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DCR is looking for talented people to fill positions listed below. Unless otherwise stated in the job announcement, to be considered for a listed position, you must complete and submit an electronic state application by the close date stated in the job announcement.

Generally applications must be made through the RMS (electronic state application); however, in some instances (State Park positions only), we will accept paper applications. The paper application is here. Be sure to refer to the individual recruitment for specific requirements.

Full-time, salaried employment offers the choice of healthcare plans; vacation, family/personal and sick leave; sickness and disability plan, employer-paid life insurance; retirement; and deferred compensation with employer match. Certain positions require a criminal background check and/or a Conflict of Interest Financial Statement. Law-enforcement positions require a fingerprint-based FBI investigation. DCR is an EEO/AA/ADA Employer.

For seasonal and hourly positions at state parks, contact the particular park for details.

E-Verify Notice: After accepting employment, new hires must complete an I-9 form and present documentation of their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. Executive branch agencies are required to use the E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.

For additional information on these openings please contact hr@dcr.virginia.gov. Find positions available throughout Virginia at Virginia Jobs.


Environmental Manager I, Natural Areas Protection Manager, Natural Heritage Closes 8/7/15

Closes On:  08/07/2015

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation is currently seeking candidates for a Natural Areas Protection Manager position #00401 located in Richmond. DCR's Natural Heritage Division is the state program responsible for identifying and protecting Virginia's natural communities and rare species and managing the State Natural Area Preserve System. The Natural Areas Protection Manager is part of an integrated team of 40 full-time biologists and natural resource professionals which have come from across the U.S. to identify VA's biodiversity and expand the Natural Area Preserve System of 62 Natural Area Preserves totaling 55,600 acres supporting 760 natural communities and rare species. The Program has been twice recognized as the best in the Western Hemisphere. This position leads a team of experts in identifying Virginia's natural area protection priorities. The Protection Manager supervises two full-time staff, meets/negotiates with landowners and land managers, writes land protection grant and funding proposals, oversees state natural area land acquisition funds, guides projects through the process to closing, and is responsible for the state's cave and karst protection programs

Oversee acquisition process for multiple natural area preserve acquisition projects each year and manage financial budgets for each project. Understand and explain biological significance of sites, lead site selection and conservation plan development process for acquisition of new tracts and preserves, with Division Director present projects to DCR Director, meet and negotiate with landowners and their representatives, guide acquisition/protection process from beginning to end. Responsible for the generation of grant and contract funds for program operations and natural area acquisition ($42M 1990-2015), management of grant and contract funds and deliverables, and the protection of natural areas by DCR. Supervise two full-time staff. Serve as lead staff person to the Virginia Cave Board and in this position assist with all operations of the Board, development of meeting agendas, and seeking candidates for Governor Appointments to the Cave Board.

Minimum Qualifications: Considerable knowledge of natural resources management, conservation biology, natural area protection planning, and identification of native plants and animals. Real estate and land negotiation and acquisition skills as applied to the acquisition of natural areas. Knowledge of the principles and practices of biological diversity conservation. Skills with developing and managing budgets and work plans. Effective supervisory and personnel management skills. Ability to work with public and private interests to develop effective strategies to conserve important natural areas, and secure funds to do so. Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with peers, supervised staff, other agency personnel, and the general public. Demonstrable advanced written and oral communication skills. Knowledge of state budgetary, policy making, and legislative processes. Ability to conduct analysis and map preparation using GPS and GIS. Ability to travel frequently and work independently. Individual is required to have or have the ability to obtain a valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor's degree, graduate degree preferred, in ecology or biological sciences, conservation biology; natural resources management, or related field.

Hiring Range: $65,000 -$91,000, Closing date for applications is August 7, 2015.

Complete the Commonwealth of Virginia Application for Employment on-line on the Recruitment Management System (RMS), at https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com Only electronic applications will be accepted. Applications that say, "see resume" will not be considered.

EEO/AA Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities Encouraged to Apply.