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Career Opportunity: Conservation Technician

Overview

The Conservation Technician will primarily assist landowners with planning for, funding, and implementing conservation practices on agricultural lands in addition to other land use types. Where applicable, this will include assisting landowners in leveraging local, state, and federal programs (e.g. Farm Bill Programs, the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program, etc.) to implement these practices. This is a full time, non-supervisory position located in the Allegan Conservation District office and supervised by the Executive Director.

Compensation

Pay starting at $21/hour, commensurate with experience. Hybrid work schedule available. Benefits include health care, retirement contribution, and paid time off including sick, vacation, and federal holidays.

Duties

1. Conduct site visits with landowners to identify resource concerns, management goals, and eligibility for financial assistance programs.

2. Develop plans to help landowners implement their management goals (e.g. conservation plans, emergency plans, nutrient management plans).

3. Develop outreach materials to advertise conservation planning services.

4. Plan and conduct educational activities.

5. Fulfill grant contractual obligations including financial and activity reporting

6. As time allows, building programs that meet the District’s goals and incumbent’s interests—including fund acquisition, project planning, and execution.

The Technician may also assist with other conservation work as deemed necessary by the Allegan Conservation District Board of Directors.

Qualifications

Essential

1. Education and/or experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in agri-science, agronomy, soil science, horticulture, environmental science, or a related field

2. General knowledge of cropping, livestock, and/or dairy operations

3. Computer proficiency

4. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with clients and coworkers

5. Valid driver’s license and clean driving record. Use of a personal vehicle will be necessary.

6. Must pass a federal background check

7. Must be able to work outdoors in varying conditions and terrain

Preferred

1. Experience using GIS software.

2. Strong writing skills

3. Knowledge of cover crops, conservation tillage, and other agricultural conservation practices.

4. Ability to identify native, invasive, and common agricultural plants

To Apply

Submit the following as a single PDF document to Brian Talsma at allegan.admin@macd.org or 1668 Lincoln Rd. Allegan, MI 49010.

1. Cover letter highlighting your qualifications and any additional skills or experience which may be applicable (e.g. experience designing outreach materials, organizing events, maintaining heavy equipment, etc.).

2. Resume.

3. Unofficial or official transcripts (if education is applicable). Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis with a goal of candidate selection by July 13.




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