Dec. 7, 2015 Open Position–Agricultural Outreach Specialist
The Agricultural Outreach Specialist position will work with landowners and producers to prepare conservation plans, establish conservation practices, and encourage individuals to explore and implement various conservation and agricultural programs that would enhance producer and agricultural viability based on sound resource management principles. The work would involve promoting the Highlands Delaware River (HDR cluster) Initiative, evaluating existing agricultural practices, working with producers to plan, implement and fund conservation practices and the planning and implementing of watershed management plans. The Agricultural Outreach Specialist may be required to perform the duties of the job on an emergent basis, outside of normal work hours, as needed. The North Jersey RC&D is a nonprofit organization that promotes a lively, team oriented work environment. The candidate should be able to work independently and with little supervisory oversight.
Location of Position: Project work will focus on the six Counties covered by North Jersey RC&D (Sussex, Warren, Morris, Hunterdon, Somerset, and Union). Position is located in the NRCS Hackettstown Service Center.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Work in collaboration with other agricultural and conservation organizations to enhance agricultural viability and to secure grant funding.
- Assist producers and landowners to plan and establish conservation practices utilizing USDA Farm Bill programs such as: EQIP, AMA, CRP, etc., as well as other partner funding programs
- Facilitate farmer stakeholder groups in the Highland Delaware River Cluster
- Identify resource concerns on agricultural properties, from the desk top via use of ArcGIS and from within the field
- Work with producers to implement recommended best management practices
- Complete conservation plans for applications and contrast with in the HDR cluster
- Other duties as assigned.
A Bachelor’s degree in soil conservation, related agricultural or natural resource discipline such as horticulture, agronomy, soil science, forestry, agricultural education, or agricultural engineering. The study must have included 30 semester hours in a natural resource or agricultural field, including at least 12 semester hours in a combination of soils and crops or plant science. Of the 12 semester hours, a minimum of 3 semester hours must have been in soils and 3 semester hours in crops or plant science. If these requirements are not currently met, the candidate must complete the required coursework within 12 months on the job.
An Associate’s degree in field of agriculture, horticulture, forestry and/or soil science may be considered for the position, if the appropriate semester hours can be documented.
Additionally, North Jersey RC&D is seeking an individual with in-field experience and/or have a farming background. A minimum of 2 years work experience in related agronomic or horticultural fields is desired. Good oral and written communications skills and basic computer literacy (Microsoft Word and Excel) are required. Proficiency with GIS applications such as ArcView and ArcGIS is desired. A valid driver’s license is also required.
Applicants must demonstrate knowledge and work experience with agricultural best management practices such as nutrient management, soil erosion control, integrated pest management, irrigation water management and riparian buffers.
Candidates must have the ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with agricultural producers so as to encourage and facilitate the adoption of on farm best management practices.
Terms of employment
- Hourly/Part-time position; 20 hrs per week depending on grant funding
- Pay based on experience
- Position is for 18 months, possible continuation based on available funding.
How To Apply:
Interested candidates should submit a resume, college transcript(s) highlighting the required course work, and three references that have direct knowledge of your technical expertise. Applications should be mailed or emailed to:
North Jersey RC&D Council
10 Maple Ave, P.O. Box 117
Asbury, NJ 08802
All qualified candidates will be considered without regard to Race, Creed, Color, Sex, Age, Handicap, or National Origin.