This position, with rotating days, evenings, and weekend shifts, is in the Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation Department.
OPEN UNTIL FILLED
Salary Grade: U1
The Pima County Range Program is seeking a full-time Ranch Liaison to assist with County-owned ranch, farm and open space property monitoring, maintenance and serve as a liaison with ranch managers primarily in the Altar Valley and Upper Santa Cruz watershed zones southwest of Tucson, Arizona. An effective communicator between ranch and farm managers, outside agencies and groups, contractors and the Range Program is highly desired. Work duties include ranch, farm and natural resource infrastructure inventory and maintenance, fence and road condition mapping, property monitoring, assisting with rangeland vegetation monitoring and restoration projects, farm/ranch project coordination and design with ranch managers under agreements with Pima County. Work duties also include arranging site visits for contractors, agency partners and other outside groups; attending regular coordination meetings organized by outside groups and agencies and serving as a representative for the Range Program. The Southwest Ranch Liaison will also work with other Range Program and Natural Resource Division staff to fulfill program goals and objectives.
The Range Program is within the Natural Resources Division of Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation (NRPR) Department based in Tucson, Arizona and administers the Pima County ranch and farm management agreements. The Range Program Manager oversees administration, planning, project management, ecological monitoring and interdepartmental coordination of the County Ranch and Farm properties to fulfill the Ranch Conservation and Biological elements of the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan.
The Southwest Ranch Liaison will report to the Range Program Manager who oversees four staff positions for range and natural resources related projects on the ranch and farm properties. The duty station of the Southwest Ranch Liaison will be based in either Three Points/Robles Junction, Amado or Arivaca southwest of Tucson.
Candidate must have the ability to:
• Transport themselves to and from assigned work duty stations.
• Drive long distances to rural and remote ranch locations and meet with ranch or farm managers, County or agency staff.
• Operate a four-wheel drive vehicle on paved and rough, dirt roads and navigate to rugged, remote areas.
• Ride in and drive OHVs for field work.
• Work in extreme heat and cold, in areas where flash flooding, lightning, venomous animals, spiny vegetation and border activity may occur or may be present.
• Hike in rugged terrain.
• Lift and carry at least 50 lbs.
• Work independently and in group settings.
Please note: All new hires (and promoted employees) must be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment, within 30 days of hire. If you are unable to become fully vaccinated due to a medical disability or religious observance/practice, you must request an accommodation – accommodation forms are located on-line.
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in business or public administration, management or a related field as defined by the appointing authority and two years of professional administrative or management experience.
(Additional relevant experience/education from an accredited college or university as defined by the appointing authority at the time of recruitment may substitute for a portion of the aforementioned education/experience.)
Qualifying education and experience must be clearly documented in the “Education” and “Work Experience” sections of the application. Do not substitute a resume for your application or write “see resume” on your application.
Preferred Qualifications: (Be specific in describing your experience in your application. Ensure the descriptions provided illustrate your competencies, specifically addressing the required and preferred qualifications.):
- At least one (1) year of experience managing multiple projects in rural or semi-rural communities on farm, ranch, natural resource or park properties with collaborative range, agricultural, natural resource, wildlife conservation or wildland restoration activities and programs.
- At least one (1) year of experience operating and maintaining wells, irrigation systems, livestock/wildlife water systems, and barbed wire fence.
- At least one (1) year of experience using computers and Microsoft Office suite programs to generate written reports; email and calendar programs for regular communication and schedule coordination.
- At least six (6) months of experience operating GPS units and/or GPS-enabled electronic devices to locate range or natural resource projects and infrastructure.
- At least one (1) season of monitoring vegetation transects in the field and plant identification skills.
- Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, rangeland management, agriculture, environmental studies OR an Associate’s degree in a trade such as welding, plumbing, mechanic, or related discipline.
Pima County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates that meet the minimum/desired qualifications. All applications will be assessed based on an evaluation of the listed education and experience. Candidates meeting the minimum/desired qualifications may be further evaluated/scored against any advertised Preferred Qualifications. Additional assessments/testing may be required as part of the selection process.
Licenses and Certificates: Valid driver license is required at time of application. Valid AZ driver license is required at time of appointment. The successful applicant will be subject to a 39-month DOT Motor Vehicle Record review to determine applicant’s suitability to operate county vehicles in accordance with Pima County administrative procedures. Failure to obtain and maintain the required licenses and certifications shall be grounds for termination. Any offer of employment resulting from this recruitment is contingent upon Fleet Services’ review and approval of the candidate’s driving record.
Special Notice Items: The County requires pre-employment background checks. Successful candidates will receive a post-offer, pre-employment background screening to include verification of work history, education and criminal conviction history. A prior criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify a candidate from employment with the County.