Position Details

Conservation Technician

ID: AVA-038 Location: Verona, VA Agency: USDA
Wage/Hr: $16.16 Hours/Week: 24 Minimum Age: 55


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

  • Works with District Conservationist(s) to develop conservation plans and Farm Bill contracts. Plans include developing alternatives to address soil, water, air, plants, animals and energy resource concerns. In addition, Associated maps (plan, soils, CRR, T&E, etc) are developed to accompany the plan and the CPA-52. 60%
  • Independently completes engineering designs for Farm Bill contracts. 40%


Minimum of 10 year(s) of experience in Natural resources planning field OR BA/BS Degree in in Natural Resources Field OR 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 and job approval authority, knowledge of Farm Bill and State Agricultural Cost Share Programs.
  • Valid Drivers License
  • Experience required with Windows, Copying Machine, MS Word, MS Excel
  • Phone
  • NRCS software programs


  • computer security, annual ethics, civil rights training & programs related training, etc.) Computer Security training
  • Use of NRCS software - Tool Kit, the Progress Reporting System, ArcGIS & planning, On the Job Training, Farm Bill programs and assessment tools related training
  • 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, sun screen, and finally, use of defensive driving techniques when operating a government vehicle. Initial orientation session and then periodic follow-up
  • Required Safety Gear: boots and other proper wearing apparel - see above etc. Note: First aid kit and bio-security supplies furnished by the agency
  • 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 and cold and unimproved roads. Protective equipment is necessary on construction sites.

NOWCC is committed to promoting equal opportunity and to an environment free from discrimination and harassment in any form when hiring and administering Experienced Worker Programs under cooperative agreements with federal agencies. It is NOWCC’s policy to comply with all applicable laws that provide equal opportunity and to prohibit unlawful discrimination in hiring enrollees in the federal programs.

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