Land Management Specialist – Scituate, Rhode Island

Land Management Specialist
City of Providence – Water Supply Board
Scituate, Rhode Island

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Land Management Specialist
Job Type: Non-Union
Job Posting: COP-00032-23
Salary: $65,697.19 -$79,855.34
Department: Water Supply Board

The City of Providence welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce at all levels of the organization. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibit hiring discrimination of any type. All City hiring decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

All persons employed by the City of Providence are required to have achieved a fully vaccinated status against the COVID-19 virus. “Fully vaccinated status” shall be defined as having received the full number of doses required to complete the vaccination series of one of the currently recognized COVID-19 vaccines. Proof of vaccination completion will be required before beginning employment with the City.

Job Summary
The Land Management Specialist reports to up-line personnel and will be responsible for a variety of watershed protection efforts on the Scituate Reservoir watershed. The Land Management Specialist will organize, plan, lead and control by providing professional services relative to land-management programs, investigations, activities and policies as well as provide technical direction to watershed operations. This position may also be responsible for various watershed and non-watershed property management duties.

Duties & Responsibilities
The following are typical examples of the duties and responsibilities assigned to this position:
1. Plans and provides technical direction of land management and water resource protection programs.
2. Provides technical direction in silvicultural systems, forest protection, land management policy, climatological impacts, hydrological measurements, forest insect and disease identification and control, and forest management.
3. Provides professional direction of a land management program to include determination of ecological and hydrological implications of land-use decisions and trends.
4. Ensures adequacy of water resource protection programs with respect to the investigation of land-use alterations on the privately-owned portion of the watershed.
5. Assists in various education and outreach efforts to watershed residents, business owners, land owners, and children and their teachers through the local school system.
6. Reviews and makes recommendations on environmental issues and coordinates relevant environmental legislation with local, state and federal agencies.
7. Develops land-use controls and agreements with public and private interests on watershed and distribution systems.
8. Provides expertise and recommendations in land values, land taxation, land-use impacts, ecological considerations, property-title investigations, resource surveys, environmental impact statements, forest-land influences and environmental controls.
9. Develops water quality monitoring programs in conjunction with the Providence Water laboratory, state and federal agencies and private consultants and contractors.
10. Conducts Geographic Information System (GIS) analyses, manages and maintains geodatabases, and supports Providence Water staff with mapped information.
11. Plans, implements and monitors the Forest Management Program by assisting the Senior Forest Supervisor and other technical employees. The employee may also be involved in timber harvesting operations through out-sourced contract management. Duties also include overseeing forest management activities such as: planting, release and pre-commercial thinning, pruning and regeneration harvests.
12. Involvement in other forest management activities include but are not limited to the following: conducts inventories for short- and long-range planning; monitors insect, disease and invasive species conditions on and near Providence Water forest land and takes appropriate action; delineates property boundaries; writes reports and updates maps and records.
13. Performs other related duties, as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
The successful candidate must possess the following:
1. An environmental science or forestry degree from an accredited college or university required along with completion of basic related sciences including course work in land-use planning, soil science, forest ecology, watershed hydrology and GIS. Course work in silviculture, forest management, forest economics, forest pathology, forest entomology, dendrology, forest protection, harvest timber products, and forest improvements preferred.
2. Demonstrated experience in watershed management and related land use practices.
3. Demonstrated leadership, initiative and self-discipline.
4. Demonstrated experience in GIS.
5. The ability to bring difficult and intricate programs to completion in a timely manner.
6. The ability to think clearly, focus on salient issues and resolve conflicting conditions impartially.
7. The ability to prepare written correspondence and technical reports using word processing and spreadsheet programs.
8. The ability to maintain cooperative relationships with employees, supervisors, civic groups and the general public even under adverse conditions.
9. The ability to perform public speaking.

Additional Information:

Contact Name: Providence Water Personnel
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