- The Montgomery County Department of Parks seeks a Principal Natural Resource Specialist in the Resource Analysis Section of the Park Planning and Stewardship Division to help manage the stewardship of 457 miles of streams, 26,000 acres of forest and more than 500 lakes, ponds and stormwater management facilities and devices in the 36,500-acre park system. The successful candidate will have a strong background in aquatic ecology and direct experience with one or more of the following: managing a biological monitoring program; watershed planning; review of stream restoration, wetland creation, and stormwater management projects; and/or natural resource management. They will also have extensive knowledge in one or more of the following fields: stream ecology, fishery ecology, entomology, and/or wetland ecology.
Under the direction of the Natural Resource Manager, the Principal Natural Resource Specialist will manage the Aquatic Resource Management Unit. The successful candidate will work closely with staff in the Park Planning and Stewardship Division and the other divisions of the Department of Parks, as well as other agencies and a variety of consultants. Management of the Aquatic Resource Management Unit includes: lead a biological monitoring program in line with Maryland Department of Natural Resources MBSS protocols; support the Department’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) Permit through watershed planning initiatives (e.g. resource management plans, watershed studies, field investigations and data collection, data analysis), report on findings and initiatives at industry relevant conferences and symposiums, review of environmental enhancement/creation projects on parkland for efficacy and to reduce impacts to aquatic resources, and assist with the development and refinement of environmentally sensitive design guidelines for development on parkland.