District Resource Technician

 Mission: To assist the cooperators of PRLCD, to maximize sustainable productivity, to increase their income while conserving and enhancing natural resources (soil, water, air, plants, animals, & humans) for now and future generations by making available federal, state, county, city, and private programs, resources, technical and scientific information, and educational opportunities.

It is the policy of Palouse-Rock Lake Conservation District to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to any legally protected status such as race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.

Background

Palouse-Rock Lake Conservation District is a political subdivision of State government; it is not a state agency. Primary funding is awarded through grants and established programs within the District. We serve the citizens of our communities to ensure the long-term use of natural resources in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable manner using non-regulatory, voluntary approaches.

General Job Description

The primary purpose of this position is to deliver conservation services in the form of technical work, public outreach and education to District cooperators and youth. Palouse-Rock Lake Conservation District provides assistance to landowners/operators in the form of conservation planning, best management practices, and water quality monitoring. Funding for this position may be subject to availability of state and local government grants and contracts.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicant must demonstrate the ability to perform the job functions listed below. It would be desired for candidate to have a BS degree or past work experience that pertains to agriculture, environmental science, or conservation district operation.

Primary Job Functions

- Understand and promote the organization, role, mission and goals of the District and its programs.
- Understand and support relationships and partnerships with other agencies.
- Coordinate with District Coordinator to most efficiently meet District workload and goals for best time management and cost effectiveness.
- Write grant proposals to obtain funding for special initiative projects.
- Assist with grant execution through accurate tracking of tasks, expenses and hours.
- Write educational fact sheets, articles and assist with publications.
- Prepare written progress reports and document accomplishments.
- Assist in promotion of the District Cost-Share Program.  Coordinate efforts with the District Coordinator by means of assisting the cooperator with the application process and field technical assistance, and completing site visits for practice completion. When appropriate, coordinate schedules between cooperator and area engineer.
- Provide technical assistance to cooperators regarding conservation practices and Best Management Practice (BMP) implementation consistent with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Technical Guide and in cooperation with the area engineer and NRCS representatives.
- Seek and attend training opportunities to improve knowledge and technical skills pertaining to work performance at the District.  Some overnight travel is possible.
- Conduct site visits with landowners to discuss program eligibility and requirements.
- Responsible for proper use and maintenance of District office and field equipment.
- All duties as assigned.

Note: This list is an example of various types of work performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Secondary Job Functions

- Complete written reports and provide verbal reports to the Board of Supervisors.
- Coordinate, organize and lead conferences, conventions, meetings, shop talks, workshops, and other District sponsored events. Some overnight travel is possible.
- Assist with the district’s annual plant sale if scheduled.  Includes updating sales brochure, ordering plants, receiving orders and payments, maintaining a tracking spreadsheet, packaging/distributing orders, etc.
- Assist with the coordination and organization of the county-wide conservation booth for the Palouse Empire Fair.
- Assist the District Coordinator in development of educational and informational materials for the public in the form of articles for the District newsletters, local newspapers, brochures, social media, and websites that identify, manage and protect natural resources.
- Attendance at all Board meetings. Some meetings take place in the evening after normal business hours.
- Participate on committees, locally, regionally and statewide as assigned by the Board of Supervisors.

Primary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, for use in public relations, negotiation, coordination and diplomacy.  Knowledge of general agricultural terminology and operations required.
- Needs to be self-motivated and have a strong work ethic as supported by current references.
- Ability to maintain a professional work ethic while completing all duties assigned in a timely, courteous    and professional manner.
- Working knowledge of computers systems: Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Publisher; Internet and E-Mail.
- Flexible and adaptable in activities and responsibilities.
- Willingness to take direction and the ability to support colleagues.
- Ability to work closely with others in the public office environment.
- Ability to work with limited oversight.
- Ability to multi-task and be organized.
- Own a valid driver license and can properly and safely operate a motor vehicle.
- Requires the physical ability to lift and carry tools and other materials weighing up to 50lbs.
- Requires the physical ability to walk long distances in uneven terrain with possible exposure to inclement weather.

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

- Experience writing grants.
- Ability to be in front of the general public and/or technical audiences to lead programs and/or activities.
- Working knowledge of web page development.
- Knowledge of current natural resource issues facing landowner, operators, and the general public,
including but not limited to cropping systems, ranching, water quality and non-point pollution.
- Knowledge of a broad range of natural resource conservation principles, techniques, methods and practices to apply and install conservation systems, which involve complex and diverse production agricultural land uses.
- Copy machine, printer, and fax machine operation.
- Knowledge and skills using computer software such as but not limited to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and ArcView GIS.
- Experience using GPS equipment and taking field measurements desired.
- Ability to maintain accurate records regarding time keeping and authorized expenses.
- Experience working with contractors and managing contracts.
- Experience with tree and shrub planting, pest management, including maintenance for successful flora establishment.
-Adequate mechanical knowledge or skills to repair machinery and implements in the field or shop including but not limited to atv’s, sprayers, mowers, drills, string trimmers, and vehicles.

Employment Classification 
Full-Time

Hours

This is a full-time position (40 hours per week). Some flexibility in scheduling may from time to time be required.

Compensation

Starting pay is commensurate to experience and qualifications. Job includes paid holiday, sick leave, and vacation leave. Benefits include health insurance, and employer contribution to Simple IRA retirement.

References

A minimum of 3 references is required.

Application Process

 Resumes accepted with a completed application.

Application at 3 N. Park St. John, WA 99171

Mail to P.O. Box 438 St. John, WA 99171.

Fax: 509-648-3772.

Palouse-Rock Lake Conservation District is a local government entity. It is governed by a local, five-member Board of Supervisors. For more information about the District and its programs, see the District website, http://www.prlcd.org

The person in this position will be evaluated in accordance with the State Conservation Commission Guidelines. These guidelines include a performance evaluation at the end of the first 3 months and thereafter, at a minimum, annual evaluations. Performance evaluations are designed to aid communications between supervisors and employees, clarify duties and responsibilities. They are intended to assist in the professional development of employees and to strengthen their performance through the development of an employee training plan. Evaluations will be used to substantiate recommendations for promotion, pay increase, or dismissal.

It is the policy of Palouse-Rock Lake Conservation District to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to any legally protected status such as race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. 

Office Address: 3 N. park downtown St. John, WA. ~ Mailing Address: PO Box 438 St. John, WA 99171 ~ Phone: 509-648-3680 Fax: 509-648-3772

District Coordinator

Mission: To assist the cooperators of PRLCD, to maximize sustainable productivity, to increase their income while conserving and enhancing natural resources (soil, water, air, plants, animals, & humans) for now and future generations by making available federal, state, county, city, and private programs, resources, technical and scientific information, and educational opportunities.

It is the policy of Palouse-Rock Lake Conservation District to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to any legally protected status such as race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.

Background

The District Coordinator is responsible for overall operation of the Conservation District and satisfaction of district clients. The District Coordinator provides technical and administrative leadership to assist the Board of Supervisors with the coordination, management and administration of conservation programs throughout Palouse-Rock Lake Conservation District. The District Coordinator ensures that all District functions are managed, and services provided under direction of the District Board are in accordance with applicable local, state and federal laws, regulations and district policies.

The measure of success is the proactive delivery of services to private landowners and the public in a professional, efficient and productive manner leading to the conservation of Palouse-Rock Lake Conservation District natural resources, consistent with mission and goals of the District. The successful candidate must be able to work productively with a diverse community of landowners, farmers, ranchers, community organizations, and government agencies.

Location and Mailing Address


The office of the Palouse-Rock Lake Conservation District is located at 3 N. Park, St. John, WA 99171.

The mailing address is PO Box 438 St. John, WA 99171.

Supervision

The employee will work under the direct supervision of the Palouse-Rock Lake Conservation District Board of Supervisors and Auditor. The District Coordinator will report monthly to the Board of Supervisors.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Technical Assistance

Provide technical assistance to landowners and agencies with conservation planning and practice implementation.
Make necessary contacts with partner organizations to assist the producers in PRLCD with their conservation plans and practice implementation.

 District Operations

-Develop and maintain strong working relationships with local, state, and federal agencies and elected officials.
-Represent the Board, as directed, at local and regional meetings that may affect the Board and/or District programs.
-Coordinate monthly Board meetings and keep the Board informed of actions taken, trends in conservation and issues of interest to the Board.
-Serve as liaison to staff and board with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Washington Conservation Commission and other partner organizations and agencies.
-Facilitate and assist in district elections.
-Maintain the general operations manual.
-Oversee the management of the District’s computer systems.

 Financial Management

-Prepare and oversee budget for District operations and ensure all expenditures are appropriate and accountable.
-Learn and understand the financial accounting system and/or supervise administrative personnel.
-Manage multiple grants and funding sources.

Information & Education

-Promote existing district, state and federal programs to interested landowners, operators, community organizations and agencies.
-Develop and maintain a public outreach program for District programs.
-Organize regional conferences and local farm tours.
-Respond to information requests from news media, as directed by the Board.
-Organize media events.
-Coordinate the development, publication and update of the District’s social media presence and website.

Program Planning, Development and Management

-Organize and revise the District’s 1-year and 5-Year Plan with the Board of Supervisors.
-Develop and implement annual work plans with the Board of Supervisors.
-Secure necessary resources and technical support to implement the adopted 5-year plan and associated annual work plan.
-Maintain record keeping system for projects.
-Fulfill contracted scopes-of-work and fulfill reporting requirements.
-Become or continue work as a certified Conservation Planner, be knowledgeable about the CREP program and other programs and opportunities available through FSA, NRCS, and DOE.
-Ability to help producers lay out management projects.

Qualifications:

The applicant must have a demonstrated ability to manage multiple, diverse issues and a proven commitment to conservation on private lands with preference given to applicants with agriculture background and experience.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

-A professional knowledge of theories, principles, policies and practices of conservation districts.
-A working knowledge of federal, state and local laws, rules and policies that directly affect natural resource conservation on private lands in Washington State.
-Writing skills to develop successful grant proposals.
-Ability to utilize administrative, personnel and analytical skills and to act independently to carry out district operations under the direction of the Board of Supervisors.
-Ability to take policy direction from the Board and translate this direction into tangible results.
-Ability to meet deadlines, attend frequent meetings, travel as needed and work overtime outside of normal operating hours if necessary.
-Ability to communicate, both written and orally, effectively to a diverse audience.
-Ability to fulfill job duties as described.
-Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
-Understanding and appreciation of the role of conservation districts as non-regulatory providers of conservation support and technical assistance to private landowners.

Employment Classification 
Full-Time

Hours

This is a full-time position (40 hours per week). Some flexibility in scheduling may from time to time be required.

Compensation

Compensation dependent on experience and qualifications. Job includes paid holiday, sick leave, and vacation leave. Benefits include health insurance, and employer contribution to Simple IRA retirement.

References

A minimum of 3 references is required