Whitman Conservation District is hiring a Natural Resource Coordinatior

Position Description: Natural Resource Coordinator

Background

The Natural Resource Coordinator provides technical and administrative assistance to the District Manager and the Board of Supervisors with the coordination, management and administration of conservation programs throughout Whitman Conservation District.  The Natural Resource Coordinator ensures that all District functions are managed and services provided under direction of the District Manager and Board 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 general public in a professional, efficient and productive manner leading to the conservation of Whitman 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, children’s classes and organizations, community organizations and government agencies.  The position reports directly to the District Manager.

Location

The office of the Whitman Conservation District is located at 601 N. Main in Colfax, Washington, 99111.

Supervision

The employee will work under the direct supervision of the Whitman Conservation District Manager and 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 contact with at least 50% of the  producers in the district each year to discuss conservation activities they are considering
  • Make necessary contacts with partner organizations in order to assist the producers in Whitman CD with their conservation plans and practice implementation.

District Operations

  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with local landowners and producers.
  • 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.
  • Attend and help 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 with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Washington Conservation Commission and other partner organizations and agencies.
  • Serve as election officer for district elections.
  • Help maintain the general operations manual.
  • Produce maps and burn permits when needed.
  • Have skills in stream monitoring protocols.
  • Knowledge about plant & weed identification.
  • Knowledge about planting trees/shrubs and how to care for them.
  • Develop educational material and workshops to teach young adults and school age children about local resource issues and agriculture practices.

Financial Management

  • Helps District Manager and financial consultant to prepare budget for District operations and ensures all expenditures are appropriate and accountable.

Information & Education

  • Promote existing district, state and federal programs to interested landowners, operators, school age children, 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 direct by the Board.
  • Coordinate the development and publication of the District’s website and Facebook page.

Program Planning, Development and Management

  • Help organize and revise the District’s 5-Year Plan with the Board of Supervisors.
  • Helps 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.
  • Develop farm and livestock plans for District landowner/operators.
  • Develop maps showing implementation of BMP’s.

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 degree, background and experience.  Have some knowledge of the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) programs and best management practices.

Desired but not required: bachelor’s degree and a minimum of one year of supervisory and program management experience preferred.  Additional qualifying experiences desired are certified conservation planner, familiar with CREP planning and implementation, familiar with State and Tribal Cultural Resource requirements.

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
  • Ability to utilize administrative, personnel and analytical skills and to act independently to carry out district operations under the direction of the District Manager when needed.
  • Ability to take policy direction from the District Manager and translate this direction into tangible results.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, attends frequent meetings, travel as needed.
  • Ability to communicate, both written and oral, effectively to a diverse audience.
  • Ability to fulfill job duties as described.
  • Ability to use a computer and internet and create maps
  • Process 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.
  • Ability to work in all types of weather, hike across uneven ground and lift 50 pounds.

Dress Code

Clean, neat and appropriate for combinations of field and office work.  Some fieldwork may be required during inclement weather conditions.

Employment Classification 

Position is three quarter time, paid sick leave, vacation and holidays.

Hours

This is a three quarter time position (32 hours per week) could become full time depending on work schedule. Some flexibility in scheduling may be required.

Compensation

Compensation dependent on experience and qualifications.

References

A minimum of 3 references is required

To Apply:

You can send your resume, cover letter and references by email to Nancy Hoobler at nancywhitmancd@gmail.com or by mail to Whitman Conservation District, 601 N Main, Colfax, WA 99111.

Whitman 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 at its current website, http://www.whitmancd.org

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