Salary: $50,000 – $60,000 annual salary (dependent upon qualifications and experience).
Type: Regular, benefits, FLSA Eligible, Full-time, 40 hours per week
Note: This position is supported by and contingent upon available grant funding.
About the Pend Oreille Conservation District
The Pend Oreille Conservation District was established in 1949 and is a locally led, special purpose district that administers programs to conserve natural resources in Pend Oreille County. Conservation Districts serve as a non-regulatory political subdivision of state government created to bridge the gap between local landowners and state and federal government. Our work improves both rural and urban communities to benefit the health and well-being of our residents. Pend Oreille CD consists of a small and collaborative team of dedicated staff focused on providing technical assistance, cost share, and building programs that serve our community and the natural resources in Pend Oreille County. We are governed by a five-member volunteer Board of Supervisors.
Nature & Purpose of the Position
The Conservation Ag Coordinator exists to assist with the implementation of two valuable programs within Pend Oreille County: The Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) and the Sustainable Farms and Fields (SFF) program. VSP exists to protect and enhance critical areas while maintaining agricultural viability in the County. SFF aims to assist landowners to implement practices found to sequester carbon and improve soil health.
Through these programs, the successful candidate will work directly with landowners to solve natural resource concerns using creativity, best practices, and long-term relationships with clients. This is an exciting opportunity to work on some of the most pressing natural resource challenges related to water quality, soil health, and endangered species recovery in a growing region.
This is a self-directed professional position responsible for assessing and responding to landowner and land manager needs and requests. The Conservation Ag Coordinator also collaborates with Washington State University (WSU) Extension, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW), Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), Pend Oreille County, and other conservation districts to develop and deliver educational programs and materials for agricultural producers and soil health enthusiasts. On a regular basis, it is expected that this position will proactively coordinate with the other district VSP coordinators, farm planners, and other technical experts in NE Washington and statewide. The Conservation Ag Coordinator is independently responsible for program implementation in a large geographic area. This individual also works directly with the District Manager and the Natural Resource Specialist.
Primary Job Responsibilities
The primary responsibilities of the Conservation Ag Coordinator are to ensure the successful implementation of the VSP and to work directly with agricultural producers (both small-scale and large-scale) within the Pend Oreille Conservation District. The measurement of success is conservation practices applied on the land to improve water quality and soil health, improve fish & wildlife habitat, and that work to the advantage of the farm operation. Duties include the following:
- Coordinate regular meetings of the Pend Oreille County Voluntary Stewardship Work Group.
- Work with district staff to develop, implement, and adapt as necessary a successful outreach program about agriculture conservation in critical areas.
- Develop stewardship and/or regenerative ag plans for landowners with agricultural activities that intersect critical areas.
- Secure additional funding to further implement program activities to meet goals and benchmarks.
- Develop and implement a monitoring plan that demonstrates program effectiveness.
- Collaborate with conservation partners to improve overall effectiveness of individual programs through partnering.
- Assist agricultural producers with completing and collecting stewardship checklists.
- Maintain accurate records of implemented projects that meet the criteria of the Pend Oreille County VSP.
- Plan and design conservation practices and work with landowners to implement projects to specifications.
- Assist staff and contractors with critical area conservation planning and practice design as appropriate.
- Assist with grant research, writing, and progress tracking.
- Assist staff with maintaining conservation project databases.
- Manage equipment rental program.
- Provide customer service in-person, by phone, and email as appropriate to ensure they are directed to appropriate information or personnel.
- Performs other duties as assigned by District Manager.
- All Duties and actions taken by the successful candidate while on official duty will be performed in a safe and healthful manner and will be of a nature to reflect favorably on the Pend Oreille Conservation District.
- BA or BS in agriculture, natural resources from an accredited program, or other related field with at least 1 year of field experience. 5 years of relevant experience may substitute for education.
- Proficient with Outlook, Microsoft Suite, OneDrive and Smartsheet.
- Organizational, report and informational writing and research skills.
- Knowledge of a broad range of soil and water conservation principles, techniques, and best practices to apply and install conservation systems, which involve complex and diverse land uses and regulations.
- Strong ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with diverse groups of landowners, farmers, community organizers, and government partners.
- Ability to coordinate multiple projects and timelines with flexible scheduling.
- Ability to maintain accurate records regarding time-keeping and authorized expenses.
- Ability to organize and plan own schedule of activities related to work goals set by the District Manager.
- Possess, or be able to obtain, a valid Washington State driver’s license.
This is a broad description of the qualifications for the Conservation Ag Coordinator position. We do not expect any single candidate to possess all the qualifications listed. Research tells us that some individuals will only apply to roles if they meet all the listed qualifications, but we will train you and we expect you to learn in the role. We are looking for team members who round out our current skill base. If this is you, we encourage you to apply.
- Knowledge of and experience in common agricultural practices and customs as practiced in Pend Oreille County, Washington, and the greater Northeast Washington area.
- Knowledge and skill in water quality standards and criteria for watershed health, riparian restoration, and ecosystem function.
- Knowledge of eastern Washington plant communities and ecology.
- Understanding and skill in regenerative agricultural practices as applied to Northeast Washington Agriculture.
- Proficiency in using Arc GIS mapping software and global positioning system (GPS) devices & software to collect point, line, and area information and downloading data to a computer system for further analysis.
- Experience developing, writing, and administering applications and projects funded by grants.
- Positive demeanor and ability to interact effectively with coworkers.
- Attention to detail and willingness to learn new skills (computer mapping techniques, soil sampling protocol, etc.)
- Patience and diligence with monotonous work routines.
- Can work independently and communicate needed support with manager.
- Ability to maintain accurate records regarding timekeeping.
- A functional vehicle
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions
This position involves office work (50%) and fieldwork (50%). Regular office work includes long periods of stationary computer work, typing, and reading from a screen. It is necessary to have adequate vision and motor skills to perform the duties of the position, including hearing voice conversation and the manual dexterity to operate a computer.
Fieldwork may occur outside in inclement weather conditions and may require you to traverse uneven terrain. You may occasionally lift and carry materials weighing up to 50 pounds. You must be able to operate a motor vehicle safely. Occasional non-overnight and overnight travel may be required. The position will require occasional work on weekends or after regularly scheduled work hours. This position description describes the functions and qualifications for the position. It does not exclude an opportunity for modifications consistent with providing reasonable accommodation.
The position is based in Newport, Washington within Pend Oreille County in beautiful Northeast Washington. Staff have the option to work in a hybrid setting (3 days in the office, 2 days maximum working remotely).
Staff will make frequent field trips to project areas which involve traversing over difficult terrain.
Screening of applications for this position begins August 16th; the position is open until filled.
Applicants must submit the following:
- An application letter that specifically demonstrates how the applicant meets the minimum and preferred qualifications for this position,
- A detailed resume or CV that shows all work/volunteer experience in enough detail to demonstrate how the applicant meets qualifications, and
- The names and phone numbers of three professional
All applications must be submitted electronically in PDF format to email@example.com. Failure to submit all required materials will remove an applicant from consideration.