Watershed Coordinator / District Technician / Equipment Operator: Turtle lake ND

South McLean County Soil Conservation District
Turtle lake ND
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Full time Positions
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The South Mclean County Soil Conservation District is hiring a Watershed Coordinator to oversee the Painted Woods Creek Watershed Project. The Watershed Coordinator is responsible for managing the District’s watershed program with funding through EPA section 319 grant funding, Outdoor Heritage Fund, and other funding sources. This is accomplished through developing and maintaining relationships with private landowners, agricultural producers, other federal, state, and local agencies, and other organizations. We are looking for a self-starter who can take the initiative to pursue all available avenues for outreach, education, and implementation of water quality management within the District and work closely with agricultural producers and other private landowners to plan, develop and install best management practices which benefit water quality. Must have the ability to communicate on a professional and personal level, to establish relationships and follow-up with producers. This is a unique opportunity to take ownership in a large, landscape scale project and have a positive impact on water quality, soil conservation, wildlife and agricultural practices. Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Be well versed in all aspects of the EPA 319 water quality program. Promote conservation practices specific to water quality through producer contact and follow-up. Maintain personal contacts with cooperators and agricultural producers within the district. Plan, prepare, and present water quality and program education and outreach efforts to area producers, schools, agencies, and other organizations. Collect water samples and gauge measurements to track water quality changes and justify grant and other funding sources for BMP implementation. Communicate effectively the activities and progress of the watershed projects to the board of supervisors on a regular basis. Educate producers on water quality issues within the district and cost-share programs available. Assume responsibility and exercise own initiative in furthering the reach of water quality programs and other programs, and services offered by the district. Work in partnership with NRCS, private land owners, other state and federal agencies and organizations to promote conservation. Plan and conduct public meetings to educate producers on conservation practices, cost-share programs, and water quality issues. Coordinate with the North Dakota Department of Health to implement 319 grant funding. Represent the district at area meetings, eco-ed days, county and state fairs, and other local and regional events. Qualifications: Must have a strong agricultural background and/or a degree related to crop and/or livestock management or training and/or experience in grazing and manure management. Should be familiar with conservation issues in ND and be able to discuss conservation options with producers. Computer proficiency with programs such as: Microsoft Office, Internet, e-mail, GIS and/or other mapping programs. Must have knowledge of, or the ability to understand modern agricultural practices, technology and equipment with specific knowledge of application and operation. Ability to develop and maintain contacts with area landowners. Experience working in an agricultural landscape. Commitment to maintain relationships and respond to questions, contacts, and other project related tasks in a timely manner. Ability and willingness to work independently and as part of a team. South McLean County Soil Conservation District in Turtle Lake, ND has a unique and exciting job opportunity just waiting for the right person to come aboard. We are currently seeking a hardworking, dependable, and customer-service focused District Technician/Equipment Operator to work as part of our conservation team. Here are just a few things the job entails: Working with customers in our District to develop tree plantings plans. You’ll work with customers to determine the soil type where the trees will be planted and determine which trees are suitable for that soil type. Much of this is done over the computer and don’t worry, this is something we can teach you! Planting trees and laying weed barrier fabric for customers. We plant a variety of conservation grade trees with a “Trees R Us” tree planter that is pulled behind a Case IH tractor. This operation takes an Equipment Operator and a crew of two riding in the planter planting the trees. Overseeing our “tree crew” keeping them motivated and busy with daily work tasks and ensuring they are practicing safe work habits. Conducting routine maintenance and working through any equipment issues as they come up. Working with customers in our District to plant grass and cover crop seed using our John Deere tractor and Great Plains Drill. Working with our District Clerk on public outreach and educational programs. This is not the full job description but just a snip of what the District Technician/Equipment Operator’s day looks like. To be a member of our fantastic team, here’s what you’ll need to have… Previous experience driving agricultural equipment. This is a must! Must be detail-oriented documenting activities both timely and thoroughly so our customers can be billed accordingly. Must have a strong focus on customer service – keeping the customer’s satisfaction at the forefront of decisions (because without our customers where would we be?) Must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Communication skills and a strong work ethic are a must. Believes in working with a strong focus on safety to ensure you are safe and your team members are safe. Takes pride in maintaining a clean and organized work area, including caring for all shop tools, machines and equipment. Can think outside of the box to solve sometimes complex problems. Computer literate and can navigate through the Internet, e-mail, and can learn new computer programs. Must have a valid North Dakota Driver’s license. Apply online through Indeed.com, e-mail your resume or call 701-448-2474 for more details. E-mails and phone calls are encouraged! Salary Information… Pay is depending on experience. During peak times of the season hours will generally be over 40 hours per week in order to meet deadlines. About Us: Founded in 1946, the South McLean County Soil Conservation District is celebrating nearly 75 years of partnerships, commitment, and vision in the conservation field. Each year we plant thousands of trees across our District that create natural windbreaks and provide shelter and food for wildlife. We work closely with the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to provide technical assistance and financial and educational resources to producers/customers in our District.
Prefer a candidate with civil engineering degree, looking for someone whom also has farming experience to seed grass/cover crops. Must be a self starter with attention to detail and excellent communication skills. All qualified applicants should submit resume and cover letter to Charlie Kelly @ southmcleanscd@westriv.com a qualified candidate may be hired prior to application deadline with an expedited start date.
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Charlie Kelly - District Manager
Contact Phone
701 448 2474
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