Natural Resource Specialist III

Department of State Lands | Salem, OR

Posted Date 11/15/2018

The Department of State Lands (DSL) is currently recruiting for One (1), full-time, limited duration (through June 30, 2019; with a possibility of extending) position within the Operations Division, Southern Operations Section, located in Salem, Oregon.

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 review wetland delineation reports prepared by others and submitted to DSL for approval.  Delineation report review includes conducting field work for some reports to verify the accuracy and to make a determination of state jurisdiction over waters identified in the report.  Approved wetland delineations are used for avoiding wetland impacts or for obtaining a removal-fill permit.  The position also makes wetland determinations (on- and off-site), assists Aquatic Resource Coordinators as needed for on-site evaluations, assists with review of Local Wetlands Inventories, reviews Wetland Land Use notices, and provides education and outreach regarding wetlands and other waters of the state. 
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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 wetland forming processes; identification and description of wetland hydrology, soils and vegetation; principles of wetland ecology;
  • Knowledge of wetland and waterway functional assessment methods;
  • Knowledge of environmental and natural resources issues (including wetlands and waterways);
  • Excellent communication skills; and
  • Must have a valid driver's license and satisfactory driving record.

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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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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Job Category
State Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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