Environmental Resources Manager / Public Works / Environmental Resources #4433

City of Cape Coral

Cape Coral , Florida

$33.87 - $54.20 Hourly
$70,449.60 - $112,736.00 Annually


Under the general supervision of the Public Works Director, manages the Environmental Resources Division including City Laboratory personnel, duties, and budget. Designs and directs ecological scientific research and monitoring programs. Develops environmental management plans, and designs and directs environmental management programs. Assesses environmental quality, impacts and compliance with regulatory permits. Provides expert opinion/evaluation of environmental issues. Duties may include conducting water quality data collection and analyses, and researching environmental issues such as shoreline enhancement. Primary emphasis is in freshwater, brackish and marine ecosystems, with work in wetland and terrestrial ecosystems Position has considerable public contact in providing citizens with information and advisement. 


SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

  • Supervises assigned personnel to ensure all required work is performed within appropriate timeframe; ensures state and federal permit requirements and community needs are met. Perform interviews as necessary to fill vacancies and recommends the hiring of personnel. Develops goals and objectives for all staff.
  • Oversees environmental management and planning.
  • Assesses environmental quality and impacts and makes recommendations and conducts water quality monitoring, sampling, and laboratory analysis in both freshwater and marine ecosystems.
  • Keeps City compliant with all applicable permits.
  • Conducts or oversees ecological sampling, surveys, and analyses of plant and animal communities in freshwater, marine, wetland, and terrestrial ecosystems.
  • Compiles collected data for performing statistical analysis, permit regulation compliance, and as needed for NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) and BMAP (Basin Management Action Plan) reports
  • Prepares and monitors budget for Environmental Resources Division.
  • Develops tables, graphs, brochures, and various other informational materials from summarized analyses.
  • Performs report duties in summarizing findings for topics such as water quality, including nutrient and pesticide/heavy metal impacts, water levels and invasive and exotic species.
  • Selects and operates computer hardware and software.
  • Operates, maintains, and calibrates various types of equipment, i.e., diving gear, vehicles, sampling equipment, multiparameter sondes, meters, and pumps.
  • Designs, constructs, and maintains various habitats, both natural and artificial.
  • Designs and schedules ecological scientific research.
  • Represents the City in interactions with governmental agencies, private sector and civic groups.
  • Provides information and advisement to the public on various ecological programs and environmental issues.
  • Attends seminars, classes and related training opportunities to maintain/increase knowledge concerning applicable environmental situations.
  • Works with other agencies/City departments on behalf of the City's natural resources.
  • Will be required to operate a motor vehicle in performance of assigned tasks.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


 MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Education and Experience

  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university in Ecology, Environmental Science, Marine Biology, Limnology or a related field.
  • Eight (8) years of experience in the design, conduct and direction of scientific (ecological) research and environmental management required.
  • One (1) year supervisory experience within a professional setting

Licenses or Certifications

  • Must possess a valid state driver's license and obtain a valid Florida driver's license within thirty (30) days of hire or promotion.


  • None.


  • SCUBA Diving certification.
  • Doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in Ecology, Environmental Science, Marine Biology, Limnology or a related field.
  • Certified Professional Ecologist or equivalent professional certification.



  • Florida's estuarine and freshwater environments, physical /chemical behavior of surface waters and stormwater impacts to natural systems
  • Scientific field data collection, compilation, statistical analysis, principles and techniques.
  • Ecological principles and environmental management practices and techniques.
  • Federal, state, local guidelines, policies, procedures, and regulations regarding personnel and environmental management.
  • The principles and techniques of short- to long-range program planning.
  • Research principles and methods.
  • Report and record maintenance principles and practices.
  • Effective supervisory principles and techniques.
  • Basic accounting and budgeting principles and practices.
  • The occupational hazards, safety precautions and personal protective equipment required of environmental management work.

Skill in:

  • Boating operations and SCUBA diving, using scientific instruments and equipment related to job such as surface water samplers, loggers, etc.
  • Environmental sampling and related equipment maintenance and operations.
  • Written, verbal, electronic, and visual communications for effective expression and clarity.
  • The operation of various computer or other electronic devices and applications, to include database software, Microsoft Office Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Customer service.                     
  • Organization, attention to detail, prioritization, and time management.

Ability to:

  • Act as City of Cape Coral's environmental representative to other governmental agencies.
  • Analyze, organize and review work for efficient results and accuracy. 
  • Learn City laws, regulations, policies and practices as they relate to environmental resources.
  • Relate and respond to people beyond giving and receiving instructions, to include applying consistent courtesy and tact in considerable public contact and/or confrontational situations.
  • Establish and maintain effective-working relationships with supervisor, staff and other departments.
  • Be adaptable to performing under frequent deadlines and/or in response to emergencies.
  • Convey a sense of authority and influence.
  • Apply sound judgment and interpretation based on acquired knowledge in circumstances where limited standardization exists.
  • Read, comprehend and interpret various technical materials, schematics and maps, ranging from moderate to complex terminology, associated with job functions.
  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide, calculate decimals and percentages, compute discount, profit and loss; understand and perform advanced mathematical skills, i.e. graphs, geometric or algebraic principles.
  • Develop tables, graphs, brochures and various other informational materials from summarized analyses
  • Analyze various data sources, research issues and draw valid scientific conclusions.
  • Read and prepare a variety of documents within prescribed formats, i.e., work orders, forms, time cards, equipment maintenance manuals, etc.
  • Communicate effectively in Standard English.
  • Record and deliver information, explain procedures and issue and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Apply principles of rational thinking, synthesis functions, and influence.
  • Plan, organize and evaluate existing work programs, staff and inventory.
  • Utilize short- to moderate-term planning principles and strategies to resolve issues involving concrete variables in generally standardized situations.
  • Draw valid conclusions in task processing and prioritization.
  • Inspect items for proper length, width, depth, texture and shape, and visually read various types of information.


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