Iowa Department of Administrative Services - Jackson County, IA

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This position will be domiciled out of the Jackson SWCD office but will be working within both the Jackson and Jones SWCD’s as assigned by the supervisor.

Under immediate supervision, performs technical soil and water conservation practices and techniques in a training capacity— conducts routine field surveys by measuring distances and elevations and recording measurements; installs and removes survey stakes and clears terrain of obstacles. Prepares survey sketches based on data collected and transposes tracings to charts and maps. Collects and maintains field survey notes and related data in order to assist staff in the layout and design of conservation practices including terraces, contour lines, waterways, ponds, tile drainage, windbreaks, strip cropping and crop rotations. Learns to apply and interpret standards and specifications for determining the layout of conservation practices. Meets with landowners on installing and maintaining basic types of soil and water conservation practices and systems within the Soil and Water Conservation District(s). Compiles planning data from standard sources in order to assist in the development of conservation plans. Develops a working knowledge of the IFIP, REAP, WSPF Buffer Initiative, CRP, EQIP and other cost-share programs.

Under immediate supervision completes the technical design and other applications of practices according to NRCS specs -- Assists the District Conservationist in carrying out the provisions of federal farm bill legislation for conservation compliance, and for plans and revisions. Assists with CRP sign-ups.

Maintains records and equipment -- Records shall be accurate so that progress can be tracked. Office and field equipment will be maintained and cared for. Vehicles will be serviced according to NRCS schedule

Interacts with other agencies, the public and the SWCD staff. Provides educational information when qualified to do so --Provides courteous, impartial service to all landowners, operators and contractors in carrying out the district soil and water conservation program. Assists with the district educational program of getting information to the public. Assists with special district projects as time permits. Maintains good working relationships with co-workers so that a high production level is maintained. Cooperates with employees of other agencies.

Minimum Qualifications
No specific education or experience requirements.

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Additional Qualifications
In addition to applying through the Department of Administrative Services, please submit a cover letter and resume to Gloria Stinson, HR Associate, IDALS Personnel Bureau, Wallace Building, Des Moines, IA 50319; or fax 515-281-8503; or email to