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Ecologist III

Fairfax County Government

Fairfax ,  Virginia

Plans and coordinates the work of a team of ecologists responsible for stormwater management programs that include water quality monitoring, watershed planning, and environmental permit compliance as part of the county's comprehensive Stormwater Program. Plans and coordinates activities including watershed management planning-related functions, development and implementation of monitoring plans and quality assurance plans, assists with scheduling, budgeting and personnel training; performs technical data collection and analysis, prepares reports, presentations, correspondence, and permits; coordinates the sampling of streams, water bodies and stormwater drainage systems for meeting stormwater discharge regulations and other concerns. Manages professional contracts for services provided in support of the county's municipal stormwater discharge permit and other monitoring activities. Ensures compliance with all pertinent federal, state and county regulations and procedures; assists with selection, scoping, implementation and post-construction evaluation of watershed improvement projects; coordinates and provides input to inter-agency initiatives and programs; conducts public outreach/education; promotes safety awareness and enforces safety procedures, responds to and resolves resident inquires.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in aquatic ecology, ecology, biology, botany, zoology, geography, environmental science, limnology, natural resource management, or a related field; plus five years of experience in the environmental science field at, or equivalent to, the Ecologist II level, to include experience in water quality monitoring, terrestrial ecosystem assessment and management, data analysis and reporting, bioassessments (fish, macroinvertebrates, vegetative communities, wildlife) using standard protocols, and assessments of associated habitat conditions.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Knowledge of the methods, principles, techniques and practices used in sophisticated environmental monitoring programs and evaluating long-term datasets; knowledge and experience with various stormwater management systems and innovative/emerging techniques and practices, solid knowledge of stream morphology, hydrology, dynamics and habitats; knowledge of the pertinent federal, state and county regulations governing streams and stormwater; knowledge of safety procedures for handling chemicals commonly used in water quality and biological sample processing; ability to plan, coordinate and train others; ability to prepare clear, concise technical and financial reports; ability to keep abreast of current developments in the field of study. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIREMENTS:
Possession of a valid motor vehicle driver's license.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to conduct field surveys that require walking long distances and carrying equipment through rough terrain including stream valleys and wetlands. Physically and mentally able to use all applicable personal protective equipment in an outdoor environment; including hardhat, eye protection, hearing protection, safety footwear, long pants, sleeved shirt, and personal fall arrest harness. Duties performed with or without reasonable accommodation.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Is required to complete a criminal background check and driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview, may include written exercise.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 711. EEO/AA/TTY.



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