Natural Resource Specialist 3 (Pcn 10-1899)

State Of Alaska Anchorage , AK 99501

Posted 2 months ago

Job Description:

Effective July 1, 2021 the wage for this position increased by 1%.

The wage listed in this job posting reflects the increase.

WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING

The Department of Natural Resources is recruiting for a passionate, driven and accomplished professional to serve as Natural Resource Specialist 3 in the Public Access Assertion and Defense (PAAD) Section of the Division of Mining, Land and Water.

MISSION AND CULTURE

The PAAD Section is a small, tightly knit group of resourceful, dedicated and creative professionals who strive to assure that Alaska Constitutional Promises of public access to natural resources, lands and waters are kept for all Alaskans. Simply put, the vast treasures of Alaska are out-of-reach to most Alaskans in the absence of the public access that our trails, our rivers, our lakes and our other waters provide. The work of the PAAD Section spans many diverse fields such as law, history, archeology, hydrology, geomorphology and geology; it involves extensive involvement in litigation and administrative proceedings to enforce public access rights; it utilizes cutting-edge technologies, practices and techniques in collecting and presenting data in support of its mission; and it requires extensive remote fieldwork to perform its important duties.

The PAAD Section has two primary public access missions: (1) protecting state title to submerged lands and navigable waters statewide and (2) protecting state title to RS 2477 rights-of-way and other public trail networks statewide. This mission is accomplished in numerous ways: through litigation in the federal and state court system to quiet state title; through the federal and state administrative process, including, but not limited to, applications for Recordable Disclaimers of Interest (RDIs) for navigable waters and state navigability determinations; through administrative determinations concerning the validity of identified RS 2477 rights-of-way; and through other means designed to ensure vital public access in perpetuity.

The PAAD Section prides itself upon both the quality and quantity of positive results that it obtains as well as its professionalism, stewardship and tenacity in preserving lawful access to the vast natural resources that are owned by the people of the state.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

The Natural Resource Specialist III for the PAAD Section has the following primary responsibilities:

  • Assist the PAAD Section and the Alaska Attorney General's Office with pending or anticipated litigation to quiet title to state-owned submerged lands and navigable waters statewide and to quiet title to state-owned RS 2477 rights-of-way and other trail easements statewide.

  • Assist the PAAD Section in administrative proceedings regarding RS 2477 rights-of-way, 17(b) easements and other trail easements.

  • Designing and implementing field studies (including hands-on data collection) to advance strategic objectives for navigable waters and trails.

  • Assisting the PAAD Section and the Alaska Attorney General's Office in managing and compiling needed expert proof to advance state strategic access priorities.

  • Assisting the PAAD Section in the preparation of state navigability determinations and RDI applications for submerged lands pursuant to the Federal Land Policy Management Act, relevant regulations and case law.

  • Providing general expertise-both in written and verbal communication-to others within state government on concerned topics of navigability and RS 2477, 17(b) and other rights-of-way.

THE BENEFITS OF JOINING OUR TEAM

The successful candidate for this position will have the opportunity to work with a diverse group of experts and professionals from numerous fields (LAW, History and Archeology, Hydrology, Geomorphology, Surveying and Mapping, etc.); will have the opportunity to participate in high-profile and substantive projects advancing state strategic public-access priorities; will have extensive opportunities to participate in remote fieldwork in many gorgeous areas statewide; and will be part of an elite team within the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT YOU CAN EXPECT

The PAAD Section is stationed together on the Tenth Floor of the Atwood Building in Anchorage. We routinely attend meetings, court proceedings and administrative proceedings elsewhere. We also perform remote fieldwork across the state (recent projects include fieldwork within the Brooks Range, the Fortymile Region, and numerous locations within the southcentral areas). The daily work environment will include interaction with PAAD teammates on numerous and diverse projects with frequent interaction with other state and federal staff, outside experts, attorneys, user groups, Native Corporations and the general public.

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR

An ideal candidate for this Natural Resource Specialist III position will be a creative, resourceful and accomplished individual who has the following desired knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Strong critical thinking and analytical skills.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Solid work history demonstrating a passion for achieving quality results; the ability to overcome obstacles and impediments; a prioritized and organized approach to achieving objectives; imagination and perseverance.

  • Familiarity with ArcGIS and ArcMAP (a candidate who has proficiency is preferred).

  • Problem-solving skills that enable the candidate to respond to uncertainties and unexpected circumstances both in the litigation process and in the field.

Minimum Qualifications

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, or Environmental Specialist 2 with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.

OR:

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

Additional Required Information

NOTE: PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY

THIS RECRUITMENT IS FOR ALASKA RESIDENTS ONLY

Applicants must meet Alaska Residency Requirements in order to be considered for employment at this time.

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

  • Cover letter explaining why you want to work within the PAAD Section and how your knowledge, skills and abilities will benefit the PAAD Section.

  • Professional resume or curriculum vitae.

  • Academic transcripts.

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

  • Three Professional References.

  • Copy of Alaska Driver's License.

  • Pre-employment Certification.

SPECIAL NOTICES

This position requires fieldwork in remote areas within the State of Alaska. Among other things, this means that overnight, multi-day camping in a wilderness setting is often required during the open-water season; travel by small aircraft, boat and ATVs can be routine; long days of self-propelled river travel and data collection are not uncommon; and proficiency with firearms and other means of predatory defense will be expected. Appropriate training will be provided to the successful candidate, but all interested applicants should be aware that working in a wilderness setting is a reality for this position.

APPLICATION NOTICE

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

Your application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on the date of closing. Instructions on how to apply with Workplace Alaska may be found on the Workplace Alaska "How to Apply" webpage, found here: http://doa.alaska.gov/dop/workplace/howtoapply/

COVER LETTER

A cover letter is required for this position. The cover letter should highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies as they pertain to the responsibilities listed in the job description above.

Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach it to your application, email it to the contact address provided in the job posting. Your cover letter will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

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 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 name, your job title, dates of employment, 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.

DRIVER'S LICENSE REQUIREMENT

Applicants must possess a valid driver's license. Proof of licensure will be required prior to reporting to duty.

FIREARMS

This position requires the use or possession of a firearm or ammunition. In accordance with the federal Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 (PL 104-208), if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you may not hold this position.

A "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" is an offense that is (1) a misdemeanor under Federal or state law; and (2) has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim.

If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, do NOT apply for this position

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 Contact Information

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 visit: https://www.governmentjobs.com/OnlineApplication/User/ResetPassword

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

Name: Jim Walker

Title: Natural Resource Manager 3

Phone: 907-269-4755

Email: james.walker2@alaska.gov



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