Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks Land Conservation Specialist in Helena, Montana
THE OUTSIDE IS IN US ALL. 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 will not be considered in the recruitment process. This position closes at 11:59 PM Mountain Time on June 8, 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.