Environmental Specialist

Clark County Department of Air Quality Las Vegas, Nevada
Job Type Paid permanent

The Clark County Department of Air Quality in Las Vegas, Nevada, is seeking qualified candidates for Environmental Specialist to work in the Desert Conservation Program Division.  The position is a specialist level class in the classification series.  The Environmental Specialist directs professional-level biological and environmental projects and contracts that benefit species covered by the Clark County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan and performs project management responsibilities to include but not limited to project development, contractor procurement, project coordination, budgetary and related analyses for division, department, County Manager, Board of Commissioners, and/or other governmental agencies.  This Environmental Specialist position will also focus on management of spatial data to include map production, geodatabase management, and analysis using GIS applications. The successful applicant should be experienced with using ArcGIS suite of products, including ArcGIS Desktop, Collector and Online.


Education and Experience: Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science, Biology, Planning, Business or Public Administration or a closely related field AND two (2) years of full-time professional experience in performing environmental and natural resource management analyses and studies or similar analyses and studies. Full-time administrative experience in a field related to the work may be substituted for the degree on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of two (2) years. An appropriate advanced degree is desirable.


Performs tasks directly related to regulatory compliance and permitting associated with the Endangered Species Act, the Air Quality Act, the Clean Water Act, and other applicable regulations. Plans and organizes administrative, operational, budgetary, environmental or other studies related to the activities or operational area to which assigned.  Performs full range of project management work, including the development of scopes of work for complex and technical natural resource related projects, including request for proposal (RFP) development, contractor selection, budget and schedule preparation and negotiation, and tracking of scope, schedule and budget compliance. Plans, oversees, reviews, and evaluates the work of professional service consultants and ensures that project and program goals and objectives are achieved. 

Reviews and evaluates land and resource management plans, biological studies, and other technical environmental documents, and provides recommendations. Prepares a variety of technical, statistical and narrative reports, correspondence and other written materials; prepares and presents presentations.  Prepares and submits reports to various regulatory agencies, funding sources, and other organizations.  Maintains accurate records and files related to the areas of assignment.

Coordinates with federal, state, and local governments, private contractors and nonprofit organizations on conservation related projects. Confers with and represents the department and the County in meetings with staff from other departments, representatives of governmental, community, business, professional and public agencies and the public.  Serves on and may provide staff support to a variety of committees and task forces related to the projects or programs to which assigned.

Analyzes alternatives and makes recommendations regarding such matters as team improvement and productivity, project and program budget development and administration, project related staffing and facilities, and policy and procedure development and implementation. Confers with management and operational staff and assists in implementing changes resulting from such studies and analyses. Works with the general public by providing information and education on environmental and natural resource issues. Assists with and performs specific management support activities such as coordinating and preparing Board agenda items, coordinating departmental budget and administration, reviewing and assessing proposed legislation, coordinating the development of departmental automated systems and representing the department head and others as specified. Contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of the unit's service to its customers by offering suggestions and directing or participating as an active member of a work team. May direct the work of professional, technical or office support staff on a project or day to day basis. Uses standard office equipment including a computer, in the course of the work; may drive a County or personal motor vehicle or be able to arrange for appropriate transportation in order to attend off-site meetings and visit various work sites to evaluate contractor work, collect field data and assist staff with field activities.


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