Overview & Job Duties:
The conservation specialist will work in a joint capacity with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the ND Association of Soil Conservation Districts (NDASCD), and its partners to promote, accelerate enrollment, coordinate and implement the voluntary conservation provisions of the Federal Farm Bill, and other related state and local wildlife conservation programs. The Conservation Specialist will work in county Soil Conservation District/NRCS offices to promote USDA conservation programs and provide both programmatic and biological technical assistance to private landowners interested in enrolling in these programs. This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits. This position is funded for one year but is expected to be longer term, subject to appropriations. The incumbent will be an employee of the NDASCD and will receive supervision from the Association with daily instruction provided by the local USDA-NRCS staff. Successful applicant will receive required training from USDA, and participating organizations on priority conservation programs.
• Provide programmatic and biological technical assistance for USDA conservation programs to private landowners, governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations;
• Work closely with county USDA staff to ensure that USDA conservation programs are implemented on private land in a manner that maximizes the soil, water, and wildlife benefits of the programs;
• Coordinate with NDASCD and other conservation partners to effectively leverage conservation resources for delivery of conservation programs;
• Assist USDA and private landowners with applications, contracts and other documentation required for participation in USDA conservation programs;
• Promote and encourage private landowners to participate in USDA conservation programs and conservation programs from other conservation organizations;
• Conduct site visits to determine eligibility for USDA conservation programs;
• Assist USDA with required monitoring of lands enrolled in USDA conservation programs to maximize conservation benefits;
• Assist with other duties, as needed.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
• Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with landowners and partner agencies.
• Ability to work independently with little supervision and with diverse clientele.
• Knowledge of wildlife ecology, wetland and grassland management including the ability to utilize various habitat management tools in the development of management plans.
• Knowledge of conservation and wildlife programs provided by federal (i.e. Farm Bill, US Fish and Wildlife Service), state, & local entities. In addition, knowledge of how these programs are implemented in an agricultural landscape is desired.
• Excellent verbal and written communication.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Valid driver’s license required; some use of personal vehicle required (mileage reimbursement provided).
• Able to obtain USDA Federal Security Clearance.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
• 4-yr. Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife management or a closely related natural resources field.
• Any combination of education, experience and training that enables the applicant to possess the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
How to apply
E-mail resume and cover letter to Brian Johnston
(NDASCD@lincolnoakes.com) and Luke Gilbert