Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

Field Resource Specialist (20249739)

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Resource Management
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South Bay
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Full-Time
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7/3/2022 at 11:59pm
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$102,687.00-$128,267.00 Annually
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Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


Location

Foothills Field Office (Cupertino)

Description

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen) has an excellent career opportunity for an experienced and motivated Field Resource Specialist who will plan, organize, manage, oversee, and participate in the implementation of vegetation management, fuel reduction, and natural resource protection and restoration projects on Midpen lands. The Field Resource Specialist participates in long-term and short-term project planning, grant application and administration, coordinates assigned activities with other Midpen departments and outside agencies. This position will supervise staff and will direct consultants, contractors, and volunteers to assist in completing this work. Supervisory and administrative tasks will include budgeting, project management, setting priorities, and providing guidance to multi-disciplinary teams. The ideal candidate is organized, detail-oriented, and collaborative with excellent oral and written communication skills, understands ecological systems, and can implement land management practices accordingly. 
 

About the Position:  The Field Resource Specialist administers the principles and practices of public land management including: open space or undeveloped park maintenance, resource management including resource protection, managing budgets, prioritizing work tasks, and responding to public; stakeholder agencies; and other department inquiries. The Field Resource Specialist directs the day-to-day implementation of fuel reduction and vegetation management goals of Midpen’s Wildland Fire Resiliency Program. The Field Resource Specialist will support Midpen’s utilization of contractors and act as a point of contact for a wide variety of vegetation maintenance and management tasks. The successful performance of this work will require a working knowledge of a broad range of resource management trades and technical principles, as well as a professional background and the ability to coordinate work with other Midpen departments.  Candidates with background in fire risk prevention activities and vegetation management trades are desirable. For additional information about the Field Resource Specialist position, see the Job Description page on our website. 

 

About Midpen: Midpen is a regional greenbelt system in the Santa Cruz Mountain region comprised of more than 65,000 acres of land with nearly 250 miles of trails in 26 extraordinary open space preserves, permanently protected for natural resource conservation, public enjoyment and recreation. Midpen is a public agency with a focused mission that guides our work, and where every employee makes an impact.  If you are looking for an outstanding opportunity to contribute to the legacy of open space protection, natural resource restoration and outdoor recreation, working with an incredible team of like-minded colleagues, we invite you to apply for this position!  Check out the Working for Midpen video on our Employment Opportunities page.

 

Work Environment:  This position is part of the Land and Facilities Services Department assigned to a field office and will work primarily in the Foothill office in Rancho San Antonio Preserve, Cupertino, and will visit Midpen field sites. When conducting field assignments, work may include traversing rough, difficult terrain in inclement or hot weather with exposure to poison oak. Ideal candidates will be comfortable working in these types of conditions, as well as in an office environment. Positions in this classification must possess the ability to lift and carry materials and objects weighing up to 60 pounds and must possess the ability to push and pull objects weighing up to 100 pounds, with the use of proper equipment.  Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures. Following onboarding and successfully meeting job performance expectations, may be eligible for the flexible work program which includes 9/80 schedules. 

 

Education and Experience:  Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:   

Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in environmental design, forestry, ecology, natural resource management, park administration or a related field, and three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience in project management preferably in parks, open space, or a related field including one (1) year of supervisory responsibility. 

Licenses & Certifications Required:    

  • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Professional Rescuer Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification within six (6) months of employment.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid First Responder or equivalent certification within six (6) months of employment.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, the level of certification in the Incident Command System courses as specified under the National Incident Management System (NIMS) within 12 months of employment.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a District approved Fire Suppression Training certification within 12 months of employment.
  • Depending on assignment, possession of, or ability to obtain, a California Qualified Applicators Certificate with Landscape Maintenance (Category B) for pesticide application within twelve (12) months of employment.
  • Possession of a valid California Class A or B Driver License and required endorsements is desirable.

Benefits:   Midpen provides a competitive benefits package including health, life and disability insurance, CalPERS pension and paid leaves. Detailed information is available on the Benefits page of our website.

 

Ready to apply?  Great!  We welcome your application online at CalOpps.org

(To avoid missing important email communication about this recruitment, we suggest adding mpropenspace@calopps.org to your contacts or list of safe senders.)

 

Application deadline is Sunday, July 3, 2022.  Applicants with the most relevant experience and qualifications suitable for the position will be contacted for an interview.

 

The following application items are required to be considered*:

1. Fully completed CalOpps employment application 

2. Cover letter 

3. Resume 

4. Supplemental question responses

*Incomplete CalOpps employment applications, or applications without the required application items listed here, will not be considered for the position.

 

Recruitment Timeline: We recommend applicants be available for interviews on the following dates for panel interviews (we are unable to accommodate individual schedules):

First interview:  Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Skills/Written exercise:  Thursday, July 21, 2022

Final interview:  Wednesday, July 27, 2022

 

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 We are committed to upholding state and federal law and Midpen policy in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation by contacting the Human Resources Department at 650.691.1200.

 

Benefits

Retirement Plan – CalPERS 2.5% @ 55 for Classic Members; 2.0% @ 62 for PEPRA Members. 

 

Social Security – District does not participate in Social Security; however, it does pay toward Medicare.

 

457 Deferred Compensation Plan - optional

 

Medical Plan – choice of HMO or PPO plans through CalPERS – District contributes towards insurance

premiums.

 

Dental Plan - Delta Dental – District paid.

 

Vision Plan – VSP – District paid.

 

Flexible Spending Plan – optional pre-tax,

·        Dependent Care Reimbursement Account

·        Medical Reimbursement Account

 

Life and AD&D Insurance – District paid.

 

Employee Assistance Program –District paid.

 

Vacation – starts at 15 days per year.

 

Personal Leave – 36 hours of leave per year.

 

Holidays – 11 paid holidays per year.

 

Sick Leave – 12 days per year – no cap on accumulation; up to 72 hours per year may be used for Family Sick Leave.

Special Instructions

Midpen will notify you via email:  

  • When your online application was successfully submitted, and 

  • With the status of your application (after all applications have been reviewed) 

If you do not see these two emails, please first check your spam/promos folders, as it may have landed there. If you still have not received our emails, contact us at hr@openspace.org and we will research the status of your application. 

To avoid missing our email communication, add mpropenspace@calopps.org to your contacts or list of safe senders.  

Recruitment Contact

Contact phone: 
(650)691-1200
Contact email: