The Upper Willamette Soil and Water Conservation District (UWSWCD) is seeking an interdisciplinary, skilled, dynamic individual to join its Natural Resource Program. This position supports the Senior Conservation technician with providing natural resource technical assistance to private landowners and land managers within the McKenzie Watershed with a focus on riparian ecosystems, as well as assisting landowner affected by the Holiday Farm Fire. Secondary responsibilities shall include providing the same assistance to private landowners throughout the District. Duties include conservation project planning, grant writing, outreach, reporting, and partnering with other conservation organizations.
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● A Bachelor’s degree with major course work in natural sciences, natural resource management, landscape architecture, agricultural sciences, soils, water quality, or a related discipline is required. A Master’s degree in a related discipline is highly desired.
● 2 years of experience working in the natural resource field.
● Knowledge of a wide range of conservation principles, methods, and techniques sufficient to assess, analyze and evaluate resources and recommended practices.
● On-the-ground experience working with landowners and conducting project design and implementation.
● Experience collecting field data, especially plant and riparian function related data, and maintaining field notes
● Knowledge of the roles of SWCD’s, Watershed Councils, Conservation organizations, natural resource agencies, and community organizations. An understanding of the unique role of SWCD’s is highly desired.
● 2-years of experience in outreach program development and implementation.
● Must have a current Oregon Driver’s License, or be able to obtain a license, vehicle insurance, and access to a personal vehicle to use for work purposes. A driving record background check will be performed upon a conditional offer of employment.
● Any combination of education and experience that prepares the applicant to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position will be considered.
● A commitment to the principles of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is a requirement of all District staff.
● Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
● Have an understanding ecological functions and conservation concepts.
● Must possess the full suite of Microsoft-based computer skills, experience in GIS and MS access is preferred.
● Understand, interpret and use various ortho photography, plant identification, and soils information. Have knowledge of local resource concerns, and conservation practices.
● Have a basic understanding of conservation planning, familiarity with USDA Farm Bill programs is a plus.
● Education and/or experience in landscape architecture are a plus.
● Ability to initiate contact and work with diverse individuals and groups. Experience in natural resource outreach that includes public speaking is beneficial.
● Ability to understand English (oral and written) make presentations, maintain emotional control during difficult exchanges and negotiate positive outcomes.
● Ability to listen, to work collaboratively within a “team” framework, to network, and the ability to establish and maintain good working relationships.
● Interpersonal Skills, including a personal commitment and demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive and cooperative fashion.
● Experience in Grant writing and grant management.
● Ability to work in a highly professional manner while representing the District in public.