Land Conservation Specialist-Montana

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
$ 28.11 - 28.11 Hourly
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Please remember to attach the required cover letter and supplemental answers listed in this announcement. Applications missing the requested documents will be considered incomplete and may not progress further in the process. Documents not requested (such as a resume) will not be considered in the recruitment process. This position closes at 11:59 PM Mountain Time on October 7, 2018. You must apply through the State of Montana Career site. Supplemental Questions: Please keep your answers to one-half page or less. 1. Describe your experience acquiring or disposing of partial interests (i.e. public access easements, grant of easements, leases) in real property. 2. Describe your experience in working on the acquisition of a conservation easement and/or fee acquisition of land, including performing the due diligence. What would the due diligence include? Special Information: This position is generally in an office setting however, site inspections and meetings occur outdoors and can occur during times of inclement weather and in remote locations and rugged terrain. This is a permanent full-time position. Helena is located in the Rocky Mountains and adjacent to the clear waters of the Missouri River, you can enjoy a wide array of recreational activities including mountain climbing, hiking, camping, skiing, boating, fishing and hunting. You can hike and bike right in town on Mount Helena, a 620 acre park that looks down on the city from its 5,468 foot peak. A number of well-marked trails provide options for hiking to the peak, circling the mountain, or walking out into Helena National Forest. Take your choice of more than 700 miles of trails in the National Forest. Identity of applicants who become finalists may be released to the public if the Department deems it necessary. Employees who exceed 1,040 hours in a calendar year are also provided health, dental and life insurance. Other benefits include retirement, paid vacation, sick and holidays. This position may be covered by a VEBA (Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association). A successful applicant will be subject to a background investigation. Women and minorities are under-represented in this job category and are encouraged to apply.
Duties: The land conservation specialist applies complex project-management skills including, technical real estate expertise, and land conservation knowledge to accomplish agency mission and goals by (1) managing and facilitating, and completing complex, unique land acquisition projects for the fisheries, wildlife, and parks divisions; (2) carrying out land exchanges and easement and right-of-way transactions related to the Department’s varied real estate interests; (3) complying with regulations and policies for multiple project funding sources project funding sources; and (4) serving as an internal and external information source on FWP land interests, Department programs, available funding sources and each funding’s requirements, and insuring compliance with state and federal policies and laws. This position is responsible for coordinating, managing, and facilitating, multiple land acquisition projects with varying degrees of complexity and difficulty, and often times controversial. Management of these projects includes transaction negotiations with landowners, their agents, and Department staff; document drafting and coordinating the reviews with Department legal counsel and other staff; ordering and reviewing title work; writing, interpreting and mapping legal descriptions; contracting for, and review of, appraisals, surveys, and mineral and hazardous material reports; insuring project and process compliance with applicable state/federal statutes and regulations for all land acquisitions and disposals; coordinating task completion with the Landowner, and Regional, Legal, and Directorial staff to complete transactions in as timely a manner as possible. Qualifications:  KSAs to apply professional principles and practices in the real estate profession, applicable federal and state real estate law, local regulations and rules; must be able to comprehend and apply these regulatory processes to the acquisition and disposal of department real estate interests  well-developed negotiation skills, including situational judgment, analytical thinking abilities capable of assessing risks and weighing options independently & quickly in order to make sound decisions and persuasive arguments in stressful meetings  ability to accept and appropriately implement the responsibilities for major real estate transactions, while representing the State of Montana  exceptionally high oral and written communication skills (discern both verbal and non-verbal communication cues)  ability to work effectively with a wide variety of personalities and interests, including working with people on highly sensitive financial and real estate issues  ability to apply appraisal theory and appraisal standards in order to research, extract and interpret real estate market information  skill, caring and patience to ensure that transactions are carried out in conformance with detailed procedural requirements  advanced ability to understand and interpret legal documents such as deeds, easements, county indexes, road designations, title chains, mortgages, tax and appraisal records, and other public documents  advanced knowledge of legal descriptions and the ability to read aerial photographs, cadastral, topographic and other types of maps and plats, and boundary surveys. Ability to develop accurate site boundary maps by platting various forms of legal descriptions such as metes and bounds and aliquot parts  ability to recognize and evaluate effects of physical land features, such as land types and classifications, inaccessible terrain, evidence of contamination or hazardous materials, unsafe conditions or trespass  understanding of principles and practices of natural resource management, including fish and wildlife habitat, recreational use, and the management of water, timber, range and other resources  ability to interpret and integrate varied, unique data to evaluate project potential, possible adversities & reasonably assess those various elements and tasks to successfully complete projects  ability to create innovative workable approaches to problems related to land project proposals  thorough knowledge of computer and general office equipment including, PCs, laptops, printers, calculators, copy machines and scanners, cell phones, cameras including digital and GPS units. Experience working with the following software is desirable: Windows, Word, Outlook; Powerpoint, Excel, ARC GIS, and other mapping software/websites Additional KSA’s Preferred for Effective Job Performance:  advanced knowledge in specialty areas such as land surveying; water rights; state policies and procedures dealing with procurement of professional services; state and department accounting procedures; knowledge of NEPA (National Environment Protection Act), MEPA (Montana Environmental Policy Act), SHPO (State Historical Preservation Office), NHPA (National Historical Preservation Act) processes and requirements and their application to land acquisition and disposal projects  advanced knowledge of various state and federal funding sources and related statutes and regulations required by each including but not limited to: Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), Dingel Johnson (D-J) & Pittman Robertson (P-R), Wallop-Breaux (W-B), and BPA (Bonneville Power Administration) mitigation funds, Forest Legacy, and the various state acquisition accounts including the Habitat Montana wildlife acquisition account and Fishing Access Site account  general knowledge of laws and tax implications related to charitable donations Education and Experience: The above competencies required to perform the duties of this position are usually acquired through a Bachelor’s Degree in a field related to transactional real estate, natural resource management, or public administration; and at lease four years of relevant technical/professional experience in transaction real estate, land conservation, or natural resource management discipline; or through a Master’s Degree in such a field and at least two years of relevant technical/professional experience. Other combinations of education and experience which could provide such knowledge, skills, and abilities will be evaluated on an individual basis. Applicant Pool Statement: If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection. Training Assignment: This agency may use a training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid below the base pay established by the agency pay rules. Conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire.
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