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Soil Health Planner

Recruitment #180809-UNCL-27

Introduction

APPLICAITON INSTRUCTIONS

Submit the following
:
Using an email with the subject line "Soil Health Conservation  Planner”, please send resume,
cover letter, transcript(s), and contact information for references to:

Shanon Phillips (
shanon.phillips@conservation.ok.gov)

Applications must be received no later than close of business August 24th.

If the applicant intends to apply for only one of the positions, please specify either the Cordell or Fairview office location in your cover letter.  Otherwise, applicants will be considered for both positions.
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Oklahoma Conservation Commission Water Quality Division
Location: Cordell

SOIL HEALTH CONSERVATION PLANNERS

The Oklahoma Conservation Commission will hire two Soil Health Conservation Planners.  These positions will be housed in the local conservation district and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field office to support delivery of U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Bill Programs.  The positions will work with agricultural producers and other land owners, NRCS, conservation district, and other staff to help land managers adopt management changes that protect natural resources including water, soil, wildlife, and air.  These positions will focus primarily on supporting the voluntary adoption of conservation practices that help restore and protect healthy soils. 

Employees in these positions are expected to:
• Work under the direction of the NRCS District Conservationists and other NRCS and Conservation District team members
• Meet with landowners to promote farm bill programs, discuss natural resource concerns and solutions to concerns
• Design Conservation Plans in cooperation with landowners to include layout of conservation practices and development of a digital record using NRCS Toolkit Software
• Maintain detailed records of daily activities
• Assist customers with program applications
• Provide outreach for conservation planning and Farm Bill Programs
• Explain conservation practices to land managers
• Survey for development of conservation plan and conservation practice design
• Participate in Soil Health outreach events
• Assist farmers in planning and implementing soil health systems
• Expand the use of Soil Health systems within counties served.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required for these positions include:
Familiarity and experience with Oklahoma agriculture and its stakeholders, partners and key contacts in the environmental arena. Knowledge of cropping systems, rangeland, soils, pasture management, Farm Bill programs, water quality and surveying are preferred.  Since these positions work closely with the public, the candidates must be outgoing and have excellent communication skills. The candidates should also be comfortable working independently but also with team members.  He/she should be detail-oriented and possess strong organizational skills; be proficient with computers and contemporary software packages.  These positions involve field work performed throughout the year, regardless of weather conditions.  OCC requires the successful applicants to be a legal resident of the United States and hold or obtain a current driver’s license for the state of Oklahoma.  Employees will be provided with training and oversight on conservation planning and NRCS programs. 

Education and Experience: 
A Bachelor’s degree is required preferably related to agriculture, natural resource management, or other applicable science. A minimum of one year of experience in the agricultural sector is preferred.

Duty Location: 
One position will be located in the Washita County Field office in Cordell, Oklahoma. 

The second position will be located in the Major County Field Office in Fairview, Oklahoma. 

The majority of work will involve travel within the county of origin.  Some trips outside the county are required with limited overnight stays possible, particularly for training purposes.

Compensation
Positions are full-time, benefitted, unclassified state employee.  Salary will range from $30,000- $38,000, commensurate with experience.  Positions currently extend three years, with the possibility of extension based on performance and availability of funding.

NOTES

Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application.

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.

Conclusion

Veteran's Preference Points Apply only for initial appointment in the Classified Service.



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