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Assistant State Conservationist - Programs (GS 13-15)

Job Description

This person is responsible for improved delivery of financial assistance programs, improved contract management, and acceleration of conservation implementation.

Job Duties

  • Serves as the conservation program and Farm Bill state expert for direction to program managers
  • Assists the State Technical Committee and partners in carrying out quality Farm Bill programs and other conservation programs
  • Oversees the financial distribution of the Farm Bill programs as well as the technical assistance and budgetary management of these programs

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
  • Monitors the SA and TA budgets for their specific programs for the state
  • Manages EQIP/WHIP (Farm Bill Program(s)) for statewide implementation
  • Assists Oversight and Evaluation (O&E) Team to evaluate multiple state delivery methods

Sample NRCS Training

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

Occupational Competencies

  • Program Fund Management
  • Program Planning and Implementation
  • Program Analysis, Evaluation, and Quality Control
  • Conservation Planning for Program Delivery

Foundational Competencies

  • Attention to Detail
  • Accountability
  • Representing the Agency
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Initiative
  • Integrity and Honesty
  • Stress Tolerance and Resilience
  • Written Communication
  • Conflict Management
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Decisive Judgment and Decision Making

Leadership Competencies

  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Assigning, Evaluating, and Monitoring Work
  • Developing Others
  • Human Resource Management
  • Political Savvy
  • Vision
  • Strategic Thinking and Action
  • Leveraging Diversity
  • Public Service Motivation
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