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Douglas County  4160
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Pay Range GC25


This classification serves as manager of the natural resources division of the public works department and has administrative and management responsibility to plan, organize, direct and evaluate services of the division in areas of: water impoundment facility development, distribution of water, efficient hydroelectric power plant operations, develop, administer and enforce environmental and solid waste regulations; ensures work performed is in compliance with government regulations. Incumbent supervises division support staff and operations and has responsibility for work performed within the division.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.)

1. Manage the natural resources division which includes development, implement and evaluate programs and services for division operation; prepare budget, monitor fiscal recordkeeping, provide cost accounting. Develop funding programs for projects with regard to available grants, loans and revenues. Establish, maintain and interpret policy and procedure. Plan both short- and long-range corrective and preventative maintenance programs.

2. Direct, supervise, assign work to, set priorities and monitor work performance of support staff and is involved in selection, transfer, promotion, training and evaluating staff. Assume responsibility for work performed within the division. Interpret policy and procedure.

3. Supervise hydrological and other environmental studies; conduct research and prepare statistical and analytical reports and materials concerning natural resources; assure the maintenance of accurate and comprehensive records.

4. Represent division at meetings with Board of Commissioners, county staff, public agencies, regulatory agencies, consultants, committees and the public regarding natural resources projects; coordinate functions with other departments and agencies and provide technical advice and expertise in achieving goals of County projects.

5. Serve as contract administrator for consulting and water distribution.


Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of modern methods, techniques and principles as applied in solid waste management and recycling; thorough knowledge of principles, methods and techniques of effective administration including personnel management and fiscal management to develop, implement, and evaluate programs; considerable knowledge of laws, codes, rules, regulations and ordinances applying to water resources and waste water management.  Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; plan projects and develop work programs; prepare comprehensive reports, designs, cost estimates, correspondence and financial information; plan, organize, assign, coordinate and review work of staff; develop and secure funding for projects through grants, loans and revenues; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures, establish new policies when applicable, and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, Board of Commissioners, department heads, consultants, public agencies, committees and the public.

Education, experience and training: Bachelor's degree in environmental engineering, planning or a related field and five years experience in water resources, solid waste management, and/or urban planning or equivalent, which includes two years supervisory or program management experience. At time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license.


This classification works with policy guidance from the public works director. Responsibilities are fulfilled under broad policy guidelines provided by a results oriented expectations. 


Work is performed within established department policy and procedures, federal, state and county statutes, rules, regulations, codes and standards; engineering and natural resources management resource materials, management theories, principles and practices; personnel rules. Incumbent uses seasoned judgment in interpreting and determining appropriate guidelines. As division manager, is involved in establishing and maintaining department policies and procedures.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed in an office environment with occasional field investigation; may require climbing, hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, sitting, standing and walking. A reasonable amount of driving is involved. 

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