Assistant Director - Reclamation Division

  • North Dakota Public Service Commission
  • Bismarck, ND
  • Apr 09, 2017
Full time Administrative/Executive Energy Environmental Science/Engineering EHS - Environmental, Health & Safety Natural Resources

Job Description

The North Dakota Public Service Commission is seeking a highly-skilled assistant director to manage staff and activities within the Reclamation Division of the Public Service Commission.  The Reclamation Division administers and enforces the coal regulatory program to minimize environmental impacts of mining and ensuring that surface coal mined lands are reclaimed to beneficial and productive uses.  

Open until filled

Summary of Work

  • Providing technical support, recommendations, and advice to the Division Director and preparing draft findings for Commission actions.
  • Managing the division’s inspection and enforcement functions while ensuring these activities are consistent with plans in approved permits.
  • Ensuring the required processing steps are followed during the review of applications for permits, revisions, renewals and bond releases.
  • Providing information to Office of Surface Mining (OSM) and other federal and state agencies on mining and reclamation matters and preparing comments on proposed federal rules and policies.
  • Drafting and reviewing memorandums, orders, and letters related to permit applications and enforcement actions.
  • Working with staff in investigating and responding to concerns and complaints from stakeholders, landowners, the public, and other persons.
  • Ensuring that performance bonds are adequate to cover all reclamation obligations and that bond documents are properly prepared.
  • Carrying out Commission directives and maintaining effective communications with the Commissioners, PSC staff, industry, landowners, and local, state and federal government officials.
  • Coordinating and conducting meetings with staff, industry, OSM, state agencies and landowners on matters related to the mining and reclamation program.
  • Assisting with major policy matters within the division; recommending strategies for improvement, including drafting proposed rule changes.
  • Representing the Commission at appropriate scientific and technical meetings, forums and committees.
  • Understanding the division’s biennial and annual grant budgets and assisting with budget and grant preparation.
  • Conducting staff performance evaluations.

Occasional travel is required.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a bachelor’s degree in a natural or physical science field and three years of project/program management or administration work experience.  A master’s degree in a natural or physical science field may substitute for one year of the experience requirement. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Work experience and knowledge in surface coal mining regulation and reclamation.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Work experience managing staff.
  • Strong computer skills.

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Job Level

Senior-level, Executive-level


Government- State/Provincial


$5687.00 Monthly