Serves as administrative assistant to the state resource conservationist
Works with a multi-disciplined technical staff which consist of a water quality specialist, grassland specialist, wildlife biologist, agronomist, economist, plant materials specialist, cultural resources specialist and forester
Provides correspondence, letters, bulletins, reports, schedules, etc. for the Ecological Sciences staff and other NRCS employees, conservation partners, and customers
Arranges meetings and conferences for the staff
Analyzes time and attendance
Responsible for the procurement of supplies, materials, equipment, furniture, etc. for the staff
Has overall staff leadership responsibilities for furnishing technical guidance and coordination for pasture, range, grazeable woodlands and native resources and their impact on other resource concerns in the conservation programs in the state of Mississippi
Works with the ASTC (Technology) and other members of the Ecological Sciences Staff and field specialist in the development of the grazing lands program in the state and in the development of state policies, objectives, plans and procedures relative to the agronomic phases of the overall conservation program.
Make interpretations of national and state policies and procedures
Develops grassland technical standards, specifications, techniques, methods and procedures for technical guidance of field personnel
From technical knowledge, experience and available research, keeps current technical guides for statewide use
Develops adaptations of these guides to fit varying conditions in different localities
Prepares grassland research needs reports
Works with the PMC manager in evaluating forage plantings at the Plant Material Center and selects sites in various sections of the state for field plantings
Works with the Mississippi Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative Steering Committee to promote best management practices on grazing lands
To Provide assistance to the state and area offices in administering agronomic technical assistance and the related agronomic disciplines
Provides technical guidance and direct assistance to field offices in order to solve agronomic problems on individual farms or group projects and assists in the promotion of conservation management practices
Reviews and evaluates effectiveness of conservation plans and applied resource management systems, and makes recommendations to the Assistant State Conservationist (FO) for improvements in policies, procedures and alternative treatments on cropland resources
Provides leadership and guidance in the design, development and implementation of complex agronomic systems
Provides leadership in promotion of soil quality, no-till and other related practices through public information activities (tours, conferences, individual contacts, etc.)
Work with agricultural industry to address nutrient, soil and water quality management
Evaluation and research of plant species that show promise for use in conservation
Involving assisting in the development of research projects, collecting/ analyzing data, preparing reports of summarized data/conclusions from research and overseeing greenhouse operations
Cultivates and caresfor ornamental plants and installs floral displays in indoor or outdoor settings through performance of any combination of following duties as directed by supervisory personnel.
Conditions and prepares soils and plants seeds, seedlings or bulbs in greenhouse or outdoor growing area, using spades, trowels, sprayers, sprinklers, cultivators and other gardening hand tools.
Fertilizes, waters, weeds, transplants or thins plants in growing areas. Mixes and applies pesticides to maintain health of plants and prepare plants for installation in greenhouse or outdoor display areas.
Maintains and repairs gardening hand tools and equipment and structures, such as greenhouses and hot beds, using maintenance tools.
Duties at the PMC involve all aspects of our foundation seed program from initial increases of early plant releases, to full production in order to supply the commercial growers with the needed plant materials developed at the center.
Involves a lot of agronomic and farming practices. Planting, weed and pest control, irrigation, harvesting and seed cleaning.
Soil fertility, crop rotation and application of conservation practices are required
Assisting the manager and agronomist in our research studies from technical standpoint.
Off center duties include plantings and demonstrations of plant based conservation practices.