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    Do you want to work for a premier conservation agency whose mission is to “help people help the land?” For more than 83 years, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has worked in close partnership with farmers, ranchers, forest managers, non-governmental organizations, local and state governments, and other federal agencies to create and maintain healthy and productive working landscapes.

    As part of USDA’s new Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) Mission Area, we are the focal point for assisting the voluntary conservation efforts of the nation’s farmers, ranchers and other stewards of agricultural lands and non-industrial private forest lands. We help these stewards plan and implement proven conservation systems through technical and financial assistance designed to enhance productivity, improve soil and water health, and restore wetlands and wildlife habitat.

    The NRCS employs over 10,000 professionals who work in over 3,000 locations, over 95 percent of whom are outside the Washington, D.C. area and covering every county in the U.S. We value our employees and are committed to employee engagement and work/life balance programs. We are also part of the USDA, which was ranked 7th among all federal agencies as a “best place to work” through the FY2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.

    We need people who are committed to action through public service-- people who want to apply their education and experience to help ensure that all of us enjoy the benefits that come from a healthy environment and productive agriculture. Please consider joining us and helping to make a difference for generations to come.

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    The incumbent of this position serves as the State Resource Conservationist, formulating, recommending, and implementing policy and procedures applicable to resource conservation planning activities and various program activities, and performs an active role in developing and implementing a comprehensive soil, water, and resource conservation program for the state. Some of the duties of this position would include:

    •  Providing state leadership for the development, improvement, and maintenance of technical data, standards, guides, and manuals related to resource conservation planning, biology, recreation, plant technology, and resource development. And, then directs resource conservation planning, biology, and plant technology state specialist and coordinates their activities to assist staff in the implementation of a comprehensive conservation program.

    •  Providing guidance and direction for the use of automated programs such as: Customer Service Toolkit, nutrient management planning, erosion prediction, grazing lands spatial analysis took, energy tools, and soil tillage intensity rating. Also, in the development and use of the Field Office Technical Guide or supplements to the National Planning Procedures Handbook. Extends information to the customer base that includes new advances and innovations.

    •  Serving as a consultant and adviser to the State Conservationist and staff in developing state policy concerning resource conservation planning, management practice implementation and vegetative phases of conservation programs.

    •  Providing supervision to staff, which may include Rangeland Management Specialists, Agronomists, Foresters, Biologist and Soil Conservationist. Providing overall leadership of program activities, making work assignments, evaluating performance, interviewing candidates and making selections. Determines training needs for direct reports and provides training to NRCS personnel in the technical fields assigned.

    •  Serving as Chair of the State Technical Guide Committee. Represents NRCS on state and federal committees that set data standards and warehouse data. Develops and maintains close working relations with resource conservation planning, plant sciences, environment-related agencies and other natural resource related agencies and organizations in the state. Helps keep conservation district officials informed of NRCS programs in resource conservation planning and serves as primary POC with groups such as colleges and universities and other organizations to address their technical issues.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - Up to 20%

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) agency employees serving on a permanent appointment and USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Remployment Priority List (RPL) eligibles.

    There are five (5) vacancies, one in each of the following locations:
    Colchester, VT; Columbia, MO; Madison, WI; Reno, NV; and, Salt Lake City, UT

    You may select up to three locations.

    Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

  • Job family (Series)

    0457 Soil Conservation

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/496046200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.