Stream Restoration Ecologist

Great Lakes, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast
Posted 2 months ago

The Stream Restoration Ecologist develops and implements hydrologic and natural resource related assessments, natural recovery, and stream restoration projects due to altered urban environments throughout Cleveland Metroparks and the watersheds of Northeast Ohio. This includes developing stream restoration concept designs and cost estimates, watershed management plans, stormwater mitigation protocols and projects and performing watershed evaluations and modeling to maximize water quality services provided by the natural resources of the region. The Stream Restoration Ecologist will oversee the Watershed Volunteer Program Coordinator and be responsible for budgets, grants, scheduling, agency and staff coordination, long-term monitoring and assisting with regulatory permitting.

Essential Functions

  1. Regular and predictable attendance is expected and required. All Cleveland Metroparks employees must be prepared to work flexible schedules, including evenings, weekends, and/or holidays as required.
  2. Develops a comprehensive adaptive management program with a focus on stream and watershed hydrology and techniques that facilitate the recovery of critical habitat within natural and human dominated landscapes, including:
    • Developing non-point source implementation strategies (NPSIS), completion of corresponding project sheets and assisting with permitting necessary for related projects.
    • Communicating with Natural Resources Division, Park Operations, and Planning and Design staff, and other regional conservation agencies to determine appropriate areas for project implementation, data collection and scientific research cooperation.
  3. Identifies appropriate protocols or models for long term monitoring and research that evaluates:
    • Past and current conditions within the region including surface and ground water hydrology, fluvial processes, water quality, and riparian zone processes.
    • Hydrological conditions related to land use/cover and management activities implemented to improve ecological condition.
  4. Through appropriate statistical and other methods, analyzes and reports on all monitoring and research conducted to ensure maximum benefit and utilization.
  5. Serves as staff expert for stream health processes, including stormwater management, stream restoration and mitigation, and water quality issues.
  6. Aggressively identifies and pursues partnerships and funding opportunities from foundations, organizations, universities, and government agencies to assist in financing and implementing watershed/hydrology projects, research, and appropriate data collection.
  7. Keeps supervisor informed of essential issues and makes recommendations concerning resource management and park management practices to improve the ability of the park district to accomplish the mission of Conservation, Education and Recreation based on:
    • Results of data collection and research conducted by and/or for Cleveland Metroparks.
    • Review and evaluation of research on relevant topics and issues in hydrology, water quality, and other related areas.
  8. Effectively and professionally communicates (verbally and written) project, data collection, and research results through:
    • Appropriate professional organizations and publications.
    • Staff training, leadership, and technical direction.
    • Informational and educational presentations for the general public and special groups.
    • Internal publications and per requested print, video, and electronic media.

Other Functions

  1. Keeps direct supervisor promptly informed of key/significant issues or concerns.
  2. Carries out duties and responsibilities in a safe and efficient manner to maintain a safe work environment and surrounding area for oneself, co-workers and public. Responds to hazardous situations and/or potentially unsafe conditions by taking corrective action as capable and promptly notifying supervisory personnel.
  3. Updates and enhances own knowledge by involvement in continuing education for professional growth (i.e., attends relevant conferences, seminars, in-service trainings, and certification programs)
  4. Assists in developing and managing operating and capital budgets, including purchasing services and materials, preparation of capital equipment specifications, and coordinating budget expenditures. Develops, supervises, and coordinates requisition of services, materials, and supplies. Coordinates the maintenance and care of equipment/tools. Maintains payroll and human resource records for assigned employees.
  5. Develop, coordinate, and implement safety policy and procedures for assigned areas and staff.
  6. Submits annual work program.
  7. Performs related duties as assigned or apparent.


  • Bachelor’s degree, Masters preferred, from an accredited college/university in stream ecology, fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, or closely related field. Five years practical experience in watershed hydrology research or management, applied ecology, or restoration of stream and terrestrial habitats, or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.
  • River Restoration Certificate, Certification in Applied Fluvial Geomorphology, Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner, Certified Natural Resources Professional, or Certified Ecological Designer desirable.
  • Experience with project management, grant writing and grant administration.
    Demonstrated proficiency in application of computers and software including database, statistical software, GIS, AutoCAD, HEC-RAS, and other related hydrological modeling software is desirable.
  • Management skills, including excellent communication skills (verbal and written), visioning, problem solving and the ability to analyze diverse facts and develop clear concise reports/recommendations.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others and lead professional and technical staff and dedicated volunteers, build teams, and recognize and acknowledge staff contributions.
  • Regulatory knowledge (i.e. US Army Corps Nationwide and Individual Permits, State Permitting, Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans, NPDES)
  • Ability to conduct project implementation activities with practical field experience (i.e. conduct stream surveys, develop concept designs, estimate project costs, evaluate design drawings and plans, install plant material, supervise construction activities).
  • Understanding of the social, legal, and ecological basis for land management policies that influence watershed management.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders, including employees and the general public.
  • Ability to speak and write clearly, concisely and persuasively using correct grammar, spelling and punctuation with ability to communicate one-on-one or in group settings.
  • Ability to perform work with a high degree of accuracy and organization.
  • Management skills and strong business acumen, including problem solving, vision, ability to manage multiple programs and meet deadlines, collaboration, leadership, decision making and ability to analyze diverse facts and develop clear and concise reports and recommendations.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others.
  • Proficiency in software programs including all Microsoft Office programs.
  • Mature professional attitude and considerable discretion, including ability to manage confidential information.
  • Ability to perform with considerable independence and initiative.

Work Schedule: Must be available to work a flexible work schedule.

Filing Deadline: Open until filled.

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$60,534 - $75,668


Cleveland, Ohio

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