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Environmental Programs Supervisor

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City of Bellevue

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
April 06, 2017
City of Bellevue
Bellevue , Wa
Years of Experiences
3 - 5
Career Level
Manager (Manager/Supervisor of Staff)
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree
$71,845.08 - $99,127.32

About City of Bellevue

Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington, with a population of more than 130,000. It is the high-tech and retail center of the Eastside, with more than 130,000 jobs and a skyline of gleaming high-rises. You can learn a lot about the city from news releases, the It's Your City newsletter and Bellevue Television. While business booms downtown, much of Bellevue retains a small-town feel, with thriving, woodsy neighborhoods and a vast network of green spaces and recreational facilities that keep people calling the place "a city in a park." The city's schools are consistently rated among the best in the country. Sales at local shopping complexes are always an attraction, but a strawberry festival and an arts and crafts fair each draw thousands each year. During the holiday season, the Garden d'Lights display at the Bellevue Botanical Garden attracts visitors from far and wide. Artists from around the country enter striking new works in the biennial Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition. Every July 4, thousands from around the region converge on Bellevue Downtown Park for the Family 4th event. Bellevue's agrarian traditions are celebrated in the spring and fall at popular fairs at the Kelsey Creek Farm Park. More than 300,000 people visit the downtown area the last weekend in July each year for arts and crafts fairs. The city spans more than 31 square miles between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, and is a short drive from the Cascade Mountains. People can kayak within sight of downtown in the Mercer Slough Nature Park, a 320-acre wetland preserve. The population is growing and becoming more diverse. According to the census, minorities constituted 41 percent of Bellevue's population in 2010, and more than 50 languages are now spoken by children in Bellevue public schools.

Contact name
Kristin Headlee

Job description

The Bellevue Parks & Community Services Department is looking to fill the Environmental Programs Supervisor position within its Natural Resource Division. The Environmental Programs Supervisor provides supervision to the Nature Parks and Visitor Center section which provides environmental education, interpretation, and community outreach opportunities.  The position works as a member of a holistic team, in close coordination with the Trails, Street Tree and Arterial Landscape, and Forest Management supervisors to provide a synergistic set of services to support the goals and objectives of the Natural Resource Division.
If you are passionate about the protection and enhancement of urban natural areas and have a diverse background that includes an environmental field of study, environmental education, and/or community outreach this could be the perfect job for you.  

  • Oversee site management activities related approximately 470 acres of predominately wetland ecosystems in the Mercer Slough Nature Park and Lake Hill Greenbelt including environmental programs, maintenance contracts, partnerships, and leases agreements.

  • Oversee administration of the Nature Parks and Visitor Center annual operating budget of approximately $800,000.

  • Development and project management of various natural resource projects including trails, wetland restorations, farm improvements, and other associated site enhancement projects.

  • Coordinate operations of four visitor centers including the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center (MSEEC), Lewis Creek Visitor Center (LCVC), Lake Hill Greenbelt Ranger Station, and the historic F.W. Winters House.

  • Administer partnerships agreements with the Master Gardeners of King County, Pacific Science Center, and Eastside Heritage Center.

  • Oversee the Natural Resource Division Environmental Education and Interpretation Program including program development, implementation and marketing as well as design, manufacture and maintenance of interpretive signs, exhibits, kiosks, and brochures.

  • Oversee the Community Farms and Garden Program including operation of the of the Mercer Slough and Larsen Lake blueberry farms, Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, Community P-patch Program, Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program, various agricultural leases.

  • Oversee the Park Ranger Program designed to help increase user safety and satisfaction and ensure adherence to park rules, codes and regulations.

  • Administration of the Natural Resource Volunteer Program designed to involve Bellevue citizens, businesses, homeowners and civic organizations in the stewardship of park resources.

  • Administration of the Natural Resource Well KEPT Program that provides summer employment, education, training and career development opportunities for Bellevue youth 

  • Supervision of three FTE Park Ranger, three part time park rangers and numerous seasonal staff.    Personnel management including: interviewing, hiring, mentoring, motivation, recognition, and evaluation.   

  • Identify opportunities and draft agreements to develop grants, partnerships, and sponsorships to develop more effective and efficient operations.

  • Develop and deliver memos and presentations to Park Board, HOA's, and other audiences as needed.

Education and Experience:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college university with a Bachelor degree in   Resource Management, Environmental Education, Wetland Ecology, Urban Forestry, Communications, or other specific environmental or related field of study, and/or an equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.  

  • Three or more years of progressively responsible experience related to the administration of a comprehensive natural resource environmental education, interpretation, and community outreach program.    

  • Three or more years of progressive experience with related to the direct supervision of staff, contractors, and volunteers.

  • Successful completion of background check prior to hire

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Understanding of the function and values associated with urban natural systems with an emphasis on freshwater wetlands.

  • Strong understanding of the concepts of interpretive communication styles, techniques and mediums. 

  • Ability to develop, permit, and manage public capital projects, maintenance contracts, and partnership agreements.

  • High level of interpersonal skill required to build relationships and interact across departmental and jurisdictional lines as well as with the public.

  • Ability to foster leadership, collaborate, and support innovation as a member of a team working toward mutual goals and objectives.

  • Ability to use data and analysis to drive decisions, including the development and use of performance measures for continuous quality improvement. 

  • Ability to multitask numerous programs, projects and initiatives simultaneously.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Demonstrated ability to adapt communications to fit circumstances and/or audience.

  • Cultural competence, awareness, and comfort working in a diverse environment.  

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite software.  Knowledge of Arc GIS, InDesign, or other graphic software beneficial.