Location: Waller Creek Center, 625 E. 10th St., Austin, 78701

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, with some flexibility. Other hours as required to meet the needs of 24/7 utility operations

Pay Range:   $45.47 – $60.25 per hour, Commensurate

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in a field related to the job, plus seven years of environmental policy and/or protection-related experience, including two years of experience in a managerial capacity. A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university may substitute for experience up to two years.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated vision relating to environmental stewardship in the context of providing water, wastewater, transportation or other core infrastructure services
  • Experience successfully leading a team in developing and/or implementing environmental protection and environmental resource management programs
  • Experience as a subject matter expert in a political environment and defending potentially controversial positions with stakeholders which have conflicting interests
  • Experience with or knowledge of environmental management practices in land conservation (including water quality protection aspects, invasive species management), climate protection and adaptation, and environmental research
  • Experience with organizational management, strategic planning, fiscal planning and budget preparation
  • Knowledge of local, state and federal regulations, programs and best practices related to land management, water quality protection, Endangered Species protection, climate adaption and management and habitat conservation planning
  • Experience providing legislative support and acting as spokesperson for media and press inquiries
  • Exceptional oral and communication skills and experience representing an organization through technical writing, verbal communication, and formal presentations

Duties, Functions, and Responsibilities

1.   Develops and implements short- and long-range environmental protection strategies, objectives, policies, regulations, and priorities for AW related to utility service provisions and environmental resource management.

2.   Advises the department Director, Assistant Directors, other department directors, the City Manager, and City Council on environmental protection and related environmental policies and issues related to utility service provisions and environmental resources management.

3.   Oversees Wildland Conservation Division, Climate Protection coordination activities, Hornsby Bend Center for Environmental Research, and other related activities.

4.   Serves as department principle senior management liaison for Austin’s participation in Balcones Canyonland Conservation Plan (BCCP).

5.   Evaluates programs for effectiveness and accomplishment of goals and makes recommendations to changes in programs to meet departmental and City goals.

6.   Interprets, explains, and provides guidance on enforcement of applicable policies, procedures, and regulations.

7.   Interacts with the public and leadership of Travis County, LCRA and other BCCP participants, other City departments, and the City Manager’s Office; and makes presentations at Boards, Commissions, and Council meetings.

8.   Coordinates as a liaison for interdepartmental and interagency issues, projects, and protocols.

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