Employment

The Association regularly posts job announcements for local SWCDs as requested. Districts handle their own hiring and all personnel. See below for positions currently open at our local SWCD offices. Check back often for updates.

Three Rivers SWCD / Marketing & Communications Specialist

The Three Rivers Soil & Water Conservation District has an opening for a full-time Marketing & Communications Specialist to join our team.  The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and implementing outreach and marketing initiatives to increase public awareness of District programming and natural resource conservation throughout the three-locality service area.  This position will be responsible for maintaining the District’s online platforms, including the website and social media pages.  The Marketing & Communications Specialist will also work with other staff to assist with outreach needs for technical programs.  This position reports to the District Manager.

Marketing & Communication Responsibilities:

  1. Responsible for developing and implementing the District’s digital and print communications and marketing strategy.
  2. Responsible for developing content for and maintaining the District’s website and any social media accounts.
  3. Responsible for developing marketing materials for district programs with assistance provided by education/technical staff that broaden public knowledge and increase awareness of soil and water quality.
  4. Responsible for updating and maintaining the District contact databases in Constant Contact.
  5. Responsible for capturing and organizing photographs of District activities.
  6. Responsible for developing and distributing quarterly electronic newsletters showcasing District accomplishments.
  7. Responsible for developing and distributing the District’s Annual Report with assistance provided by staff.
  8. Responsible for writing and distributing press releases and periodic reports showcasing District accomplishments to highlight educational outreach and public relations.
  9. Responsible for assisting with and developing materials for annual presentations by Board of Directors members or Staff to local Board of Supervisors.
  10. Will serve as co-primary staff liaison to the District’s Education Committee.
  11. Organize and participate in community events which may include, but are not limited to, tables at Farmer’s Markets, program tours, Earth Day activities, District events, and Youth/Adult educational outreach events.
  12. Responsible for developing and implementing the District’s Annual Awards Banquet to recognize adult and youth conservation leaders.
  13. Seek ways to promote the work of the District through existing and novel approaches. Increase the use of video communications.

Job responsibilities may include any or all of the items above depending on the incumbent’s functional assignment.  This is not meant to be an exclusive list of job responsibilities, but a representative sample of the type and level of work that is expected in this position.

Entry Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. Working knowledge of website development and maintenance.
  2. Experience creating website and social media content.
  3. Experience writing press releases and working knowledge of written communication outlets and ability proofreading and copy-editing.
  4. Working knowledge of multimedia production, including video creation and editing software.
  5. Some knowledge of natural resource conservation.
  6. Some experience with photography.
  7. Experience engaging with diverse audiences such as adults, youth, families, people of different cultural and educational backgrounds.
  8. Practical experience in the field of public relations, marketing, and or communications.
  9. Ability to utilize standard computer software – word processing, spreadsheets, email, Canva, Constant Contact, WordPress database programs and working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
  10. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and through writing. Ability to work independently and schedule time in an efficient manner. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with others in a team environment, willingness to collaborate and work well in a team environment.
  11. Ability to interpret program policies and guidelines. Some knowledge in meeting coordination and event planning.
  12. Ability to occasionally work extended, evening and/or weekend hours, and occasionally travel out of town for training and meetings, sometimes overnight.

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing or a related degree, and related experience which will provide the required knowledge.  Applicant must have a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.  A federal background check will be required.  Tasks involve infrequent walking, lifting and carrying moderate weight (25 pounds) and exposure to adverse weather conditions. 

Salary will commensurate with experience and abilities. TRSWCD offers an excellent benefits package including paid sick and annual leave, paid holidays, participation in the Virginia Retirement System, life insurance and employer paid healthcare/Dental/Vision coverage. Applicants must submit a Commonwealth of VA (DPT Form 10-012) application, resume, cover letter and references to Three Rivers SWCD, P.O. Box 832, Tappahannock, VA  22560.  The deadline for applications is close of business on June 14, 2024.  For more information, contact Michelle Carter, District Manager, at 804-443-4027 or michelle.carter@trswcd.org    TRSWCD is an EOE.

 

Three Rivers SWCD / Precision Agriculture Specialist Job Announcement

The Three Rivers Soil & Water Conservation District has an opening for a full-time Precision Agriculture Specialist. It is a professional position that requires the employee to exercise discretion and tact in working with Board of Directors, farmers, government officials, and the general public.

This position provides leadership in carrying out support and technical assistance to growers who are interested in or are already using precision technologies on their farms. Using these technologies, this position will create and implement plans for farmers to enhance the health of their fields. This position is under the supervision of the District Manager.

Applicant must have a degree in Agronomy, Ag Business, Natural Resources or related studies or demonstrate from a combination of education and experience the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the position’s duties. Requirements include, Certified Crop Advisor Certification and/or Nutrient Management Certification or willingness to obtain certifications in the first year of employment. Candidate must have knowledge of farming and conservation practices that uses technological innovations such as global positioning systems (GPS), drones, sensors, monitors, soil sampling and other precision machinery. The strong ability to complete work with minimal supervision on a diverse set of job duties and the ability to perform detailed-oriented duties.  Must have strong oral and written communication skills. Must have a valid driver’s license.

Employment is conditional upon successful completion of a federal background check.

Salary will commensurate with experience and abilities. Excellent benefits package including health insurance, dental, vision, life insurance, VA Retirement System, as well as paid leave.

Contact the office for a detailed job description.  To apply send:

Commonwealth of VA (DPT Form 10-012) application, resume, cover letter and references to Three Rivers SWCD, P.O. Box 832, Tappahannock, VA  22560.  The deadline for applications is close of business on March 15, 2024.  A fillable Commonwealth of VA application can be found at https://virginia-job-application.pdffiller.com/ .

For more information, contact Michelle Carter, District Manager, at

804-443-4027 or by email

michelle.carter@trswcd.org<mailto:michelle.carter@trswcd.org>  TRSWCD is an EOE.

 

John Marshall SWCD/ Conservation Specialist – Open Until Filled

John Marshall SWCD serving Fauquier County, VA is pleased to announce the listing of a full-time (40 hrs. per week) Conservation Specialist position. The successful candidate will join a high producing technical staff in promoting, planning and overseeing the installation of VACS program practices. Fauquier County is a leader in beef production and commercial equine operations and has hundreds of miles of first and second order streams in the both the upper Rappahannock and Potomac River watersheds.

John Marshall SWCD partners with Fauquier County in its conservation efforts and the implementation of its Human Resource program. Employees receive an excellent benefits package. Candidates with a wide range of experiences in agriculture and conservation are encouraged to apply. The position will remain open until filled. 

Comprehensive Benefits package includes:

– Medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage at very competitive rates

– Up to 14 paid holidays annually, sick leave, annual leave, and personal days

– Virginia Retirement System pension plan & a life insurance policy 2X annual salary

– 457(B) individual retirement plan

– Access our Employee Wellness Center which is free for all permanent employees & dependents

Position may be filled as Conservation Specialist I, II, or III based on education and experience. Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Please direct specific position-related questions to Melissa Allen, District Manager John Marshall Soil & Water Conservation District at 540-422-8493 or email melissa.allen@fauquiercounty.gov.

For the full job description – https://eportal.fauquiercounty.gov/mss/EmploymentOpportunities/JobDetail.aspx?req=2000151&sreq=9&form=CO1&desc=CONSERVATION%20SPECIALIST%20-%20JMSW

 

Tri-County/City SWCD / Agricultural Conservation Specialist – Open Until Filled

Agricultural Conservation Specialist Job Announcement and Description

Starting Salary Commensurate with Experience and Abilities: $42,000.00 – $75,000.00

Overview:

The Conservation Specialist performs professional and technical assistance related to the promotion and implementation of the Virginia Agricultural Cost-Share program (VACS) and Virginia Best Management Practices (BMPs). These programs are carried out in accordance with the standards, policies and specifications of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Natural Resources and Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS), and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for the Tri-County/City Soil & Water Conservation District. Work is performed under the supervision of the Tri-County/City Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors with direction from office management.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Promote Virginia’s Best Management Practices by attending producer meetings, mailing letters and flyers, advertising on social media and the Tri-County/City Soil & Water Conservation District (TCCSWCD) website.
  2. Consult with producers/landowners in the field and/or in the office to offer technical assistance and present potential options to apply conservation practices.
  3. Prepare the proper contract paperwork for producers/landowners signing up for conservation practices, and correctly enter the information into the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Tracking program.
  4. Take necessary steps to complete the a contract from beginning to end, including the initial sign up, rankings, con-6 notes, board approval, updates in Tracking, practice verification & certification, payment delivery, and record retention.
  5. Establish new or maintain existing relationships with District partners.
  6. Attend scheduled District staff meetings and District board meetings.
  7. Complete required trainings.
  8. Attend recommended training when possible.
  9. Work with other District staff to complete required deliverables on time and accurately.
  10. Able to occasional work extended hours, evenings, weekends, or travel overnight for meetings or trainings.
  11. Other duties as assigned by management or the Board of Directors.

Required Qualifications:

  1. High School Degree plus 5 years’ experience in agriculture, agronomy, livestock production, natural resources, or environmental science.
  2. Associate degree plus 2 years’ experience in agriculture, agronomy, livestock production, natural resources, or environmental science.
  3. Bachelor’s degree or higher in agriculture, agronomy, livestock production, natural resources, or environmental science.
  4. Must have or be able to obtain a Nutrient Management Certification.
  5. Must have or be able to obtain a Conservation Planner Certification.
  6. Basic computer skills to include Microsoft Office software, emailing, and data entry.
  7. Good oral and written communication.
  8. Must have a valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Background in agriculture highly recommended but not required.
  2. Minimum associate degree plus 2 years’ experience in agriculture, agronomy, livestock production, natural resources, or environmental science.
  3. Familiarity with Virginia Best Management Practices and USDA-NRCS conservation practices.
  4. Experience speaking to landowners/farmers face to face or in large groups.
  5. Basic engineering skills to include surveying, stream crossing construction, fence construction, land stabilization construction, and designing water systems.
  6. Ability to perform basic data analysis using spreadsheets and graphs.
  7. Experience using Adobe Pro and GIS mapping tools.

Physical Requirements:

  1. Work is subject to inside and outside conditions.
  2. Frequent walking over difficult terrain, lifting and carrying moderate weight (25 lbs.), and exposure to adverse weather conditions.
  3. Alertness to avoid potentially hazardous conditions.

Special Requirements:

  1. Must possess a valid driver’s license and demonstrate a safe driving record.
  2. Complete a federal background check. Drug test may be required.

Benefits:

  1. Health & Dental Insurance, Life Insurance, Short- & Long-Term Disability Insurance.
  2. Virginia State Retirement
  3. Paid Annual Leave, Sick Leave, and State Holidays

Send completed Commonwealth of Virginia (DHRM Form 10-012 rev. 9/03) application, resume, and references to Tri County City Soil and Water Conservation District 4811 Carr Drive Fredericksburg, VA 22408. The application can be found on our website under employment https://tccswcd.org/?page_id=1215 . Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

For more information, contact Madison Morgan, Education and Outreach Coordinator, at 540-656-2401 or by email education@tccswcd.org . Tri County City Soil and Water Conservation District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Shenandoah Valley SWCD / Seasonal Position Paid Summer PSNT – Open Until Filled

The Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District (SVSWCD) has an opening for seasonal employees to assist with the District’s Pre-Sidedress Nitrate Testing (PSNT) Program.  Employees will perform a range of technical and administrative duties pertaining to the implementation of the PSNT Program.  Responsibilities include regular contact with farmers requiring judgement and tact.  Supervision will be provided by SVSWCD staff.

Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and proficient computer skills.  The ideal applicant will also have knowledge and experience in agriculture.  See the PSNT Technician Position Description for more details.   Employment is conditional upon successful completion of a background check.  Hourly wage: $12-15/hour.  No benefits are provided.  Seasonal employment will begin on or around May 20 and likely run through August 2, 4-9 hours per day, 2-5 days per week.

To apply, submit an SVSWCD Employment Application by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 29, to Sherri Tombarge at sherri.tombarge@svswcd.org or Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District, 1934 Deyerle Avenue, Suite B, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

For more information, contact Megen Dalton at (540) 534-3049 or megen.dalton@svswcd.org.  SVSWCD is an equal opportunity employer.