Announcement No. FY 18-01

Position Title: Project Coordinator, Benton County

Full-time, grant funded through December 2019, with anticipated funding through December 2022

Location: Vinton, Iowa Contact: Benton Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD)

1705 West D St

Vinton, IA 349

319-472-2161 Ext. 3

Number of openings: (1) One Opens: June 27, 2018

Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week (no overtime) Closes: July 23, 2018

Method of application: Submit Resume to the Benton SWCD by 4:30 p.m. on 07/23/18.

Job Description: Work with producers/landowners to implement and retain Nutrient Reducing Strategy (NRS) practices within the designated 3 project watersheds (Rock Creek WS, Pratt Creek WS, Lower Wolf Creek WS) across Benton, Tama, and Black Hawk counties. Develop and manage an objective-driven educational campaign to engage producers and other stakeholders to improve soil health and water quality on crop acres devoted to the production of seed corn. Enhance partnerships and identify key roles to help increase education and outreach efforts to implement and retain NRS practices within the watersheds.

The successful candidate will: Have knowledge of principles, practices, terminology, and techniques of agricultural science related to nutrient management, water quality, and soil conservation. Have knowledge of state, federal, and local environmental laws and regulations. Demonstrate knowledge of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Possess knowledge of Nutrient Management Standards and practices as recommended by Iowa NRCS and Iowa State University. Utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Have the ability to generate computer reports and educational materials. Possess skill in interpersonal relationships i.e., motivation, written and verbal communications with producers and partners to meet their needs in a courteous and cooperative manner. Have familiarity with social media outlets. Display high standards of ethical conduct. Commit to quality of service. Display a high level of initiative and commitment. Work with minimal supervision. Demonstrate responsible behavior and attention to detail. Follow policy and cooperate with supervisors. Market, organize, and conduct public outreach programs to inform watershed landowners and producers of available funding to address their resource management concerns.

Required Education: A degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in an agricultural or environmental science field. However, a two-year degree and/or two years of equivalent experience will also be considered. Coursework in marketing, public relations, and agricultural or environmental science is beneficial.

Wage: Commensurate with experience.

Job Qualifications: Applicant should be a detail orientated individual with the ability to work independently and prioritize work schedule. Applicant needs good communication skills, both verbally and in writing. Job will occasionally require walking through rough terrain and/or inclement weather conditions along with carrying equipment. Knowledge of Arc GIS software, engineering equipment, and agricultural practices beneficial. Need to possess a valid driver’s license. Successful candidate will need to undergo a Federal background investigation and fingerprint check.