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Assistant State Conservationist - Field Operations (GS 13-15)

Job Description

This person is a line officer that provides supervision, guidance, and assistance to all field offices and/or designated managerial units in the designated state. This person supervises the area staff and district conservationists at the field office level and/or managerial unit, coordinating a well balanced resource conservation program.

Job Duties

  • Coordinates the development of complex team activities and resource planning and management plans in the state
  • Guides teams in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with federal, state, and local agencies to improve conservation partnerships
  • Manages staff resources by preparing long and short range schedules for staff activities, preparing and monitoring budgets, and organizing work

Recommended Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in soil conservation or related agricultural or natural resource discipline such as 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
  • In some instances, a bachelor’s degree can be substituted for the specific semester hours listed above, plus appropriate experience or additional education

Sample NRCS Work Experience

  • Completes details to different leadership assignments in various leadership positions
  • Manages and develops a staffing plan
  • Manages and implements budget (e.g., pre and post budget, coordinate budgets with all leadership team members)
  • Reviews Contract Application before promoting to Obligated/Approved
  • Conducts training sessions to train others (peers/subordinates)
  • Reviews processes for efficiency

Sample NRCS Training

  • Managing for Excellence
  • Supervising for Excellence
  • Civil Rights Hiring Authority
  • Leading Through Transition and Change
  • Change Management

Occupational Competencies

  • Conservation Planning and Natural Resource Disciplines
  • Program Management and Implementation
  • Quality Assurance

Foundational Competencies

  • Organizing and Prioritizing Work
  • Representing the Agency
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Integrity and Honesty
  • Stress Tolerance and Resilience
  • Oral Communication
  • Influence and Negotiating
  • Conflict Management
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Decisive Judgment and Decision Making

Leadership Competencies

  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Assigning, Evaluating, and Monitoring Work
  • Human Resource Management
  • External Awareness
  • Vision
  • Strategic Thinking and Action
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