U.S. nationals: Watershed Representative

Tennessee Valley Authority
Knoxville, TN, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Job Summary

Land &Water Stewardship team representative responsible for varied stewardship functions including processing requests for approval and use of TVA land; maintaining/improving stakeholder relations; planning and implementing natural resources and public recreation initiatives and projects.  Serves as asset owner and fully-seasoned professional with land and natural resources management.

Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Responsible in reviewing request for land use and 26a shoreline development projects by applying NEPA policies and procedures related to heritage review matters; environmental considerations, physical limitations, and appropriate construction methods.
  2. Provides project management requests and oversight to improve land for habitat, resource or public recreational purposes and recommends approval, modification, or denial of requests based on environmental or other impacts and existing policies.
  3. Performs inspection of shoreline and TVA land and land rights, identify encroachments and violations discovered, and serves as liaison with TVA’s compliance and stakeholder functions.
  4. Performs inspections to evaluate compliance with contracts, land use agreements, etc and serves as liaison with TVA’s compliance and stakeholder functions.
  5. Provides input for annual and long-range budgets estimates for land and natural resources stewardship projects.
  6. Participates in developing, and implementing land and natural resource stewardship strategies; involves identifying issues, appropriate actions, and resources (including partners and funding opportunities) required to address the issues. 
  7. Organize partnerships of state/federal agencies conducting land and natural resources stewardship projects;
  8. Seek opportunities to link shoreline management, land use, resource management, and public recreation functions to maximize public benefit.
  9. Maintain good working relations with professionals in state and federal agencies and non-government organizations, as well as private citizens representing various watershed stakeholder interests.
  10. Serve on interdisciplinary teams as required.
  11. Conduct internal coordination with other TVA programs and business units to carry out assigned projects and activities.

Supervision Received

Supervision is neither close nor continuous.  Assignments are made by supervisor or business unit manager, who defines broad goals and objectives, establishes priorities and guidelines and reviews results.  Problems/changes that occur in the field are handled by the incumbent.  Documented work processes, general policy, agency management plans, and regulatory guidelines provide the framework in which incumbent directs or performs work.

Skills and Proficiencies (May be job or organization specific)

  • Proficient in oral/written communications, facilitation and personal relationship skills.
  • TVA land use policies and procedures; knowledge of TVA land rights.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and proficiency in applying project management principles.
  • Knowledge in conducting environmental reviews for Section 26a of TVA Act.
  • Federal environmental laws.
  • Knowledge of other TVA program interests.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of natural resources and land use management, public recreation and management principles & practices for various resource applications; including chainsaw use and prescribed fire trained/certified.
  • Basic knowledge of environmental laws,   regulatory issues/constraints/ requirements dealing with natural resources.
  • Knowledge of federal & state natural resources programs & funding  sources
  • Apply scientific principles in an integrated management approach.

Minimum Qualifications (Consistent with Classification Standard)

Education and Experience/Certificates, Licenses, and Registration Requirements/Other Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in one of the natural sciences, resource management, wildlife and fisheries science, forestry, or related discipline.  Advanced degree is desired. 

Several years of experience in land use or closely related field or equivalent experience. 

Equal Employment Opportunity

TVA values and embraces diversity. We encourage all individuals to apply regardless of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sex, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, religion, veteran status and age. We strive to be inclusive of all the people we serve across the Valley.

TVA is an Equal Opportunity employer and complies with all applicable laws and regulations regarding equal employment opportunities.  Any applicant or employee who believes s/he has a discrimination claim (including harassment or retaliation) must contact TVA’s Equal Opportunity Compliance office within 45 calendar days of the event or action s/he believes to constitute discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.

Drug-Free Workplace
All TVA Non-Nuclear employees are covered by TVA's Federal Drug-Free Workplace Program Plan, in accordance with Executive Order 12564, Public Law 100-71 and the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing. Information regarding the Drug Free Workplace Program can be found at www.workplace.samhsa.gov. TVA Non-Nuclear employees in Testing Designated Positions, including those performing safety-sensitive duties are also subject to random drug testing. TVA Nuclear employees are subject to random alcohol and drug tests in accordance with 10 CFR Part 26 as mandated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

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