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Statewide Blue Thumb Director

Recruitment #181120-UNCR-03

Introduction

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Email cover letter and resume to:

Greg Kloxin at
greg.kloxin@conservation.ok.gov

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OKLAHOMA CONSERVATION COMMISSION WATER QUALITY DIVISION
STATEWIDE BLUE THUMB DIRECTOR
ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS MANAGER LEVEL III

Location: Oklahoma City

Description
This position is in charge of planning, coordinating, and supervising all aspects of the Blue Thumb Water Quality Education Program ensuring fulfillment of program tasks as outlined in relevant workplans.  The Blue Thumb program is an education program focused on empowering citizens with the importance of protecting water quality and related natural resources. The position supervises 3-5 Blue Thumb program staff and is the primary coordinator for their work activities. 

Primary Responsibilities:
• Serves as Director of the statewide Blue Thumb program and supervisor of its personnel ensuring activities fulfill workplan tasks and related goals of the NPS Management Program.  Works in cooperation with the Blue Thumb program staff to optimize program efficiency and complete the workload according to the varied strengths of staff members;

• Works with relevant personnel to develop work plans and budgets that ensure effective scope and funding of the Blue Thumb Program using EPA Clean Water Act Section 319 and other sources.  Work with WQ Division team members to track budget and complete and track workplan output requirements;

• Leads the State’s Nonpoint Source Program education effort, directing recruitment of volunteers who monitor streams, screen groundwater, and educate the public about nonpoint source pollution prevention;

• Plans or directs planning of Blue Thumb training workshops and supervises the training of new volunteers on the basics of stream ecology, watershed management, nonpoint source pollution prevention, water quality monitoring, and related citizen science activities supporting the Blue Thumb program mission;

• Plans, prepares and directs preparation of Blue Thumb newsletters, announcements, flyers, brochures, website maintenance, social media posts, and other means of communication for the Blue Thumb program;

• Writes semi-annual and project completion reports, articles on pollution prevention/program success, and works effectively and frequently with media professionals to circulate articles on program activities, trainings, op-eds, etc.;

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Include strong oral and written communication skills, as the job requires continual contact with the general public, landowners, volunteers, and other agency personnel. 

Ability to communicate technical information to a lay audience is essential. 

Candidates should possess a working knowledge in the following areas:
• water quality, stream ecology and related sciences;
• relationship between land use, pollution, chemical and physical water quality parameters, instream habitat, and the biota of streams;
• scientific data origination, management and assessment;
• field based scientific collections and associated quality assurance and control;

Candidates must be detail oriented and able to work independently.  The ability to think analytically and make sound, impromptu decisions is required. 

Position requires routine travel within the state and infrequently out of state.  Overnight travel is required, and the workweek often consists of irregular hours, including evenings and weekends. 

Job activities often involve physical exertion with some heavy lifting.  Since many activities occur in or around water, candidates must be able to swim.

OCC requires the successful applicant to be a legal resident of the United States and hold a current driver’s license for the state of OK.

Education and Experience:
Include a Bachelors of Science Degree in a field of environmental or biological science and five years of relevant experience.  Experience related to conservation or natural resources education and/or program management is preferred. 

A Master’s of Science degree in a qualifying area can substitute for two years experience, and a PhD can substitute for four year’s experience.

NOTES

Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application.

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.

Conclusion

Veteran’s preference points apply only for initial appointment in the classified service.


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