Natural Resource Manager III (Water Resources Section Chief)

Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Anchorage, AK, United States
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Job Description
Hiring Restriction Exemption

This individual position is EXEMPT from the hiring restrictions. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

This position serves as the Chief of the Water Resources Section of the Division of Mining, Land & Water (DMLW).  The Water Section Chief serves as a member of the Division's Management Team. The Water Section Chief is responsible for administering the activities of four units within the Water Section: Alaska Hydrologic Survey, Dam Safety and Construction, Water Reservations, and Water Management.  Administering programs includes budget preparation and implementation, supervision of staff, and direct interaction with other division and department staff to help fulfill the goals and objective of DMLW. The Water Section issues Temporary Water Use Authorizations, Instream Flow Reservations , Water Rights and assures dam safety of jurisdictional dams in Alaska.  The Water Section works to balance the use of Alaska's waters for development, habitat and human consumption.  The Water Section Chief will be involved in controversial matters that help to determine the State's economic future both through development of the State's natural resources and infrastructure.  Water and water management are critical components to all resource and infrastructure development in the State of Alaska.  This position will be required to build consensus, make and support controversial decisions and interact with both proponents and opponents of development to craft decisions that promote the state's economic future and secure habitat for future generations. The Water Section Chief will work closely with the Attorney General's office to prepare various forms of legal actions and settlement preparation.
The Water Section Chief supervises 19 professional staff divided into four units. These units include Hydrology, Dam Safety and Construction, Water Reservations and Water Management.  The Water Section has personnel in the Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks offices.
A successful candidate will possess some or all of the following knowledge, skills and abilities. Please document your level of knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience with each item on this list in your cover letter and/or application package. Applicants are not required to have experience in every area.  If you do not have experience with a particular trait, simply say so:

  • have knowledge of state and federal statutes and regulations concerning management of state waters;
  • experience managing a diverse staff of professionals;
  • project management certification or experience, and;
  • have 5 years of supervisory experience.

Special Notice: 
Applicants must possess, or have the ability to obtain within 30 days, a valid Alaska driver's license, if selected for this position.

Minimum Qualifications
One year of managerial or second advanced professional experience in natural resource management. The required experience includes work such as a Natural Resource Specialist IV, Natural Resource Manager II, Agronomist III, Geologist IV, Hydrologist III, Park Superintendent, or Environmental Conservation Manager I with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.

Two years of advanced professional or supervisory level experience in natural resource management. The required experience includes work such as a Natural Resource Manager I, Natural Resource Specialist III, or Environmental Specialist III with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.

A Ph.D. in natural resources field (such as forestry, geology, agronomy, and hydrology), public administration, business administration, planning, or economics, or a juris doctor (J.D.)

One year of advanced professional or supervisory experience in natural resource management. The required experience includes work such as a Natural Resource Manager I, Natural Resource Specialist III, or Environmental Specialist III with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.

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 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.

Additional Required Information
At time of application, applicant must attach as separate documents (If unable to attach please fax or email the contact listed below):
  1. Professionally formatted cover letter – please see cover letter information above and below for more information on the cover letter; and
  2. A resume with complete job history, including the names and current telephone numbers of previous employers.

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

  1. A copy of your last two (2) performance appraisals (if you are a current or former State of Alaska employee);
  2. A list of three (3) professional references with current contact information, one (1) of which must be from a former or current supervisor;
  3. A copy of any documents necessary to show proof of meeting this position's minimum qualifications. This includes a copy of your college transcripts if you are using education to meet the position's minimum qualifications; and
  4. A valid Driver's License.

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:
In addition to answering the supplemental question regarding how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, 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 job description above. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax it to the contact number provided in the job posting.  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.

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.
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.
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.
Applicants must possess a valid driver's license. An individual without a valid driver's license, who meets the minimum age and experience requirements, may apply for the vacancy. An applicant qualifying under this option may receive a job offer conditional upon acquisition of a valid driver's license. Proof of licensure will be required prior to reporting to duty.
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
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 located in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to .

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For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager at the following:

Contact Information:
Name: Marty Parsons
Phone: (907) 269-8625
Fax:      (907) 269-8904