City of Dana Point Natural Resources Protection Officer Job Opening

City of Dana Point Natural Resources Protection Officer Job Opening

City of Dana Point 

33282 Golden Lantern, #203 

Dana Point, CA 92629-1805 


The City of Dana Point (population 36,500) is located approximately one-half way between Los Angeles and San Diego in the southern part of Orange County. Dana Point is characterized by nearly seven miles of prominent coastal bluffs and rolling hills along the Pacific Ocean. The City’s business sector is comprised of recreation areas located within the harbor region; resident and tourist serving businesses; and five-star resort facilities such as the Ritz Carlton and St. Regis.

Incorporated in 1989, the City operates under the Council-Manager form of local government. The City provides planning and community development, administration, finance, emergency services, police, public works and parks/recreation services through a combination of full-time employees and contractors and has an annual General Fund operating budget of approximately $33 million.

The City’s primary mission is to provide high quality services and to maintain and enhance the community’s environment and quality of life. This is accomplished through the efforts of employees and contractors who demonstrate a strong customer service orientation and high levels of professional excellence.

The City of Dana Point prides itself on hiring qualified individuals who enjoy working in a challenging, yet pleasant environment. We hope you consider joining the Dana Point Team.



The City of Dana Point prides itself on hiring qualified individuals who enjoy working in a challenging, yet pleasant environment. We hope you consider joining the Dana Point Team!

COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL LEAVE (CAL) - Each employee, based on years of service, accrues a specified number of hours per year to use for personal leave, sick leave, and vacation leave. The CAL schedule is as follows: Years 1-3: 120 CAL hours, Years 4-6: 160 CAL hours, Years 7-9: 200 CAL hours, Years 10+: 240 CAL hours.

PAID HOLIDAYS: President’s Day, Friday before Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Holiday Shut-Down for regular working days: Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day.

ALTERNATIVE WORK SCHEDULES - Employee may the option of working a 5/40 or alternatively a 9/80 work schedule with supervisor and department head approval.

RETIREMENT - The City is a member of the Public Employees Retirement System. The City’s contract provides a 2%@55 formula for Classic Members and 2%@62 for New Members. Employees are responsible for paying the full employee contribution toward the retirement system, which is currently 7% for Classic Members and 6.25% for New Members.

HEALTH BENEFITS - The City has a cafeteria-style benefit program. Assistant Planner position is provided a $1,275 monthly benefit allowance to use toward monthly insurance premiums. The package includes medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, a 457 deferred compensation plan, and a Section 125/129 flexible spending account program. Unused benefit allowance monies may be taken as cash.

EDUCATION REIMBURSEMENT - The City will reimburse eligible employees for eligible education expenses, up to the cost of FT, in-state course work at a California State University.


The City of Dana Point’s Community Services Department is seeking a dynamic, self-starter to fill its Natural Resources Protection Officer position. The position is responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing natural resource protection program activities, public education and interpretation; recruit, train and lead/supervise volunteers and docents, and; provide oversight of general operations and routine maintenance within the City of Dana Point’s Headlands Open Space Parks and Marine Conservation Areas. This position is at will and exempt under FLSA standards.


Typical duties assigned to this position include, but are not limited to:

Ensure that daily inspections and routine maintenance areconducted within the conservation areas, including, trails,overlooks, fences, signs and the Nature InterpretiveCenter (NIC); in addition, ensure stewardship ofconservation areas, particularly sensitive habitat areas,park boundaries and coastal marine areas in accordancewith objectives outlined in the current Dana PointHeadlands Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and theSouth Coast Marine Protection Area (MPA) MonitoringPlan.

Perform biological monitoring and a variety of surveys toassess conservation area health; perform rare plantsurveys and maps their locations; may perform SCUBAand/or snorkel surveys; and adaptively manageconservation areas based upon available scientificinformation.

Patrol terrestrial and marine conservation areas on a dailybasis in a Park Ranger capacity to ensure their protectionand the preservation of peace therein (in accordance withCalifornia Penal Code 830.31(b)); enforce local DanaPoint Municipal Codes, and regional and State laws andregulations pertaining to natural resources protectionregarding terrestrial and coastal marine systemseffectively, impartially, and with the utmost respect; andpersonally or jointly with Orange County Sheriff’s

Department or California Department of Fish and Wildlife, issue citations when necessary;

Assess conservation areas for degradationresulting from refuse and ensure that appropriateremedial action is taken; assess conservationareas for wildlife disturbance and habitatdegradation due to human intrusion, and ensurethat appropriate action is taken to remediateproblems;

Provide public information regarding park rulesand regulations within the conservation areas andrelated coastal shoreline areas, and ensure thatpublic information and educational brochures areavailable to the public and that appropriatepanels/signage are maintained and displayed;

Monitor storm water conveyance systems thatcontrol erosion and sedimentation, and reportproblems;

Work closely and cooperatively with localhomeowner associations, non-profits, businesses,and schools to foster community support forcleanup, maintenance, and other projects; andwork effectively with other cities, the County ofOrange, and the State and Federal government tofoster collaborative support for natural resources protection;

Plan, develop, present, implement and manageinterpretive programs and outreach events at theNature Interpretive Center (NIC), and cause theconduct of tours, hikes and events within theconservation areas;

Recruit, select, train, supervise, and schedule Cityemployees, volunteers and docent staff toparticipate in and deliver interpretive programs,and evaluate programs for quality of presentationand program content;

Work closely with other related entities and/orgroups such as the Ocean Institute, the DanaPoint Historical Society, the Friends of the

Headlands, and the Center for Natural Lands Management, in the operation of the NIC and or monitoring activities and annual reporting to the resource agencies;

Keep the City Manager and/or designee apprised ofprogram issues and prepare reports as needed;

Work cooperatively with other City Departments, andprepare work requests for non-routine facility andparks repairs and maintenance;

Develop and implement procedures necessary toprepare annual reports; annual work plans; servicecontracts; attendance reports and revenueestimates; operations, grants, and maintenancebudget requests; and update the HCP as needed.

Review special event and professional photographypermit requests and design appropriate monitoringrequirements as needed;

Serve as the City’s representative on the OrangeCounty Marine Protected Areas Council andcollaborate with the Federal and State of CaliforniaDepartment of Fish and Wildlife in the managementand protection of

Perform other duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:


Procedures and techniques used in marine andnature park resources interpretation andpreservation.

Management of natural resources, ecology andidentification of plants and animals.

Cultural, biological and environmental resourcescommon to the Southern California coastal areas.

Principles and techniques of public relations.

Principles and techniques of wildlife management.

Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes andregulations related to beach and park operationsand management.

Methods and techniques of planning and directingpublic park programs and activities.

Principles of personnel management includingsupervision, training and performance evaluation.

Marketing theories and practices and theirapplication to a wide variety of recreation/parkservices.

Writing, record keeping, marketing, budgeting andpublic relations techniques.

First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)and AED methods.

Computer software programs including MicrosoftWord, Excel, Power Point and Outlook, and otherspecialized programs related to recreationadministration.

Methods and techniques of effective customerservice.

Safe work principles and practices.


Interpret natural, cultural and physical features ofassigned marine and nature park resources for thepublic.

Assess environmental factors affecting plants,animals, physical and cultural features in assignedareas.

Assist in development of management plans, andimplementing preservation and mitigation plans.

Conduct field research to locate, identify andpreserve park resources.

Monitor park safety and sanitation requirements,and issue notices for violations of rules andregulations.

Investigate and document suspiciousconditions/situations, report findings and actionstaken and/or recommended to management.

Investigate park user complaints and takeappropriate corrective actions.

Deal tactfully, firmly, courteously and impartially withpark users.

Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Develop and implement public education materialsand programs that enhance park users’experiences.

Recruit, lead and train volunteers and docents inimplementing interpretation, preservation andmitigation plans.

Document and report preservation and mitigationplans and activities.

Perform minor repairs to facilities and supportingsystems, and coordinate more complexrepairs/maintenance with departmental maintenancestaff.

Establishand maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties, including staff, City Council, commissions, agencies, community groups and individual citizens.

Interpret, apply and ensure compliance with federal,state and local policies, procedures, laws, codesand regulations.

Operate a motor vehicle safely.



Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college oruniversity in park management, biology, marinebiology, environmental science, or related fields.

Two years of responsible experience in parkmanagement or park supervision including groupactivity leadership.

An additional two years of experience may besubstituted for the required education.


Possession of a valid American Red Cross First AidCertificate.

Possession of a current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate.

Possession or ability to obtain an AutomatedExternal Defibrillator (AED) Certificate.

Possession of or ability to complete PC 832 Arrestand Firearms Course training or Greater PeaceOfficer training within six months of hiring date.

Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Californiadriver’s license



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Position requires the ability to perform light to moderate lifting and carrying; react to emergency situations quickly and effectively; traverse rough terrain on foot; frequent, squatting, kneeling and twisting. Occasional hand use and finger dexterity needed to use computer keyboard and operate standard office equipment; occasional pushing, pulling, grasping, and reaching may also be required. Good hearing is required when communicating on the telephone or in person.


The work environment described herein is representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential function of this job. Work is performed primarily in the field and occasionally in an office environment. Controlled temperature conditions and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances are experienced only in office environments. While in the field, the incumbent may travel from site to site; and experience exposure to occasional disagreeable elements such as extremes of heat, sun exposure, humidity, cold, inclement weather, noise, dust, fumes, vibration, and uneven surfaces. Special Notice: Position may have the potential for exposure to dangerous, poisonous or harmful wildlife and plant materials.

Note: All employees of the City of Dana Point are designated by both State law and City ordinance to be “Disaster Service Workers.” In the event of a declared emergency or an undeclared emergency or natural disaster that threatens the life, health and/or safety of the public, employees may be assigned to assist rescue and relief workers. Such assignments may be in locations, during hours and performing work significantly different from the employees’ normal work assignments and may continue through the recovery phase of the emergency.


The City of Dana Point is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The City will assure equal employment opportunity and fair employment practices to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, gender, sexual orientation, medical condition or disability as defined by law. Qualified applicants with a disability will receive reasonable accommodation during any phase of the selection and hiring process providing such request is made to the Personnel Office at least five working days in advance (949-248-3525).


The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires that you must be a U.S. citizen or an alien lawfully authorized to work in the United States to be eligible for hire. Any offer of employment extended to an applicant is contingent upon the applicant providing the appropriate documentation prior to commencement of employment.

The City of Dana Point requires a pre-employment physical examination, including a drug screen. Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of these examinations.


This position is OPEN UNTIL FILLED.

First review date: 4:30 p.m., February 17, 2017 

If the City’s needs are not fully met based on the first review, the City will continue to accept applications and conduct subsequent application reviews.

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply immediately! 

All applicants must complete a City employment application form. City Employment Application form is available in PDF format on the City’s website or at the City Hall at the address below.

Please mail completed applications to: 





Personal resumes will not be accepted in lieu the City application. You may attach a copy of a resume to the City application form.

Applications will be reviewed and those applicants with the most suitable qualifications will be invited for an oral interview.


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