Employment Opportunities

KCD is seeking candidates for District Manager and Conservation Stewardship Technician

DISTRICT MANAGER

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

Board Governance

  • Organize monthly public Board meetings and compile monthly Board packets including meeting agendas, minutes, financial reports, and staff reports, and other information as required.
  • Coordinate the Annual Meeting and Elections.
  • Work with the Board and staff to develop and facilitate District Strategic Planning and develop Annual Plan of Work.  Implement Board directed policies.
  • Adhere to Conservation District Law and Open Meetings Act

Human Resources

  • Supervise and assist District staff in the performance of their duties.
  • Lead the hiring process.
  • Conduct probationary, periodic, and annual staff evaluations, update work agreements, update benefit documentation, update position descriptions, review policy and personnel manual.
  • Manage hiring records, goals, evaluations, payroll and other personnel duties.

Financial Oversight

  • Control and reconcile financial resources, bank accounts, credit card processing accounts, cash drawer, and track/organize balances. Process bills, payments, payroll, invoices, and prepare deposits accurately and timely using Quick Books.
  • Coordinate tax payments and bank statement reconciliations.
  • Prepare an annual operating budget for the Board and provide periodic amendments in accordance to Michigan Department of Agriculture requirements.
  • Prepare and coordinate financial reviews/audits as required by law and/or contractual agreements.
  • Identify, evaluate, and pursue relevant sources of funding for District programs through grants and private/public sources.

Grant Administration:

  • Recommend appropriate grant programs to the Board, develop grant proposals, and manage any grants awarded.
  • Develop relationships with community stakeholders to coordinate and secure grant funds and partner support.

District Operations and Program Management

  • Represent the District in public appearances to inform public, conservation partners, and other local units of government of District programs, services and the District’s role in the community.
  • Provide high level management of District programs including NACD, MAEAP, and MDARD operational governance.
  • Understand and comply with the legal requirements of the Conservation District Law, the District’s Policy and Procedures, and those prepared by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD).
  • Respond to phone calls, emails, and walk-in requests for assistance.
  • Plan District workshops, field days, youth activities, contests, scholarships, and fund-raisers.
  • Direct the development of materials promoting District and conservation programs and give presentations as requested.
  • Coordinate and strengthen conservation partnerships within the community and be a resource for public officials about conservation and conservation programs in the county.
  • Maintain the District website, online store front, and social media accounts.

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.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be able to work independently without direct supervision and prioritize workload to complete tasks in a timely manner. Must be able to work as part of a diverse team, maintain a positive attitude and possess professional motivation.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work with people from many other organizations, agencies, and groups in a professional manner.
  • Ability to maintain and uphold the non-partisanship of the District while working with all clients, partners, and Directors.
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
  • Experience with Quick Books, Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint is required.
  • A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation is required.
  • This position will also require a USDA-NRCS federal background check.

TO APPLY:

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 kalamazooconservation@gmail.com with the applicant’s last name and “KCD Manager Applicant” in the subject line.

Conservation Sewardship Technician

Job Description

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.

Key Responsibilities

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.

 

Qualifications

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.

COMPENSATION

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.

TO APPLY

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 kalamazooconservation@gmail.com. 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.

KCD Hours

Mon-Thu :

09:00 am - 04:00 pm

Because we are a field office, please call BEFORE you visit so that someone can assist you.

Phone: 269.775.3368

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