Job Details

Position Title:Natural Resource Technician
Reference Number:12.030
Division:General Staffing
Contact Name:Human Resources
Contact Phone:916-774-5475
Contact Fax:916-774-5350
Position Description:SALARY: $3,907 to $5,498 Monthly (26 pay periods annually)

FINAL FILING DATE: ACCEPTING A MAXIMUM OF 100 QUALIFIED APPLICATIONS or closing no later than 5:00 P.M., Monday, January 28, 2013.


TENTATIVE TESTING DATES: Oral Interview Exam – February 19 & 20, 2013


The Human Resources Department is accepting applications for the position of Natural Resource Technician in the Parks, Recreation & Libraries Department. The normal work schedule will vary from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. .

To perform a wide variety of technical natural resource management and maintenance tasks in open space areas such as creeks, preserves, riparian and the urban forest; to plan, coordinate and oversee work performed by contractors and City staff; and to assist in the administration of the City’s open space and natural resources.

Receives general supervision from the Open Space Superintendent.

Exercises direct supervision over assigned field staff.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES - Duties include, but are not limited, to the following:

• Perform routine inspections and annual assessments of open space, preserves, creeks and riparian areas and trees; evaluate and provide reports; directly oversee and develop projects and tasks related to tree maintenance, preserve maintenance, creek and riparian maintenance, and natural resource monitoring and restoration programs; develop weekly schedules, assign duties to meet program goals.

• Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise, and review the work of staff involved in natural resource management and maintenance activities.

• Evaluate operations and activities of assigned responsibilities; recommend improvements and modifications; prepare various reports on operations and activities.

• Participate in budget preparation; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for staff, supplies, equipment, and services; monitor and control expenditures.

• Interpret, and implement quality assurance standards; ensure standards are adhered to in natural resource maintenance projects and tasks performed by full time, contract, and seasonal staff.

• Respond to inquiries and complaints from citizens and perform code enforcement duties.

• Review and comment on projects and plan reviews proposed within or adjacent to open spaces; coordinate and provide recommendations for open space and tree related issues with affected City departments, residents, outside groups, and nonprofit organizations.

• Update the City’s GIS database; create maps using GIS and associated software; track expenditures and work tasks; create basic reports and presentations; maintain and update the Division’s preserve and creek, tree inventory, and Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) software programs.

• Inspect natural resource areas such as open space, preserves, and creeks; make recommendations; monitor and perform maintenance tasks for these areas; assist monitoring biologist with tasks. Inspect City preserve, open space, and riparian trees to determine required tree trimming and maintenance; conduct tree and plant health care assessments; estimate labor and material costs for work to be performed.

• Monitor and inspect the work of various contractors and vendors; assist in developing specifications for contracted work and obtaining and participating in evaluating bids; monitor contract budgets.

• Instruct employees and contractors in theoretical and practical applications of City procedures and policies; train staff and contractors in natural resource management practices.

• Conduct community and public outreach related to the open space and preserves, creeks and riparian areas and the urban forest; plan, coordinate and implement volunteer events; perform docent duties related to trees and open spaces for interested groups.

• Review arborist’s reports from outside consultants.

• Use proper safety precautions and follow all local, state, and federal work regulations.

• Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public using principles of good customer service.

• Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

• Methods and current best management practices and equipment used in natural resource management such as tree pruning, restoration, erosion control, vegetation management, wildlife management related to preserves and riparian areas.

• Operation and maintenance of equipment used in vegetation management and tree maintenance.

• Methods and strategies for vegetation management within different habitat types.

• Plant pest and disease identification, integrated pest management (IPM), adaptive management practices and plant health care; invasive plant control and vegetation management practices, pesticide application, construction.

• Knowledge of current International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) standards for tree planting, pruning and maintenance.

• Principles of budget monitoring and analysis.

• Knowledge and understanding of City, local, state, and federal laws, ordinances and policies related to management and maintenance of open spaces and urban forests.

• Safe work practices.

Ability to:

• Read and interpret construction and as-built plans, aerial photos and maps.
• Prepare and develop cost estimates and develop project budgets.

• Use and safely operate hand tools, electronic handheld devices, survey equipment, mechanical equipment, power tools and equipment.

• On a continuous basis, analyze and create technical and scientific reports; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policies and procedures; know and understand natural resource operations such as tree and preserve maintenance; observe safety rules; intermittently, analyze problem equipment; identify safety hazards; remember and locate equipment and tools; remember street names and general geographic areas.

• Intermittently, sit at a desk while researching, analyzing, and preparing reports; twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; stand, walk, balance, stoop, kneel, climb, crawl, and bend while performing field duties; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; and lift or carry weight of 50 pounds or less.

• Keep records and prepare technical and expense reports; use and update records with a GPS device; use a personal computer to enter and retrieve data, track work order status, and communicate electronically via email.

• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

• Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

• Work outdoors in a variety of weather and environmental conditions.

Experience and Training


• Two years of increasingly responsible experience performing parks or natural resource maintenance work, including one year of lead responsibility.


• An Associate’s Degree with major coursework in natural resource management, plant or wildlife biology, forestry or a related field.

License or Certificate

• Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid, California Class C driver's license is required.

• Possession of valid International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified Arborist certification is desirable.

• Possession of a valid Qualified Applicator Certificate is required within one year of appointment.


1.   Describe your experience and technical knowledge as it relates to natural resource maintenance and management. Include any specific training, certifications, and equipment operation skills as it pertains to natural resource maintenance.

2.   Describe your experience in supervising staff and contracts. Explain your leadership style and how it may differ between internal staff and contract staff. What role does communication play in supervision?

3.   Volunteerism is a great resource in accomplishing goals of the department and to educate the public. Describe your experience in leading volunteer activities and/or programs.

4.   How do you see the role of natural resource management and maintenance in enhancing the lives and the community by providing exceptional experiences?

5.   Describe your experience in project management and provide examples of the processes that you utilized in developing and managing projects.

Applications will be screened to the most qualified candidates. Those candidates will be invited to an oral interview exam weighted 100%. Scores earned from the oral exam will establish the Employment List. Candidates within the top five ranked scores will be certified to the department for final consideration. Final appointment is contingent upon passing a background check, a City-paid pre-employment medical exam, a drug and alcohol screening test, and a fingerprint check.

Job Status:Regular / Benefitted, Salary
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