KCD is seeking candidates for District Manager and Conservation Stewardship Technician
The Kalamazoo Conservation District (KCD) is seeking a new District Manager that will further the mission of the District by overseeing all District operations, programs, activities, and staff. This professional position will act as a liaison between the KCD Board of Directors and District staff and requires skills and experience in program development and administration, human resources, partnership building, and financial management. The Manager provides administrative and program information/implementation support to the KCD Board of Directors in carrying out the District’s programs in conformance with the purpose of the District as defined by Michigan Law.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
District Operations and Program Management
WORKING CONDITIONS AND COMPENSATION
This position is full time with the Kalamazoo Conservation District located at 5950 Portage Rd, Ste B, Portage, MI 49002.
Starting salary range is $22-$24 per hour depending on qualifications. Benefits include paid federally recognized holidays, vacation, and sick leave. Normal work hours are from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Monday-Friday. Some flexibility with scheduling is permitted and will be occasionally required. Participation in a limited number of evening and weekend activities, or special events will be necessary. Travel outside the office and county on behalf of the District will be necessary and will be reimbursed at the current federal rate. Training sessions, meetings, or conferences may involve travel and/or overnight stays.
The position is responsible to a five-member Board of Directors that meets monthly and is supervised by the Chair of the Board. Performance evaluation and decisions regarding salary and other compensation, disciplinary actions, and terminations are the responsibility of the entire KCD Board of Directors.
QUALIFICATIONS, EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: College degrees in agriculture, natural resources, business and/ or financial management or other related degrees are preferred. Extensive experience in a similar position or a position with business management or non-profit administration experience is required.
Position is open until filled. Please submit a cover letter, indicating your interest and fit for the position, resume, and five references as a single PDF to email@example.com with the applicant’s last name and “KCD Manager Applicant” in the subject line.
Conservation Sewardship Technician
The Kalamazoo Conservation District (KCD) is seeking a dedicated and knowledgeable Conservation Stewardship Technician to join our team, focusing on the implementation of conservation initiatives with a strong emphasis on outreach.
The Conservation Stewardship Technician will be responsible for conducting on-site assessments, assisting landowners in developing conservation plans, and coordinating the implementation of conservation practices. The Technician will also be involved in outreach activities to promote awareness and adoption of sustainable land use practices within Kalamazoo County. The Technician will work directly with the KCD staff as well as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) from the Portage, MI field office.
1. Conduct on-site assessments to evaluate natural resource concerns and opportunities for conservation improvement.
2. Collaborate with landowners to develop comprehensive conservation plans tailored to individual properties.
3. Provide technical assistance and guidance on the implementation of conservation practices, including soil health management, water quality improvement, and wildlife habitat enhancement.
4. Coordinate and monitor the progress of conservation projects, ensuring adherence to program guidelines and regulations.
5. Develop and implement outreach programs to educate and engage landowners, agricultural producers, and the community on the benefits of conservation stewardship.
6. Establish and maintain effective communication channels with stakeholders, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and other partners.
7. Facilitate workshops, seminars, and training sessions to promote awareness and build capacity for sustainable land management practices and programs.
8. Collaborate with local media and utilize digital platforms to disseminate information about conservation initiatives and success stories.
10. Assist the NRCS District Conservationist with monitoring progress of contract implementation, reviews, processing contract modifications and payments, and general correspondence as needed.
11. Assists with KCD programs such as participating in the annual meeting and tree sale, providing content for newsletters, participating in board meetings, addressing resident inquiries related to technical assistance, and other duties as assigned by the KCD District Manager or Board of Directors.
1. An associate or bachelor degree in environmental science, agriculture, natural resources management, or a related field.
2. Practical experience in conservation, agriculture, or a related field.
3. Strong understanding of environmental regulations, conservation practices, and sustainable land management.
4. Preferred candidates will have knowledge of and experience working with some of the following practices and/or management systems: grazing, cropping systems, pest management, nutrient management, irrigation management, water quality, forestry related conservation practices, and/or soil health.
5. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to effectively engage with landowners and stakeholders.
6. Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team environment.
7. Proficient in using computer software for data management and reporting.
8. Flexibility to travel and work in diverse outdoor environments.
9. Must maintain a valid driver’s license with a safe driving record.
10. Must pass a federal USDA background security check and obtain security clearance.
WORKING CONDITIONS AND LOCATION
The position is based in Kalamazoo County, Michigan working out of the Kalamazoo Conservation District office which is co-located with the USDA NRCS service center in Portage. This is a part-time (20 hours/week) position, working daytime hours. Specific work schedule will be determined upon hiring. Occasional evening and weekend work and out-of-town training may be required. Work is split between office and field work. The technician will frequently be on farms which may involve traversing uneven terrain, wetlands, and working around livestock throughout the year in a wide range of weather conditions.
This is an hourly position paid bi-weekly. Wages will be commensurate with education and experience and range from $22-$28 per hour. Current benefits include paid federal holidays, vacation, and sick leave. This one year position is funded by a grant provided by National Association of Conservation Districts to the Kalamazoo Conservation District and may be eligible for renewal.
Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, and a resume with at least 3 references, and unofficial transcripts. Send documents combined into one PDF, and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please list “Conservation Stewardship Technician application” in the subject line. Any questions pertaining to the position may be directed to the Kalamazoo Conservation District Manager via email.
Review of applications will begin March 3, 2024 continue until the position is filled.
KCD and NRCS programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origins, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, or family status. The KCD and NRCS are equal opportunity providers and employers.
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