Full-time Conservation Specialist – Eastern Shore SWCD – Closing December 14

The Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting applications for a full-time Conservation Specialist position. Applicant must be able to communicate effectively and possess strong computer application skills, preferably including GIS and with preferred agricultural experience/ background. Strong technical/grant writing abilities also preferred. This position will largely provide technical assistance to farmers and assist with the administration of the Virginia Agricultural Best Management Practice Cost-Share program, including but not limited to data entry, GIS mapping, conservation planning and performing annual spot checks. Valid VA driver’s license required. Minimum requirements:  B.S. degree in agricultural, environmental or related studies or demonstrated combination of education and experience showing the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform job duties. Starting salary based on qualifications/experience ranging from $35,000 – $37,000 plus excellent benefit package. Six-month probationary period.  Forward completed VA State application, resume, and cover letter to Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District, 22545 Center Parkway, Accomac, VA 23301 by Friday, December 14, 2018.  For more information contact Carmie Savage at (757) 787-0918, ext. 4431 or by email at carmie.savage@esswcd.org

Conservation Specialist/Education Specialist – Holston River SWCD – Closing December 28

The Holston River Soil & Water Conservation District is seeking a full-time Conservation Specialist / Education Specialist.  Candidate should have knowledge of agricultural non-point source pollution issues.  Background in farming, biology, environmental studies, or related field desired.  Duties include, but are not limited to preparing & evaluating cost-share applications, computer application and reporting to the VA Dept. of Conservation & Recreation, providing technical assistance and planning/coordinating educational programs for all ages. Candidate must possess knowledge of soil and water conservation, have the ability to communicate effectively, have ability to coordinate programs and interpret policies and procedures, have general knowledge of agricultural operations, and have knowledge of and ability to use survey equipment, interpret soil surveys, aerial photographs, and topographic maps.  This position requires strong organization and communication skills.  Candidate must be self-motivated.

A Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture, Conservation, Environmental Science, Natural Resources Management or a related degree of study is preferred. A valid driver’s license is required. Selected candidate will be required to earn Engineering Job Approval Authority and Conservation Planning Certification through the VA Department of Conservation & Recreation.

Applicants must submit VA State Application for Employment – Form 10-012.  Completed applications must be received by 4:30 PM on December 28, 2018, at the Holston River SWCD office, 448 Commerce Drive, Abingdon, VA.  For information call (276) 628-8187, ext. 4.  Health, dental, retirement and leave benefits will be provided.  Reference and background check required. Holston River Soil & Water Conservation District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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