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Resource Technician - Asotin County Conservation District

Employer
Asotin County Conservation District
Location
Clarkston, Washington, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Jun 12, 2022

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Sector
Academic / Research
Field
Conservation science, Informatics / GIS
Discipline
Restoration
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
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The Asotin County Conservation District is seeking a Resource Technician to join our team. We have a collaborative and supportive team working environment made of professionals that are passionate about voluntary resource conservation and agricultural production. This will be a full time, hourly position. The person in this position will work closely with local landowners, coworkers, conservation partners, and others to develop and implement voluntary conservation plans specific to each landowner's needs and natural resource concerns. Starting compensation will be $15.50 per hour DOQ plus a competitive benefit package.

Job description and ACCD application instructions are available on our website at https://asotincd.org/careers/

Position Description

Title: Resource Technician - Entry Level Introduction:

The duties of this position are to address natural resource issues by working cooperatively with private landowners, and state, local, and federal agencies to implement Best Management Practices (BMP's), implement conservation plans, provide technical assistance, and collect and analyze natural resource data. This position's primary responsibility will be coordinating and implementing district projects. District projects include riparian planting, salmon habitat restoration, livestock water developments, forest health thinning, range managment, cover crops, and windbreaks. Funding for this position is subject to availability and successful attainment of grant money.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and implement district projects.
  • Contact interested landowners and assist them with developing individual plans to best protect and improve natural resources on their property.
  • Provide individual landowners with technical assistance including providing information and recommendations for voluntary implementation.
  • Work cooperatively with landowners and coordinating agencies to effectively implement grant program requirements.
  • Coordinate between landowner and other agencies for technical assistance.
  • Prepare permit applications, environmental compliance, and other documents necessary for conservations projects. Work with funding sources, partners, archaeologists, and landowners to ensure cultural resource surveys are completed.
  • Promote the cost-share program and assist landowners with cost-share applications.
  • Work with NRCS, partners and landowners to develop quality resource plans.
  • Provide periodic project inspections during the life of the projects as directed by District Coordinators
  • Participate in outreach activities such as work shops and tours.
  • Attend workshops, training sessions and meetings within and outside of the district as directed by the District Coordinators. Occasional overnight travel may be involved.
  • Prepare or assist with the preparation of project reporting.
  • Assist with identifying grant opportunities and write grant applications as assigned.
  • Occasionally operate equipment as required for field work according to safety requirements and district policy.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by District Coordinators & District Board of Supervisors.


Required Knowledge & Skills:

  • A degree with preferred course work in one or more of the following areas: agricultural sciences, soils, water quality, biology, general sciences, environmental sciences, fish and wildlife management, natural resource management, engineering or a related discipline or 5 years or more agricultural experience.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with adiversity of cooperators, co-workers, and others.
  • Must be self-motivated, able to work independently and in groups, work efficiently and honestly.
  • Must have demonstrable experience working positively and successfully with individuals one-on-one and in group settings.
  • Ability and desire to motivate individuals to adopt and implement resource management practices on their property.This may include educational speaking in front of public groups, organizations, or clubs, as well as one on one interaction
  • Organizational, report and informational writing, and research skills are required.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects and timelines with flexible scheduling
  • Computerliteracy (wordprocessing, spreadsheets, and database management) is required at an intermediate level or higher
  • Ability to organize and plan own schedule of activities related to work goals
  • Ability to maintain accurate records regarding time-keeping and authorized expenses
  • Ability to work closely, cooperatively, and in a non-confrontational manner with others in a public office environment
  • Must be able to physically perform the tasks of the job in the field by traversing unevenground invaried weather conditions and occasionally carrying up to 50 pounds of equipment and/or materials
  • Ability to operate ATV (if necessary) in a safe and prudent manner and to attend and successfully complete the ATV Rider Course.
  • Use current technology to conductall conservation work activities.
  • Must have, or be able to obtain, and maintain a valid driver's license.


Preferred Knowledge & Skills:

  • Agriculture background and experience.
  • Knowledge of a broad range of soil and water conservation principles, techniques, methods, and practices to apply and install conservation systems, which involve complex and diverse land uses.
  • Knowledge and understanding of water quality standards and criteria for watershed health, riparian restoration, and ecosystem function.
  • Knowledge and understanding of livestock management, grazing practices, and riparian management.
  • Knowledge and understanding of agricultural and cropping systems
  • Knowledge and understanding in riparian functions and restoration processes to improve water quality and aquatic habitat.
  • Knowledge of plant communities and ecology.
  • Knowledge and experience using Global Positioning System (GPS) devices to collect point, line, and area information and downloading data to a computer system for further analysis.
  • Ability to import data, analyze data sets, and develop maps and other graphical depictions of conservation values and plans using mapping software such as ArcGIS.
  • Knowledge and skill in surveying and identifying soils and/orhydrologic processes
  • Ability to effectively use a variety of tools to collect, disseminate, and record natural resource data.


This position's compensation will start at $15.50 per hour DOQ/DOE. This position will receive vacation and sick leave, medical and dental insurance, and retirement benefits as outlined in the employee appointment letter. Terms of compensation and benefits are set by the position appointment letter and may be amended at any time by the Board of Supervisors.
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