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30 Oct 2020

Full-Time Conservation Agronomist

Barton County Conservation District – Posted by Barton County Conservation District Great Bend, KS

Job Description

The Barton County Conservation District in Great Bend is seeking a talented and experienced Conservation Agronomist to advance agricultural practices and environmental outcomes in a multi-county area. Applications will be taken until Nov. 25, 2020.

A qualified applicant for the BCCD Conservation Agronomist position can expect to serve as a conservation leader in the area, fostering public-private partnerships with a host of players from ag retailers and crop consultants to state and federal conservation agencies and others helping to advance voluntary, incentive-based approaches to private lands conservation. The applicant will also lead efforts to enhance coordination, training and information for the farming community with a goal of providing public and private sector organizations an opportunity to provide integrated and complementary conservation assistance to their shared customers.

The Conservation Agronomist will:
Report to the Barton County Conservation District Board of Supervisors, and will work closely with the conservation district, other conservation districts and NRCS staff.
Work closely with area ag retailers and crop consultants within the Great Bend Co-op retail area, and will represent the BCCD at public meetings and events.

Primary Responsibilities:
Information and Education:
• Work closely with ag retailers to help them understand natural resource concerns, as identified by NRCS, and conservation programs and practices designed to address those resource concerns.
• Provide training opportunities to agricultural retailers and other agriculture organizations on state and federal conservation programs to improve awareness, farmer access to assistance, and on-the-ground coordination with CDs and agricultural organizations.
• Provide training and information to CDs and NRCS field offices on modern production agriculture systems, including precision ag, nutrient and pest management, and other agronomic services that improve productivity while minimizing natural resource concerns.
• Build conservation expertise and capacity at both the CD and agricultural retailers in the area to drive adoption of on-farm stewardship practices.
• With partners, develop and implement workshops and field days designed to educate farmers, farm-related and farmer-led organizations on best practices and other innovative conservation systems that benefit natural resource quality and farm productivity.

Technical Assistance:
• Serve as a leader in the multi-county area to advance public-private partnerships through state and federal conservation programs, including NRCS’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program, Source Water protection assistance, and Conservation Innovation Grants.
• Assist the NRCS Field Office Staff in providing on-site technical assistance to private landowners under contract with USDA for the implementation of conservation practices.
• Work closely and build and maintain a good working relationship with CD and NRCS staff, agricultural retailers and crop consultants, and other resource management professionals, both public and private, in support of a holistic approach to the management of natural resources.
• Assist clients with applying for financial assistance through USDA Farm Bill Programs and other state/local conservation implementation and incentive programs. Assist with application processing, contract development, application ranking and document preparation for programs.
• Assist contract holders with technical guidance regarding implementation of their
contracts.
• Assist the NRCS Field Office Staff with monitoring progress of contract implementation, reviews, processing contract modifications and payments, and general correspondence.
• Learn program rules and regulations concerning administration of applications and contracting procedures for each Farm Bill program under NRCS.
• Use agency-specific software related to mapping, planning & implementation.
• Maintain accurate, well-organized records of customer interaction and decisions.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in agronomy, environmental science, soil science, horticulture, viticulture, or a closely related field is preferred. A minimum of 5 years specialized work experience in a natural resource management field may be substituted for education.
An awareness of and working knowledge in:
Principles and practices of sustainable agriculture.
Soil management practices including conservation tillage, cover cropping, conservation crop rotation, and amendment applications.
Erosional processes and best management practices for water quality protection.
Strong communication skills, including both written and public speaking and presentation skills.
Strong computer skills, including ability to navigate the internet, use Outlook, create Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents.
Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to set priorities, manage time, work under pressure and manage multiple projects effectively.
Desire to embrace the mission of the conservation district in close collaboration with agricultural retailers and crop consultants to promote responsible natural resource management through voluntary community stewardship and technical assistance.
Must be willing to travel over a multi county area in south central Kansas to work with ag retailers and producers. Occasional use of personal vehicle may be necessary. Occasional overnight travel will be required.
Must be willing to maintain a flexible work schedule, with occasional work on weekday nights and weekends being required.
Must possess a valid driver’s license at all times during employment.
Must successfully complete a federal background investigation.
Obtain level 2 e-Authentication

SALARY, BENEFITS, WORK HOURS, LOCATION:
This position will be based at the Barton County Conservation District Office in Great Bend, KS. This is a full-time (40 hours per week) salaried position which includes some benefits (paid federal holidays, medical stipend, vacation and sickpaid leave). Pay rate will be approximately $60,000/year; based on experience. Flexibility in scheduling is possible, with a typical work week being Monday through Friday, schedule to be negotiated with the conservation district board upon hiring. Some evening and weekend work will be required. This is a two-year, grant funded position, with possible funding extension.

How to Apply

Please send a complete resume and contact information to the Barton County Conservation District, 926 Patton Rd., Great Bend, KS 67530. Submissions may be submitted via email to veronica.coons@ks.nacdnet.net.

Job Categories: Oil/Agriculture. Job Types: Full-Time.

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