Natural Resources Specialist

Natural Resources Specialist

• Job No:
• Classification:Research Professional 4
• Grade:Grade 81
• Work type:On Campus, Staff Full-time
• Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
• School/Business unit:UAF Vice Chancellor for Research
• Location:Fairbanks
• Categories: Agricultural/Life Sciences/Vet Medicine, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:
The new UAF Environmental Support Services unit will provide environmental services for military installations in Alaska. This is the first position created and hired under the new unit. This individual will provide direct environmental support services while also helping provide leadership to develop the unit itself. Candidates must have experience providing environmental support services for military installations in Alaska as well as have professional leadership experience.

1-50Field Work: Lead/direct the daily collection tasks of up to 4 seasonal employees year-round. Work in tandem with other Environmental Division staff to operate and maintain 4 x 4 trucks, ATV/UTVs, snow machines, motorboats, chainsaws and skid-steer loaders for year-round data collection. Assist Natural Resources Program Lead in organizing and facilitating logistics for natural resource projects, including wetland surveys and forest inventories. Manage the firewood program and operate firewood processing equipment. Assist the Natural Resources Lead by applying pesticide to control invasive species. Monitor projects for natural resources permit compliance, such as monitoring wetland fill, ice bridges and stream crossings. Provides support in managing natural resources on Army training lands, in accordance with Army Regulation 200-1, and in compliance with the Sikes Act. Fort Wainwright works in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game concerning the conservation of natural resources.Essential 25Data Management: Assists the Natural Resource Lead in collecting, organizing and analyzing natural resource data, including utilizing GIS, GPS, and Microsoft products. Interacts with the public answering questions regarding recreation on Fort Wainwright. Provides support conducting forest inventory, timber management, forest stand mapping, and wildland fire analysis within the forestry program. Provides support for conducting wildlife and fisheries inventory tasks such as surveying, mapping, planning and execution of reviews and actions for compliance with Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, and monitor species of concern.Essential 3-15Equipment Management: Perform equipment upkeep and minor maintenance on ATV/UTVs, motorboats, snow machines, trailers, firewood processor, chainsaws and skid-steer loaders. Organize and maintain field equipment and supplies. Assist with natural resource equipment training, such as ATV/UTV, motorboat and chainsaw certification. Provides support for conducting wetland inventory by surveying, mapping wetlands to Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District standards. Prepare Section 404 permits for submission to regulatory agencies and accompanying monitoring actions necessary for compliance with the Clean Water Act. Provide support conducting invasive species monitoring and control assisting with planning, mapping and surveys on the installation and implementing control options for managing invasive species.Essential 4-10Support the Environmental Division with projects as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
A natural resource specialist is responsible for overseeing and implementing sustainability and conservation strategies. A natural resource specialist must have knowledge of a wide range of principles, concepts, and methodologies to protect wildlife, trees, plants, soil, and water. Must apply expertise in planning for and mitigating the impact of military training and use on the environment/wildlife while ensuring compliance with government laws and regulations.

Preferred Experience & Education:

• 3-5 years of experience working in physical science/natural sciences or another related field
• Demonstrated supervisory, planning, problem solving, decision making and leadership skills
• Strong public administration skills
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to work with a team as well as independently
• Ability to be self-motivated and to complete tasks in a timely manner
• Ability to develop working relationships within the University of Alaska and with external partners and constituents
• Knowledge of DoD systems, procedures, policies, and processes
• Ability to use Google suite of tools and Microsoft software and database tools
• Experience working in austere conditions collecting data, remote and local
• Technical knowledge of GPS data collection
• Master's Degree preferred
• Experience in collecting natural resource survey data with GPS
• Experience maintaining/operating ATVs, motorboats, snow machines, chainsaws, skid-steers and other equipment
• Experience leading seasonal field crews
• Experience with ArcGIS
• Experience with Natural Resource Management on military lands
• Experience conducting scientific field work in Alaska

Required Experience & Education:

• Minimum of Bachelor's Degree in Natural Resources, Biological, Environmental, or Conservation Science, Ecology or comparable science degree or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
• Ability to gain CAC access and pass background checks
• Ability to access military installations in Alaska
• Possession of a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain one
• Supervisory experience
• Willingness to work outdoors all year in Alaska weather condition

Salary Information:

This is a full-time, exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary and New hires will be placed on the, Grade 81, based on education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three (3) professional references with your application.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified. Review of application materials will begin immediately. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient and viable number of qualified candidates have been identified

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Kenna Metivier, Signers' Business Office Assistant HR Manager, at or 907-474-1847.

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Fairbanks, AK

11 day(s) ago

Closing Date 2024-09-14