Full Time Conservation Planner

Conservation Planner
Apply by September 22nd.
Title: Conservation Planner
Employer: Worcester County Conservation District, 52 Boyden Rd., Holden, MA 01520
Employment Status: Full time/salary. The time frame of this position is grant funded through August 2022 with the possibility of additional funding to extend this period.
Hours: 40 hours/week
Location: This position will work out of the NRCS field office in Holden and will work throughout Worcester County.
Salary Range: $38,000 – $45,000 Full Time, Based on Education and Experience
Applications must include a cover letter and emailed by September 22nd to: Lisa.trotto@usda.gov

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

The Conservation Planner works for the Worcester County Conservation District (WCCD) to meet their goals of protecting soil and water quality through education and technical assistance. The Conservation Planner is responsible for implementing the District’s Soil Health Initiative and for providing technical assistance and implementing farm bill programs under the direction of the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Holden Office. The Conservation Planner assists landowners, including working farms and forests, municipalities, non-governmental organizations to promote and implement sound conservation practices that protect soil and water quality.

Associated tasks can include:

Provide technical assistance to farmers and land owners to identify and address individual resource concerns through development of conservation and nutrient management plans and application of conservation practices;
Work with farmers and land owners to facilitate applications for financial assistance through USDA Farm Bill programs (EQIP, CSP, AMA);
Collect, process and interpret soil tests for farmers, gardeners and homeowners;
Participate in frequent trainings from the USDA NRCS State Office towards becoming a certified conservation planner;
Provide education for farmers, landowners, municipalities and non-governmental organizations through workshops, webinars, site visits, and participation in conferences and farmers markets,
Manage existing grant projects and develop grant proposals for WCCD and WCCD clients;
Engage and cooperate with communities and non-governmental organizations involved in conservation activities to expand and improve effectiveness of district activities and to create long-term partnerships;
Attend program related meetings to gather data and record information;
Assist with a public outreach campaign for marketing WCCD and NRCS programs, including, but not limited to, displays, field days, public events, articles for newsletters and other news media contacts;
Assist WCCD Administrator with implementing spring seedling sale and fall bulb sale; developing Constant Contact email content; social media posts; monthly board meeting preparation, etc.
Maintain records of work accomplishments for reports;
Perform other program related duties and activities, as assigned;
Provide assistance to deliver programs and services that are carried out without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. Maintain a positive regard for civil rights in all interactions with clients and others;

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Degree or professional experience in: soil conservation or related agricultural or natural resource discipline such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, agricultural education, or agricultural engineering including 30 semester hours in a natural resource or agricultural field, including at least 12 semester hours in a combination of soils and crops or plant science. Of the 12 semester hours, a minimum of 3 semester hours must have been in soils and 3 semester hours in crops or plant science. Evaluation of Education: Education that provided specialized knowledge and skills in soil and water conservation is more valuable than education that imparted broad but general knowledge and skills. Courses in soil fertility, soil chemistry, soil genesis, plant physiology, plant science, and field crops are examples of specialized courses that contribute towards meeting the required 12 semester hours as described above. Courses in the physical sciences or engineering such as geology, civil engineering, and hydrology also meet the soils, crops, or plant science course requirements where such courses included a complete introduction to the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils. Evaluation of Experience: Experience that included the application of techniques, principles, and methods from a variety of agricultural and natural resource fields is appropriate, given the interdisciplinary character of the Conservation Planner position. For example, experience gained in a specialized field such as soil science, forestry, or agronomy is as fully acceptable as experience directly obtained in conservation work.
Ability to research, collect, label and process all field data needed for developing and implementing Comprehensive Conservation Plans.
Ability to produce work products using computers and Microsoft Office applications.
General Knowledge of State & Federal agricultural conservation planning programs
Ability to work with others, individually and in groups.
Experience in writing and managing grants.
Skilled in organizational and administrative tasks.
Skilled in both oral and written communication.
Knowledge of equal opportunity and civil rights requirements.
Ability to operate a motor vehicle incident in carrying out assigned duties. The number of driving hours is dependent on the overall needs of this position. A valid driver’s license is required.
Have a working motor vehicle for use during performance of duties. Incumbent will be reimbursed on a mileage basis.