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Assistant State Conservationist - Operations (GS 13-15)

Job Description

This person is responsible for improving the state’s day-to-day operations management, streamlining business practices, data management, and quality assurance activities.

Job Duties

  • Develops internal staffing and training strategies and evaluates their effectiveness
  • Develops and implements a system of operational and program assessments and reviews to evaluate effectiveness of conservation planning and practices
  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships with the conservation districts and the State level natural resources agencies

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 implements budget (e.g., pre and post budget, coordinate budgets with all leadership team members)
  • Manages and develops a staffing plan
  • Monitors the FA and TA budgets for their specific programs for the state
  • Assists the STC with the alignment of budget and performance goals, staffing, and resource needs

Sample NRCS Training

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

Occupational Competencies

  • Quality Assurance
  • Operational Policy Development, Management, and Oversight
  • Business Planning and Execution
  • Data Analysis and Reporting
  • Operations Management

Foundational Competencies

  • Attention to Detail
  • 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
  • Information Management
  • Problem Solving

Leadership Competencies

  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Assigning, Evaluating, and Monitoring Work
  • Human Resource Management
  • External Awareness
  • Leveraging Diversity
  • Political Savvy
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