DNRC Resource Development Bureau Chief

Deadline: April 5, 2019 12:00 am

The Department of Natural Resources & Conservation (DNRC) mission is to help ensure that Montana’s land and water resources provide benefits for present and future generations. The DNRC’s main office is located in beautiful Helena, Montana.

The DNRC believes employees are their most important asset. The DNRC empowers employees to exercise professional judgment in carrying out their duties. Employees are provided with the training and tools necessary to achieve the mission. Both team effort and individual employee expertise are supported and sustained.

DUTIESThe Resource Development Bureau Chief is responsible for the development and administration of the RRGL and RDG grant programs under direction of the Deputy Administrator, Office of Resource Finance within CARDD.  Duties include developing program goals and policies; outreach and advocacy; developing and improving partnerships; and managing the budget, six staff and operations of the bureau.
The objective of RRGL is to enhance Montana’s renewable resources through projects that measurably conserve, develop, manage, or preserve resources, including:
  • Development of natural resource-based recreation;
  • Development of natural, off-stream, and tributary storage;
  • Improvement of water use efficiency, including development of new, efficient water systems, rehabilitation of older, less efficient water systems, and acquisition and installation of measuring devices; monitoring; and development of state, tribal, and federal water projects;
  • Water-related projects that improve water quality, including livestock containment facility projects, soil and range health projects, and the maintenance and repair of source watersheds;
  • Water-related projects that improve water quantity, including stream-flows and water storage in existing natural systems, such as riparian areas, flood plains, and wetlands;
  • Advancement of farming practices that reduce agricultural chemical use; and
  • Projects that facilitate the use of alternative renewable energy sources.
The RDG program provides the state a means to fund projects that indemnify the people of the state for the effects of mineral development on public resources and that meet other crucial needs serving the public interest and the total environment of the citizens of Montana.
Legislative appropriations for RRGL and RDG programs vary by biennium, based on the available funding in the Natural Resource Projects State Special Revenue Account, and other factors.  Generally, total grant funding for the two programs exceed $6.5 million per biennium.  
Approximately 10% travel time with occasional overnight travel.
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS: The Department of Natural Resources may include the following factors in determining whether an applicant meets the qualifications for the position: application form, education, structured interview, job-related reference checks, job-related work experience, job-related current and past performance and application supplements.
APPLICATION MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSTION ARE: A completed online submission, cover letter, current resume, references and supplemental questions.
SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS:  Please answer the following supplemental questions(in 400 words or less). This provides you an opportunity to present more complete and specific details regarding your qualifications. The responses should be clear and concise since the hiring team may view them as a sample of your written communication skills. This supplement is reviewed separately from the state application form and is part of the evaluation process.
  1. Describe your experience administering government or private grant or sub-grant programs.  If you have not administered a grant program, describe grants you have received and the project management approach you used to successfully complete your project and grant terms.                                                                                                                                                                   
  2. Describe one natural resource/conservation need of Montana that is unmet or underserved and how you would use the resources available to you in this position to solve it.
  3. What are your long-term (>5-years) career aspirations?  Would this position be a career objective or career goal for you?              
HELPFUL HINT: You must check the “relevant document” box to ensure your attachments are uploading correctly to the specific application.




Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):  The position requires education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in natural resource management, business or public administration, environmental law or engineering, life science or a related field and five (5) years progressively responsible experience including:
  • A minimum of three year’s successful work experience involving collaborations between federal, state, and local governments, NGOs, private industry and private landowners;
  • a minimum of three year’s work experience leading three or more multi-disciplinary professionals; and
  • a minimum of two years’ experience with private or public contract management.
SPECIAL INFORMATION:  Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States.  A valid driver’s license is required with less than 12 conviction points in the most recent completed 36 months. Candidate must have the ability to perform strenuous outside work and carry equipment over rough terrain.
ELIGIBILITY TO WORK: In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the person selected must produce within three days of hire documents that show authorization to work in the United States. Examples of such documentation include a birth certificate or Social Security card along with a driver’s license or other picture I.D., or a U.S. passport, or a “green card”.


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.  


:  Project/Program Management 

Salary: $

 37.02  37.02  Hourly Benefits Package Eligibility:  Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan  

Number of Openings

:  1 Employee Status:  Regular Schedule:  Full-Time 


:  Day Job 


:  Yes, 10 % of the Time  

Primary Location

:  Helena    Agency:  Department of Natural Resources & Conservation Union:  000 – None Bargaining Unit:  000 – None  

Posting Date

:  Mar 8, 2019, 1:00:00 AM 

Closing Date (based on your computer’s timezone)

:  Apr 5, 2019, 11:59:00 PM 

Required Application Materials:  Cover Letter, Resume, References  
Contact Name:  Dawn Lambert    Contact Email:  dlambert@mt.gov    Contact Phone:  406-444-6673