Farm Bill Technician: Minnesota

Agency
Big Stone Soil & Water Conservation District
Location
Ortonville, MN 56278
Job Category
Full time Positions
Website
http://www.bigstoneswcd.org/
Salary
DOQ
Start Date
05/29/2017
Last Date to Apply
04/14/2017
Description
The Big Stone Soil & Water Conservation District is accepting applications for a Farm Bill Technician. Under the supervision of the District Manager, the Farm Bill Technician assists landowners with enrolling into conservation programs. Position will work side by side with the SWCD, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Farm Service Agency.

Duties:
• Marketing and consultation with farmers, landowners, schools, sportsmen groups, and other organizations about conservation programs that achieve clean water, grass and wetland cover.
• Keep records of land use activities and maintain landowner records of conservation practices.
• Provide technical assistance and guidance to private landowners, government agencies, non-government organizations and other special interest groups for USDA, NRCS Conservation Programs. The position will receive training on Federal, State and Local conservation programs.
• Coordinate the implementation and application of biological sciences within conservation programs in cooperation with the local NRCS District Conservationist, DNR staff, SWCD staff, BWSR staff and others.
• Complete contracts, applications and other required documentation for the federal farm bill conservation programs such as Conservation Reserve Program, Prairie Potholes Wetlands & Grassland Reserve Program, as well as the Reinvest in Minnesota and Native Prairie easement programs, Walk-in Access, and the Working Lands Initiative.
• Communicate program requirements, complete site visits to determine eligibility and develop contracts/plans for applicants/participants for the NRCS Conservation Programs and State of Minnesota Easement programs.
• Assist in coordination and implementation of MN buffer law compliance.
• Research new opportunities for the district to implement &
• Perform other related duties as assigned.
Qualifications
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Experience with computers and the ability to use ArcGIS, GPS, survey equipment and computer software such as Outlook, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office.
• Must be able to work independently, perform outdoor work in all seasons of the year with a minimum amount of direct supervision, ability to lift over 50 pounds on occasion.
• Principles and practices of agricultural best management practices and conservation programs.
• Familiar with common agricultural equipment and their operation.
• Knowledge of native grass establishment and maintenance.
• Familiar with soil properties and use of USDA soil surveys.
• Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with landowners and partner agencies.
• 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 and local entities. In addition, knowledge of how these programs are implemented in an agricultural landscape is desired.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Valid Driver’s license &
• Able to obtain USDA Federal Security Clearance.

Training and experience Guideline: Any combination of training and/or experience that will enable the applicant to possess the required knowledge, skills and abilities. A general qualification guideline for this position is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources or a related field or Bachelor of Arts in Natural Resources or Agriculture fields with related work experience.

To Apply:
Visit our website at www.bigstoneswcd.org or contact the office at 320-839-6121 for an application. Additional information can be obtained by emailing beau.peterson@mn.nacdnet.net

Paper applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 14, 2017. Please include application form (from website), cover letter and resume.

Mail or deliver applications to:
Beau Peterson
Big Stone SWCD
990 US HWY 12
Ortonville, MN 56278

Big Stone SWCD is an equal opportunity employer
Contact Person
Beau Peterson
Contact Phone
320-839-6121
Contact eMail
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