Position Description

Conservation Specialist
Location Washington County Wisconsin
Job Code 1621
# of openings 1
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CONSERVATION SPECIALIST

 

The Washington County Planning and Parks Department, located in West Bend Wisconsin has a great opportunity awaiting you in the Land Resources Division as a Conservation Specialist.  Seeking an outgoing highly motivated, personable individual with strong verbal and written communication skills. 

The selected candidate is responsible for promoting the adoption of conservation practices by providing information, education, and technical assistance to landowners regarding various water quality initiatives, State Ag Performance Standards and local ordinances. Special emphasis for this position will be placed on Soil Health initiatives and water quality improvement practices.

Qualified Candidate must possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Soils, Water Conservation, Engineering, Agronomy, Natural Resources, Watershed Management or related field.
  • Three (3) years of work experience in soil and water conservation or related field;
  • Or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Preferred certifications include: Certified Crop Advisor, USDA-NRCS Certified Conservation Planner or Construction Site Erosion Control Inspector.
  • Must possess a valid Wisconsin driver's license and pass a post-offer drug test.

 

Starting hourly rate: $28.90 - $32.95, based on experience. Washington County offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes: Health, Dental, and Life Insurance; Short and Long Term Disability; Medical and Dependent Flexible Spending Accounts; Wisconsin Retirement System and Wisconsin Deferred Compensation (IRS 457); Holidays and Paid Time Off (PTO); tuition and fitness center reimbursement.

Our Mission: We create an environment for residents and businesses to enjoy our authentic quality of life through a well governed and administered county dedicated to safe and secure communities; economic growth and vitality; effective mobility and reliable infrastructure; and access to basic needs.

Our Vision: Washington County strives to cultivate its rich heritage, vibrant economy and attractive communities through the distinct values that define us.

Our Values: Respect, Optimism, Integrity, Innovation, Compassion, and Collaboration.

Please visit our website at www.washcowisco.gov to complete our online application. Applications will be accepted until the needs of the Department are met. If you have any questions, please call (262) 335-4633. Thank you for considering Washington County.

 

Washington County is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individual with Disabilities

 

Position Summary:

Under the general supervision of the Conservation and Zoning Manager, provides technical and professional assistance concerning the implementation of soil and water conservation practices through a variety of Federal, State, local programs.

 

Duties/Responsibilities:

The following duties are normal for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all‑inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Assists with the implementation of the County Land and Water Resource Management Plan, and other State and Federal Programs and Initiatives.
  • Implements a wide range of programs to provide information, education, technical and financial assistance to landowners/citizens/local governments regarding the State’s Performance Standards and Prohibitions.
  • Conducts onsite visits with landowners to determine current compliance status with all applicable County, State and Federal requirements and provides technical assistance and guidance to bring landowners into compliance.
  • Conducts activities associated with the implementation of soil erosion and animal waste management practices aimed to preserve soil productivity and/or reduce non-point source water pollution.
  • Exercises discretion and judgement in contacting priority landowners to discuss resource management problems and provides alternatives and cost estimates to reduce their impact.
  • Conducts various resource inventories utilizing a variety of modeling programs, updates and maintains accurate computer databases on changes in land management, ownership and other records, and prepares reports as necessary.
  • Works with farmers to analyze, develop and implement conservation plans and nutrient management plans that meet the technical standards and requirements of applicable programs.
  • Operates survey equipment, conducts soils investigations and utilizes computer design programs, CADD, GIS, and other references needed to design, analyze and develop a construction plan for the conservation practice that involve complex engineering computations.  Applies appropriate technical standards and specifications to all designs while working within Conservation Engineering Practitioner Certification system.
  • Serves as Quality Control Inspector during construction, certifies the proper installation of conservation practices; assists landowners in following program cost containment procedures, including project bidding, and coordinating pre-construction conferences.
  • May develop cost share agreements with landowners and assists in receiving cost share payments, and coordinates all bills and associated paper work.
  • Documents and monitors the status of all technical assistance given to landowners, and ensures proper operation and maintenance of conservation practices.
  • Carries out and assists with a variety of adult and youth informational and educational activities including, but not limited to: newsletters, tours, workshops, and public speaking engagements.
  • Performs other duties as assigned, including responding to an emergency event.

 
 
Work Direction Received:
Works under the general supervision of the Conservation and Zoning Manager.

Decision Making:
Decisions are made independently concerning analysis, design and installation of land management practices, determining project compliance with county, state and federal soil and water conservation regulations, conducting field tests and topographic surveys, designing structural practice, and other daily activities.

Interaction:
There is significant interaction with various County, State and Federal agencies, landowners, contractors, public officials and the general public.

Essential Knowledge and Abilities:
Knowledge of soil, water quality, water hydrology, soil and water conservation practices, water quality planning techniques, agronomic principles and farming operations including crop and livestock management. Ability to provide analytical and technical assistance needed to design and install soil and water best management practices.  Understanding of engineering and survey principles; and applicable State, Federal, and County laws, rules, regulations, standards and specifications pertaining to land conservation practices.  Ability to read plans, interpret administrative codes, specifications, communicate program objectives to the general public and landowners, communicate effectively orally and in writing, and interact effectively with co‑workers, landowners, and the general public.  Able to fulfill physical demands of job, sensory demands (seeing and hearing), and cognitive demands (concentration, conceptualization, memorization).

Training and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in Soils, Water Conservation, Engineering, Agronomy, Natural Resources, Watershed Management or related field and three years of work experience in soil and water conservation or related field; or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities. Preferred certifications include: Certified Crop Advisor, USDA-NRCS Certified Conservation Planner or Construction Site Erosion Control Inspector. Must possess a valid Wisconsin driver's license and pass a post-offer drug test.

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