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Area of Particular Concern (APC) Land Use Planner

About Division of Coastal Resources Management

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Division of Coastal Resources Management houses both the State Coastal Zone Management Program, and the State Coral Reef Conservation Program. Established on 11 February 1983 by Public Law 3-47 within the Office of the Governor, and reorganized under the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality (BECQ) under the Governor’s Executive Order 2013-24, the DCRM program was established in order to promote conservation and wise development around our coastal resources.


Nature of Work

The APC Land Use Planner will work closely with the Community Planning Liaison, on an APC Land Use Planning Team to provide support to the DCRM Planning Section under the supervision of the DCRM Director. The Planner will conduct research, develop a study and plan for a potential land acquisition site, and identify funding sources. They will allocate a percentage of their time assisting the Community Planning Liaison in engaging stakeholders and carrying out logistics and communications that includes coordinating with CNMI Government Leadership and other resource agencies.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Inventory properties applicable for land acquisition/land compensation.
  • Assess and research regulatory materials and policies, geographical data, plans and other pertinent information to develop criteria and methodology for evaluating sites.
  • Evaluate the viability of at least three (3) different sites on Saipan, Tinian, or Rota, and finalize their site selection through a development of a Feasibility Study.
  • Lead the drafting, approval and completion of a Land Use Acquisition Plan.
  • Lead the drafting of a proposal for funding through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and other potential funding sources.
  • Submit a work plan to NOAA and DCRM explaining how the land acquisition will be implemented.
  • Draft a legal framework such as Permission for Appraisal (NMIAC § 145-50-115) or a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which will be reviewed and approved by a Legal Counsel.
  • Assist the Community Planning Liaison with presenting findings to CNMI Leadership, government agencies, and stakeholders and secure approval to continue project planning and implementation.
  • Assist the Community Planning Liaison with communications and other outreach aspects of the work as necessary.
  • Prepare semi-annual performance progress reports.
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned by the DCRM Director.


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources Management, Urban and Regional Planning, Public Administration, or other related field;
  • plus four (4) years of experience in land use planning or project management in related field.
  • Must also have experience in managing and writing grant proposal, or other experience with natural resource grants or technical writing.
  • A Master’s Degree in Natural Resource Management, Urban and Regional Planning, Environmental Management, Public Administration, or relevant field may be substituted for two (2) years of relevant experience.

Application instructions - Academic Transcripts - Criminal Record Clearance (Valid for 1 year from date issued from state of residence) - Valid Driver's License or Valid ID - Proof of Registry with Selective Service System, if applicable - CNMI Employment Application Form - Immigration Card/Passport - Other Proof of Licenses, Certificates, or documents as applicable upon request

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