Soil Conservation Technician
National Older Worker Career Center Monmouth, IL
- Expired: September 16, 2020. Applications are no longer accepted.
Soil Conservation TechnicianID:AIL-009Location:MonmouthProgram:ACEWage/Hr:$14.16Hours/Week:40Minimum Age:55Being Age 55 or Older is Good for The Environment! The Agricultural ConservationExperienced Services (ACES) Program offers unique opportunities in Scientific,Technical, and Agricultural support for individuals age 55 and over to supportthe 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 experiencewill truly be valued.
The NRCS provides an opportunity to work side-by-side withNRCS staff that are doing important work every day. Benefits: Paid HealthInsurance Premium for positions budgeted at 60+ hours per pay period, AccruedVacation and Sick Leave, Paid Federal Holidays, and optional Vision and DentalInsurance available for positions budgeted at 35+ hours per pay period.Qualifications:Minimum of 10 year(s) of experience in Basic Survey and Design, Conservationplanning; or an AA Degree in Successful completion of 1 year of study includingat least 6 semester hours in courses such as range management or conservation,agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics orother natural or physical sciences.Valid State Driver's licenseExperience required with Windows, MS Word, MS Excel, MS AccessArc-GiS, CAD Conservation Desktop, Conservation Assessment Tool (CART)Duties:Provide technical support to USDA NRCS field office with the planning, design,and implementation of conservation practices.Data Collection and Practice Design (50%):Using general knowledge of local farming operations, gathers and compilesplanning data on primary rural sites, including physical features such as soillimitations, erosion, surface drainage, and sedimentation. Recommends to landusers a range of solutions or alternatives to solve a resource problem, withinscope of engineering job approval authority.
Assists NRCS staff with datacollection as requested.Can identify local grasses, seeds, trees and shrubs to assist withidentifying agronomic resource concerns and identification of problem species aswell as alternative managements for improvements of appropriate species.Assists the NRCS Staff in resource planning by laying out land boundaries onaerial photos, determines acreage and develops plan maps using manual andcomputer-based tools including use of CD/ArcMap, and Lidar layers. Performssimple conservation planning for basic resource protection for conservationcompliance plans.Computes and plots engineering notes, prepares field sketches and drawings,and utilizes standard engineering design software for basic conservationpractices. Selects standard designs, modifying or adjusting them to siteconditions within the limits of the incumbent's engineering practice review andapproval limits in accordance with Part 501, National Engineering Manual.
Also,will need to have basic knowledge of GPS survey equipment and use as needed tofacilitate survey, layout and design of conservation practice.Checks feasibility and makes engineering surveys gathering design data forstructures requiring engineering application. Records field notes and preparesdesigns based on standard designs. Lays out construction ground controls bylocation cut and fill stakes, running level lines and other control lines, usingrod, level or other survey equipment.Prepares basic natural resources conservation plans where soil surveyinformation is available and precedent planning information is applicable tophysical conditions such as topography and specific type of land unit.Technical Application (40%):Schedules own time for on-site assistance required in the application ofpractices.
Provides periodic follow-up and inspection with landowners tocheck progress of conservation practices that are under construction. Identifiesneed for adjustments to practice designs under construction and seeks assistancefrom individuals with adequate engineering job approval authority whennecessary.Checks completed practices to determine that specifications are met.Completes field sheets and provides final certification within limits ofengineering job approval authority. Advises landowner/operator to completeproper maintenance.Establishes and/or carries out a follow-up schedule to check progress madein carrying out conservation plans.
Suggests best methods and time forinstalling additional practices, recognizes when revisions in plans are needed,and obtains data which expedites revision of plans.Performs duties in a manner supportive of a safe and healthy workenvironment, and exercises safety precautions when exposed to dangerous objects,chemicals, extreme temperatures, etc.Marketing and Training (10%):Provides information to farmers, ranchers, and other rural residents on thekinds of assistance available from NRCS and other agencies, including nature ofprograms and how and where to apply for assistance.Assists with public information activities, providing NRCS guidance andpolicy for the application of practices. As appropriate, conducts practicedemonstrations and discusses conservation practices on tours.Presents material on practice application and specifications at community orwatershed meetings if requested.Other:Annual information system security, anti-harassment, and civil rightstraining, UTV training.Overnight travel: Possibly 3-5 days a year. Overnight travel may be requiredfor training purposes.Health and Safety Considerations: Aglearn "NRCS Employee Safety Training"Course ID number NRCS-NEDC-000284Required Safety Gear: hard-hat, safety goggles, gloves
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