Regional Training Conservationist

Board of Water and Soil Resources

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 01/18/2024
  • Closing Date: 02/15/2024
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Board of Water & Soil Resources /MAPE
  • Division/Unit: BWSR HR / Southern Region
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
  • Days of Work: Monday – Friday
  • Travel Required: Yes-Up to 20% of the timeNo
  • Salary Range: $35.13 – $52.25 / hourly; $73,351 – $109,098 / annually
  • Job Class Option: Conservation
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 – MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Exempt – Professional
  • Hybrid work Eligible: Yes
  • Re-Posting: Yes
  • Supervisor: Tom Gile
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: Yes

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Job Summary

This posting is being used to fill one (1) position in one (1) of the following locations: St Paul, Mankato, Rochester, Marshall, or St Cloud. Location is negotiable upon hire.

This position provides expert ecological sciences training, coordination, leadership and associated functions, in collaboration with other Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR), USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) leaders of the Technical Training and Certification Program. The position holder provides ecological sciences and conservation planning training, consultation and technical quality assurance spot checks to develop and maintain conservation technical assistance capabilities of BWSR clientele staff, with a focus on SWCD staff. This includes assistance to facilitate applicable Job Approval Authority (JAA) certification by the NRCS for Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG) practices.

The position holder serves as a technical expert, trainer and regional ecological sciences training coordinator having expertise for a wide variety of ecological sciences practices. This includes erosion and sediment control, water quality protection, wetland restoration and protection, agronomic, soil health, wildlife habitat, other vegetation management, and nutrient management practices.

 

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in soil conservation, soil science, agronomy, biology, agriculture, natural resource science, or a related field.

    And

    Three (3) years of advanced professional experience including soil health program development, management, or implementing soil health systems on with landowners/operators.  

    Or

    Two (2) year degree in soil conservation, soil science, agronomy, biology, agriculture, natural resource science, or a related field.

    And

    Five (5) years of advanced professional experience including soil health program development, management, or implementing soil health systems on with landowners/operators.  

  • Ability to advise or direct the work of others including providing training, consultation, review, and related assistance for a wide variety of ecological sciences conservation practices.
  • Demonstrated experience in Coordinate interagency agreements including but not limited to development and management of agreements, reporting requirements and tracking of progress for agreement deliverables.
  • Demonstrated writing, presentation, and oral communication skills sufficient to clearly communicate soil sciences and conservation program information as well as train others.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand multiple aspects of conservation program development and implementation and how different aspects of programing impact different audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers and clientele.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Advance degree in soil conservation, soil science, agronomy, biology, agriculture, natural resource science, or a related field.

    And

    Three (3) years of advanced professional experience including soil health program development, management, or implementing soil health systems on with landowners/operators.  

  • Experience and demonstrated skills developing and coordinating conservation programing or functions related to conservation, including associated communication skills.
  • Experience and demonstrated skills developing and coordinating conservation programing or functions related to conservation, including associated communication skills.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience regarding the use of various erosion prediction, nutrient management, and other conservation planning methods and tools.
  • Experience serving as a principal advisor on soils and soil health related strategies, efforts and associated, hydrological, climate and ecological impacts of a conservation program.  

Physical Requirements

Requires occasionally lifting articles such as 50 pounds maximum and frequently lifting and/or carrying objects such as heavy tools and file boxes. This job may require walking or standing to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting most of the time with pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.

Additional Requirements

This position requires an unrestricted Class D Driver’s License with a clear driving record.

It is policy of the Board of Water and Soil Resources that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. The background check may consist of the following components:

  1. Employment Reference Check
  2. SEMA4 Records Check
  3. Criminal History Check
  4. Driver’s License DMV check
  5. Conflict of Interest Review
  6. Education/License Verification

Application Details

How to Apply

Select “Apply for Job” at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us. For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers.

If you have questions about the position, contact Thomas Gile at tom.gile@state.mn.us or 507-696-1974.

To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Patricia Sweep at patricia.sweep@state.mn.us.

Why Work for Us

Diverse Workforce

We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:

  • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency’s mission
  • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
  • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
  • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule

Comprehensive Benefits

Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:

  • Public pension plan
  • Training and professional development
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 11 paid holidays each year
  • Paid parental leave
  • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Wellness programs and resources
  • Employer paid life insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Health care spending and savings accounts
  • Dependent care spending account
  • Tax-deferred compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.


AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us and indicate what assistance is needed.

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