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Job Title: Agriculture Resource Coordinator

Expires: 05/31/2016
Job ID: 4499455

Company: Livingston County Soil & Water Conservation District
Job Type: Full Time

Degrees Wanted: Associates, Bachelors
Majors Wanted: Agricultural Business; Agriculture; Environmental Science; Natural Resource Management
Job Target: Agriculture; Land Use/Environmental Planning; Natural Resources

Location: Pontiac, IL 61764

Job Description: The Livingston County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) seeks to fill a full-time Agriculture Resource Coordinator position. This position is for 40 hours per week with limited flexibility in scheduled hours. Attendance at monthly board meetings, special events, outdoor activities and other evening meetings is required. Starting salary will be based upon skills and experience. The basic responsibility of the Agriculture Resource Coordinator position is to promote the protection and conservation of Livingston County's and the state of Illinois' soil, water, and related natural resources. This goal is achieved by providing educational and technical assistance to producers and landowners, supporting the work of the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and building diverse conservation partnerships to address local conservation needs. The Agriculture Resource Coordinator carries out the strategic priorities of the District's Long Range Plan and Annual Plan of Work in accordance with the authorities and responsibilities established by the Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts Act. Duties and Responsibilities: 1. Assist NRCS, the District, and partner organizations in watershed projects: identifying concerns, building consensus, implementing solutions, and meeting the District's contractual obligations to complete projects on time and on budget. 2. Assist NRCS in application and reporting of non-structural practices such as residue management, windbreaks, wildlife habitat, vegetative establishment, etc. 3. Implement the T by 2000 program, and any other state programs delegated to the District. 4. Provide technical information and assistance to the public pertaining to local natural resource concerns, particularly with reference to current NRCS conservation programs such as the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). 5. Implement any special State, Federal, County, or other projects (i.e., 319 Water Quality, Solid Waste Management, etc.). 6. Prepare Natural Resource Information (NRI) reports for any land use change in the county. 7. Develop and implement the District's adult conservation education programs such as: tours, workshops, demonstrations, test plots, presentations, meetings, handout materials for cooperators, community groups and all citizens of the County. 8. Develop and organize meetings, workshops, tours that further the wise use of the natural resources in the county. 9. Interpret needs and seek additional funding alternatives and volunteer services for the implementation of the District's Annual Plan of Work such as: developing reports and proposals for the County Board, organizing fundraisers (tree sales, fish sales, prairie plant sales, equipment rentals, grant letter writing, etc.), utilizing the cooperative efforts of local agencies and volunteers. 10. Assist in the public relations of the District through news releases, displays, newsletters, radio programs, pictures, correspondence, and any other communications to enhance public relations. 11. Attend meetings, workshops, training courses, tours, etc. held by the Illinois Department of Agriculture's (IDOA) Bureau of Land and Water Resources (BLWR), the Association of Illinois Soil & Water Conservation Districts (AISWCD), NRCS, Land Use Council, National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) or other cooperating agencies that will enhance District programs. 12. Cooperate with and encourage local groups, landowners, schools, Pheasants Forever Chapters, and other related resource groups in the establishment of wildlife habitat and outdoor classrooms. 13. Prepare required monthly and quarterly activity reports for the District and other programs and other partnering organizations and agencies. 14. Understand and follow procedures for any amendments to District Operations Handbook, the District Act, current legislation, Civil Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity, NACD policy, AISWCD policy, Memoranda and agreements between the District and other agencies, and important correspondence.

Job Requirements:
Required Qualifications: * Associate's Degree in Agronomy, Environmental Resources Management, Environmental Science, Agricultural Engineering, or related subject with extensive agricultural experience. * One to three years combined knowledge and experience with agriculture. * Ability to organize and prioritize efficiently. * Ability to show initiative in completing tasks with minimal supervision. * Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. * Ability to relate to and understand farmers. * Ability to establish effective working relationships with various organizations, age groups, and education levels. * Competency in basic office software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher and Access. * Ability to follow rules and regulations of a USDA-operated computer network.  
Preferred Qualifications: * Bachelor's Degree in Agronomy, Environmental Resources Management, Environmental Science, Agricultural Engineering, or related subject. * Experience working collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders to achieve broad-reaching goals, ideally within a watershed or other natural resources-related project. * Experience seeking, applying for, and administering special project grants related to nutrient management and resource conservation. * Experience working with the USDA-NRCS in development and implementation of conservation systems. * Knowledge of current USDA-NRCS programs, planning techniques, and engineering standards and specifications. * Experience with ArcGIS and Toolkit software.

Application Instructions: To apply, please e-mail cover letter and resume with two references in one Word or PDF document to debra.ruff@il.nacdnet.net. Only applications filed electronically will be considered. Questions may be directed to Debbie Ruff via email at debra.ruff@il.nacdnet.net . Note: Candidate selected will be required to complete a federal background check and fingerprinting.

Contact: Debbie Ruff
Address: 1510 W Reynolds, Pontiac, IL 61764
Phone: (815) 844-6127, ext. 3
Email: debra.ruff@il.nacdnet.net

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