Natural Resource Specialist
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Job Title: Natural Resource Specialist
Posting Expires: Open Until Filled
Location: Rensselaer, IN
Position Type: Full-Time
HR Contact: Lana Zimmer, Vice-Chair
Date Posted: 2/25/2022
MAIL: Jasper County Soil & Water Conservation District
211 East Drexel Parkway, Rensselaer, IN 47978
ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the guidance of Jasper County SWCD Board of Supervisors and District Executive Director, with direction by the Jasper County Commissioners, the Natural Resource Specialist will be responsible for assisting in the planning and implementation of countywide projects that will increase the adoption of practices and systems that improve soil and water health in both rural and urban landscapes. The Natural Resource Specialist will be responsible for effective development and communication of technical data as related to soil and water resources to identify local needs and solutions. With those in mind, the Natural Resource Specialist will assist in finding outside funding and help to oversee grant funded projects that will address resource concerns. Other responsibilities include assisting with the planning and facilitation of District information/outreach efforts, including cultivating relationships among local farmers and landowners, outside organizations, media, and public officials. The Natural Resource Specialist will also work directly with other partnering agencies to achieve the District’s goals.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor's Degree in a natural resources field such as agriculture, agronomy, hydrology, biology, environmental science and have two years relevant experience.
Knowledge and experience with GIS
Expertise in water and soil health principles.
Knowledge and experience with invasive species
Working knowledge of farming practices and technologies
Strong ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing
Strong facilitation, leadership, and teamwork skills
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
Ability to track multiple projects, meetings, and schedules
Valid driver’s license and willingness to travel
Willingness to meet all county employee policies and requirements
Experience in grant writing and implementation
Knowledge of federal, state, and local conservation agencies and programs
Reports to the Board of Supervisors and District Executive Director
A federal background check will be required for use of computer network system
Full time position as a county employee with full benefits. Salary may be additionally subsidized with grant funding depending upon qualifications.