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Natural Resource Specialist 3 (Aquatic Resource Coordinator)

Natural Resource Specialist 3 (Aquatic Resource Coordinator)

  • Natural Resource Specialist 3 (Aquatic Resource Coordinator)

      Salem | DSL
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    Department of State Lands

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    $4,436 - $6,789

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    Natural Resource Specialist 3 (Aquatic Resource Coordinator)

    Job Description:

    The Department of State Lands has a permanent opening for an Aquatic Resource Coordinator (Natural Resource Specialist 3).

    This position is represented by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (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.

    What will you do!

    This positions will represent the removal-fill regulatory program and may also provide support to the proprietary program of the Department of State Lands.  

    Application Review

    Apply scientific techniques and/or principles to make jurisdictional determinations of waters of the state, including wetlands.  

    Receive, coordinate, and process applications by assisting applicants through the state regulatory processes. Includes the review of assessments, analyses, mitigation plans, and public comments received during the permitting process. 

    Negotiate terms and conditions of regulatory approvals within applicable rules.

    Prepare complex permits as orders within applicable rules.

    Service existing permits by processing assignments, transfers, modifications and renewals of authorizations or permits.  

    Compliance and Enforcement 

    Conduct site visits and investigate complaints to ensure compliance with terms and conditions of regulatory authorizations and determine if uses are occurring which are not under permit approval.  

    Coordinate resolution of non-compliance with users, landowners, local governments, state and federal agencies by recommending corrective action(s).

    Negotiate settlements for final approval by the Manager or Assistant Director.

    Prepare affidavits, exhibits, and serve as a witness in contested case hearings and other legal proceedings.

    Monitor the performance of permittees to determine their compliance with complex permit requirements.  Monitor performance of enforcement/actions and recommend follow-up actions.

    Program Representation

    Explain and interpret complex pertinent laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures to current and potential permittees.

    Communicate, by phone, mail, and in person, with the public, industry, government officials and other members of the public impacted by the programs to answer questions and educate on the program requirements and applicability.

    Please note: The salary listed on this job posting is for non-PERS members. If you are a current PERS participating member the salary is $4744-$7260.


    Three years of experience in a natural resource program. 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; AND

    A Bachelor's degree in a natural resource field such as hydrology, ecology, environmental science, or three additional years of related experience.

    A Master's degree in a natural resource field such as hydrology, ecology, environmental science will substitute for up to one year of the required experience.

    A Doctorate degree in a natural resource field such as hydrology, ecology, environmental science will substitute for up to two years of the required experience.


    • Fisheries background;
    • Experience with a natural resource regulatory program including electronic mapping applications, including but not limited to ARC GIS;
    • Working knowledge of environmental and natural resources issues, including wetlands and waterways;
    • Working knowledge of wetland and waterway functional assessment methods (HGM, ORWAP, SFAM etc.); 
    • General knowledge of land use regulations;
    • Effectively communicate with all agency personnel; and
    • Excellent customer service skills and ability to maintain professional demeanor in all interactions. 

    **You must attach a cover letter of no more than two pages explaining your experience in the above desired attributes to be considered.

    Applicants that meet the minimum qualifications and most closely match the desired attributes will be invited for an interview. 

    The State of Oregon requires all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series or have an approved exception to the requirement due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Successful candidates for this position must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception prior to their first day of employment. Failure to provide proof of full documentation or receipt of an approved exception will lead to withdrawal of the job offer. For more information, visit our policy listed here.

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