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19 Nov 2020

Full-Time NRCS Program and Technical Assistance Provider

Massachusetts Association of Conservation Districts – Posted by Michael Leff Yarmouth, Massachusetts, United States

Job Description

Title:                            NRCS Program and Technical Assistance Provider

Employer:                     Massachusetts Association of Conservation Districts

Employment Status:      Full-time, Salary, Exempt

Salary Range:               $45,000 – $55,000/yr, based on education and experience

Hours:                          40 hours/week, Mon-Fri, 8:00am-4:30pm

Location:                      West Yarmouth, MA – NRCS Southeast Massachusetts Field Office

Posting Date:                November 19, 2020

Closing Date:                December 4, 2020

Position:    The Massachusetts Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) is seeking qualified candidates for a combined Program and Technical Assistance full-time position, to be based out of the Southeast Massachusetts NRCS Field Office in West Yarmouth. The selected applicant will work closely with the S.E. Mass USDA/NRCS District Conservationist in delivering both Program Assistance and Technical Assistance to Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket Counties. (Background investigation and USDA identification card will be required.)

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Customer Service
    • Deliver professional customer service representing the USDA / NRCS / MACD
    • Work well with Conservation Partners in all aspects of conservation delivery
    • Facilitate scheduling, deliver messages, coordinate travel
  2. Conservation Planning
    • Inventory and Evaluation reports
    • Create conservation case folders/files
    • Identify and document resource concerns
    • Develop USDA Certified Conservation Plans
  3. Program Eligibility
    • Accept / Enter / Maintain Farm Bill program applications for financial assistance
    • Coordinate delivery and assistance to ensure customers successfully navigate FSA Farm Bill and NRCS eligibility documentation
    • Track accurately and consistently customer application/eligibility documentation
  4. Contract Administration
    • Load Obligating documentation into USDA data systems
    • Keep Obligating tracking sheets up to date
    • Ensure Contract documents requiring customer signature are carefully delivered to and received from customer in expected timelines
    • Verify Payment Instructions for certified practices and create payment application
    • Keep Case Files up to date with all required documentation
  5. Certified Conservation Planner Training
    • Complete agency training courses to become a USDA Certified Conservation Planner
    • On-the-job training with experienced Certified Conservation Planners
  6. Conservation Practices
    • Design Pre-Calcs
    • Design Construction materials (type/use applicability) and description for Contractors/Customers
    • Construction Layout
    • Construction Check including As-Builts
    • Practice Certification Documentation
  7. Farm Bill Program Outreach
    • Work with District Conservationist to deliver targeted outreach to agriculture communities
    • Work with PR staff in development of regional publication materials; arrange for photo/interview or drone events with customers and agency staff

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Relevant background education in Agriculture, Ecology, Biology, Soils, Wetlands, and/or Environmental Science
  • Computer competency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Teams
  • GIS experience with layered reference material
  • Any GPS, surveying, or construction measurement experience
  • Good communicator, strong interpersonal skills
  • Technical writing skills, outreach experience
  • Organized, detail-oriented, filing experience
  • Experience with tracking equipment, ordering office supplies, operating digital postage systems
  • Digital photography capabilities

How to Apply

Interested parties should send a Letter of Interest and resume by email to the MACD Executive Director, Michael Leff ([email protected]) by 5:00pm, Friday, December 4, 2020.  

Job Categories: Conservation. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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