Hawaii Association of Conservation Districts (HACD) is seeking a Maui Conservation Specialist to join our team in Kahului, HI! You will be responsible for supporting the four Maui SWCDs (Central, Hana, Olinda-Kula and West Maui) and NRCS in their work with landowners and operators to develop and implement soil and water conservation plans for various land uses including farms and ranches. This is a full-time position with benefits offered!
- Applies principles of specialized fields of science, such as soil science or agriculture, to achieve soil, water and other natural resources conservation objectives.
- Coordinates with and supports SWCD Cooperators in developing conservation plans in accordance with the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG)
- Standards to fulfill requirements of the Maui County Grading Ordinance; and Hawaii Revised Statues (HRS) Chapter 342 D&E.
- Maintains knowledge of county, state and federal legal requirements and government reporting regulations affecting soil and water conservation functions and ensures policies, procedures and reporting are in compliance.
- Prepares conservation plans in cooperation with SWCDs, NRCS and other governmental agencies to provide for use and treatment of land according to needs and capability
- Coordinates and assists SWCD cooperators as needed: Conducts land surveys, obtains soil samples, coinciding paperwork, and any other field work in preparation of an environmental needs analysis.
- Confers and assists HACD and the SWCDs in the development, coordination, and implementation of programs dealing with soil, water, air, plant and animal resources, which may require presentation to the district cooperators, farmers, land owners and/or general public.
- Prepares monthly, quarterly, and annual work plans and reports. Also prepares and provides a presentation at the HACD Annual Meeting to attendees regarding activities and accomplishments of the districts, HACD and the position in general.
- Other duties may be assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in agriculture or environmental science from four-year College or university; or two years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience
- Basic computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
- Must have or be able to obtain a State of Hawaii Class 3 Driver’s License within 30 days of start date
- Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry. Ability to use various units of measurement
- You will be regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Must be able to perform fieldwork which may include: dust, changes in temperature, high altitudes, and occasional inclement weather with wet conditions. Must also be able to walk a minimum of 3 miles consecutively, able to swim, able to lift and carry 30 pounds. Able to walk in a muddy field and on slippery surfaces.
HACD is a statewide organization of the 16 soil and water conservation districts in Hawaii and was created to support and promote natural resource conservation statewide. http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/swcd/
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is one of the Conservation Districts’ main conservation partners and is a technical resource agency. A cooperative agreement between NRCS and the SWCDs enables the two agencies to work closely together, and frequently share workload.