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Voluntary Stewardship Program Specialist

Grays Harbor Conservation District Montesano, Washington
Job Type Paid permanent

Grays Harbor Conservation District promotes conservation of the county’s natural resources through voluntary, non-regulatory, incentive-based programs. Our staff works with landowners to promote sustainable agriculture and forest, watershed, and habitat stewardship.

We are seeking a skilled and passionate individual who will work with private landowners towards the conservation and wise stewardship of Grays Harbor County’s natural resources by coordinating the implementation of the Grays Harbor County Voluntary Stewardship Program (https://scc.wa.gov/vsp/).

Employment will be regular full-time, scheduled to work 40 hours per week. Work may require some evening work. The position is eligible for the District’s benefit package, subject to the terms, conditions, limitation, and eligibility requirements of each benefit program.  Benefits include health insurance, retirement, vacation, and sick leave.

Salary depends on qualifications.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, however to be considered for the first round of interviews please submit your application by January 18, 2019.

Duties and Responsibilities:

General

  • Duties will be performed primarily in Grays Harbor County, although some work may be performed in Thurston County. The District office is located in Montesano. Attendance at some evening meetings will be required.
  • The work requires a high degree of confidentiality and professionalism.
  • Know, and comply with the District’s Personnel and Risk Management policies.

Specific

  • Understand and promote the structure, role, mission, and objectives of the District and its programs.
  • Work with District staff, County staff, and the Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) Workgroup to implement the VSP.
  • Work with agricultural landowners to develop conservation/farm plans that steward natural resources while considering landowner priorities and environmental regulations.
  • Work with agricultural landowners to implement Best Management Practices and cost-share projects that benefit water quality, soil health, critical area function, and other natural resource issues.
  • Conduct outreach activities to support agricultural viability, promote the Voluntary Stewardship Program, and educate landowners about Best Management Practices and cost-share projects.
  • Keep accurate, organized, and timely records of all work.
  • Assist in grant writing and grant implementation.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Required

  • Able to be a self-motivated problem solver who displays aptitude at troubleshooting.
  • Displays the ability to work on multiple, complex tasks and adjust project prioritization based on program needs.
  • Able to work independently and in cooperation with other District staff in both office and field environments.
  • Able to communicate effectively and courteously, verbally and in writing, with landowners, co-workers, state and federal employees, and others.
  • Able to effectively interact with landowners, educators, government agency representatives, the general public, and others face-to-face, at meetings, in group settings, and by telephone.
  • Able to civilly and effectively navigate situations that involve conflicting natural resource viewpoints among parties and individuals.
  • Able to organize and plan work related activities related to goals set by the District Manager.
  • Able to effectively function in a leadership role for various projects and teams.
  • Advanced literacy in computer programs that utilize word processing, spreadsheets, and database management.
  • Familiarity with using GIS mapping technology and software.
  • Professional, courteous, honest, and with a track record of following through.
  • A willingness to continually learn and grow as a natural resource professional working in a fast-paced, challenging, and rewarding field.
  • Have, or be able to acquire, and maintain a valid Washington State driver’s license, as this job will involve driving District vehicles for site visits and other duties.

The position requires the ability to lift and/or move items weighing up to fifty pounds, conduct repetitive motions, stand, sit, or stoop for long periods of time, carry field equipment, wade streams, cross fences safely, and encounter wild and domestic animals.

Desired

  • Bachelor’s degree in a natural resource, agricultural science or related field. Proven knowledge of natural resource stewardship or agricultural production activities.
  • Knowledge of the agricultural and natural resource issues of Grays Harbor County.
  • Knowledge of soil and water conservation principles, practices, methods, and policies, within the context of a landscape mosaic that includes agricultural, wildlife habitat, forestry, and other land uses.
  • Experience conducting landowner outreach around natural resource issues.
  • Experience developing conservation, natural resource, or farm planning documents (provide sample if available).
  • Conservation or farm planning training/certifications
  • Knowledge of the Grays Harbor County Voluntary Stewardship Program
  • Knowledge of Natural Resource Conservation Service standards and practices
  • Knowledge of cost-share, landowner incentive programs through the WA State Conservation Commission or USDA Farm Bill programs.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal natural resource agencies, policies and regulations.

The District Manager supervises this position. Funding for the position is subject to availability of government grants and contracts.

Position candidates may be subject to a pre-employment background check.

Employment is at the discretion of the Grays Harbor Conservation District Board of Supervisors.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for this position please submit:

  • One page cover letter indicating why you are interested in the position and how your qualifications/experience match the position description.
  • Current resume
  • Contact info for 3 work references
  • You may also send reference letters or copies of relevant natural resource certificates with the application materials

Application materials may be digitally sent to Anthony Waldrop at ghcdwater@gmail.com or mailed to:

Grays Harbor Conservation District Attn: Anthony Waldrop

330 W Pioneer Ave. Suite D

Montesano, WA, 98563

You may contact our office at 360-249-8532 with any questions.

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.