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District Conservation Technician

The District Conservation Technician (DCT) will work 40 weekly hours, generally day shift from Monday to Friday, for the El Paso County Conservation District and Central Colorado Conservation District. These districts are co-located within the Colorado Springs USDA Service Center at 5610 Industrial Pl #100, Colorado Springs, CO 80916. Duties include work within the office as well as work on farms and ranches, in partner offices, and educational or meeting venues. The position is non-exempt, from $19.00 to $23.00 per hour ($39,520 to $47,840 annual). Includes paid time off for federal holidays (~10 days), vacation and sick leave (up to two weeks).

Position Overview:
The DCT will work primarily (80% of duties) within the agricultural industries (farms, ranches) to implement a wide variety of USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) practices (technical and financial assistance to help these individuals and entities manage and conserve their land and natural resources) with a focus on land conservation programs.

The DCT will also work (20% of duties) for the El Paso County Conservation District and the Central Colorado Conservation District, focusing on community education and outreach. These districts serve landowners, land users, and conservation, sustainability, or natural resource partners from three counties along the Pikes Peak Front Range. The DCT works with a wide variety of agricultural producers from small-scale vegetable growers to large-scale commodity operations as well individuals with a wide variety of interests, goals, and experience.

Description of Work::

  • Interprets and communicates natural resource (soil, water, air, plants, wildlife, forestry, wetlands, etc.) conservation practice standards, specifications, policies, and cost share programs to producers
  • Meets on-site with producers and contractors in the application and layout of conservation practices
  • Documents and maintains accurate records and prepares reports on program activities and outcomes
  • Determines preliminary cost estimates for project implementation
  • Shares knowledge of and provides technical assistance to producers for the implementation of soil health principles
  • Participates in conservation district activities such as the District Business Meetings, plant and seed sales, annual meetings, listening sessions, educational events, tours, workshops, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned

Coordination with the NRCS: Because of the Districts’ partnerships with, and support from the NRCS, many aspects of the work occur within the context of NRCS planning processes and funding programs. Therefore, this position will also:

  • Regularly communicate and attend relevant meetings with NRCS staff
  • Follow NRCS planning processes and fill out documentation to identify natural resource concerns, develop conservation plans and practices, conduct surveys for NEPA compliance, and assist landowners in applying for NRCS funding
  • Utilize software such as ProTracts, Web Soil Survey (WSS), ArcGIS, NRI (Natural Resources Inventory) Data Mart, Conservation Desktop (CD), Conservation Assessment Ranking Tool (CART), Toolkit for Erosion and Sediment Control (TESC), and/or others

Skills and Abilities:

  • Possess a knowledge of agriculture and/or natural resources
  • Ability to work independently, self-directed
  • Ability to work collaboratively and be a team player
  • Innovative, lateral thinker, enthusiastic
  • Clear and confident verbal and written communication skills
  • Communicate effectively with producers, stakeholders, contractors, and partners
  • Discretion in maintaining confidentiality of individual and organizational records
  • Committed to safety and wise use of equipment and tools
  • Efficient in computer use and ability to learn new programs or software
  • Attention to detail
  • Must be able to perform field work and carry a minimum of 30 lbs. of equipment

Qualifications:

  • Able to pass a criminal background check
  • Have or be able to obtain a valid Colorado driver license
  • Two to five years of agriculture, conservation, land use, or related industry experience preferred
  • Associate’s Degree or professional certification(s) in agriculture, natural resources, or related field preferred
  • Current understanding or enthusiasm to learn about agriculture, conservation, land use, natural resource, or related issues facing landowners and land users in Colorado

Note: This job description is intended to provide a general overview of the position. It is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, or working conditions associated with the job.

Application Instructions: Please email the following as an attachment to districtmanager@epccd.org :

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Names, contact information, and positions for three academic and/or professional references

Timeline: This position will remain open until filled however, candidates are encouraged to submit their applications before Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 5pm.

Note to Recruitment Agencies and Headhunters: We appreciate your interest, but we are not seeking assistance or accepting unsolicited resumes from recruitment agencies, headhunters, or similar services.