The Conservation Planner – Riparian/Water Quality Lead works with private landowners, District staff, and partner agencies and organizations to develop and implement conservation plans and practices to protect critical areas, improve water quality, and enhance fish habitat and riparian conditions. The Riparian/WQ Lead proactively engages with community members and partners to implement existing projects, identify local priorities, and develop projects that address high natural resource (water quality) and priority fish habitat needs. The position will implement grant activities, provide project administrative duties as needed, and conduct outreach and educational activities.
Core Functions (abbreviated, see website for full description)
- Develop custom resource management plans for land managers using their goals and existing resources, to address natural resource concerns related to improving water quality and fish habitat.
- Develop, implement, and evaluate in-stream, riparian habitat, and occasionally upland restoration projects.
- Provide technical assistance to private landowners by providing voluntary recommendations on natural resource stewardship.
- Write grant and project funding applications as well as assist with contract negotiation and administration. Develop project cost estimates and manage multiple budgets associated with a variety of grant funding sources.
- Communicate project activities to co-workers, granting agencies, District Board of Supervisors, project partners, and the community.
- Provide education and outreach to the public on the value of sustainable and resilient ecosystems. This typically includes tabling at community events, speaking at meetings, and teaching classes to diverse audiences.
- Bachelor’s degree or higher with at least two years of academic training and/or experience in water quality, biology, natural resource management, environmental sciences, fisheries management, agricultural sciences, engineering, or a related discipline.
- Knowledge of a broad range of soil and water conservation principles, techniques, and practices to apply and install conservation systems, which involve complex and diverse land uses and regulations.
- Knowledge and skill in water quality standards and criteria for watershed health, riparian restoration, and ecosystem function.
- Knowledge and skill in riparian function and restoration processes to improve water quality and aquatic habitat.
- Basic skill in using ArcGIS mapping software.
- Must be able to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with a diverse range of cooperators, co-workers, and others.
- Must be self-motivated, able to work independently and in groups, work efficiently, honestly, and positively with individuals and in group settings.
- Ability and desire to motivate individuals to adopt and implement resource management practices on their property.
- Organizational, report and informational writing, and research skills are required.
- Ability to coordinate multiple projects and timelines with flexible scheduling.
- Possess or earn and maintain, via district provided training, a valid Conservation Planning Apprentice, or higher, certification from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Equivalent planning certification may be considered on a case-by-case basis by the OCD Board of Supervisors.
- Computer literacy (word processing, spreadsheets, and database management) is required at an intermediate level or higher.
- Ability to organize and plan own schedule of activities related to work goals set by the district.
- Must be able to traverse uneven ground in varied weather conditions and occasionally carrying up to 50 pounds of equipment and/or materials.
- Must have or obtain and maintain a valid Washington State Driver’s License.
Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and three references (at least two of which are professional) directly to:
Okanogan Conservation District
1251 2nd Ave. South, Room 102
Okanogan, WA 98840