Job Announcement: Sagebrush Landscape Restoration Specialist in Idaho

February 20, 2018

POSITION: Sagebrush Landscape Restoration Specialist

LOCATION: Idaho Soil & Water Conservation Commission office in Boise

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POSITION PURPOSE: This position will work with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Governor’s Office of Species Conservation (OSC), and other stakeholders to restore lost hydrology to wet meadow, mesic, and wetland areas. It will promote and assist to implement landscape-scale improvements across jurisdictional boundaries to impact sage-steppe obligates and associated species across Idaho.

SPECIAL NOTIFICATION: This is a temporary, not to exceed 2.5 year grant-funded position. The position is exempt from classified service and the Rules of the Division of Human Resources, and is subject to Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission (ISWCC) policies. The position covers an extended area within Idaho and may require significant or extended periods of travel outside the Boise area.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide technical conservation assistance to farmers and ranchers and provide assistance in administrative, fiscal, and technical responsibilities as requested by the local NRCS field office or partners such as, but not limited to, OSC, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Idaho Sage Grouse Action Team, and US Fish Wildlife Service. Communicate and work with Commission staff, conservation districts, and/or directly with landowners and operators through face-to-face contact, the telephone, written correspondence and/or e-mail.
  • Provide science and technology development to NRCS field offices, Commission staff, conservation districts, and others, identify technology transfer and training needs, increase communication and build partnership capacity in focus areas, and increase technical assistance capacity and as it relates to restoring lost hydrology to wet meadow, mesic and wetland areas. Conduct training and provide technology transfer on tools and emerging science to improve conservation effectiveness of restoring lost hydrology to wet meadow, mesic, and wetland areas. Work to identify wet meadow, mesic and wetland landscape-scale challenges, develop strategic solutions and assist partners in project planning.
  • For plans focusing on wet meadow, mesic or wetland resources, assist with the conservation planning process and certification of conservation practices under direction of local NRCS District Conservationist to assure adherence to NRCS standards and specifications. Ensure that NEPA (including all appropriate permits) is completed for projects developed by this position. Obtain Apprentice Planner Certification as well as appropriate job approval authority for conservation practices as identified by NRCS. Promote Commission and NRCS objectives, programs, and assist NRCS, Commission, and conservation district field offices as assigned by NRCS supervisor.
  • Work with NRCS State Office staff and provide feedback on relevant job sheets and specifications, identifying training opportunities for NRCS and partners, and communication strategies as it relates to wet meadow, mesic and wetland throughout Idaho. Initiate and plan field tours highlighting projects that have been implemented to restore lost hydrology to wet meadow/wetland/mesic areas. Assist in the production of written and visual tools such as videos or other outreach material as assigned.
  • Establish working relationships with state, federal and local groups at the county level to ensure planned projects meet all state, federal and local requirements.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Good knowledge of Idaho’s federal, state, and local voluntary conservation partnership, soil and water conservation principles, agriculture, natural resource conservation practices, hydrology, biology, or range. Experience developing and making public presentations, good writing skills for developing technical reports and correspondence as well as resource plan development and implementation. Working knowledge of or experience working with NRCS.

SALARY RANGE: $45,500 – $58,200 annually, depending on experience – plus competitive benefits

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter, resume, and a copy of qualifying college transcripts specified above to: info@swc.idaho.gov, attention HR Department, no later than 5 pm MT on Friday, March 2, 2018.

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