Foster Creek Conservation District
Foster Creek Conservation District (FCCD) is a dynamic organization comprised of a volunteer supervisory board and a small team of staff striving to be leaders in on-the-ground conservation.
FCCD’s office is in the town of Waterville in Douglas County in north central Washington, on the
Columbia Plateau. We manage and implement a variety of programs that serve the needs of area residents and agricultural producers including dryland farmers, ranchers, and orchardists.
The District is looking for a Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) Coordinator to support all aspects of Douglas County’s VSP Plan to ensure agricultural viability and curb the growth management act,
approved in April 2018. The position will provide:
• Day-to-day coordination and oversight to ensure successful implementation of the VSP work
plan throughout Douglas County.
• Conduct and facilitate VSP work group committee meetings.
• Work directly with diverse individuals and groups from local producers to government agencies
to establish and maintain effective communication among all project partners.
• Provide technical/field assistance as needed for project implementation and monitoring efforts.
The position will be under the direction and guidance of the District Manager and will carry out the
directives of the Foster Creek Conservation District Board of Supervisors. It is anticipated that the
position will be approximately 75% office based and 25% field work. Conducting outreach, project
related meetings and additional training may require time and travel outside of normal business hours. Ongoing training will be provided and will continue as needed throughout the period of
Because of our small size, staff may also be asked to work on projects that differ from the initial job description. Adaptability, flexibility, and teamwork are essential to this position. We seek an
individual who has an appetite for new challenges and is interested in learning new things to help deliver quality conservation programs within our region.
Major responsibilities include, but not limited to:
• Administering and implementing the Douglas County’s Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP),
including facilitation of quarterly work group meetings.
• Monitoring and guiding the program to ensure successful progress.
• Managing the program work plan and budget and maintaining accurate records of all program
• Collecting and analyzing program data and transferring all relevant information into regular
• Working closely with others in both a public office and field environment, establishing and
maintaining effective communication, and conducting program related outreach and adult
• Providing technical/field assistance as needed for project implementation and monitoring
• Attending meetings on behalf of the District.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Bachelor’s degree, or higher, in natural resource management, environmental or agricultural
sciences, or related fields.
• A minimum of three years of professional level experience.
Key Skills and Abilities:
• Must have demonstrated ability in coordinating, conducting, and facilitating public meetings.
• The capacity to work with diverse individuals and groups and the ability to establish and
maintain effective communication among all project partners, including grant and resource agency staff and local, private and public landowners.
• The ability and desire to motivate individuals to adopt and implement resource management
practices on their property.
• Experience working directly with rural landowners, including assessing, planning, monitoring
and reporting on implementation of BMPs.
• Advanced knowledge of natural resource management, agricultural practices, and critical area
• Knowledge of Eastern Washington flora, fauna and ecology.
• Very strong organizational and written/verbal communication skills, capable of maintaining
accurate records, including time-keeping and authorized expenses.
• High level of literacy in MS Office applications (Word, Excel are essential) and GIS software.
• Knowledge and experience using Global Positioning System (GPS) devices and hand-held
tablet computers to collect point, line, and area information, downloading data for further analysis.
• Experience using ESRI online and Collector is beneficial.
• Experience developing, writing, and administering applications and projects funded by grants.
• Must be able to work in remote and rugged locations under a variety of weather conditions, traverse difficult upland and instream terrain and carry field equipment necessary to complete required job tasks.
• Adaptable and willing to take on other job assignments.
• Willingness to receive additional training to enhance knowledge and skills.
• Must have, or be able to obtain, and maintain a valid Washington State driver’s license.
• Knowledge of and experience working with conservation districts is beneficial