State of Oregon Natural Resource Specialist 3 (Mitigation Policy Specialist) in Salem, Oregon

Natural Resource Specialist 3 (Mitigation Policy Specialist)



Natural Resource Specialist 3 (Mitigation Policy Specialist)


$4,216.00 - $6,157.00 Monthly


Salem, OR

Job Type

Limited Duration


State Lands

Job Number



7/25/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

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The Department of State Lands (DSL) is currently recruiting for One (1), full-time, limited duration (through December 30, 2019) position within the Operations Division, Policy and Planning Section, located in Salem, Oregon.

NOTE: This position may also be filled as a rotational assignment for current state employees. To apply as a job rotation, you must be currently employed with the State of Oregon (regular status, trial service, and limited duration employees) and have a written approval from your manager/supervisor prior to applying.

This position is represented by Local 2238 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union (AFSCME).

The Department of State Lands (DSL) is the administrative arm of the State Land Board. The agency's mission is to ensure a Common School Fund legacy through sound management of our trust responsibilities and the protection of waters of the state.

DSL manages real property and its mineral and natural resources to generate revenue for the Common School Fund. The agency also manages navigable waterways, including rivers, lakes, estuaries and the territorial sea, for public use. DSL administers Oregon's removal-fill and wetlands conservation laws, and the state's unclaimed property and estates programs. All agency revenues are deposited in the state's Common School Fund, which provides earnings distributions to Oregon school districts twice a year.

The Operations Division is managed by a Deputy Director who oversees the Real Property and Aquatic Resource Management (ARM) programs. The Planning and Policy Manager provides program-level support for the ARM program. Two Field Operations Managers oversee the ARM program west of the Cascade Mountain crest. The agency's Bend Field Office Manager is responsible for real property functions statewide.

Real Property staff oversees approximately 761,000 acres of surface land and 767,000 acres of sub-surface mineral and energy resources. Activities include managing rangelands, agricultural lands, timberlands and commercial properties to generate revenue for the Common School Fund.

Field Operations is organized by geographic region, with each region providing the following functions: removal-fill permits, jurisdictional determinations and delineations, and waterway use authorizations. The Policy and Planning unit has state-wide responsibilities and houses specialists in aquatic resource planning, waterway ownership management, restoration and mitigation.

Duties & Responsibilities

The purpose of this position is to coordinate analysis and research to support the ongoing project work of DSL, the US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, and the US Environmental Protection Agency (Project Team) in developing the science, policy and tools necessary to implement a function-based mitigation framework for aquatic resources in Oregon.

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Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Minimum Qualifications

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


A Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology or related Natural Resource Science, or three additional years of related experience.


A Master's degree in Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology or related Natural Resource Science will substitute for up to one year of the required experience.


A Doctorate degree in Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology or related Natural Resource Science will substitute for up to two years of the required experience.


  • Knowledge of state and/or federal aquatic resource compensatory mitigation programs;

  • Experience in statistic-based program evaluations; and

  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative policy analysis.

The selection process will consist of a review of the material provided and an evaluation of experience and training. Qualified applicants whose responses most closely match the requirements for this position will be invited to interview.

Additional Information

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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:

A copy of the DD214/215 for the five (5) point preference; OR A copy of the DD214/215; AND a public employment letter from the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs for the ten (10) point preference.

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The Department of State Lands is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer, committed to a diverse workforce with equal opportunity programs.

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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.