Local recruitment: Natural Resource Manager 1

Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Anchorage, AK, USA 🇺🇸

What You Will Be Doing
The Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mining, Land and Water is seeking an independent, motivated individual interested in leading the Southcentral Region office of the division’s Water Resources Section. In this position, you will lead a group of 5 technical experts analyzing the potential impacts of proposed applications for water rights and temporary use authorizations. These applications impact Alaskans from water uses in homes and small businesses to industrial uses such as cooling buildings, road maintenance, small and large-scale mining, and oil and gas development.

The Water Section works to balance the use of Alaska’s waters for development, habitat and human consumption.  The Regional Manager will be involved in controversial matters that help to determine the State’s economic future both through the development of the State’s natural resources and infrastructure.  Water and water management are critical components of 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.

Mission and Culture
The Department of Natural Resources’ mission is to “develop, conserve and maximize the use of Alaska’s natural resources consistent with the public interest.” The Water Section’s Southcentral Region office manages water use authorizations and water rights applications consistent with the public interest.      

This position includes overseeing specialists who implement programs/units and authorize the use of the state`s water resources on all lands within the Southcentral Region (federal, state. municipal, native, and private) for all types of uses (public water supply, agriculture, tourism, seafood processing, alternative energy, etc.). Additionally, the Southcentral Region specifically oversees all water uses statewide related to Oil and Gas activities and Construction activities. Every sector of the state`s economy depends, either directly or indirectly, on reliable supplies of water. The Southcentral Region also works closely with the Alaska Hydrologic survey to evaluate water use applications for accuracy and responsible resource management.

Core Responsibilities 
The position supervises 5 Natural Resource Specialist II-III positions that adjudicate water resource requests.  The position assists subordinates with decisions that are controversial, politically sensitive or technically complex.   You will develop and implement goals to accomplish statewide division and department objectives and influence workflows to improve adjudication efficiency.

Benefits of Joining Our Team
As the Southcentral Region Manager, you will interact with a wide variety of state and federal agencies, advancing the interest of the state and learning the roles of the various agencies. The work product of the unit supports the public as well as the construction, mining, and oil and gas industries. You will participate with and contribute to diverse teams that cooperate together to maximize the use of Alaska’s natural resources.  Options for telework are available, after completion of a standard probationary period.

The Working Environment You Can Expect
This position is in the Atwood Building in downtown Anchorage, with a window office on the 10th floor. The daily work is collaborative and quiet, but also widely variable depending on the workload. You will interact with other sections and staff daily.  The option for teleworking is available after a probationary period.

The work is fast-paced, with support from an experienced team of water resource professionals and hydrologists.

We are looking for the following core competencies: Management: Knowledge of the principles and practices of water management, personnel management, workflow, and public relations. Ability to take a big picture view of water management on a region-wide scale from multiple perspectives. Capacity to read and interpret statutes, regulations, case law, contracts, maps and experience using Geographic Information Systems as a tool in water management. Problem-Solver and Decision-Maker: Ability to resolve complex water management issues by effectively interpreting and applying statutes and regulations while engaging with clients. Demonstrates a broad repertoire of ways to creatively handle multifaceted and conflicting authorities, issues, and situations in the best interest of the state. Leadership: A strong leader that will empower and inspire a team of professionals that adjudicate and resolve complex water management issues, with the ability and willingness to mentor and support staff while implementing change when necessary. Communication: Aptitude to communicate through both written and verbal communication efficiently and effectively. Enjoys engagement with staff and is responsive to staff needs. Very strong proof-reading skills with a keen eye for detail and the ability to document research in support of decisions on the use of water resources. Ability to negotiate conflict resolution with clients and the public.  Basic Knowledge: Knowledge of legal cornerstones such as the Alaska Constitution, the Alaska Water Use Act and federal water regulations as well as an understanding of hydrology principles.
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.

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.
**NOTE: PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY**At the time of applicationthe applicant must attach as separate documents (If unable to attach, please fax or email the contact listed below): Cover letter explaining how you qualify for the position Copy of professional accreditations if any Copy of your last (2) performance appraisals If selected for an interviewthe applicant must provide the following: Cover letter; provide information of relevant knowledge and experience consistent with the job description Resume Three (3) professional references
Application Notice
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Cover Letter
A cover letter is required for this position.   The cover letter should highlight your experience as it pertains to the knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs), and competencies identified above and explain how you qualify for the position.   Your cover letter will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax or email it to the contact number provided in the job posting.  

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 the 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 if 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.

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.
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For specific information about the position please contact the hiring manager at the following:
Name: Henry BrooksTitle: Statewide Water Unit ManagerPhone: 269-8641Email: [email protected]