Riparian & Wetland Program Manager

Kansas Department of Agriculture

Manhattan, KS, United States 🇺🇸

Position Summary & Responsibilities:

This position will remain posted until filled.

Location: KDA Headquarters – Riley, County Kansas

Job Summary:

This position serves as a Divisioon of Conservation (hereafter “DOC”) representative to the interagency “Stream Team” and coordinates funding and implementation to accomplish Streambank Protection Program objectives and leads all activities related to the installation of streambank protection projects in priority watersheds.  These activities will include preparation, management and monitoring of on-call engineering contracts, construction contracts, streambank buffer incentive contracts, and contracts with the Kansas Forest Service for the installation and maintenance of riparian forest buffers that are installed above streambank protection projects.  Reviews engineering plans for each project and monitors plans to be consistent with the most recent geomorphological methods.  Assists with oversight of construction on the streambank protection projects and with oversight of the installation and maintenance activities for the riparian forest buffers.  Evaluates the condition of existing streambank protection projects and their impact on the stream system and watershed with the use of quality criteria and aerial photography provided by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAS). Attends meetings with conservation partners on streambank protection issues and implementation.

This position manages and maintains the Riparian & Wetland Program; serves as the program coordinator and primary point of contact for DOC in resourcing program partnerships and outcomes with FSA, NRCS, KWO, KDHE, KDWPT, KAWS and related organizations;  monitors and reviews opportunities for riparian and wetland related education / demonstration opportunities; engages with Kansas Forest Service and Ducks Unlimited to secure and establish wetland and riparian habitats; provides and coordinates landowner cost-share funds and other grant contributions to advance the program goals and objectives; provides assistance and guidance to landowner and partnering agencies for the Riparian Quality Enhancement Initiative and the Kansas Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Initiative; provides communication and information to landowners in the application flow process; provides meetings, training, media and communication materials to promote the program; assimilates financial and program status resource information; serves as the DOC representative to the Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams; responds to all legislative, agency, stakeholder and constituent inquiries as requested.

This position assist the 105 county conservation districts in implementing natural resource conservation programs at the local level.  Explains program guidelines and regulations to district supervisors and staff via the telephone, attendance at local meetings, writing newsletter articles and in personal training sessions.  Serves as technical advisor to district staff for related programs and assists districts in working with other private and public entities.  Writes correspondence explaining or attends meetings of local districts to verbally explain Commission philosophy and goals.  Identifies problems and issues concerning conservation districts at the local, regional, and state levels.  Reports issues and problems to the Executive Director and the Assistant Director and works with the appropriate staff to resolve problems.

This position will conduct field evaluation of projects funded by the DOC.  Establishes a protocol for completing evaluations.  In cooperation with other agency staff, identifies priority issues to be assessed during the evaluation.  Reviews implemented local cost-share projects for compliance with agency goals, objectives and guidelines.  Works in cooperation with the conservation districts and other appropriate agencies in conducting on-site reviews and evaluations. 

This position will assist program staff in policy development, implementation and coordination of the WRCSP, Buffer Program, Riparian Program.  Research and develop outcomes reporting data.  Become familiar with program policies and identify issues and concerns to appropriate program staff and performs other duties as assigned. Assists with the Incident Management Team, recently as a Logistics Branch Team Member.

This position will participate in area Regional Advisory Committee Meetings. Participates with partner agencies in the Kansas Technical Committee Meeting. They will provide support and information to assist with ongoing streambank effectiveness research in collaboration with United States Geological Survey and Kansas State University. This position will prepare and provide presentations on topics as required to meet these objectives.


  • Bachelor’s degree in natural resource management, agriculture or related field. Experience with conservation planning and watershed planning preferred.
  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with diverse groups of partners (e.g. state agencies, federal agencies and other operating groups).
  • Must have good public speaking, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to travel for short periods, including overnight may be required.
  • Must be able to work outdoors in riparian corridors and streams.
  • Valid driver’s license