Conservation Manager

Conservation Manager
Organization The Trail Foundation
Location AUSTIN, Texas
Job Type Full Time
Application Deadline Aug 20, 2022

Title:           Conservation Manager

Reports to: Park Operations Director 

Hours:        40 hours/week, flexible hours, occasional evening and weekend work required

Salary:       Commensurate with experience

Benefits: Medical, vision, disability and life insurance provided plus 401k matching

Leave:        7 Paid holidays + weekdays between Christmas & New Years Day, & 120 hours PTO

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are important values of The Trail Foundation, and we encourage diverse individuals to apply.

The mission of The Trail Foundation is to protect, enhance and connect the Butler Trail at Lady Bird Lake for the benefit of all. The Conservation Manager is a key leadership position within Park Operations that works closely with the Park Operations Director, Capital Project Director, Ecological Restoration Committee and City of Austin representatives. The Conservation Manager is responsible for collaboratively leading TTF’s ecological  restoration efforts, volunteer programs, grant programs, as well as the continued development of staff and park management protocols.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively and creatively with operations leadership in a team-first environment.
  • Strategically manage and expand existing ecological restoration programs: Volunteers, Urban Forestry, Shoreline Stewardship, Adopt A Garden, and Greenhouse.
  • Manage the long term restoration and enhancement of 110 acres of habitat including riparian zones, wetlands, aquatic, bioswales, rain gardens, forests, and grasslands. 
  • Assist in preparing and tracking annual budgets for projects and programs within ecological operations.
  • Utilize GIS mapping and data collection to quantify TTF efforts for forecasting and tracking ecological operations efforts across natural areas in accordance with the Operations and Maintenance Plan.
  • Develop and execute multi year, data driven, landscape management plans that outline ecological restoration efforts across a diverse range of habitats, funding sources, and grant programs.
  • Build and strengthen relationships with local organizations, community partners, PARD and Watershed departments to further ecological operations efforts in the park.
  • Supervise and train conservation staff, seasonal workers, interns, and volunteers in executing ecological restoration work plans throughout the year in conjunction with Parks partners.
  • Maintain inventory and care of equipment, supplies, and materials for the ecological operations team.
  • Assess existing landscape challenges and work with staff, landscape designers, and consultants to formulate appropriate responses and implement changes as necessary.
  • Serve as project manager for contracted services as appropriate from initial RFP to project completion.
  • Assist in leading Ecological Restoration Committee meetings to evaluate, prioritize and select restoration projects along the Trail.
  • Provide input to capital construction documents for plant selection and ecological maintenance feasibility.
  • Work with the Development team on grant writing and reporting for ecological restoration programs.
  • Supporting TTF events – MMR, State of the Trail, Twilight, Board meetings, and other events as needed.
  • Other responsibilities, as assigned to assist in overall park operations.

What We’re Looking For

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year university in an applicable field of study.
  • 5 years of field restoration experience and/or 3 years supervisory experience in conservation, ecological restoration, native plant establishment, invasive species management, public parks, or related fields.
  • Strong plant ID skills of native and invasive species to the Austin area.
  • Solid computer skills (ArcPro, ArcGIS Online, Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite familiarity).
  • Successful track record in managing budgets, staff, and grant programs.
  • Excellent collaboration, multi tasking, project management, and time management skills. 
  • Ability to engage professionally with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong communication skills; highly motivated; ability to work independently but also collaboratively.
  • Texas Pesticide Applicator License required or secured within the first 4 months of employment.
  • ISA, Master Naturalist, or Landscape Irrigator licenses a plus.

Application Process

  • Application Deadline: open until filled.
  • Applications should be sent to [email protected].
  • Include a cover letter, salary expectations, and resume .
  • Submit 3 examples of ecological restoration projects you have led from planning to execution.
  • Please do not contact staff directly, no phone calls.
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