Austin Water Environmental Resource Officer

City of Austin
Austin, TX, United States
Position Type: 
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Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in a field related to the job, plus seven (7) years of environmental policy and/or protection-related experience, including two (2) years of experience in a managerial capacity.
  • Graduation with a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university may substitute for experience up to a maximum of two (2) 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 such as elected officials, citizens, the media, etc.
  • 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 in 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

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

  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.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of current concepts of environmental protection, particularly those related to the environmental impacts of public and private development.
  • Knowledge of development processes and regulations.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State, and Local environmental regulations, rules, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of fiscal planning and budget preparation.
  • Knowledge of supervisory and management techniques.
  • Knowledge of environmental management practices in land conservation (including water quality protection aspects, climate protection, and adaption aspects), climate protection and adaptation, and environmental research.
  • Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
  • Skill in communicating orally and in writing.
  • Skill in using computers and related software applications.
  • Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
  • Skill in determining needs; and gathering, analyzing, and presenting data to provide accurate information for varied audiences.
  • Skill in identifying and assessing potential process improvements.
  • Skill in advocacy, collaboration, and conflict management.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and priorities.
  • Ability to work with various groups with conflicting interests and agendas.
  • Ability to demonstrate results and implement continuous improvement activities.
  • Ability to determine needs and gather, analyze, and present data to provide accurate information for management’s use.
  • Ability to identify and assess potential process improvements and interact as business partner and change agent.
  • Ability to operate with integrity and maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to be proactive and results-oriented.