State of Oregon Natural Resource Specialist 3 (Access & Habitat Coordinator) in Salem, Oregon

Natural Resource Specialist 3 (Access & Habitat Coordinator)

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Natural Resource Specialist 3 (Access & Habitat Coordinator)

Salary

$4,221.00 - $6,162.00 Monthly

Location

Salem, OR

Job Type

Permanent

Department

Fish & Wildlife-Wildlife Division

Job Number

ODFW18-0088

Closing

7/20/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

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Description

Make a Difference in Oregon's Natural Resources!

ODFW Mission: To protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations.

• This position is with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife located in Salem.

• This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified people to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill other vacancies as they occur.

• The employee in this position will be represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and will be subject to all terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement. Pay and benefits on all job postings may change without notice.

• You must submit your application online. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Duties & Responsibilities

Join the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Game Management Program to provide direction for hunter access and habitat management activities across the state. The Access & Habitat Coordinator (A&H Coordinator) works closely with the board, regional councils, department staff and the public to facilitate the review of project proposals, help set program priorities and guidelines, monitor a biennial program budget of $2.5 million, ensure consistency of program activities on a statewide basis, and provide consultation and technical guidance to the public and all levels of agency personnel on the program's procedures and activities. S/he will serve as a key liaison between hunters and landowners, the A&H Board and the Fish and Wildlife Commission. This position also assists the Game Management Program with collection, compiling and analyzing information from department biologists for wildlife management activities statewide. Major roles and responsibilities are to:

• Coordinate the development and implementation of the statewide A&H Program. Work in coordination with regions and districts to schedule initial review of project proposals with A&H Regional Advisory Councils. Plan, schedule and facilitate quarterly public meetings/field tours of the A&H Board to review project proposals; supervise preparation of and present all material to the board. Prepare all materials for board recommended projects and present project proposals to the Commission for final action. Responsible for public meeting notification and reporting on meeting actions to department staff, project applicants, project cooperators and other interested members of the public. Negotiate/develop cooperative funding proposals with public and private organizations.

• Serve as agency's technical expert and principal representative for the A&H Program. Provide background and technical information and interpretation of guidelines, administrative rules and statutes to the public, special interest groups and other national/international natural resource agencies. Respond to public requests for A&H Program information, application procedures and grant application criteria; frequently provide assistance with preparation of applications. Identify need to develop legislative concepts, A&H Program guidelines and/or administrative rule revision in response to issues.

• Conduct public outreach on the A&H Program. Represent the department and A&H at informational meetings, public hearings, sportsmen's shows, landowner, civic and governmental group meetings and conferences. Provide interviews with representative of local, state and national media. Coordinate with the Information & Education Division to develop articles and news releases for distribution to the media. Provide updated program information for the department website. Maintain current mailing list databases of constituents. Develop and publish a biennial report for the Oregon Legislature.

• Coordinate all aspects of the A&H Program deer/elk auction and raffle fundraising program. Closely coordinate with conservation and sportsmen groups to conduct auctions and raffles at various in-state and out of state fundraising events; attend all auction/raffle events. Coordinate with Licensing and Information Systems sections to ensure proper sales procedures for raffle tickets. Develop and distribute all publicity materials for the auction/raffle program. Collect raffle tickets, conduct raffle and coordinate with Controlled Hunts section to issue tags, conduct post season interviews with tag holders to determine hunt success. Summarize and report annual revenues and hunter success to department staff and the public.

• Monitor A&H Program budget and implementation of approved grants. Track expenditures and project subaccount balance. Develop and manage technical aspects of cooperative agreements, memoranda of understanding and contracts. Initiate payment to grantees and ensure compliance with cooperative agreements; recommend corrective action should non-compliance occur.

• Coordinate with the Department of Agriculture Department and Department of Forestry to generate nominations for A&H Board landowner representative positions. Conduct statewide public outreach to solicit candidates for the A&H Board hunter representative positions. Present candidate recommendations to the Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission for appointment; provide orientation materials to new members. Plan, develop and present service awards honoring A&H Board members to the Commission.

Working Conditions

• Statewide travel by automobile throughout the year, including times of adverse weather conditions.

• Periodic field surveys of projects involving walking on uneven terrain during climate extremes.

• Occasional out of state travel by automobile or plane, including times of inclement weather conditions.

• This position has been designated as sensitive in that the incumbent in this position has access to confidential/fiscal-related information. The successful candidate will be subject to an initial criminal history background check with fingerprinting and will be subject to annual criminal history checks thereafter. Continued employment is contingent upon passing the criminal history background check.

• As a game program team member, this position participates in other projects that require occasional use of a firearm to deliver immobilization drugs and deploying nets for wildlife capture, euthanizing injured or sick wildlife, killing or hazing nuisance animals and birds, collecting animals for research or other studies, and protection from dangerous animals in close quarters. The successful candidate will be subject to an initial criminal history background check with fingerprinting to verify s/he may legally possess a firearm before using a firearm, and will be subject to annual criminal history checks thereafter. Continued employment is contingent upon passing the criminal history background check.

• Requires a flexible work schedule that varies in the number of hours worked on a daily basis, but not necessarily each day, or a work schedule in which the starting and stopping times vary on a daily basis, but not necessarily each day. This includes working at all hours and workdays in excess of eight hours.

NOTE: You must have a valid driver license and an acceptable driving record.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will check driving records for in-state finalists. Out-of-state finalists will be required to present a current driving record for review.

NOTE: Within three-days of hire, applicants will be required to complete the U.S. Department Homeland Security's I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States. ODFW participates in E-Verify. ODFW is not able to support VISA sponsorships.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Minimum Qualifications

• Three years of biological experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fish or wildlife program. At least one year of the experience must be at a technical or professional level performing activities in a fish or wildlife program such as researching and analyzing data, conducting investigations, applying pertinent laws and regulations, or coordinating and monitoring project activities; AND

• A Bachelor's degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science or a closely-related Bachelor's degree with at least 45 quarter (30 semester) hours of biological/ecological coursework, or three additional years of biological experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fisheries or wildlife program.

A Master's degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science or a closely-related Master's degree in biological/ecological sciences will substitute for up to one year of the required experience.

A Doctorate degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science or a closely-related Doctorate degree in biological/ecological sciences will substitute for up to two years of the required experience.

Your application materials must clearly describe how you meet these qualifications. Answers to the supplemental questions must be supported in the "Work Experience" section of your Oregon E-Recruit application.

Note: You are strongly encouraged to attach a copy of all transcripts (if education is required to qualify) in order to receive credit for college degrees or coursework. If your transcripts are not attached, you will be required to provide a copy of your official or original transcripts (online are acceptable) during the selection process that show your name, the name/address of the institution, coursework with passing grades, and degree conferred (including date) to validate education, if necessary.

Requested Skills

Preference will be given to applicants with experience in the following areas:

• Working with private landowners to implement wildlife habitat projects

• Resolving wildlife damage complaints with private landowners

• Interacting with hunters during a big game or game bird season to survey for success, monitor for compliance with regulations and answer general questions

• Preparing and monitoring budgets

• Working with federal agencies on habitat improvement projects

• Presenting information to organized groups, Boards or Commissions

Additional Information

Your answers to the supplemental questions must be supported by the "Work Experience" section in your Oregon E-Recruit application or you may not be considered for this position.

Resumes will not replace the completed "Work Experience" section in your online application. You may be disqualified if your work experience does not include information used to: 1) meet the minimum qualifications of the job and 2) back up your answers to the supplemental questions. Only those individuals who most closely match the requested skills will be invited to an interview.

Only complete applications will be considered. Be sure to answer all supplemental questions and attach all required documents. Late submissions will not be accepted. If you need assistance with adding attachments to your profile or to a specific job posting please go to www.oregonjobs.org and click on frequently asked questions under Resources. This quick help guide can be found under Application Process – Completing and Submitting an Application (bullet about half way down).

Note: A resume (text or attached) will not be reviewed for work experience unless stated in the job posting that it is a required attachment.

To apply, follow the "Apply" link above and complete the Oregon Employment Application online. You must click the 'Confirm' button at the end of the application by the posted close date to be considered for the job posting. All application materials (including transcripts) must be received by the closing date/date posted on this job posting.

YOU MUST APPLY ONLINE BY 11:59 P.M. ON FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018.

Interviews: Qualified applicants whose responses most closely match the minimum qualifications and requested skills for this position will be invited to an interview. If called for an interview, applicants will be asked to sign a reference authorization and release form at the time of interview.

Reasonable accommodations for interviews will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities.

If you are experiencing difficulty applying for this position or have questions, please contact the ODFW Human Resources office at 503-947-6051.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – E-mail Addresses Required

The state of Oregon requires all applications to have a valid e-mail address.

If you do not currently have an e-mail address and do not know where to go to get one please go to www.oregonjobs.org and click on frequently asked questions (FAQ's) under Resources, then scroll down to Creating an Account for more information.

Application Reference Number: ODFW18-0088

Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

Veterans - If you are an eligible veteran and you meet the minimum qualifications, veterans' preference points will be added to your score. To receive veterans' preference points you MUST attach to your electronic application the following required documentation:

Veterans (Qualifying for 5 points)

A copy of the certificate of release or discharge from active duty (DD214 or 215) or a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs indicating that you are receiving a non-service connected pension; OR

Disabled Veteran (qualifying for 10 points)

A copy of form DD214 or 215 and a copy of a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs indicating a disability rating unless the information is included on the DD214 or 215; or a copy of a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs indicating you are receiving service-connected compensation.

For more information on veterans' preference points visit www.oregonjobs.org and select Veterans resources under Resources.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Core benefits

Medical, vision and dental insurance

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members

  • $5,000 in employee basic life insurance

Retirement benefits

  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

  • Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs

**Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

Paid leaves and other benefits

  • Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation

  • Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments

  • 24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year

  • Ten paid holidays a year

The state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources.

Optional benefits

  • Term life (employee, spouse or domestic partner, and dependents

  • Long-term and short-term disability

  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment

  • Long-term care (self and eligible family members)

  • Flexible spending accounts

  • Option to enroll in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program offering a wide variety of investment options.

The following information describes typical benefits available for employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position or branch of government or be prorated for other than full time work.