Division Metropolitan Park District of
Location Fallen Timbers
Employment Type Full Time Regular Employee
Date Posted 11/8/2021
Contact Name Metroparks Toledo
Contact Phone
Job Code 21CONSERV
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Job Details


To direct and implement regional natural resources and ecosystem management research and monitoring plans and programs for Metroparks Toledo which promote and protect long-term conservation of natural areas, habitats, and species within an adaptive management framework.  

METROPARKS CONSERVATION: https://metroparkstoledo.com/natural-wonders/conservation/

CLASSIFICATION: Salaried, Full Time, Exempt, Year-Round

COMPENSATION: $68,137 - $95,393/yr  Employer and employee contribute to Public Employee Retirement System


Alternates to the following position requirements may be made as Metroparks finds appropriate and acceptable.  

Education: Master’s degree in natural resources, biological sciences, ecology, wildlife or related field required; or equivalent combination of education and work experience. Certified Wildlife Biologist ®, Certified Ecologist, or like professional certification preferred. 

Experience:  Seasoned level of experience in natural resources conservation and research.  Experience in restoration ecology, wildlife habitat and population management, scientific writing, grant writing, and geographic information systems (GIS) is preferred. 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Intellectual and analytical abilities to dissect issues, apply the scientific method, utilize statistics and comparative data, draw conclusions, formulate recommendations, and develop successful strategies.

• In-depth knowledge of research and monitoring techniques for natural communities and species, ability to interpret research findings and scientific literature. Demonstrated trust, integrity and credibility.

• In-depth knowledge of ecological principles and current species/habitat conservation issues. Knowledge and ability to identify and interpret the flora, fauna, natural history and geology of Northwest Ohio.

• Demonstrated appreciation for enhancing quality of life and conserving the region’s natural resources through clean, safe and natural parks and open spaces.  

• In-depth interpersonal competency; ability to develop and maintain effective professional relationships with all stakeholders, including employees, volunteers and the general public.

• Leadership and supervisory skills.

• Project Management skills; ability to manage multiple projects, lead teams, make decisive decisions, meet deadlines and deliver strong, measureable results.

• Strong verbal and written communication skills.  Ability to speak and write clearly, concisely and persuasively using correct grammar, spelling and punctuation with ability to communicate one-on-one or in group settings in a way that inspires confidence and motivates engagement with the Metroparks.

• Presentation skills.

• Ability to perform work with a high degree of accuracy and organization.

• Proficiency with software programs including database management, statistical analysis and all Microsoft Office programs.

• Ability to apply GIS and remote sensing technology to address natural resource problems.

• Self-directed, flexible, creative, able to work independently and perform with poise under pressure. 

• Ability to work with mathematical concepts required to develop and manage budgets, oversee or perform other standard business accounting practices and mathematical calculations. 

• Must be 18 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record.

Behavioral Characteristics:

• Exhibits appropriate professional behavior in diverse social, cultural, business and educational situations.

• Exhibits a high level of integrity, honesty, responsibility and trustworthiness that generates respect and support from the community, stakeholders and staff.

• Commitment to continuous improvement, promoting innovation and implementing positive change.

• Seeks to ensure the highest levels of customer satisfaction, both internally and externally.

• Ability to be flexible in a changing work environment; Management style and approach that is viewed as being accessible, collaborative and approachable by all stakeholders and staff.

• Always treats people with respect and consideration; exhibits appropriate professional behavior in diverse social, cultural, business and educational situations.

• Strong sense of ownership for success within their area of responsibility and the organization.

• Demonstrates maturity and professionalism.

• High levels of energy, initiative and patience along with the ability to manage multiple priorities and processes.

• Able to deal tactfully and directly with adversity.

• Proactive, creative and innovative in dealing with issues, challenges and opportunities involving their area of responsibility and the organization.

• A leader by personal example, encouraging high standards of performance, ethics and personal conduct.

• Commitment to personal and professional growth and development for self and others including participation in professional organizations, attendance at conferences and seminars and networking activities. 

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

• Work schedule:  Full time; workweek may include weekends, holidays, and evenings.

• Work location: TBD; may travel to any Metropark.

• May require business use of personal vehicle

REPORTS TO:  Chief Natural Resources Officer

DIRECT REPORTS: Research and Monitoring Supervisor 


• Oversee and direct natural resources research and monitoring efforts for the Park District to provide critical information to inform natural resource restoration and management efforts within an adaptive management framework.

• Develop, implement, and effectively communicate research and monitoring plans. Implement district-wide research and monitoring programs to determine annual attainment status of Park District resource management objectives. 

• Engage with Metroparks staff, volunteers, and outside researchers to determine population status and trends for at-risk / sensitive species.

• Engage with regional conservation partners and community stakeholders to develop and implement long-term regional conservation plans to sustain sensitive / at-risk ecosystems and the species that rely on them.

• Oversee Park District wildlife population management and monitoring programs for nuisance / problem wildlife species. Develop wildlife management plans, conduct population surveys and damage assessments, obtain permits, and oversee population control efforts using both lethal and nonlethal methods. 

• Serve as Park District spokesperson and media contact regarding research and monitoring issues. Collaborate with Metroparks marketing and public relations department to promote and communicate Metroparks conservation efforts.

• Serve as liaison between university faculty / researchers and the Park District to meet the ecological research needs of the Park District. 

• Collaborate with Metroparks staff on grant opportunities. 

• Serve as a member of the Metroparks leadership team, participating in the development of organizational strategy and direction. 

• Provide effective supervision and direction to direct reports utilizing shared leadership, employee involvement, employee development, performance management and coaching principles.

• Other park district duties as assigned.

EQUIPMENT USED:  Biological survey tools and equipment; computers; Microsoft Office, GIS and statistical software; GPS devices and mapping tools; audiovisual presentation equipment.