Position Details

Conservation Technician

ID: AVA-034 Location: Strasburg Program: ACE
Wage/Hr: $16.16 Hours/Week: 24 Minimum Age: 55


BA/BS Degree in Natural Resources Field OR Minimum of 10 year(s) of experience in natural resources planning field Previously completed training in Conservation Planning and Engineering Design

  • Knowledge of conservation planning related to soil, water, air, plants and animals and addressing associate resource concerns; knowledge of engineering design principles, ability to identify native and non-native plants, knowledge of Farm Bill and State Agricultural Cost Share Programs.
  • Valid Drivers License
  • Experience required with Windows, MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access
  • use of telephone
  • Customer Service Toolkit, ArcGIS
  • NRCS software programs


The enrollee will provide assistance to the Strasburg Service Center USDA NRCS staff by completing the following work: Conservation Planning (I&E) map production, engineering design (survey & layout of conservation practices) and conservation practice inspection/check out to support Farm Bill programs and contracts. Effective communications skills, strong customer service ethic, self-motivated, and attention to detail required.

  • Works with District Conservationist to develop and write conservation plans using Customer Service Toolkit for Highly Erodible Land Compliance, CTA, and Farm Bill Conservation Programs. Plans include developing alternatives to address soil, water, air, plants, animals and energy resource concerns. Generate farm maps, soils maps and topo maps to facilitate conservation planning and contracting. 50%
  • Complete resource inventory for threatened and endangered species reviews, cultural resources reviews and complete environmental evaluations (CPA-52). Complete cost estimates of proposed projects using appropriate cost lists. 10%
  • Make field visits to meet with producers to determine conservation needs and assist with conservation plan development. Assist with field surveying and data collection for engineering practices. Conduct site inspections of on-going projects to assure that practices being installed meet specifications. Conduct field visits to document, photograph, measure and inspect completed engineering and non-engineering conservation practices. 35%
  • Participate in outreach events and Distribute outreach materials to individuals and groups 5%


  • Computer security, annual ethics, civil rights training & program related training, etc) Annual Computer Security Awareness training
  • Use of NRCS software - Customer Service ToolKit, ArcGIS, RUSLE2, and Conservation Desktop. On the job Training will be provided for Farm Bill programs, assessing customer's objectives, assessing natural resources and impacts to natural resources, installation of conservation practices, and documentation of completed conservation practices.
  • Health and Safety Considerations: Walking through woody areas will require training in basic first aid for tick & snake bites, an orientation session on the importance of proper wearing apparel such as long sleeve shirts, boots, and sun screen. Enrollee must ensure safety and health precautions are adhered to including reporting safety hazards, wearing seatbelts in automobiles, and use of defensive driving techniques when operating a government vehicle. Initial orientation session and then periodic follow up.
  • Required Safety Gear: First aid kit and bio-security supplies furnished by the agency. Pants, long sleeve shirt, leather boots, gloves, and eye protection.
  • Safety Gear Use: The work involves regular and recurring exposure to operating agricultural equipment or earth moving operations, adverse weather conditions such as extreme heat or cold an unimproved roads. Protective equipment is necessary on constructions sites.

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