Conservation Technician

Conservation Technician
Minimum Age:
HS/GED Degree OR Minimum of 8 year(s) of experience in natural resources
planning field Previously completed training in Conservation Planning and
Engineering Design
Knowledge of conservation planning related to soil, water, air plants and
animals and addressing associate resource concerns; knowledge of engineering
design principles and job approval authority; knowledge of Farm Bill and State
Agricultural Cost Share Programs.
Experience required with Windows, Fax, Copying Machine, MS Word, MS Excel,
MS Access
Customer Service Toolkit, ArcGIS
The enrollee will provide assistance to the Courtland Service Center USDA NRCS
staff by completing the following work: Conservation Planning (I&E), engineering
design (survey layout of conservation practices) and conservation practice
inspection/check-out to support Farm Bill programs and contracts. Assists in the
training of new USDA NRCS staff and assist with making field determination for
Works with District Conservationist(s) to develop conservation plans and
Farm Bill contracts. Plans include developing alternatives to address soil,
water, air, plants, animals and energy resource concerns. In addition,
Associated maps (plan, soils, CRR, T&E, etc) are developed to accompany the plan
and the CPA-52 60%
Independently completes engineering designs for Farm Bill contracts. 40%
computer security, annual ethics, civil rights training & program related
training, etc.
Use of NRCS software - Tool Kit, the Progress Reporting System, ArcGIS &
planning & Access database software training.
Health and Safety Considerations: Walking through woody areas will require
training in basic first aid for tick & snake bites, an orientation session on
the importance of proper wearing apparel such as long sleeve shirts, boots, sun
screen, and finally, use of defensive driving techniques when operating a
government vehicle. Initial orientation session and then periodic follow-up
Required Safety Gear: note: First aid kit and bio-security supplies
furnished by the agency.
Safety Gear Use: The work involves regular and recurring exposure to
operating agricultural equipment or earth moving operations, adverse weather
conditions such as extreme heat and cold and unimproved roads. Protective
equipment is necessary on construction sites.

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