Dozens seek BLM post |

Dozens seek BLM post

The Bureau of Land Management has received at least 24 applications from people interested in being the next manager of the agency’s Glenwood Springs Field Office.

Announcement of the position vacancy was made July 3, and applications will be taken until Aug. 5.

The opening was created following the resignation of Anne Huebner, who had served in the position for two years. She said she left because of a climate of “dysfunctional” politics at the state and federal levels, and concerns arising from the new national energy policy’s impact on BLM oversight of local oil and gas drilling.

Barb Perkins, a spokesperson for the state BLM office, said the vacancy is open to applicants both inside and outside of government. She said this has been more frequently the case in the last two or three years.

However, while a new hiree can make up for a lack of background in natural resource management through schooling, that “could be more difficult at this level,” she said.

The Glenwood BLM manager oversees 566,000 acres of land in an area bordered roughly by Rio Blanco to the north, McCoy to the east, Aspen to the south and DeBeque to the west.

Huebner came to the position after previously working as a district ranger in Eagle for the White River National Forest. Perkins said such an interagency hire isn’t all that unusual.

“The Forest Service and BLM have similar missions and actually the jobs fit pretty close to each other,” she said.

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