The State of Alaska, Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Mining, Land & Water (DMLW) is seeking to fill a professional level Natural Resource Manager 1 (NRM 1) position located in the Northern Regional Lands Office in Fairbanks.
This position is a manager on one of two teams involved in managing state land in the Northern Region. The NRM 1 position works on the Permits & Easements Team with the NRM 2 and six Natural Resource Specialists.
While the team primarily adjudicates permits and easements, it also manages a variety of other land use issues such as trespass, the general use of state land, RS 2477s, section line easement development, and interagency land management assignments. The Permits & Easements Team is a strong, cohesive, and experienced team. If you are a Natural Resource professional looking to step into a leadership role with a great team, this is the opportunity for you!
MISSION AND CULTURE
The DMLW mission is "to provide for the appropriate use and management of Alaska's state-owned land and water, aiming toward maximum use consistent with the public interest." The Regional Lands Sections support this mission by issuing land use authorizations that allow for responsible development and use of state land. This position plays a key role in the DMLW mission by managing the Permits & Easements team in the Northern Region which issues authorizations for the use of state land, primarily permits and easements. This position has a direct impact on facilitating land use and development for the economic health of the State and its citizens while also balancing the stewardship role inherent in managing public lands in trust for the public.
The Northern Region Lands Office is made up of a group of dedicated professionals committed to serving the public and managing the land and resources. The work environment is focused on understanding and learning. Staff are supportive of one another, and we work towards collaborative and creative solutions to work challenges.
The Natural Resource Management 1 for the Permits & Easements Team in the Northern Region will work closely with the Natural Resource M 2 to oversee the adjudication of authorizations that are critical to the economic development of the State of Alaska and will supervise six Natural Resource Specialists who make up the rest of the team.
The team is primarily responsible for the adjudication of permits and easements for state-owned lands, uplands, and submerged lands, including adjudication of large, complex projects of significant public and political interest and statewide economic importance.
This includes but is not limited to permits for research, cross country travel, guide-outfitter activities, and other commercial recreation activities; and easements for driveways, trails, utility easements, Department of Transportation easements, and roads to resources such as the Ambler Road. Some of these projects may receive significant public scrutiny, be controversial, and have a high probability of litigation. The incumbent will work with local, state, and federal agencies, industry, non-governmental agencies, and the public to review development projects and review staff's written findings, administrative decisions, and land use authorizations under the authority of the Alaska Land Act (Title 38).
The NRM 1 will supervise a team that must also address easement backlog case files. Backlog case files may not have been completed due to significant, focused time investment needed to resolve outstanding issues.
This may require innovation to develop solutions that meet the needs of multiple disciplines and organizations. The position will review issued authorizations that have expired and either need renewal or closure in addition to interim authorizations that have expired but continue to have outstanding requirements such as survey and appraisal. The position will need to oversee the team's workload and ensure workflow meets established timelines.
This position requires communicating effectively with applicants, overseeing staff responsible for researching land status, reviewing land use plans and other uses, conducting agency review and public notice, and writing decision documents. The NRM 1 reviews all written decisions for the team.
The NRM 1 may also participate in field inspections and investigations of trespass on state land. Field inspections are variable and range from road-accessible sites to remote sites which require travel by chartered flights. Fieldwork is conducted year-round and can be via ATV or snowmachine.
THE BENEFITS OF JOINING OUR TEAM
The Permits & Easements team offers meaningful work in a friendly and supportive environment, opportunities for training and professional development, and a flexible work environment.
THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT YOU CAN EXPECT
The work location is in Fairbanks DNR office at 3700 Airport Way. The Lands Section staff is located together in an office setting; each staff member has their own cubicle.
The daily routine for this position consists of collaborating with team members on projects in all forms, managing team workload, reviewing work, mentoring, decision making, and policy discussions. The work environment is casual, friendly, and supportive.
WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR
The knowledge, skills and abilities need to be successful in this position include
Possess leadership skills that include excellent verbal and written communication skills, the ability to mentor staff, maintain a positive attitude, and foster a team environment.
Ability to work independently, take initiative, make decisions, adapt to changing priorities, manage multiple tasks and team workload, recommend appropriate actions, achieve deadlines, and exercise sound judgment under general supervision.
Knowledge of public land management concepts such as multiple-use, adaptability, sustainability, and stewardship.
Skills in interpreting and applying statutes, regulations, policies, and land management plans for the purpose of determining their applicability for proposed uses of state land.
Ability to comfortably interact with the public and applicants when responding to inquires or discussing proposed land uses which can sometimes be controversial.
Two years of journey level professional experience in natural resource management. The required experience includes work such as a Natural Resource Specialist 2, Forester 2, Geologist 2, Hydrologist 1, Agronomist 1, Land Survey Assistant 2, Recorder 4, Recorder Manager, or Environmental Specialist 2 with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.
A master's degree from an accredited college in a natural resource field (such as forestry, geology, agronomy, and hydrology), law, public administration, business administration, planning or economics.
For purposes of the minimum qualifications, natural resource management is defined as the management of the land, water, mineral, forest, oil, gas, agricultural, archaeological, natural and cultural history, park, and related surface and subsurface resources of the state. Experience or education in natural resource management means involvement in the above resources exclusively.
Those with experience or education in managing these resources may specialize in different management functions (for example, planning, regulation, research or title). All of this experience is applicable under the natural resource management definition. Some positions may require education in a particular area of natural resource management or specific technical knowledge and training gained through specialized education or progressively greater responsibilities at the lower levels of the series.
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THIS RECRUITMENT IS FOR ALASKA RESIDENTS ONLY
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This position requires some field work to conduct site inspections to verify authorization compliance or assist other DNR personnel with compliance inspections or site monitoring. This may involve travel to remote areas via small plan, ATV, snowmachine, or boat.
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Name: Dianna Leinberger
Title: Natural Resource Manager
State Of Alaska