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Agriculture Resilience Program Assistant

NC Foundation for Soil & Water Conservation

Greensboro, North Carolina

Job Type AmeriCorps
Salary Details $31,000 living stipend, health insurance reimbursement, $7,395 education award
Deadline Jun 28, 2024

The Foundation’s mission is to promote, protect and improve North Carolina soil and water resources for the enhancement of economic growth and stewardship of the natural environment. The Foundation focuses on three key priorities of Improving the Environment, Educating the Citizens, and Building Conservation Capacity.

Position Start Date: September 4, 2024

Position End Date: July 31, 2025

DEADLINE TO APPLY: June 28, 2024

Purpose of the Position

The purpose of the Agriculture Resilience Program Assistant position is to assess agricultural activities and support conservation efforts in the High Rock Lake watershed of North Carolina in partnership with the Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Division of Soil and Water Conservation, and the Department of Environmental Quality.   The assessment will help to inform nutrient management strategies for the High Rock Lake watershed, provide data to support strategic planning for the Conservation Districts, and create opportunities for public engagement regarding soil health, conservation and water quality.

Position Responsibilities and Duties

  • Conduct an accurate assessment of agriculture within the High Rock Lake watershed.
  • Document existing conservation activities on working lands.
  • Use available resources for assessments, including file review, interviews, aerial photography, and ground truthing.
  • Synthesize data with support from project partners.
  • Conduct a minimum of seven county agriculture baseline assessments within the first six months.
  • Utilize baseline assessments for strategic planning for seven Conservation Districts.
  • Support the development of up to five Conservation District field days for public education.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings, project site visits, and other required travel.
  • Support creation of educational materials on conservation topics.
  • Participate in the development of seven informational handouts for public distribution.

Expected distribution of work:

  • 50% research.
  • 25% outreach and education support for Conservation Districts.
  • 25% outreach and education support for the NC Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation.

Learning objectives for the AmeriCorps member:

  • Gain knowledge about natural resource conservation.
  • Explore potential job opportunities within conservation and natural resource management.

Communication:

  • Practice inclusive and thoughtful behavior in building rapport with program participants, site stakeholders and program staff.
  • Communicate regularly and effectively with program staff, and site personnel.
  • Report data in online systems in a timely and accurate manner.

Program Requirements:

  • Demonstrate regular, timely attendance and adherence to hours as scheduled.
  • Commit to service for the service term of 11 months, serving the minimum number of 1700 hours.
  • Participate in all required AmeriCorps sponsored training sessions, meetings, and travel as necessary. Community Stewardship Coordinators will receive training on best practices for community engagement, group facilitation, and communicating about climate change with a focus on pursuing climate justice.
  • Actively participate in service projects and commemorating days such as 9/11 Day of Service (as applicable). These may include evening and/or weekend hours.

Qualifications 

  • Strong interest in conservation and agriculture.
  • No specific college degree required; conservation-related career paths are encouraged.
  • Knowledge of agricultural diversity and conservation concepts, including best management practices, is advantageous.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required.
  • Skills in infographic design and software like Canva are preferred.
  • Comfortable handling large amounts of data; strong organizational skills required.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Self-motivation and a strong work ethic are essential.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older prior to your start date.
  • Must have at least a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent by your start date.
  • Must be either a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident of the United States.
  • Must pass mandatory National Service Criminal History Checks.
  • Speak, read, and write English fluently.
  • Experience with professional computer skills and confidence using computers. Comfort and experience using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel), completing internet searches, and navigating resources online, completing data entry, using e-mail regularly including sending attachments, using databases and software, using videoconferencing software, and attending training online.
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to pass a driving record check. Access to a personal vehicle for transportation.
  • Excellent communication & customer service skills

Essential Functions / Physical Demands

  • Applicant must be comfortable with being outside and on uneven terrain, sometimes in less than ideal weather conditions.  
  • Applicant must have their own vehicle or access to a vehicle.  
  • Daily activities may include lengthy periods of computer use, reviewing paper documents, and site visits.  
  • Time spent in a vehicle could require sitting for up to two hours at a time.  Applicant must be able to lift five-ten pounds.

Preferred Schedule

 The Program Assistant is expected to work weekdays.  The daily schedule will be determined by the Program Assistant and project partners to best suit everyone, ideally 9-4, however, this is negotiable.   No weekend work is required.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants can apply here: https://americorps.hiringthing.com/job/793652/agriculture-resilience-program-assistant

 

 

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Category Admin & Leadership, General / Stewardship
Tags Conservation Corps, Outreach, Sustainable Agriculture, Soil Science