Natural Resource Specialist 2 (10-N22018)

State Of Alaska Fairbanks , AK 99701

Posted 2 months ago

WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING

The State of Alaska, Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Mining, Land & Water (DMLW) is seeking to fill a professional level Natural Resource Specialist (NRS) 2 long-term non-permanent position in the Northern Regional Lands Office in Fairbanks. This position is part of a team that is involved in managing state land in the Northern Region.

While the team is primarily responsible for adjudicating permits and easements, they also manage general state land which includes addressing trespass, general use of state land, and access-related issues. The Permits & Easements Team is a strong, cohesive, and experienced team. If you are a Natural Resource professional looking to be on such a team, this is the opportunity for you!

This position is a long-term, non-permanent position, but potentially has multi-year funding, and offers the opportunity to obtain experience for future permanent positions.

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 adjudicating 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.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

The Long-Term Non-Permanent (LTNP) employee will assist in the adjudication of applications to use state land, primarily easements, and to provide support for senior-level adjudicators and managers. This position will focus on the Division backlog project. For the Permits and Easements Team in the Northern Region, the backlog consists mostly of legacy easement applications.

  • Adjudicate land use authorizations with an emphasis on adjudicating backlog, legacy easement applications.

  • Adjudication involves land research, conducting agency review and public notice, writing decisions, working with applicants to provide deliverables, and issuing final easements.

  • Assist with the adjudication of other authorizations as needed.

  • Assist with casefile tracking and reporting.

  • Continue on-going inventory of backlog files to identify issues, categorize for adjudication, contact applicants for more information, and develop priorities for adjudication.

  • Conduct field work to obtain data necessary for the creation of location diagrams.

  • Use GIS to create location diagrams for easements.

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. While this position is not a permanent position, it does offer the opportunity to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully apply for future permanent positions.

THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT YOU CAN EXPECT

The work location is in the 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 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:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to write clear, concise decision documents that are legally defensible;

  • Experience interpreting and applying statutes, regulations, policies, and land management plans for thepurpose of determining their applicability for proposed uses of state land;

  • Research abilities, including reading, interpreting, and applying information from land records, plats and maps, legal documents, and policies and procedures;

  • Understanding of ArcGIS with the ability to generate and edit spatial data and create location diagrams (maps) for the purposes of issuing final easements;

  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, manage multiple tasks, achieve deadlines, and exercise sound judgment under general supervision.

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college in a natural resource field (such as forestry, geology, agronomy, and hydrology), public administration, planning, economics, cartography, or a closely related field.

OR:

Two years of entry level professional experience in natural resource management. The required experience includes work such as a Natural Resource Specialist 1, Forester 1, Park Ranger 1, Geologist 1, Hydrologist 1, Agronomist 1, Historian 1, Archaeologist 1, Environmental Specialist 1, Recorder 3, Cartographer 1, or Planner 1 with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.

OR

One year of graduate study from an accredited institution (24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours of graduate level coursework equals one year) in a natural resource field (such as forestry, geology, agronomy, and hydrology), law, planning or public administration or a closely related field.

Special Note:

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. 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 to 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.

NOTE: PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY

THIS RECRUITMENT IS FOR ALASKA RESIDENTS ONLY

This recruitment is open to Alaska Residents only. Applicants must meet Alaska Residency Requirements to be considered for employment at this time.

At the time of application,the applicant must attach as separate documents (If unable to attach, please fax or email the contact listed below):

  • Professional formatted cover letter. Please see the cover letter information below for more information.

If selected for an interview,the applicant must provide the following:

  • A copy of any documents necessary to show proof of meeting the minimum qualifications of this position. This includes a copy of your college transcripts if you are using education to meet the minimum qualifications of the position.
  • A copy of your last two performance appraisals (if you are a current or former State of Alaska employee), or two letters or evaluations from former supervisors (if you are not a current or former State of Alaska employee or if performance appraisals are not available).
  • A list of three professional references with current contact information, one of which must be from a current or former supervisor.

COVER LETTER

A cover letter is required. The cover letter should highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience as they pertain to the responsibilities listed in the KSAs and competencies above.

Also describe how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting online. The cover letter will be used as a writing sample and will help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

APPLICATION NOTICE

You can ONLY apply for this position through the Workplace Alaska website or via a hardcopy (paper) application. If you accessed this recruitment bulletin through a job search portal such as ALEXsys or any other database, you MUST use a Workplace Alaska online or hardcopy application to successfully apply.

Instructions on how to apply with Workplace Alaska may be found on the Workplace Alaska "How to Apply" page. Your application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on the date of closing.

EDUCATION

If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed.

Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of the interview.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the minimum qualifications listed above. If utilizing this education, you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the post-secondary institution. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

WORK EXPERIENCE

If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer's name, job title, employment dates, and whether full or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.

EEO STATEMENT

The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or 465-4095 in Juneau or (907) 465-3412 (TTY) or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P. O.

Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.WORKPLACE ALASKA APPLICATION QUESTIONS & ASSISTANCE

Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll-free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to recruitment.services@alaska.gov.

For applicant password assistance, please visitthe reset password page.

For specific information about the position please contact the hiring manager at the following:

Name:Dianna Leinberger

Title:Natural Resource Manager 2

Phone: 907-451-2728

Email:Dianna.leinberger@alaska.gov



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