NRCS National Program Director

American Conservation Experience Salt Lake City, Utah
Deadline Apr 27, 2019
Job Type Paid permanent

Date: 2/10/2019

Reports to:  EPIC National Director

Location: Salt Lake City, UT remote duty location considered

Hours: Flexible schedule (M-F); additional hours as needed

Starting Salary: $70-$85k+  based on relevant experience; Medical & Dental benefits included

Travel:  Yes (see below)

Position Summary:  The NRCS National Program Director, in partnership with SWCA consultants, provides leadership and coordination in the implementation of all monitoring and restoration practices on NRCS easements nationwide, as established in the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) and the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program – Wetland Reserve Easements (ACEP-WRE).

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Assists NRCS in managing the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) and the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program – Wetland Reserve Easements (ACEP-WRE) program - voluntary programs to conserve, protect, and enhance the nation’s wetland ecosystems and their associated upland habitats on private lands;
  • Provides program management expertise to the team, including supporting field staff, coordinating logistics, communicating efficiently with teaming partners and the NRCS, and managing invoices, schedules, and budgets.
  • Provides high-level expertise in ecological monitoring, wetland functions, and wetland restoration.
  • Assists with marketing the NRCS contract to NRCS state and field offices.
  • Potentially provide specialized assistance to the NRCS in implementing easement restoration, as needed.
  • Represents and markets ACE as an industry leader and Conservation Corps of choice.

Awareness and Positioning of ACE:

  • Fosters a culture and environment that positions ACE for success and ensures that ACE is the Conservation Corps choice for partners.
  • Demonstrates and promotes ACE Operating Values and Leadership Behaviors.
  • Coordinates initiatives related to AmeriCorps/National Service branding in collaboration with ACE Communications Department.
  • Represents ACE at appropriate conferences and trainings.


  • Requires regular and predictable attendance and punctuality.
  • Perform other duties and related functions as needed or assigned.

Job Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential function listed satisfactory, accurately and safely. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities perform the essential functions.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Represent ACE’s philosophy and values to a wide range of audiences including members, programmatic staff, management and public;
  • 10 years Program Management experience working in partnership with or for the Federal Government is required, work experience with the NRCS is preferred.
  • Program management experience, including supervising staff, logistics and coordination, budget and schedule management, and partnership communication is required.
  • Experience working in the fields of landscape architecture, ecological restoration, wetland ecology, rangeland management, botany, habitat conservation, ecology, natural resource management, or a closely related field, is required.
  • Applicant with a deep interest in public-private partnerships and conservation easement programs nationally is preferred;
  • Extensive knowledge of farmed lands, wetlands, and riparian habitat;
  • Knowledge of NRCS field data collection methods is preferred.
  • Must have a valid driver's license with a clean motor vehicle record.
  • Willingness to travel long distances, spend multiple weeks or more, away from the assigned duty station;  Willingness to travel to National SLC office as needed, if it is not selected as the home duty station.
  • Database management and ArcGIS software experience is preferred;
  • Must be able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts.
  • Must be able to communicate concisely and effectively with resource professionals, teaming partners, landowners, and NRCS staff in non-biased, non-partisan manner.
  • Experience managing federal grants and contracts.
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome

Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions  

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.

  • Physical Demands: Requires frequent sitting, standing, walking, carrying, using hands to handle or feel, reaching with hands and arms, talks and hears. Manual dexterity required for use of computer keyboard/mouse and other routine office equipment. May occasionally be required to stoop, kneel, climb stairs, and/or crouch.
  • Vision Requirements: Requires close, distance, peripheral and depth perception vision as well as the ability to focus.
  • Weight Lifted or Force Exerted: Frequently lifts up to 10 lbs., occasionally lifts up to 25 pounds.
  • Environmental: Outdoor and indoor conditions. Indoor air quality is good and temperature is controlled.
  • Noise Environment: Moderate noise such as in a business office with equipment and light traffic.
  • Travel: This position requires domestic travel.

The preceding statements describe the general job responsibilities and are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of tasks and skills required. This job description may be reevaluated and/or modified at any time without notice. Employees are expected to comply with all company policies and procedures, as well as, state, federal and safety regulations.


For questions or additional information please contact EPIC Director, Shane Barrow, at and/or 801-946-2722

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