The Soil Conservation Technician will assist with planning for, funding, and implementing conservation practices on agricultural, recreational, and residential land. These conservation practices will be implemented through Allegan Conservation District programs, Farm Bill programs of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP), and other partner projects occurring within Allegan County such as a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) led by Barry Conservation District. This position’s start date is flexible, but is preferably not later than March 28, 2022.
The Technician will be supervised by the Allegan Conservation District Executive Director, and work with local NRCS, MAEAP, and partner staff to support their respective programs. Day to day tasks will vary based upon the specific program and client needs. These include, but are not limited to:
1) Conducting site visits to identify resource concerns, monitor conservation implementation, and meet with clients.
2) Developing plans with the client to meet NRCS and MAEAP specifications (e.g. conservation plan, emergency plan, nutrient management plan, etc.).
3) Mapping project sites using GIS software.
4) Assisting with application processing, contract modification, eligibility certification, and record maintenance.
5) Planning and assisting with educational events (e.g. farm field days, presentations at schools).
6) As time allows, building programs that meet the District’s goals and incumbent’s interests—including fund acquisition, project planning, and execution
Submit the following as a single PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org or 1668 Lincoln Rd. Allegan, MI 49010.
1) Cover letter highlighting your qualifications and any additional skills or experience which may be applicable (e.g. experience designing outreach materials, organizing events, maintaining heavy equipment, etc.)
3) Unofficial or official transcripts (only if education is applicable)
Education and/or experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in agri-science, agronomy, soil science, horticulture, environmental science, or a related field
Strong writing skills
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with clients and coworkers
Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
Must pass a federal background check
Must be able to work outdoors in varying conditions and terrain
Experience using GIS software (ArcGIS, QGIS, etc.)
Knowledge of cover crops, conservation tillage, and other agricultural conservation practices.
General knowledge of cropping, livestock, and/or dairy operations
Ability to identify native, invasive, and common agricultural plants