Job Overview

Summary

The Natural Resources Conservation Service provides leadership in a partnership effort to help conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment. http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/ 

What does a NRCS Soil Conservationist do?  Provides technical assistance to land managers in the development, application, and maintenance of natural resources conservation plans.

WHO MAY APPLY?  Applications will be accepted from all qualified U.S. Citizens.  You need not be a current or former Federal employee to apply; however, you must be a U.S. Citizen. 

Applicants with prior Federal civilan experience may apply under Vacancy Announcement IA-13-961194-TM

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SURPLUS OR DISPLACED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES - Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) is available to individuals who have special priority selection rights under this plan. Individuals must be well-qualified for this position to receive consideration for special priority selection.   CTAP or ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified when receiving an adjudicated score of 85 or higher.   Federal employees seeking CTAP or ICTAP eligibility must submit proof of meeting the requirements of CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP.   This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action notating current position, grade level, and duty location.   You are to annotate in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

To read more about CTAP or ICTAP eligibility visit:   http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp

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Duties

To assist the District Conservationist in developing and carrying out a comprehensive soil and water conservation program within a managerial unit that may consist of one or more counties. 

Will perform professional duties to achieve an integrated system of sound land use and conservation treatment in harmony with the capability and needs of the land and landowners.

Contacts landowners and operators and develops comprehensive conservation plans that provide for effective land use and water management in relation to the conservation needs of the land and the on-going agricultural enterprise.

Assists in obtaining crop history and physical data; e.g., field size and layout; and preparing planning maps.

Develops conservation plans for landowners according to established policies and procedures and in accordance with farm management decisions. 

Interprets soil survey maps, explains proper land use and recommends appropriate conservation measures to landowners in preparing plans.

Directs a continuous planning program to check practice maintenance, performance and need for updating of the conservation plans. 

Revises plans to meet changed conditions in accordance with mutual agreements with the landowner.

Assists the supervisor in carrying out all phases of the conservation program associated with the current USDA Farm Bill.

Works with groups on environmental education, conducts information meetings and field trips.

Develops news articles and schedules and presents informal programs to increase knowledge and understanding of district and service programs amoung the general public.

Works with local units of government such as county commissions,public service districts, boards of education and conservation districts in developing and carrying our resource plans.

The work requires regular and recurring walking over field terrain, bending, lifting, and stretching.  Average dexterity in the use of drafting tools is necessary.  You will be required to travel approximately 10% of the time.

  • Additional Duty Location Info

    7 vacancies in the following locations

    • Nevada, IA United States
    • Algona, IA United States
    • Sigourney, IA United States
    • Creston, IA United States
    • Clarinda, IA United States
    • Anamosa, IA United States
    • Council Bluffs, IA United States