Position Description & Details:
The Program Coordinator, Conservation Leadership and Planning will work collaboratively with a team of Extension professionals, Soil Conservation District (SCD) representatives, and state agency staff to provide conservation planning and leadership development support for SCDs in one SCD Area of North Dakota (approximately 20% of the state).
This is a full-time, two-year term position (two positions available) based in a mutually agreed-upon SCD Area of North Dakota and will be based in an NDSU Extension or partner office. Supervision is provided by the Extension Program Coordinator, Soil and Water Leadership Development.
• Facilitate SCD-based conservation planning through a structured, collaborative process.
• Assist with project development to address specific resource needs (e.g., water quality, soil erosion, etc.) identified in SCD Conservation plans.
• Conduct needs assessment and issues identification that result in program curricula based on
the needs of those working on soil and water-related issues.
• Work with SCD supervisors and staff to create educational opportunities, materials, and workshops to address those needs and issues.
• Develop and encourage strong partnerships among SCDs, Extension, local citizens, federal and state agencies, agricultural organizations, non-profit organizations, and other groups.
• Document and evaluate program successes and challenges and use evaluation to improve future efforts.
• Provide support for SCDs in locating and applying for external funding.
• Be self-directed with minimal supervision in the work environment.
• Some weekend and evening work required. Frequent day trips within the SCD Area are required, with occasional overnight in-state travel expected. Use of a personal vehicle may be required, with mileage reimbursed according to NDSU policies.
Some evenings, weekends, and early mornings may be required.
1. Bachelor’s degree, by start date, in a discipline related to the responsibilities of the position.
2. Skills that demonstrate knowledge and expertise in leadership and community development, natural resources management, or other related fields.
3. The ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, partners and stakeholders.
4. Basic computer skills and ability to use Microsoft office programs (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
5. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals, groups and through mass media.
6. Familiarity with various ethnic and socioeconomic audiences, an interest and ability to work
with people of diverse backgrounds and a commitment to the principles of diversity.
7. Valid driver’s license.
1. Master’s degree in a related field.
2. Recent work experience in Extension or working with Soil Conservation Districts.
3. Experience working with agricultural producers and/or individuals involved in agricultural.
4. Experience designing and delivering educational programs.
5. Working knowledge of Soil Conservation District structure and function in North Dakota.
6. Watershed-scale planning experience focused on identifying and addressing specific land management concerns and/or water quality impairments.
7. History of successful grant writing.