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Conservation Specialist

National Older Worker Career Center Beckley, WV

  • Posted: over a month ago
  • $21 Hourly
  • Full-Time
Job Description
Conservation SpecialistID:AWV-020Location:BeckleyProgram:ACE
Wage/Hr:$20.53Hours/Week:32Minimum Age:55

Being Age 55 or Older is Good for The Environment! The Agricultural Conservation Experienced Services (ACES) Program offers unique opportunities in Scientific, Technical, and Agricultural support for individuals age 55 and over to support the Department of Agriculture?s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through a grant administered program through National Older Worker Career Center (NOWCC). This is a unique program where your talents, expertise and experience will truly be valued. The NRCS provides an opportunity to work side-by-side with NRCS staff that are doing important work every day. Benefits: Paid Health Insurance Premium for positions budgeted at 60+ hours per pay period, Accrued Vacation and Sick Leave, Paid Federal Holidays, and optional Vision and Dental Insurance available for positions budgeted at 35+ hours per pay period. ---> Positions listed here do not guarantee employment for any definite period of time. Enrollment in the Experienced Worker Programs administered by NOWCC is temporary. The enrollment relationship between NOWCC and the Enrollee is an at will relationship. This means that an Enrollee is free to terminate his or her enrollment at any time during the enrollment period, and NOWCC and the Agency have the right to terminate the relationship with the Enrollee.


Minimum of 15 year(s) of experience in natural resources conservation related area. OR BA/BS Degree in Agriculture, natural resources, agronomy or related field of study

  • Skilled in Design of Conservation Practices, surveying, soils interpretation and practice installations.
  • Valid state driver?s license.
  • Experience required with Windows, Fax, Copying Machine, MS Word, MS Excel
  • PowerPoint

Assists the Beckley area office and nearby field offices (on an ad hoc basis) with technical functions of organizing and implementing natural resources conservation programs in West Virginia.

  • Prepares, drafts forest stewardship conservation plans, with job sheets, documentations required within the eFOTG standards of a Forest Stewardship Plans.   50%
  • Checks completed practices to determine that specifications are met. Completes field sheets and recommends acceptability of completed practices to the supervisor for final certification. Advises landowner/operator to complete proper maintenance. Prepares recommended adjustments in plans for the conservationist.   30%
  • Gathers and compiles planning data on forestland, rural and/or urban sites. Prepares design and assists with installation of assigned practices under the direction of qualified NRCS personnel. Advises on-site selections and performs layout work for practices for which the NRCS has technical responsibility.   20%

  • Subject to mandatory USDA Information Systems Security Awareness Training.
  • As needed, on the job training will be provided and specialized training will be provided when identified.
  • Overnight travel: Infrequent
  • Health and Safety Considerations: Defensive Driving and First Aid ? CPR (AgLearn) courses. Will be provided prior to traveling in a government vehicle to remote areas.
  • Required Safety Gear: Work may occasionally require coveralls, gloves, hard hat, steel toed shoes and safety goggles / glasses.
  • Safety Gear Use: Safety equipment may be needed when working in or near construction or water environments.

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Beckley, WV
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