Agricultural Conservation Tech

Website Marin Resource Conservation District

The key responsibility of this early career position is to facilitate the delivery of MRCD agricultural programs by providing technical assistance to landowners, MRCD staff and partners for the enhancement of on-farm ecological benefits, mitigation of global climate change, and improvement of agricultural productivity and agroecosystem resilience.

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Pay: $26-34/hr

1. AGRICULTURE PROGRAM TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

a) Process and organize intake information and documentation for land managers requesting technical or financial assistance with the planning and implementation of conservation practices. Work with MRCD’s Programmatic and Technical Staff to match landowner requests with MRCD funding sources and then support the follow up communication with landowners regarding whether or not their project can be funded now or if they are on a waiting list.

b) Assist MRCD Technical and Programmatic Staff with the completion of Carbon Farm Plans, specifically reviewing and updating at least three unfinished plans to bring them to completion.

c) Provide technical support to the MRCD’s Technical Staff with agricultural fieldwork and GIS work, specifically helping the sampling effort associated with Carbon Farm Plans. Explore the possibility of expanding field sampling work with MRCD’s Technical Staff and assist with the development of that expansion as necessary.

d) Organize and implement educational activities, trainings, workshops, and field tours in partnership with the North Coast Soil Hub, Point Blue Conservation Science STRAW team and MRCD’s Technical and Programmatic Staff. Prepare and present educational materials (pamphlets, handouts, outreach materials PowerPoint presentations etc.) at these events. Specifically, coordinate at minimum the following Carbon Farm education deliverables: two workshops, two peer-to-peer learning events. and a symposium.

e) Review conservation practice standards and the application of new tools to improve RCD programming. This may include NRCS implementation standards, resource identification tools, data management and mapping tools, and/or monitoring protocols such as Point Blue’s Rangeland C Monitoring Protocol.

f) Provide additional grant management support as necessary.

2. DISTRICT DUTIES

a) Work as a team with other MRCD staff to carry out the mission of the District.

b) Provide assistance as needed to the Executive Director to complete necessary reports and project-related administrative tasks.

c) Coordinate with other MRCD team members to identify program priorities and needs based on stakeholder feedback, agency funding priorities, and the MRCD’s mission.

d) Assist in preparation of grant proposals and contracts. Communicate and convey with MRCD staff, agencies and funders on scopes of work, timelines, and deliverables.

e) Represent and promote the District within the community at all times.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS This position requires the following skills:

• B.S. or B.A. degree in Soil Science, Natural or Applied Sciences (e.g. Watershed Management) or equivalent education and experience. Knowledge of agriculture, rangeland management, and weed management.

• Ability to work collaboratively on a team as well as independently

• Ability to walk on rugged terrain, be on your feet for long periods of time, lift and carry supplies, and use hand-held equipment during all seasons.

• Innovative problem-solving abilities, flexibility, strong desire to learn

• Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills to communicate with landowners, community groups, government agencies, or the general public. Provide a writing sample if requested.

• Ability to develop and conduct presentations

• Ability to prioritize and multitask efficiently

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, social media platforms, and website management

• Able to think creatively and develop innovative solutions

• Strong organizational and coordination skills

• Valid California driver’s license, clean driving record, and automobile insurance.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE & ABILITIES:

• Knowledge in one or more of the following areas: watershed stewardship, natural resource management, hydrology, soil science, native plant and animal communities, restoration ecology, fisheries, water resources and conservation, or similar field

• Familiarity with local flora and fauna

• Experience coordinating projects

• Experience working with watershed, restoration, or other conservation groups

• Experience writing grant applications and reporting

• Experience with community engagement

• Proficiency in Spanish

• Training and/or relevant experience implementing JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) principles and practices

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter to nancy@marinrcd.org by Wednesday, April 10, 2024 (5:00 pm PST) to be in the first round of reviews.

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