Supervises staff by interviewing, recommending for hire, training and/or providing training, making work assignments, and evaluating the performance of incumbents. Determines protection strategies for statewide conservation program development, implementation, and management based upon scientific data, provides input on grant projects for land protection and research, and develops priorities, schedules, and protocols for inventory and land protection. Develops and monitors budgets and expenditures, purchases equipment and supplies for research activities on natural areas, and initiates, negotiates, and develops out-sourced contracts for services in accordance with state procurement regulations and agency protocols. Maintains cooperative relationships with other state agencies, federal agencies, and other organizations to accomplish the primary agency goals, represents the agency at technical meetings and policy forums with other government agencies, private industry, non-profit organizations, and the general public, responds to information requests, and follows state regulations and departmental guidelines Conducts research and analyzes data to determine validity, quality, and scientific significance, prepares written reports, and provides summary information on the environmental relevance of the data. Provides input into the management of natural areas, which requires the review of natural area management plans and interpretation of scientific studies, and coordinates and monitors research activities on natural areas and reviews agency research reports. Coordinates conservation planning and development of agency protection priorities and conducts and oversees rare species inventory and evaluation to identify outstanding and/or sensitive natural areas for possible protection. Participates in the agency’s environmental review/information sharing program by providing technical expertise during project reviews for utiliites, commercial development, and forest management and communicates, coordinates, and cultivates partnerships with staff of government agencies, private organizations, and the general public. Performs other duties as assigned.