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Program and Technical Assistance Provider

West Yarmouth MA

Title: Program and Technical Assistance Provider

Employer: Massachusetts Association of Conservation Districts

Employment Status: Full-time, Salary, Exempt

Salary Range: $45,000 - $55,000/yr, based on education and experience

Hours: 40 hours/week, Mon-Fri, 8:00am-4:30pm

Location: West Yarmouth, MA – NRCS Southeast Massachusetts Field Office

Posting Date: November 19, 2020

Closing Date: December 4, 2020


Position: The Massachusetts Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) is seeking qualified candidates for a combined Program and Technical Assistance full-time position, to be based out of the Southeast Massachusetts NRCS Field Office in West Yarmouth. The selected applicant will work closely with the S.E. Mass USDA/NRCS District Conservationist in delivering both Program Assistance and Technical Assistance to Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket Counties. (Background investigation and USDA identification card will be required.)


Job Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Customer Service

  • Deliver professional customer service representing the USDA / NRCS / MACD
  • Work well with Conservation Partners in all aspects of conservation delivery
  • Facilitate scheduling, deliver messages, coordinate travel

2. Conservation Planning

  • Inventory and Evaluation reports
  • Create conservation case folders/files
  • Identify and document resource concerns
  • Develop USDA Certified Conservation Plans

3. Program Eligibility

  • Accept / Enter / Maintain Farm Bill program applications for financial assistance
  • Coordinate delivery and assistance to ensure customers successfully navigate FSA Farm Bill and NRCS eligibility documentation
  • Track accurately and consistently customer application/eligibility documentation

 4. Contract Administration

  • Load Obligating documentation into USDA data systems
  • Keep Obligating tracking sheets up to date
  • Ensure Contract documents requiring customer signature are carefully delivered to and received from customer in expected timelines
  • Verify Payment Instructions for certified practices and create payment application
  • Keep Case Files up to date with all required documentation

5. Certified Conservation Planner Training

  • Complete agency training courses to become a USDA Certified Conservation Planner
  • On-the-job training with experienced Certified Conservation Planners

6. Conservation Practices

  • Design Pre-Calcs
  • Design Construction materials (type/use applicability) and description for Contractors/Customers
  • Construction Layout
  • Construction Check including As-Builts
  • Practice Certification Documentation

7. Farm Bill Program Outreach

  • Work with District Conservationist to deliver targeted outreach to agriculture communities
  • Work with PR staff in development of regional publication materials; arrange for photo/interview or drone events with customers and agency staff


Skills and Qualifications:

  • Relevant background education in Agriculture, Ecology, Biology, Soils, Wetlands, and/or Environmental Science
  • Computer competency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Teams
  • GIS experience with layered reference material
  • Any GPS, surveying, or construction measurement experience
  • Good communicator, strong interpersonal skills
  • Technical writing skills, outreach experience
  • Organized, detail-oriented, filing experience
  • Experience with tracking equipment, ordering office supplies, operating digital postage systems
  • Digital photography capabilities


Interested parties should send a Letter of Interest and resume by email to the MACD Executive Director ( by 5:00pm, Friday, December 4, 2020.

Posted November 19, 2020

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