STATE OF ALASKA
invites applications for the position of:
Forester IV/Forest Planner and Federal Programs Manager (PCN 10-9419)Job Code: 22433 Job Title: Forester IV/Forest Planner and Federal Programs Manager (PCN 10-9419) Open Date: 05/13/19 Closing Date: 07/22/19 05:00 PM Position Open To: All Applicants Job Type: Full Time Range: 20 Salary:
This individual position is EXEMPT from the hiring restrictions. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Forestry is recruiting for a Forester IV, the Forest Planner and Federal Programs Manager position located in Fairbanks, Palmer, Anchorage, Soldotna, or Ketchikan. This position provides statewide direction for the cooperative forestry programs, including forest planning, forest stewardship, forest health and community forestry, and one-time federal grant forestry projects, such as Good Neighbor Authority and Challenge Cost Share.
The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
- Responsible for the overall program direction and administration through the development and implementation of long-term program goals and objectives, organizational structure, budget, personnel, and fiscal management for the statewide federal programs;
- Design and conduct Division of Forestry and interagency processes and projects to deliver program services in forest planning, silviculture, entomology, pathology, forest ecology, and integrated forest management to support sustainable, effective, and efficient management of state forest resources;
- Responsible for personnel, budget, legal, and operational aspects of the State's cooperative forestry programs and federal grant forestry projects, reporting to the Deputy Director of Forestry.Oversee the provision of services to state, municipal, and private landowners, and coordinate with the US Forest Service State & Private Forestry program and other partners;
- Keep the State Forester and Deputy Director informed on unit goals and activities and major changes needed in policies, regulations, or statutes;
- Consult with the Regional Foresters on regional forest issues and needs;
- Develop and manage the budgets for the three programs, including federal grants, state funds, and other funding sources. Responsible for annual budgets, approve purchasing and payments, monitor expenses, and forecast expenditures;
- Develop projects to accomplish program goals. Apply for grants to support program goals, monitor compliance with the grant intent, cost-share requirements, etc;
- Write and submit required reports to USFS and other grantors on accomplishments and expenditures;
- Responsible for managing deferred maintenance program;
- Responsible for statewide coordination and overall management of Pittman-Robertson funding between DOF and ADF&G;
- Coordinate state activities with USFS S&PF and other funding agencies. Develop and maintain partnerships with federal and state agencies, universities, municipalities, and other entities to assess, promote, and restore the Alaskan forests. Jointly develop and obtain funding for cooperative programs with federal and municipal entities;
- Represent the Division of Forestry on regional and national forestry committees on behalf of the Council of Western State Foresters and participate with Federal, State, local government, and private forums concerning forestry issues;
- Develop partnerships with other agencies helping private landowners;
- Supervise and direct multiple staff equal to at least three full time employees in the federal cooperate forestry unit, including hiring, supervising, evaluating, and directing staff. Provide program direction, review travel and training needs, oversee purchasing, and prepare performance evaluations;
- Lead Division of Forestry forest resource planning work and provide planning assistance to the regional and area offices. This includes acting as project manager for management plan updates on the Southeast, Tanana Valley, and Haines State Forests and other forest management plans. As project manager, this position is responsible for convening planning teams, leading planning team meetings, and documenting team agreements; briefing the regional foresters, program managers, director, and commissioner on the planning process and proposals; designing, organizing and conducting public and inter-agency review processes; and publishing planning documents;
- Coordinate Division of Forestry input to DNR area plans and relevant management plans developed by other agencies. Advise DNR planning staff on integrating practices to maintain or improve forests into regional and local land use plans. Advise DNR fire management staff on use of fire to promote forest management and forest health and to integrate forest health concerns into fire management planning;
- Coordinate Division of Forestry research. Identify state research priorities for forest management and forest practices. Write grant applications for research funding. Serve as liaison with researchers at the University of Alaska, the U.S. Forest Service, Alaska Northern Forestry Cooperative, and other research organizations and transmit relevant findings to the Program Manager and Regional Foresters. Track research on state forest land. Inform research organizations of research needs and opportunities on state forest land; and
- Design and conduct forest management projects to assess, promote, and improve forest conditions in Alaska. Projects may include silvicultural research, development of silvicultural prescriptions to maintain or enhance forests, development of integrated pest management methodologies and monitoring strategies, aerial and ground-based surveys, and other forest pest detection, monitoring, and assessment activities, and development of strategies for invasive species management. Analyze data, final reports, and disseminate results.
The desired strengths of the candidate include, but are not limited to:
- Knowledge of forest planning, forest ecology, forest management, silviculture, urban & community forestry, stewardship forestry, and forest health;
- Ability to adapt to rapidly changing priorities, manage multiple projects with short deadlines, and coordinate responses to produce Division product in a professional manner;
- Ability to work confidently in a leadership role, support the Deputy Director, Director, and encourage a team approach to management within the agency and with partners;
- Motivate, coach, and support individuals in expanding and improving their abilities, knowledge, and skills to expand capacity and depth within the Division;
- Well-organized to run inter-agency and public processes efficiently and effectively;
- Skills in supervising professional staff and working with administrative support staff at distant sites;
- Able to manage programs and design and conduct research projects with a great deal of independence; and
- Budget management skills are essential given the number and size of federal grants.
Notice to Applicant:
A Cover Letter is required. In your cover letter you must highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience as they pertain to the key responsibilities and desired strengths listed in the job description. Your application package will be reviewed to determine if you possess the experience and strength we are seeking for this leadership position. Your cover letter will be considered as a writing sample and will be used in determining which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college in forestry, natural resources, or a closely related field that includes a minimum of 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours in forestry or closely related curricula.
One years of professional advanced level experience in forestry, natural resources, or a closely related field. The required experience includes work such as Forester III or Natural Resource Specialist III with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent with another employer.
Three years of professional journey level experience in forestry, natural resources, or a closely related field. The required experience includes work such as Forester II, Fire Management Officer, State Logistics Center Coordinator, or Natural Resource Specialist II with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent with another employer.
Four years in any combination of post secondary education from an accredited college that includes a minimum of 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours in forestry, natural resources, or a closely related field AND journey level experience in the technical aspects of forest management and practices such as fire prevention, suppression, timber sales, reforestation or inventory may substitute for the required bachelor's degree. (2.67 semester or 4 quarter hours of post-secondary education are equal to one month of experience). The experience includes work such as Wildland Fire and Resource Technician III, Wildland Forestry Technician II, or Wildland Fire Dispatcher with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent with another employer.
Certification from an accredited vocational technical school in forestry, natural resource management, or a closely related field and three years of experience in the technical aspects of forest management and practices such as fire prevention, suppression, timber sales, reforestation or inventory may substitute for the required bachelor's degree. The experience includes work such as Wildland Fire and Resource Technician III, Wildland Forestry Technician II, or Wildland Fire Dispatcher II with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent with another employer.
Certification via NWCG (National Wildfire Coordinating Group) Incident Qualification Card (AKA 'red card') within the preceding three (3) years in any of the following will substitute for the required education:
1. Incident Commander Type 2 (ICT2),
2. Planning Section Chief Type 2 (PSC2),
3. Operations Section Chief Type 2 (OSC2), or
4. Logistics Section Chief Type 2 (LSC2)
For NWCG Incident Qualification Card certification information see: National Incident Management System (NIMS): Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide (PMS 310-1).
Closely related curricula and work experience includes fields such as: geosciences, geography, natural resources, environmental sciences, soils, hydrology, wildlife habitat management, forest engineering, remote sensing, vegetation classification, natural resource bio-metrics, and wildland fire control.
One year of work experience equals 12 months of seasonal work.
Positions may require travel both in and out-of-state for fire suppression assignments; may be on stand-by or recall status during the fire season; may be assigned work in and out of the area that requires the absence from the duty station for 14 to 21 days; may fly in small fixed wing aircraft or helicopters and handle hazardous materials.
Most positions require "Red Card" qualification under the Incident Command System.
Some positions may require a commercial driver's license with appropriate endorsements.
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):
- Professionally formatted cover letter – please see cover letter information above and below for more information on the cover letter.
If selected for an interview, applicants must provide the following:
- A copy of your last two (2) performance appraisals (if you are a current or former State of Alaska employee);
- A resume with complete job history, including the names and current telephone numbers of previous employers;
- A list of two (2) professional references with current contact information, one (1) of which must be from a former or current supervisor;
- A copy of your red card(s), including any that support a substitution for educational qualification requirements;
- 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
- 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: http://doa.alaska.gov/dop/workplace/howtoapply/
COVER LETTER INFORMATION
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.
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.
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. 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.
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For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager at the following:
Name: Tim Dabney, Deputy Director
Phone: (907) 269-8476
Fax: (907) 269-8931
APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT:
PO Box 110201
Juneau, AK 99811
(800) 587-0430 (Statewide toll-free number)
(907) 465-4095 (Juneau and out-of-state callers)