Partnership Watershed Coordinator: Alton, IL

Lewis and Clark Community College
Alton, IL
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Full time Positions
Commensurate with experience
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Through an agreement between the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and The National Great Rivers Research & Education Center (NGRREC) a full-time areawide watershed planning expert will be supported to bolster and facilitate watershed planning efforts across the state of Illinois. The person in this position will act as a subject matter expert in conservation and environmental planning and will provide knowledge and education to Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff and other technical support partners such as NGRREC’s Land Conservation Specialists (LCS) on how they can incorporate areawide planning into their practice as conservation professionals. This may be done through a variety of means including conducting and leading workshops, initiation of meetings, and the facilitation of partner engagement and communications. The person in this position will be expected to lead or assist in plan formulation in close collaboration with NRCS and NGRREC LCS and associated conservation staff, and will also have knowledge of other conservation and environmental planning programs in order to enhance NRCS areawide conservation planning activities in a way that provides synergistic environmental outcomes.
Interested applicants must apply on Lewis and Clark's website at  Bachelor’s degree in a natural resources field, with a concentration in soil science and water quality, landscape ecology, natural resources management, botany or related field. Strong interest in and knowledge of biology, ecology and management of wildlife and their habitat requirements and habitat management techniques are essential. Familiarity with best management and conservation practices within agricultural landscapes with additional knowledge of wildlife management and forest management practices for habitat restoration being beneficial Familiarity with a variety of computer software applications including Microsoft Office Suite and ArcGIS Suite. Effective organizational, written, and verbal skills including public speaking and meeting facilitation. Ability to work efficiently and effectively with others (i.e. NRCS, FSA, IDNR, NGOs, SWCDs, etc.), as well as independently, and be able to prioritize a heavy and varied workload. Possession of valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and vehicle insurance coverage meeting state minimum requirements at all times. A background in agriculture and/or working knowledge of agriculture is highly desirable. Working knowledge of the NRCS conservation program and/or other Farm Bill conservation programs is highly desirable (e.g. CRP, WRE, EQUIP, CSP, etc.) Knowledge and familiarity with Illinois state watershed goals and priorities is beneficial (e.g. IL Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy) Knowledge of the watershed planning process is highly desirable.
Contact Person
Laura Fallin
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