, and much more!

We Are Looking for Someone Who

  • Has a scientific background;
  • Has the aptitude to maintain cooperative working relationships;
  • Has strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Not only understands range management principles but has a commitment to environmental ethics;
  • Familiar with plants and plant communities of the San Francisco Bay Area.

A Few Reasons Why You May Love This Job

  • Free on-site parking;
  • Excellent benefits including tuition reimbursement and retirement pension through California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) at 2.5% for classic members;
  • Medical benefits for employee and family at the Kaiser HMO rate at no cost to employee (other plans available).
Vacancy Situation

The Park District currently has one vacancy located at Headquarters:  2950 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA 94605.  This list may be used to fill future vacancies.

Essential Functions

  • Responds to questions and resolves complaints between Park District Staff and tenants on range management issues in accordance with leasing agreements;
  • Performs vegetation and general wildlife surveys to monitor rangeland health;
  • Trains Park District staff in current range management practices and daily application of the grazing program as needed i.e., residual dry matter sample collection protocol;
  • Maintains databases as necessary for tracking information related to livestock grazing program (e.g. to record important data such as tenant/leaseholder information, lease dates, locations, Animal Unit Month (AUM) allocations, monthly stocking reports, etc.);
  • Analyzes stocking reports submitted by tenants to ensure accuracy and consistency with grazing patterns;
  • Reviews stocking reports and submit numbers for bi-annual billing;
  • Performs range analysis to calculate livestock carrying capacity utilizing various industry standard methods for forage production;
  • Coordinates grazing license program by revising, renewing, renegotiating or terminating existing grazing licenses; and initiating and establishing new grazing licenses;
  • Monitors park district sites by physically inspecting before and after implementing treatment plans to analyze potential environmental effects;
  • Writes and recommends grazing management systems using appropriate adaptive management monitoring, follow up analysis, and implements changes based on monitoring results;
  • Coordinates with Park District staff, tenants, and agencies on identification of rangeland improvement projects;
  • Negotiates, administers and monitors resource improvement contracts;
  • Develops and implements range management recommendations;
  • Inspects Park District infrastructure such as fences, gates, livestock drinking water, spring developments, ponds, corrals, cattleguards, and loading and unloading facilities to ensure functional condition to accommodate grazing on park land;
  • Performs minor manual labor (i.e., may need to repair fences);
  • Collaborates with various District staff and stakeholders, to write, plan, implement, and oversee restoration or treatment of Park District sites for invasive plant removal or reduction, erosion control, habitat restoration or other vegetation management improvements;
  • Manages rangeland improvement budget; aassesses District projects, consults with regulatory agencies, and obtains legally binding State and Federal Permits, biological opinions, and/or authorizations for District projects;
  • Participates in a variety of public meetings on behalf of the Park District and responds to questions and inquiries from the general public regarding range management issues;
  • Participates in conferences, training and workshops in order to stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of natural resource and range management and other types of public services as they relate to the area of assignment;
  • Conducts collaborative walks with interpretive staff, or talks for volunteers, neighbors or interested group on range management and other types of public services as they relate to the area of assignment;
  • Researches and prepares a variety of studies, reports, presentations, maps, etc. on range management and other types of informational materials for the staff and public related to the District’s Vegetations Management Program; hires and evaluates staff to ensure their success in performing their job duties;
  • Assesses training needs and provides on-the-job training and encourages career development;
  • Ensures rangeland activites are consistent with District-wide Vegetation Management Program;
  • Develops and maintains an effective team; and performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Education:  Bachelor’s degree in range management, botany, or closely related field from an accredited college or university.
Experience:  Four years professional experience directly associated with vegetation management programs using grazing as a tool including at least one year of supervisory experience.
License or Certificate:  Possession of a valid California Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record is a condition of initial and continued employment in this classification.

Certification as a professional rangeland manager, or the ability to obtain certification within two years.Additional Information

Knowledge of:

  •  CA Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), State and Federal Endangered Species Act, and regulatory requirements of resource agencies;
  • Vegetation and range management, including a familiarity with native and invasive plant species of the San Francisco Bay Area, including rare, threatened and endangered species and range management tools to enhance vegetation communities;
  • Vegetation survey, inventory, mapping and monitoring techniques; range infrastructure and improvements, grazing strategies and typical range management practices;
  • State and Federal regulations pertaining to the protection and management of rangeland species, the habitat requirements of these species, and strategies to manage for their benefit including implementing habitat restoration;
  • Principles, practices, and trends of public and business administration, including management and supportive staff services such as budget, personnel, management analysis, planning, program evaluation, or related areas;
  • Principles and practices of employee supervision, development, and training; Program management; the administration of department’s goals and policies; district’s Equal Employment Opportunity Policy objectives;
  • A supervisor’s role in the Equal Employment Opportunity Policy objectives and the processes   available to meet objectives;
  • Microsoft Office and other various software;
  • Computer graphic programs and geographic information systems.

Ability to:

  • Work independently and with teams;
  • Establish and maintain positive and cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work at all levels, including a culturally diverse general public, with a focus on quality service to internal staff and external customers and park users;
  • Hike for long distances over rugged terrain;
  • Safely and effectively operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle;
  • Write, negotiate, attain and report on regulatory permits;
  • Investigate and analyze situations and plan and organize research to facilitate rangeland objectives;
  • Coordinate research with other District departments and other agencies;
  • Interpret and create topographical and geographic information systems (GIS) based maps; organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner;
  • Organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines;
  • Reason logically and creatively and utilize a variety of analytical techniques to resolve problems;
  • Develop and evaluate alternatives;
  • Analyze data and present ideas and information effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Consult with and advise administrators or other interested parties on a wide variety of subject-matter areas;
  • Supervise, train, develop and motivate staff; gain and maintain the confidence and cooperation of those contacted during the course of work;
  • Review and edit written reports, utilize interdisciplinary teams effectively in the conduct of studies;
  • Establish and maintain project priorities;
  • Develop and effectively utilize all available resources;
  • Effectively contribute to the District’s Equal Employment Policy objectives.
Conditions of Employment:  A valid California State driver’s license is a condition of initial and continued employment in this position.  In addition to the regular work schedule, this position may require availability to work evenings and/or weekends. Once a job offer is made, the selected candidate must pass the Park District’s Level 1 background check, which consists of Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprinting, FBI fingerprinting, professional references, and education verification. Pursuant to the Federal Immigration and Reform Act of 1986, all applicants who are hired will be required to provide proof of identity and appropriate work authorization documents prior to commencement of employment.

Union Affiliation:  This classification is represented by the East Bay Regional Parks Employees, Local 2428, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO. Wages, hours, and other terms of conditions of employment are covered in an Agreement between the Park District and Local 2428.The probationary period for this classification is nine (9) months.

Application materials for this position consist of two (2) required parts:

1. East Bay Regional Park District application submitted online  and;
2. Completion of the supplemental questions.

Apply prior to the closing time of the job announcement and allow at least an hour to submit your application if you are a new user on the system. APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY.   Our online application system is provided by NeoGov. If you have problems while applying online, please contact the NeoGov/GovernmentJobs.com Help Desk toll-free at (855) 524-5627.
Notification:  All applicants will be notified of the disposition of their application via email, generally within two weeks after the closing date. You may also sign into your GovernmentJobs.com account to view your current application status and notifications.
Selection Process: The application material for all applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be reviewed to select the best qualified for interview or testing. The Park District reserves the right to set up a written test, performance test, and/or other assessment procedures before or after the interview process. Possession of minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview or invitation to test.
Date of Oral Examination:

During the month of April 2019

Special Testing Arrangements: If you require special arrangements due to a verified disability or medical condition, please contact the Human Resources Department at (510) 544-2154.
Equal Opportunity Employer: The East Bay Regional Park District, as an equal employment opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

To apply for this job please visit www.ebparks.org.