Agriculture in Alabama is significantly affected by drought and yearly rainfall distribution is not reliable for rain fed agriculture, yet less than 2% of farmland in the state is irrigated. Due to the widespread need for improved development and management of water resources for agricultural uses in the area, the Alabama Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS-AL) is collaborating with the Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Committee (ALSWCC), as well as a technical team from Auburn University and the University of Alabama at Huntsville, to create a sustainable irrigation expansion (SIE) plan for the Basin. A federal cost-share program (funded by PL 83-566) will be available to farmers to install irrigation infrastructure on current rain-fed agricultural land in the Middle Alabama Basin. The cost-share program and SIE plan will benefit agriculture in the Middle Alabama Basin by supporting the modernization of agricultural production and land use and provides a sustainable long-term approach to the area’s agricultural production.
Include, but are not limited to the following:
*Assist with planning, maintaining or completing programs and/or projects in watershed management, planning, and research.
*Communicate relevant information to a variety of audiences on multiple platforms. *Prepare plans, reports and results for publication or presentation at public meetings, conferences and for agency review.
*Perform other duties as assigned.
Start Date: Prefer a start date in mid-July, but can be flexible for the right candidate.
Duration: This is a one year limited term position and is funded from external sources. Continuation of employment is contingent upon availability of funds.
Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Environmental Sciences, Soils, Biology, Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Agricultural Economics, or a closely related field. Indicated education is required; no substitutions allowed.
*Research Associate I: No experience needed for entry level position.
*Research Associate II: Master’s degree in areas listed above and 2 years of experience in watershed science research practices and protocols.
*Research Associate III: Master’s degree in areas listed above and 4 years of experience in watershed science research practices and protocols.
When a candidate has the required education, but lacks the required experience, they may normally apply additional appropriate education toward the experience requirement, at a rate of one (1) year relevant education per year of required experience.
*Requires fundamental research/ scientific knowledge skills and abilities in watershed science, hydrology, or related fields.
*Understanding of relevant water policies, regulations, and agencies.
*Excellent organizational skills for support in developing plans, documentation and information synthesis, demonstrated technical writing experience, and ability to work independently.
*Proficiency in word processing and spreadsheet software.
*A valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain one prior to employment is required.
*Experience and knowledge in developing environmental assessments, watershed planning and research.
*Experience organizing and leading meetings with diverse stakeholders.
Apply online at https://www.auemployment.com/postings/23211 and attach a resume and cover letter.
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