Local recruitment: Partnership Watershed Coordinator

Lewis and Clark Community College

Godfrey, IL, USA 🇺🇸

Posting Details


Posting Number20110634
Job TitlePartnership Watershed Coordinator
ClassificationSalaried Staff
Rate of PayStarting salary commensurate with experience, $49,350 – $66,623
Type of PositionFull-Time
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Organizational UnitNGRREC-Environmental Sustainability
Position Reports To (Title)Conservation Programs Manager
Scope of PositionThrough an agreement between the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and The National Great Rivers Research & Education Center (NGRREC) a full-time areawide watershed planning expert will be supported to bolster and facilitate watershed planning efforts across the state of Illinois. The person in this position will act as a subject matter expert in conservation and environmental planning and will provide knowledge and education to Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff and other technical support partners such as NGRREC’s Land Conservation Specialists (LCS) on how they can incorporate areawide planning into their practice as conservation professionals. This may be done through a variety of means including conducting and leading workshops, initiation of meetings, and the facilitation of partner engagement and communications. The person in this position will be expected to lead or assist in plan formulation in close collaboration with NRCS and NGRREC LCS and associated conservation staff, and will also have knowledge of other conservation and environmental planning programs in order to enhance NRCS areawide conservation planning activities in a way that provides synergistic environmental outcomes.
Key Measurable ExpectationsThe knowledge and activity of the environmental planning expert will help bridge the gap between NRCS staff, NGRREC science and conservation staff, stakeholder-partners, and other agencies and organizations engaged in conservation work in the state. The person in this position will interface with partners interested in or already working on watershed planning as it relates to NRCS conservation programs, including those watersheds, including areas and partners, NGRREC is already engaged with. This interface will be most important at the NRCS/partner field level where this coordinator will work to more fully engage NRCS and partner field-level staff in all aspects of the Areawide Conservation Planning (ACP) process. Historically, NRCS was at the table for many of these types of discussions, but new responsibilities and programs have limited many field staff’s time to devote to this practice. A key component of this position will help NRCS show partners, including NGRREC’s LCSs, the resources NRCS can contribute to watershed planning so that watershed projects achieve more conservation. Additionally, the knowledge of other planning programs such as Clean Water Act 604(b) will allow for coordination and potentially synergistic activities in conservation planning.DutiesConduct and lead workshops and education programs on the subject of areawide conservation planning throughout the state targeted toward NRCS field staff and partnersFacilitate and coordinate improved communication and engagement among partners and agencies, bringing previously untapped resources to already occurring ACP effortsCoordinate planning and conservation initiatives outside typical NRCS activities, and engage with a diverse network of conservation professionals.Establish positive working relationships with local agency staff, agricultural producers, and other stakeholder groups.Model for NRCS field staff and partners how to use ACP to bring about more efficient and effective conservation implementation, compared to working with producers individuallyDevelop strong connection to NGRREC and its conservation programs in an effort to them to become more familiar with NRCS operations and opportunities that will benefit future collaborations that focus on monitoring and applied research associated with NRCS conservation program and technical assistance.Assist NRCS in putting more targeted conservation practices on the ground for a specific watershed and where they are needed most is a constant conservation challenge that takes coordination

This position is among the newest of the private lands conservation hub coordinated by the National Great Rivers Research & Education Center. Additional professional development through field training, professional conferences and workshops, and online courses, is a priority for this position.Primary objectives and outcome of this positions include:

1. Greater utilization of NRCS conservation practices within Areawide Conservation Planning (ACP) efforts within the state2. Greater NRCS and partner participation in the planning process will lead to more coordinated efforts in ACP in the project region, and ultimately more conservation practices implemented in a targeted way.3. Serve as a model for future projects, NRCS and its partners will be able to understand the pieces required to be successful in an ACP project and better see their project shortcomings and address them.The Watershed Coordinator’s primary duty station is planned to be at the State NRCS office in Champaign, IL. The Watershed Coordinator has the potential to work statewide on various projects and to interface with regional partners and watershed groups. The coordinator will have the ability to both utilize NGRREC Land Conservation Specialist connections/resources, but also help link NGRREC’s boots-on-the-ground LCS network with watershed planning opportunities.A NRCS vehicles may be used for travel throughout the state. Work hours are 37.5 hours per week, M-F. Job includes both office and field work. Mandatory drug test and security background check, with fingerprinting, will be required of the selected applicant. This position will be a two-year term position, which may be extended if funding is available.
Minimum Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree in a natural resources field, with a concentration in soil science and water quality, landscape ecology, natural resources management, botany or related field. Strong interest in and knowledge of biology, ecology and management of wildlife and their habitat requirements and habitat management techniques are essential.Familiarity with best management and conservation practices within agricultural landscapes with additional knowledge of wildlife management and forest management practices for habitat restoration being beneficialFamiliarity with a variety of computer software applications including Microsoft Office Suite and ArcGIS Suite.Effective organizational, written, and verbal skills including public speaking and meeting facilitation.Ability to work efficiently and effectively with others (i.e. NRCS, FSA, IDNR, NGOs, SWCDs, etc.), as well as independently, and be able to prioritize a heavy and varied workload.Possession of valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and vehicle insurance coverage meeting state minimum requirements at all times.A background in agriculture and/or working knowledge of agriculture is highly desirable.Working knowledge of the NRCS conservation program and/or other Farm Bill conservation programs is highly desirable (e.g. CRP, WRE, EQUIP, CSP, etc.)Knowledge and familiarity with Illinois state watershed goals and priorities is beneficial (e.g. IL Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy)Knowledge of the watershed planning process is highly desirable.
Preferred Qualifications
Physical Demandsadditional items (identify) – Occasional field visits maybe necessary that involve hiking on uneven terrain. Daily computer work and extended periods of driving will be necessary for this position
Work HoursMonday-Friday, 8:00-4:30 , Some Evenings , Some Weekends
Open Date02/03/2023
Close Date
Open Until FilledYes
Special Instructions to ApplicantsFUNDED BY RESTRICTED PROGRAM FUNDS
EEO StatementLewis & Clark Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, LCCC will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. It is also the policy of the College to prohibit any form of harassment based on an individual’s protected status, such as gender, color, race, ancestry, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation or other protected group status as defined by law. If interested, please contact the Human Resource Department, Erickson Hall – Room 107.
ComplianceIn compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.Source: https://www1.eeoc.gov//laws/practices/inquiries_citizenship.cfm?renderforprint=1

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