Job Description for Resource Conservationist

Position Announcement
Position Information
Job Title:
Resource Conservationist
Full-time/Part-time:
Full-time
Wage and Salary:
$26.32/hour
Application review will begin:
July 30, 2021
Application Deadline:
Open Until Filled
Job Description:

Jefferson County’s Land and Water Conservation Department (LWCD) has made it their mission to work together to protect and enhance the environment by providing conservation of soil and water resources for Jefferson County while administering State Statutes and County ordinances that conserve and protect our natural resources.

To contribute to the mission of the department, LWCD is currently hiring a Resource Conservationist to provide direction and experience in the management of land and water resources. As an experienced, knowledgeable, and passionate individual, you will be successful in this role while completing the below key tasks and responsibilities:

  • Implements the Farmland Preservation Program to enable landowners to obtain tax credits; develops and revises conservation plans; assures that plans are written according to standards; manages compliance and evaluation monitoring and annual certification including site visits; and prepares annual reports for State Agencies.
  • Implements cost-sharing programs that protect water resources, prevent erosion, and build soil health; assists landowners and operators with practice selection, assists with engineering of practices, completes contracts and maintenance agreements, assists with State and County permits if applicable, inspects installation of practice to ensure compliance with relevant standards, and assists with financial aspects of the programs.
  • Investigates and responds to citizen complaints and concerns involving water pollution, wetland disturbance, excess manure spreading, manure runoff, and other agricultural and resource concerns.
  • Trains farmers how to write their own nutrient management plans.
  • Oversees the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program including contract development.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or that may develop.

Starting wage: $26.32/hour
Hours: 40 hours/week
Benefits: Eligible for our excellent benefit package with details at the below link
(https://www.jeffersoncountywi.gov/departments/human_resources/pay_and_benefit_information.php)

Qualifications:

Qualifications Needed:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture, Agronomy, Environmental Sciences, Geology, or other closely related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Valid driver’s license

Qualifications Preferred:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the above listed fields plus two years’ experience

Applications will be accepted as long as position is posted; however, initial screening of applicants will begin July 30th, 2021.

Application and position details are available at www.jeffersoncountywi.gov or Jefferson County Human Resources: 311 S. Center Ave. Room 111, Jefferson, WI  53549.

Jefferson County is an Equal Opportunity Employer