TITLE: Conservation Technician

LOCATION: Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District, 4505 George Blvd., Sebring, FL 33870

REPORTS TO: Executive Director for Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District

PAY $31,200.00-$35,700.00 BENEFITS: Paid Leave, Group Insurance Plan,
Florida Retirement System

Position Purpose & Objectives:

This is a technically oriented position which will operate in a team environment with field personnel from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS)-Office of Ag Water Policy (OAWP). This is a multi-county position based in Sebring, Florida and covering the Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Plan area that promotes Best Management Practice (BMP) programs to agricultural producers.

Essential Job Functions:

Make contacts with agricultural producers of varying commodities. Enrollment of agricultural producers into the FDACS-OAWP Best Management Practices program (BMP). Conduct implementation assurance site visits with agricultural producers and/or landowners. Provide cost-share and technical assistance to agricultural producers for implementation of the BMP program. Participate in public outreach and education in support of the BMP programs. Participate in staff training and workshops within the region and state.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Knowledge of FDACS-OAWP programs and functions. Knowledge of the Highlands Soil and Water Conservation District (HSWCD) procedures and functions. Ability to read and interpret a variety of maps, plans, aerial photographs, best management practice manuals and the policies of the FDACS-OAWP programs. Well-versed skills in the use of computer and/or tablet with basic ability to use Word, Excel, mapping of properties and office equipment.

Physical Abilities:

Ability to lift up to 20lbs. Ability to communicate orally, hear telephone, callers’ voices and others. Use of near vision. Ability to sit at work station for continuous periods of up to four hours. Ability to stand and walk including over soft or uneven outdoor surfaces, for periods of up to four hours. Ability to operate a motor vehicle for up to four hours continuously. Ability to work in the field in the Florida climate.

Working Conditions:

Indoor work in an office and outdoor field environment. Travel required. Minimal overnight.

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma. Posses or actively working towards higher education in agriculture, natural resources and/or environmental science. Equivalent work experience may be substituted.

Success Factors:

The individual filling this position should be detail-oriented, assertive, organized, with ability to be self-directed with exemplary time management skills. This person should also enjoy interaction with the general public and have a sincere interest for agriculture and natural resources.

We are a drug free work place and equal opportunity employer.

I have read and understand this position description. I further understand that this position is based on contract funding availability.

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