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Since its inception in 1912, the Arizona State Land Department has been entrusted with managing approximately 9.2 million acres of State Trust lands scattered throughout Arizona. The Common Schools (K-12) are the largest beneficiary entitled to approximately 87% of the land and receiving close to 90% of State Trust Land revenues. Through the application of sound stewardship, and effective business management principles, the Land Department can succeed in its mission of responsibly managing the assets of a multi-generational perpetual Trust in alignment with the interests of the beneficiaries and Arizona’s future. Are you ready to join us in our mission?
Please apply today!
For general information, visit our website: www.azland.gov



Job Location:

Address:  1110 West Washington Street, Suite 510 Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $64,900 - $71,500 

Grade: 21

Closing Date: Open Until Business Needs Are Met

Job Summary:

The Arizona State Land Department manages over 10,000 leases, permits, rights of ways, sales and other contracts relating to the management use and disposition of 9.2 million acres of State Trust lands. State Trust lands are lands granted to the State of Arizona pursuant to the federal Enabling Act. The Trust lands are held in Trust for the common public schools and 13 other public institutions. Any use or disposition of Trust lands must benefit the Trust's beneficiaries.

The Senior Range Resources Area Manager (Land Manager I) position is responsible for managing grazing leases on State Trust land located throughout the State of Arizona on behalf of the beneficiaries of the Arizona Land Trust. The responsibilities of this position include processing range improvement and land treatment applications by reviewing applications, conducting field inspections and writing correspondence which summarizes project impacts, including supplemental conditions to minimize impacts to State Trust land resources.

Job Duties:
  • Assists NRCS staff with rangeland ecological site inventories and writes/reviews Coordinated Resource Management Plans with Input from the planning team;
  • Facilitates wood/biomass sales as a function of land treatments and grassland restoration projects;
  • Conducts rangeland monitoring to document ground cover and plant community responses to climatic conditions and grazing management;
  • Processes additional AUM grazing applications by conducting field inspections, recommending action, calculating actual use and preparing billing memoranda;
  • Reviews and makes initial carrying capacity recommendations on new grazing lease and grazing permit applications;
  • Conducts lease compliance and grazing trespass investigations by field investigation, participation in settlement conferences and preparation of necessary supporting documentation;
  • Reviews sales, rights of way, commercial, minerals, water sale, annexation and recreation permit applications and prepares a written recommendation as to the potential impacts of the proposed activity on State Trust rangelands and affected grazing lessees;
  • Conducts re-appraisals of grazing lease and grazing permit carrying capacities according to established rangeland evaluation techniques and documents the results in a memorandum;
  • Prepares and updates lease files and ranch maps;
  • Participates in Arizona Habitat Partnership meetings;
  • Conducts Special Projects with approval of the Unit Manager;
  • Prepares progress reports summarizing projects and tasks completed during the planning period;
  • Interacts with lessees, co-workers, outside agency personnel and the public;
  • Maintains an updated sublease and pasture agreement file electronically;
  • Prepares billing request memos for grazing sublease surcharges;
  • Processes cancelled lease files and coordinates compliance checks with the Range Resource Area Managers located In field offices;
  • Applies the principles, theories, and concepts of the Arizona Management System; actively participating in daily group huddles and huddle board updates; continually identifying areas for process and quality improvement; adhering to established standard work and procedures.
  • Performs all other relevant duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
● Principles and practices of rangeland, watershed, forestry, wildlife and riparian area management, and natural resource conservation.
● Ecology and ecosystem functions.
● Methods of ecological site identification, rangeland monitoring, soil classification, rangeland health evaluation, rangeland carrying capacity.
● Identification of historic and prehistoric cultural resources.
● Interpretation of topographic, land status and hydrologic maps and aerial photographs.
● State and national natural resource laws, rules and policies.
● Legal descriptions of land parcels.
● Basic office equipment including desktop computer.
● Word and Excel applications in a Windows environment.
● Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographical Information System (GIS) practical applications.

Skill in:
● Organizational skills in coordinating field activities.
● Effective oral and written communication skills.

Ability to:
● Identify vegetation, wildlife and breeds of livestock and their habitats. locate geographic features, range improvements, property boundaries and livestock in the field.
● Travel and work in the field under adverse weather conditions, this requires complete control of physical faculties and may include considerable walking, standing and lifting 25-50 lbs.
● Plan, organize and accomplish the activities in a work plan.
● Interpret, analyze and evaluate field data and Information to make Independent decisions and judgements.
● Establish and maintain effective working relationships with lessees and producers, various levels of government, law enforcement, business officials and the public.
● Work in remote locations with limited supervision
● Work in harsh environmental conditions
● Operate four-wheel drive vehicles and off-highway vehicles (OHVs)

Selective Preference(s):

A Bachelor of Science Degree in Rangeland Management or a closely related field;
A minimum of 3 years, recent field work and technical report writing experience;
Experience operating a 4x4 vehicle.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Prior or after interviewing, candidates may be subject to a pre-employment skills assessment.
Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must related field training. (Refer to Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.)


The Arizona Department of Administration offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
Sick leave
Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
Health and dental insurance
Retirement plan
Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).
ASRS is a mandatory condition of employment for all employees who meet the eligibility and membership criteria as defined in statute.
Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment
The current contribution rate is 12.17%

Contact Us:

If you have trouble applying for this position, please email HRIShelpdesk@azdoa.gov for assistance.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting ASLD Human Resources at 602-542-2629. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.