Senior Natural Resources Policy/Plan Analyst

New Mexico State University

Dona Ana, NM, US

Department Contact

Applicants may contact this person if they have questions about this position

Department Contact Name Fran Cordova
Department Contact Phone (575) 646-3015
Department Contact Email [email protected]

Posting Details

Requisition Number 1800852S
Classification Title Nat Res-Plcy/Plan Anlyst,Sr
Position Job Title Nat Res-Plcy/Plan Anlyst,Sr
College/Division Cooperative Extension Service
Department 311000-Extensn Animal Resources
Position Number 719718
Internal or External Search External – Open to all applicants
Appointment Full-time Equivalency 1.00
Reports To Position Title Ext Specialist
Target Hourly/Salary Rate 48,000 commensurate on education and experience
Pay Level 09
Pay Base Salary

Recruitment Summary

New Mexico State University is a comprehensive land-grant institution of higher learning accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. An active research university, NMSU anchors the southern end of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Research Corridor, exceeding $140 million in research and public service expenditures. NMSU is classified as a Hispanic-serving institution by the federal government with a total minority enrollment over 48%. Home to the state’s NASA Space Grant Program, NMSU is located in Las Cruces, which features desert mesas, the farmlands of the Rio Grande Valley, and the Organ Mountains, an extension of the Rocky Mountain chain. The University is committed to building a cultural diverse educational environment.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Successful candidate will be a spokesperson for the Linebery Policy Center. Objective analysis of potential impacts that are likely to result from proposed policy, regulations, and laws on federal, state and private land will be the mainstay for proactive position papers developed for the Linebery Policy Center. 
  • Candidate will develop a grassroots network throughout New Mexico and the 11 western states.
  • The Natural Resource Policy/Plan Analyst, Sr. will assume a leadership position in addressing current issues. The position will expand the Linebery Policy Center’s reputation for provided objective quantitative analysis in a timely manner.
  • Conduct timely relevant research on policy issues facing the range livestock industry and the oil and gas industry.

Required Education

Bachelor’s degree in a related field.

Required Experience

Five (5) years of professional experience directly related to the standard duties as outlined.

Classification Summary

The incumbents are participants on an interdisciplinary team involved in public policy and senior level planning analysis of agriculture related to natural resources including water, rangeland, geographic information systems, wildlife management, noxious weeds, renewable energy resources, and soil and water conservation. Work involves planning, development, and implementation of a major agency program. Provides technical assistance to program staff, governmental agencies, community organizations, or the general public.

Classification Standard Duties

Works under limited supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative,independent judgment and unrelieved action or decision. Confers with superior on unusual matters. May be assisted by Associate/Intermediate level personnel. Assignments are broad and complex in nature, usually requiring originality and ingenuity. May supervise personnel which includes: work allocation, training, promotion and enforcement of internal procedures and controls and problem resolution; evaluates performance and makes recommendations for personnel actions;motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance.Monitors and analyzes legal, biological, economic, and sociopolitical aspects of natural resource management as it relates to farming and ranching in the state. Reviews and prepares extensive technical comments on documents including, but not limited to, water quality and quantity, surface and subsurface water rights, and documents such as environmental assessments, environmental impact statements, forest management plans, resource management plans, and endangered species recovery plans. Assists in planning processes at local, state, and federal level as appropriate. Interacts with elected officials at the local level to assist with natural resource planning processes. Provides information and training. Represents New Mexico Department of Agriculture at relevant natural resource meetings. Collaborates with state, federal, and local governmental entities; tribal entities; citizen organizations; and academic institutions in addressing water and natural resource issues. Researches and assesses relevant policy issues and recommend possible action to division director. Conducts verbal and written presentations.Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of general principles behind public policy and planning for the conservation of natural resources. General knowledge of research and statistical analysis. General knowledge of the agriculture industry.


Familiarity with local, state, federal laws and regulations related to agriculture, natural resources and the environment. Excellent written and oral communication skills.


Ability to work as a member of a team.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Range Science, Agricultural Economics or Natural Resource Economics.
  • 5 years experience in public policy arena and/or working with producers and Federal/State Agencies.
  • Experience with National Environmental Policy Act, Coordination by Federal Agencies, Endangered Species Act, Public Rangelands Improvement Act is essential.
  • Experience with Input-Output models.
  • Demonstrated ability to publish peer reviewed publications and writing ability.
  • Public speaking experience to Agricultural producers.

Standard Work Schedule Standard (M-F, 8-5)

Physical Work Location State NM-New Mexico
Physical Work Location County, if in New Mexico DA-Dona Ana

Contingent Upon Funding Contingent upon external funds

Bargaining Unit Eligible Posting Announcement Statement This is NOT a bargaining unit position with American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

Tenure Track No

Posting Date 04/30/2018
Closing Date 05/29/2018

Special Instructions to Applicants

For additional information about this position please contact Jerry Schickedanz at: [email protected]

The electronic application is the official document that will be used to qualify applicants. Paper/email documents will not be accepted. Required documents must be attached to this application.

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Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Environment Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
Physical Effort No or very limited physical effort required.
Lifting Requirements Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 10 pounds or some standing or walking.
Risk No or very limited exposure to physical risk.