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Conservation District Technician

Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District

Opening posted: 04/18/2024 | Expires: 06/07/2024

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The Mission of the Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District is to improve the economic performance of our natural resources to benefit Washington County residents by encouraging independent application of proven resource protection measures.

Position: 

Conservation District Technician

Location: 

Washington County Soil & Water Conservation District, Machias, Maine

Employment Status: 

part time (20 hours) position that may develop into full time position.

Summary Description: 

The position of Conservation District Technician will provide technical assistance on conservation and natural resource planning and development initiatives. The person occupying this position is directly responsible to the Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors. The employee will adhere to the prescribed personnel policies.

Primary Duties/Responsibilities

  • Assist with technical and engineering field assistance to landowners in Washington County and units of government.
  • Develop engineering designs, providing layout, and assisting with construction of conservation practices.
  • Assist customers with pollution abatement concerns.
  • Assist in conducting tours, field days, public viewing of demonstrations including equipment, plots, practices, etc.
  • Prepare and maintain all records, reports, and forms required by the Washington County SWCD Supervisors.
  • Coordinate with NRCS staff through regular communication and attending relevant meetings.
  • Follow NRCS planning processes and complete documentation to identify natural resource concerns, develop conservation plans and practices, conduct surveys for NEPA compliance, and assist landowners in applying for NRCS funding.
  • Perform other duties as requested by the Washington County SWCD Supervisors.

Skills

  • Possess a knowledge of agriculture and/or natural resources.
  • Ability to work independently, self-directed, and self-motivated.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and be a team player.
  • Innovative, lateral thinker, enthusiastic.
  • Clear and confident verbal and written communication skills; attention to detail.
  • Communicate effectively with producers, stakeholders, contractors, and partners.
  • Discretion in maintaining confidentiality of individual and organizational records.
  • Committed to safety when working with clients in the field.
  • Ability to handle physical labor, lift up to 60 pounds and work in inclement weather.

Qualifications

  • High school education/diploma/GED.
  • Undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s or Associate’s) or professional certification(s) in agriculture, natural resources, or related field preferred.
  • Possess valid Maine driver’s license with good driving record.
  • Strong conservation, forestry, and agricultural background specific to Washington County.
  • Current understanding and enthusiasm to learn about agriculture, conservation, land use, natural resource, or related issues facing landowners and land users in Maine.
  • Must pass pre-employment screening/background check.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Knowledge and use of Microsoft Office Tools.

Training

Provided through State Soil and Water Conservation District,  Washington County Supervisors, and USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)

Hours of work: 

This is a part-time position with a 20-hour work week that is flexible and can be divided between office, field, and home.

Salary and Benefits: 

Starting pay will start at $18.00 per hour.

Application Deadline:

Open until suitable candidate is hired.

Please send a cover letter, resume and two references to:

Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District

ATTN: Conservation District Technician Position

8 M and M Place

Machias, ME 04654