Job Vacancy at Wapello Soil and Water Conservation District

Position Title:  Project Coordinator, Wapello County
Full-time, grant funded position through June 30, 2020

Location: Ottumwa, Iowa

Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week (no overtime).      

Opens: February 4, 2019    Closes: February 15, 2019

Method of application: Submit Resume to the Wapello SWCD by 4:30 p.m. on February 15, 2019.

Job Description: Identify and promote stewardship practices that will engage local producers within the Cedar Creek Partnership Watershed area to improve soil health and water quality. Work with producers/landowners to implement and retain Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy (NRS) practices within the designated project watershed in Keokuk and Wapello Counties. Enhance partnerships and identify key roles to help increase education and outreach efforts in order to implement and retain NRS practices within the watershed.

The successful candidate should:

  • Have knowledge of principles, practices, terminology, and techniques of agricultural science related to nutrient management, water quality, and soil conservation.
  • Have knowledge of state, federal, and local environmental laws and regulations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.
  • Possess knowledge of Nutrient Management Standards and practices as recommended by Iowa NRCS and Iowa State University.
  • Utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Have the ability to generate computer reports and educational materials. Possess skill in interpersonal relationships i.e., motivation, written and verbal communications with producers and partners to meet their needs in a courteous and cooperative manner.
  • Have familiarity with social media outlets.
  • Display high standards of ethical conduct.
  • Commit to quality of service.
  • Display a high level of initiative and commitment.
  • Work with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrate responsible behavior and attention to detail.
  • Follow policy and cooperate with supervisors.
  • Market, organize, and conduct public outreach programs to inform watershed landowners and producers of available funding to address their resource management concerns.

Required Education: A degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in an agricultural or environmental science field. However, a two-year degree and/or two years of equivalent experience will also be considered. Coursework in marketing, public relations, and agricultural or environmental science would be beneficial.   

Wage: Commensurate with experience.

Job Qualifications:  Applicant should be a detail orientated individual with the ability to work independently and prioritize work schedule. Applicant needs good communication skills, both verbally and in writing. Job will occasionally require walking through rough terrain and/or inclement weather conditions along with carrying equipment. Knowledge of Arc GIS software, engineering equipment, and agricultural practices beneficial.  Need to possess a valid driver’s license. Successful candidate will need to undergo a Federal background investigation and fingerprint check.

Contact:   Wapello Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD)
2938 Oak Meadow Drive  Ottumwa, IA  52501
Phone: (641) 682-0752 ext. 3     Fax: (855) 223-7138