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Division Planner

July 27, 2020 by lauravernon

Website State of Utah Department of Natural Resources: Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands

Job Description:
The Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands is hiring a Planner to lead Division-wide planning and policy initiatives. The incumbent will have the opportunity to work on a range of planning issues: from sovereign lands management planning to strategic planning for the entire division to area offices annual work plans. The Planner will also serve as the lead on Division-related policy, procedures and rule-making. The Division Planner will coordinate with the wide range of stakeholders in the forestry, fire and sovereign land communities to promote a strategic and sustainable vision for the state’s resources and for the Division itself.

Principal Duties:

Develops consistent and clear land management guidance for all of Utah’s sovereign land bodies and facilitate projects that promote and protect the public trust and principles of multiple-use and sustained yield.
Develops and implements Division, program-level strategic plans, annual area plans and sovereign land-specific plans to achieve desired outcomes; prepares plan updates.
Serves as the Division policy advisor and on the legislative team, update Division policy as needed, and Maintain Division Policy Manual.
Ensure Division compliance with all records and information management according to Public Records Management Act; become certified as the Records Retention Officer for the Division.
Coordinates and facilitates public and stakeholder meetings; ensures compliance with the Utah Open and Public Meetings Act. Respond to all Government Records Access and Management Act requests that the Division receives and have an in-depth understanding of GRAMA.
Acts as a resource advisor for Division management and staff; provides technical and policy support within Division planning and land-use planning areas of expertise.

Ideal Candidate:Strong knowledge of applicable State laws, rules, regulations, and/or policies and procedures related to the Division
The ability to initiate development and/or implementation of new rules, policies, procedures and standards.
An understanding of principles and theories of Utah’s sovereign lands, land use planning, strategic planning and public administration.
Communication skills that allow for effective presentation of information and ideas clearly, and concisely, verbally and in writing to a range of audiences.
Skills to effectively coordinate with appropriate agency, stakeholders or individual to achieve desired outcomes.
The ability to coordinate multiple complex projects and tasks, with minimal supervision.

Why You Should Join Our Team:
If you are interested in having an influential role on a diverse range of public policy issues, then this position is right for you. You will have the opportunity to shape policy with regard to forestry, fire and state lands throughout Utah. You will also have the ability to shape the Division’s organizational culture and program implementation. The Division Planner will become a part of a passionate team that believes in dedication to resource protection.

The Agency:
If you would like to read more about working for The Department of Natural Resources please click here.

Typical QualificationsMinimum Requirements:

A Bachelors degree in public administration, public policy, social science, planning, environmental studies, natural resources, or related field.
Two years natural resource planning experience.
Exemplary writing and editing skills.
Project management experience Strong oral communication, meeting facilitation, public speaking skills.
Stakeholder engagement.
Preferred Requirements:A Masters degree in public administration, public policy, social science, planning, environmental studies or natural resource.
An American Institute for Certified Planners (AICP) certification.
Four years natural resource planning experience.
Primary author for natural resource-related planning documents.
Direct experience developing state policy or rule.
Supplemental Information

Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.
Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work; however, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying light items; driving an automobile, etc.
This position may require you to hike, ride UTV’s, and travel/paddle in boats or canoes.
Utah Driver’s License.
Statewide travel is likely on a monthly basis.
National travel is likely several times per year.
Working with the fire program, the candidate will have the opportunity to work on fires and gain wild land fire credentials.
Duty office will be in the Department of Natural Resources Office in Salt Lake City.

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