Role: Senior Conservationist - Strategy Planning Location: Remote except for site visit to the following 4 California locations to interact with customers - Red Bluff, Salinas, Fresno, San Bernardino. Duration: 9-12 Months Responsibilities
: Review of legacy Natural Resources Conservation Service(NRCS) California strategic and annual business plan content, and NRCS California activities and programs. Help organize and facilitate 1 day meeting with California NRCS Leadership Team to discuss and agree on key strategies to obtain feedback from partners, customers and employees on their concerns and priorities. Tabulate and summarize the results and report to NRCS. Design and distribute a survey to be sent to employees to gather input needed to inform the completion of the strategic plan. Organize and conduct focus group sessions to gather feedback from partners, customers and other key stakeholders. Up to three focus group sessions will be required, covering the following: dairy and other livestock needs, vegetable and specialty crop growers, forestry and wildlife. Focus groups may include customers, Conservation Districts, state and federal agency personnel, university extension partners, non-governmental partners, Technical Service Providers, and others. Tabulate and summarize the results from the employee surveys and each of the three focus group sessions, and generate one combined report. Identify groups involved in each session and in total. Help plan and facilitate at least one two-day strategic planning session with NRCS California, focused on identifying strategic goals, objectives and tactics that will impact NRCS performance and organizational outcomes, based on feedback obtained from surveys and focus group sessions. Develop in coordination with NRCS California - general, outcome-oriented, 3-5 year goals for the major functions and operations of the agency. The goals, objectives and tactics will need to address the direction(s) the organization intends to take, the implications, and how to achieve the desired results. Integrate individual and group NRCS California and stakeholder input into a draft strategic plan, so it is ready to share with partners for discussion and feedback. If input is not integrated, respond appropriately so everyone feels they are heard. Once draft plan is developed, seek feedback on draft plan from focus group attendees and other key stakeholders identified by NRCS California by planning and facilitating at least one half-day strategic planning session to review and comment on draft strategic goals, objectives and tactics that will impact NRCS performance and organizational outcomes. Integrate input from partners into the final strategic plan and/or respond appropriately. Report to NRCS. Ensure that strategic objectives formulated by the team are linked to a set of performance goals and annual performance metrics established to help the agency monitor and analyze progress toward desired outcomes. Ensure tasks that are mandated by Administrative Order, Congress or local laws are assessed and incorporated in the strategic plan. Ensure the strategic plan, including improvements to the conservation delivery system, align with regional and state goals and objectives and compatible with overarching NRCS goals. Ensure the strategic planning process is transparent internally and externally, to the greatest extent possible. After incorporating NRCS California staff input and partner input, meet with the NRCS California State Conservationist and Leadership Team to discuss, refine and finalize the strategic plan. Provide support in the planning process of the project, which will include a work break down structure or other means of communicating how the project will be completed. Job Requirements:Qualifications
- Bachelor's or advanced degree in Conservation or related Agricultural or Natural Resource discipline such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, agricultural education, or agricultural engineering
- Experience preparing conservation or resource management plans and/or providing financial or implementation assistance
- Experience communicating and sharing technical information and explaining issues related to natural resource conservation, problems, and solutions to landowners, resident, and land managers.
- Knowledge of the principles and theories of soil and water conservation and related sciences such as biology, agronomy, and forestry, in identifying conservation related problems
- Knowledge of NRCS and Farm Bill programs available to address resource concerns