Natural Resources Specialist (NatureScape Irrigation)

Broward County
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Salary: $23.24 - $37.10 Hourly

Job Type: Full time 

Job Number: 1402927


The Broward County Board of County Commissioners is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Natural Resources Specialist (NatureScape Irrigation).

This position will remain open until a sufficient number of applications have been received.

An exciting and rewarding opportunity awaits you with the Water Resource Policy and Planning Section of Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division of Broward County.

The Water Resources Section participates in policy development and program implementation to optimize the beneficial uses of Broward County's water resources through review, oversight, and guidance of regional planning efforts and assessments. This section coordinates regional water resource management strategies through the development and application of models and best practices and the administration of the Water Matters and NatureScape Broward Programs focused on county-wide water conservation and water quality protection efforts.

We are currently seeking a Natural Resources Specialist (NatureScape Irrigation) who will be an integral part of the Broward County NatureScape Irrigation Service Program.  This position is responsible for: (1) conducting outdoor irrigation system efficiency audits; (2) preparing written reports containing narrative descriptions of irrigation audit observations, and water use and savings data calculations; (3) database management; (4) performing web-based and other data searches; (5) interacting with irrigation and landscaping staff from municipal partners; and (6) engaging with the public at outreach events.

The candidate should have strong analytical, organizational and communication skills (verbal and written, including report writing).  In addition, the candidate must be able to work on weekends (approximately three to five weekend-days per year).

General Description

Performs professional irrigation system evaluations as part of Broward County's natural resource enhancement and protection efforts.

This class works under general supervision, independently developing work methods and sequences.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in chemistry, geology, biology or environmental science or closely related field.

Requires six (6) months experience in natural resource protection in irrigation water use efficiency or irrigation system design and management, installation, repair or maintenance or closely related experience. 

  • Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA)
  • Certified Irrigation Designer - Landscape (CID-Landscape)
  • Certified Golf Irrigation Auditor (CGIA)
  • Irrigation Contractor License
  • Certified Irrigation Technician (CIT)
  • NatureScape Broward Program
  • Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program
  • The Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Homeowner Program
  • Microsoft Word, Excel and fluency using a web browser preferred
  • Other major areas of study being considered
  • Familiarity with landscape best management practices and native or other drought tolerant plants


The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this class. Management may assign additional functions related to the type of work of the job as necessary.

Performs and assists in performing evaluations of landscapes and irrigation system with respect to industry best management practices. Prepares correspondences and reports relative to the evaluations to distribute among partners.

Performs research and evaluates irrigation systems as requested by partner agencies; advises the public on policies regarding environmental issues related to irrigation; performs landscape and irrigation system evaluations and makes recommendations on improving water use efficiency; prepares irrigation system efficiency improvement reports.

Supports the development of manuals and guidelines for implementing irrigation system evaluations and improving water use efficiency. Prepares related written reports and correspondence with property owners and/or site managers,

Supports the NIS Manager in defining technical specifications for the materials and equipment used in the irrigation evaluations and eventual distribution of devices among partners.

Makes presentations to schools, civic groups, chambers of commerce, and other business and civic associations to publicize the environmental programs and ordinances; coordinates programs with other County departments, municipalities and agencies; prepares informational and educational materials and programs relating to environmental resources; Support tracking of the progress of irrigation evaluations and related environmental results.  

Performs training and instruction in the implementation of landscape and irrigation system best management practices. 

Performs related work as assigned.


Physical Demands

Physical demands refer to the requirements for physical exertion and coordination of limb and body movement.

Performs light work that involves walking or standing most of the time and involves exerting up to 20 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis, or skill, adeptness and speed in the use of fingers, hands or limbs on repetitive operation of mechanical or electronic office equipment or tools within moderate tolerances or limits of accuracy.

Unavoidable Hazards (Work Environment)

Unavoidable hazards refer to the job conditions that may lead to injury or health hazards even though precautions have been taken.

Involves routine and frequent exposure to radiation; disease/pathogens.


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance:

Broward County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The ADA requires Broward County to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management.


Emergency Management Responsibilities:

Note: During emergency conditions, all County employees are automatically considered emergency service workers. County employees are subject to being called to work in the event of a disaster, such as a hurricane, or other emergency situation and are expected to perform emergency service duties, as assigned.


County-wide Employee Responsibilities:

All Broward County employees must serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of Broward County's Employee Code of Ethics, gift, and conflict of interest policies. 

All Broward County employees must establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, familial status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity and expression.


Broward is a dynamic county that offers an exciting, stable career with incredible employee benefits such as 12 annual holidays, accrued annual/vacation and sick leave, FRS retirement, $25,000 of free life insurance, training and development, and participation eligibility in a deferred compensation (457) plan. In addition, Broward County offers a Consumer Driven Health plan (CDH), Pharmacy coverage, Dental insurance, Vision insurance and Section 125 Flexible spending accounts for Medical Expenses and Dependent Care.  Part-time 20+ benefit eligible employees receive the benefits described above at a reduced amount.  Additional information about Broward County Benefits.