Natural Resources Specialist

  • Bonneville Power Administration
  • Kalispell, MT, USA
  • Dec 04, 2019
Full time Biology - Ecology Energy Environmental Planning - NEPA Environmental Science - Engineering Forestry

Job Description



This position is located in the Vegetation Management and Forestry (TFBV) organization, of Internal Operations (TFB), Transmission Field Services (TF), Transmission Services (T) of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). A successful candidate in this position will serve as Natural Resource Specialist responsible for planning and carrying out project management activities in support of
right-of-way (ROW) and access road projects within the assigned region.

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As a Natural Resource Specialist, you will:

  • Plan and carry out vegetation management activities in support of Rights-of-Way (ROW) and access road projects.
  • Develop and implement short-term and long-term regional (multi-district) management plan for vegetation control.
  • Develop and prioritize annual, out-year, and special project schedules, budgets, and requests or the vegetation management and access road programs, coordinating planned activities with affected departments (e.g., Transmission Line Maintenance, Realty, Environment, Contracting) to identify and resolve critical issues, avoid regional and system conflicts, and insure project success.
  • Prepare site-specific vegetation management prescriptions and related Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) checklists (or ROW management plans) consistent with guidance provided by the BPA Transmission System Vegetation Management Program FEIS and related National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements.
  • Serve as a project manager on ROW and access road projects. 
  • Review transmission line corridors and construction projects for compliance with line maintenance standards for ROW clearing, access road erosion control, and structure site vegetation.
  • Serve as a Contracting O ice Representative (COR) and monitor performance and compliance with contract specifications.
  • Develop and maintain regional (multi-district) vegetation management and access road program data that includes annual work plans, project tracking spreadsheets, environmental analysis checklists, statements of work, prescription sheets, herbicide forms, access road request forms, and an access road data dictionary in a manner consistent with the reporting requirements of the BPA system as a whole including all regions. 
  • Serve as a technical expert in vegetation and ROW management to various internal groups, outside agencies, and the public as issues arise within the region including negotiation, coordination with county-weed boards and other entities (e.g., Army Corps, Forest Service, state departments of natural resources, Bureau of Reclamation, etc.).
  • Respond to inquiries, from a broad range of sources, on sensitive issues involving vegetation control methods, herbicide application, protection of cultural resources and other related issues.
  • Initiate, negotiate, and maintain cooperative agreements with public and private landowners (including dispute resolutions), other agencies such as the USFWS, or Native American Tribes regarding ROW management and maintenance practices.

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Job Level



Government- Federal


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