Natural Resources Manager Position


Does Not Discriminate on the Basis of Race, Color, National Origin, Sex, Religion, Age,
or Disability in Employment or the Provision of Services.

We are proud to be a drug free workplace.  Screening tests for illegal drug use may be required as a condition of employment.

Date: 4/2/2018 Department: Road & Bridge (6303)
Title: Natural Resources Manager (0981) Reports To: Road & Bridge Superintendent
Pay Grade/Salary Range: PG- 115 $50,649.49 – $78,506.67 Closing Date: Until Filled


Completed applications for employment with Highlands County may be submitted in one of two ways: 1) a printed job application submitted to our Human Resources department located at 600 S. Commerce Ave, Room B233, Sebring, FL 33870 (either in person or by mail; or 2) fax a printed application to 863-402-6508.  Any qualified employee of the Board (see job description below for MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS) may request consideration for this position by submitting to Human Resources an approved Bid form. Employee bids and applications for this position may not be received after five o’clock (5) p.m. on the closing date stated above without the specific permission of Human Resources.



This is a professional position responsible for supporting planning and implementation of preservation, management, and maintenance programs dealing with natural resources project management, surface, lake water, storm water flow and pollution abatement. This position oversees a variety of environmentally sensitive projects which focus on water management activities and provides support for local, special benefit, regional and state agencies regarding water management issues.


The following statements describe the principal functions of the job and its scope of responsibility but should not be considered an all-inclusive list of work requirements.  Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.

  • Provides professional management assistance in planning and implementing surface water and lake management programs and activities.
  • Educates County agencies and the public on federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, and rules regulating the quality and conservation of County lake water.
  • Provides input and comments concerning development plans in conjunction with County Land Development Regulations.
  • Provides County support for the local, special benefit, regional and state agencies as needed regarding water management issues.
  • Serves as County staff for TMDL development.
  • Provides technical expertise for storm water and watershed related issues.
  • Identifies, pursues, and manages grants and other cooperative funding to support lake water and watershed quality improvement.
  • Procures permits and supervises contractor work.
  • Serves as project manager for environmental restoration projects.
  • Prepares agenda items for public meetings.
  • Investigates water quality complaints and concerns.
  • Coordinates and monitors ongoing water quality surveys, sample collection, and data reduction.
  • Analyzes survey results and informs County agencies and the public on the problems discovered and likely corrective action.
  • Attends meetings on surface and lake water management and environmental restoration projects.
  • Interacts with County, district, state, and federal agencies, and other organizations.
  • Maintains a professional and safe unit and work area adhering to established safety policies and the image desired for the organization.
  • Follows consistently the Board policies and procedures.
  • Responds productively to change and performs all other related tasks as directed.


  • Thorough knowledge of modern principles and practices of environmental resource management as applied to surface and lake water preservation and maintenance including planning and implementing short and long-range programs.
  • Thorough knowledge of federal, state, local, and other agency permitting processes relating to surface water and lakes.
  • Knowledge of pollution sources detrimental to the extended life cycle of surface water areas and lakes.
  • Ability to analyze and computer model data for the purpose of evaluating watersheds.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, managers, directors, Elected Officials, vendors, regulatory agencies and the general public.
  • Ability to prepare and disseminate written reports and technical information.
  • Ability to conduct meetings with local, state and federal agencies as well as members of the public.
  • Understands the surface and lake water resource elements of the County’s Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Regulations.


The individual in this position:  Must be able to remain in a stationary, reaching, bending, pulling or stooping position for up to 50% of the time.

Use of both hands and feet with dexterity.  Use of both near and far vision.  Agility sufficient to operate watercraft and other equipment.  Ability to operate a motor vehicle on road and off road with trailer for up to four hours continuously.  Ability to understand and exchange accurate information.   Ability to swim.  Frequently moves materials and equipment weighing up to 40 lbs.  Consistently works in outdoor environments.  Occasionally works in inclement outdoor weather conditions.



Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college/university in environmental or civil engineering, limnology, hydrology, biology, or related science. Two (2) years’ experience in supervision plus two (2) years’ experience in the planning and implementation of preservation, management, and maintenance programs dealing with lakes, storm water abatement systems, or other environmental programs preferred.


Must possess a valid Florida Driver’s License while employed.


For more information contact:


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Pollinator Conservation Project Webinar

 The USFWS – U.S. Air Force Pollinator Conservation Project: Soaring with the Air Force

Date and Time June 27, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET 

Who Should Attend Anyone interested in pollinator conservation or education 


45 – 60 minutes, on-line webinar using Adobe Connect 


No cost. 

No registration! Join Us: 1-866-732-8654; Participant passcode: 18374033# 


Michelle Donlan: 304-876-7685  

Description: The goal of this webinar series is for participants to learn about various pollinator resources and to choose one that applies to their site and/or meets their audience (s) needs and implement it. Dr. Dolores Savignano, Chair of the USFWS Pollinator Work Group and Headquarters Office biologist, will share information on a recent pollinator conservation project with the U.S. Air Force, and the new resources available as a result of the project. The project included development of a strategy, technical handbook, training, and pilot projects. The technical handbook, U.S. Air Force Pollinator Conservation Reference Guide, is available at: 

Dolores will discuss the information in the Reference Guide of interest to the military, other land managers, restoration biologists seeking to conserve pollinators, home gardeners, and students and educators interested in pollinators. Learn how the web links throughout the document will bring you to additional information on topics of interest. 

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Information about July 17-20 FIFRA SAP Meeting on Resistance and Bt

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Information about July 17-20 FIFRA SAP Meeting on Resistance and Bt, Request for Comments on Experts for the Meeting, and June 5 Webcast on the Meeting Charge

On May 17, 2018, the Agency published a Federal Register notice announcing the location of the July 17-20, 2018, in-person meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review “Resistance of Lepidopteran Pests to Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) Plant Incorporated Plants in the U.S.” The meeting will be held in the Rosslyn Ballroom at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge, 1900 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209. Please refer to the March 5, 2018 Federal Register notice for additional information.

The Agency also announced that the associated 2-hour preparatory webcast meeting will be held on June 5, 2018, from approximately 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The preparatory webcast meeting, conducted via Adobe Connect and telephone, will consider and review the scope and clarity of the draft charge questions for the July 17-20, 2018, in-person meeting. Registration is required to participate during this meeting.

The Agency is also extending the written public comment period for the June 5 preparatory webcast until June 1, 2018, and for the July 17-20 in-person meeting until June 18, 2018.

In addition, EPA is seeking comments on the experts currently under consideration as prospective candidates for ad hoc participation for the SAP meeting. Comments on these candidates are due May 31, 2018. The candidate list, including brief biographies, can be found on the SAP website. All comments on meeting materials and candidates should be provided to docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2017-0617or the Designated Federal Official (DFO) listed below.

The FIFRA SAP serves as a primary scientific peer review mechanism of EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention and is structured to provide scientific advice, information, and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on pesticides and pesticide-related issues as to the impact of regulatory actions on health and the environment.

Additional information can be found in the docket, on the FIFRA SAP website, or by contacting the DFO, Tamue L. Gibson ( or 202-564-7642).

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Sr. Product Development Entomologist Position with Central Life Sciences

The Central Life Sciences Research & Development team is searching for a Sr. Product Development Entomologist for our Dallas, TX laboratory.  This important position is part of a multi-disciplined team responsible for product development of EPA registered products for the professional, consumer animal health, and equine business units. He/she will primarily focus on companion animal ectoparasiticide product development, but there will be a need to work cross functionally and have a working knowledge in vector, structural pest control and livestock.

Here is a link to the job posting.

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Insect Biologist faculty position available at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The Department of Entomology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources is seeking applicants for a tenure leading position of Insect Biologist at the Assistant Professor rank.

Teaching responsibilities include coordination of the Insect Science major and teaching sections of two high enrollment classes and other classes in the One Health Insect Science curricula. Extension responsibilities are to build an extension program in One Health, to contribute to the department’s Science Literacy mission, and to provide practical outreach and extension training for undergraduate students. A Ph.D. degree or equivalent in entomology or related field must be completed before employment begins.
How to apply: To view details of the position and make application, go to
Search for position F_180056. Click on “Apply to this job.” Complete the application. Attach a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, contact information for a minimum of three professional references. Review of applications will begin on June 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.
As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See
Please address inquiries to:
Dr. Troy Anderson, Search Committee Chair,, 402-472-8645
Dr. Gary Brewer, Professor and Head,, 402-472-8040

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NEIPMC Seeking Candidates for Multiple Positions

The Northeastern IPM Center is searching to fill three positions.

The Northeastern IPM Center Director search has been reopened and the NEIPMC is also seeking applications for fill the Communication and Evaluation Specialist positions.

The Center Director search was undertaken late in 2017 and despite a good group of candidates we were unable to fill the position. The candidates who were offered the position ultimately declined for good reasons. Link to the Center Director position

Yifen, our last evaluator took a position in the medical field earlier in the year which aligns better with her medical background.  Link to the Evaluation Specialist position

Chris Gonzales, our Communication Specialist has decided to leave his position with the Center to devote more time to his personal writing.  He will remain on board part-time and will help with the transition to his replacement.  Link to the Communications Specialist position:

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Eastern Broccoli Project Webinar on Produce Safety

The Eastern Broccoli Project is offering a webinar that you, your colleagues, and eastern growers may find informative. Please share news of this event and encourage anyone interested to complete the online registration form.

We have two of the top people in produce-safety. They are known for finding sensible and effective ways to make sure the produce going out does not have pathogens.

UVM Agricultural Engineer Chris Callahan, Produce Safety Alliance Director Elizabeth Bihn, and their colleagues will present a webinar on Monday, May 14 at 2 p.m. on “Produce Safety for Broccoli Producers”, which will include an overview of food safety regulations (coverage thresholds and compliance dates, FSMA, Produce Safety Rule) and broccoli-specific considerations, plus an overview of educational materials being developed through the Eastern Broccoli Project.

Broccoli growers have particular sanitation challenges during cooling and icing, and all vegetable growers are looking for good water management and surface sanitation. Growers considering adding broccoli to their mix may need to make an investment in cooling equipment that meets recent sanitation requirements; this should be an excellent guide for making that investment effectively.

You can find more details about the webinar and a registration form on the Eastern Broccoli Project blog at this link:  Those registering specify issues they would like to see addressed. That

There is also a link to the post in the Eastern Broccoli Twitter feed here:

Please share news of this event and encourage anyone interested to complete the online registration form.  There is no charge for the registration or the webinar.


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Research Manager at NDSU in Plant Pathology

The Department of Plant Pathology at North Dakota State University seeks a Research Manager to conduct research on diseases of economic importance to the dry bean and pulse industries of the northern Great Plains. A successful candidate will i) assist the PI, colleagues and cooperators in designing, preparing and completing research experiments encompassing all areas of plant pathology as well as preparing manuscripts for publication; ii) train and supervise graduate students, temporary employees and support personnel; iii) maintain and organize all pathogen culture collections log-term; iv) ensure all employees have sufficient supplies, equipment, support, etc. to perform research; v) support the PI in development of new and existing projects towards the goal of advancing research and disseminating results through reports, presentations and refereed journal publications. Specific research areas will include fungicide efficacy, host genetic resistance and pathogen variability using laboratory, greenhouse and field techniques. A successful candidate must be well-trained in both classical and modern areas of plant pathology. The appointment is for 12 months with extension possible depending on satisfactory performance and funding. Applications will be accepted and more information can be viewed at

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Webinar on Managing Urban Bird Pests: Canada Geese and Pigeons

EPA Webinar

Managing Urban Bird Pests:

Canada Geese and Pigeons

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Followed by a live Q&A session 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

This webinar will prepare you to—

·        Understand the health and safety issues associated with geese and pigeons in urban populations;

·        Conduct surveillance and develop comprehensive management plans for geese and pigeons; and.

·        Utilize technology to assist in the removal of geese and pigeons from public spaces.


Register at


Featured Presenters:

·        Paul Curtis, Ph.D., Extension Wildlife Specialist, Cornell University

·        Michael Beran, Owner/Operator, Wildlife Command Center




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Pulse Crops Breeding Position

The Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University has a Pulse Crops Breeding Position available to provide leadership and direction for the pulse breeding project at NDSU.   The successful candidate will develop and improve dry pea, lentil and chickpea germplasm and cultivars adapted to North Dakota and the surrounding region using both classical and emerging plant breeding and genetic techniques.  Applications will be accepted and more information can be viewed at:

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