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Economist

ID: AMN-055 Location: St. Paul, MN Agency: USDA
Wage/Hr: $27.71 Hours/Week: 24 Minimum Age: 55

Being Age 55 or Older is Good for The Environment! The Agricultural Conservation Experienced Services (ACES) Program offers unique opportunities in Scientific, Technical, and Agricultural support for individuals age 55 and over to support the Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through a grant administered program through National Older Worker Career Center (NOWCC). This is a unique program where your talents, expertise and experience will truly be valued. The NRCS provides an opportunity to work side-by-side with NRCS staff that are doing important work every day. Benefits: Paid Health Insurance Premium for positions budgeted at 60+ hours per pay period, Accrued Vacation and Sick Leave, Paid Federal Holidays, and optional Vision and Dental Insurance available for positions budgeted at 35+ hours per pay period. ---> Positions listed here do not guarantee employment for any definite period of time. Enrollment in the Experienced Worker Programs administered by NOWCC is temporary. The enrollment relationship between NOWCC and the Enrollee is an at will relationship. This means that an Enrollee is free to terminate his or her enrollment at any time during the enrollment period, and NOWCC and the Agency have the right to terminate the relationship with the Enrollee.

Duties:

Perform economic investigations for conservation planning, programs, and other related duties.

  • Responsible for collecting and analyzing economic data for installation, maintenance, and management of conservation practices. Coordinates maintenance of state and county cost lists that include cost-shared practices, maintenance of conservation practices, and costs for providing conservation technical assistance. 20%
  • Conducts Economic analyses of planning activities needed to appraise conservation planning alternatives. 20%
  • Performs related duties as assigned. Collaborates with other federal, state and local agencies and individuals to secure data for economic studies, analyze these as to adaptability and use in the studies being made. 25%
  • Assists in collecting and analyzing economic data for watershed scale natural resource project activities related to floodwater damages, soil erosion, drainage, irrigation, recreation, fish and wildlife improvement. 15%
  • Responsible for preparing and keeping current economic data for the Field Office Technical Guide. Provides training to field office planners so that they can assist cooperators to determine conservation benefits that will results from application of conservation measures and practices 20%

Qualifications:

Minimum of 15 year(s) of experience in using basic theories, principles, concepts and terminology of economics in order to assist in the collection, analysis, and interpretation economic data as it relates to agency projects and programs. OR BA/BS Degree in Agriculture, Natural Resources, Agronomy or related field of study

  • Valid State Driver’s license; Skill in operating personal computer software, as well as simple programming (including word processing, spreadsheets, email, file transfers, internet, time keeping, and databases), in order to research, tabulate, and analyze economic data, prepare correspondence, finalize documents, and foster work improvement.
  • Experience required with Windows, MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access
  • PowerPoint

Other:

  • Annual information system security, anti-harassment, and civil rights training.

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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