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Soil Conservation Technician

Susanville CA

The Honey Lake Valley Resource Conservation District (HLVRCD) is accepting applications for the position of Soil Conservation Technician. Funding for this position was secured under a grant to assist the local Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) office, located in Susanville, CA, with their Farm Bill programs. Therefore, this is a one (1) year, full time position that may be extended to additional years if additional grant funding is secured. This “at will” position includes paid leave and is supervised by the HLVRCD District Manager.

The Soil Conservation Technician provides assistance to landowners and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to implement the NRCS’s Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). The CSP is a voluntary cost-share program for landowners to improve conservation practices on private and other working land.

 

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Outreach:

• Conducts outreach and education to potential CSP enrollees, the public and other localjurisdictions who may be interested in the program.

• Assists with other public information activities. As appropriate, conducts practicedemonstrations, discusses conservation practices on tours, presents material on practiceapplication and specifications at community or contractor meetings and writes news storiesrelative to the application of conservation practices.

• Establishes professional working relationships with current and potential enrollees, localgovernment agencies and others.

• Collaborates and looks for opportunities to establish partnerships in support of the CSPprogram.

 

Program Recruitment and Enrollment of Clients:

• Advises landowners on eligibility prerequisites and conditions that must be satisfied toqualify for program acceptance and payments.

• Advises client on application procedure and answer relevant questions.

• Performs layout work, and supervises construction of practices for which the NRCS hastechnical responsibility.

• Checks completed practices to determine that specifications are met. Completes fieldsheets and recommends acceptability of completed practices to the supervisor for finalcertification.

• Establishes and/or carries out a follow-up schedule to check progress made in carryingout conservation plans.

 

Assessment and Planning:

• Gathers preliminary resource inventory data and information on the physical features ofagricultural and other natural resource sites.

• Computes and plots engineering notes, prepares field sketches and drawings, selectsstandard designs, modifying or adjusting them to site conditions.

• Advises landowners, operators, and contractors on the application and maintenance ofconservation practices.

• Assesses the nature and severity of conservation problems and evaluates a variety ofelements such as the cost of practice installation, soil conditions, topography, croppingpractices, relationship to adjoining land units, and the feasibility of a wide range ofequipment operations.

• Prepares assessments and conservation technical assistance plans and basic conservationplans.

• Explains cost-share payment procedures to landowners, inspects proposed sites,determines need and feasibility of conservation practices, advises on-site selections.

 

Contract Implementation and Monitoring:

• Utilize computer applications (e.g., WORD, Excel, NRCS’s Conservation AssessmentResource Tool) to document and complete work

 

Field Work/Travel:

• Field work and occasional overnight travel is required for this position.

 

Conditions of Employment:

• Must possess and maintain a valid state motor vehicle operator’s license for the type of vehicle(s) operated.

• Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.

• College courses in the field of range management, agriculture, forestry or a subject-matter field directly related to the position. You must submit transcripts as proof of any claimed education.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants must meet the following qualifications defined below:

• Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

• Developing and maintaining constructive relationships with internal and external individuals and organizations.

 

PLUS:

• Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study in range management, agriculture, forestry or a subject-matter field directly related to the position. You must submit transcripts as proof of any claimed education.

OR

• A combination of direct or related work experience:

o Range, agriculture and forest plant identification

o Field inventory, data collection and analysis

o Applying conservation practices on the ground (e.g., water efficiency improvements, soil soil erosion prevention)

o Computer programs and applications (WORD, Excel, other)

 

AND

• College courses in the field of range management, agriculture, forestry or a subject-matter field directly related to the position. You must submit transcripts as proof of any claimed education.

 

Salary Range: $20.50 to $22.50/hour Depending on Experience and Education.

 

To Apply:

Send cover letter, resume with three professional references, and transcripts to Honey Lake Valley Resource Conservation District, USDA Service Center, 170 Russell Avenue Suite C, Susanville CA 96130 or send via email to Andrea Stuemky, District Manager, at astuemky@honeylakevalleyrcd.us.

• Resume, or separate document, must clearly describe your experience and specifically address the qualifications listed above.

 

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Please mention how you learned of this opening.



Posted November 6, 2020



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