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Position Details


Technical Support

ID: AOH-027 Location: Marion, OH Agency: USDA
Wage/Hr: $18.00 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. NOTE: ---> 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. NOTE: -->>An “ACES Enrollee” is not a federal employee, nor an employee of NOWCC. An “ACES Enrollee” is a participant in a grant program, which is established through a Cooperative Agreement funded by the USDA-NRCS and administered by NOWCC.

Duties:

The Incumbent assists the District Conservationists in NW Ohio on an ad hoc basis with carrying out field office operations, conservation planning and USDA program implementation including outreach. This position will be primarily in an outdoor environment, traveling to remote sites in NW Ohio.

  • Gathers and compiles planning data on rural and/or urban sites. Prepares design and assists with installations of assigned practices under the direction of qualified NRCS personnel. Communicates with farmers on the need and feasibility of adopting conservation practice applications, inspects proposed sites, performs status reviews and follow up on active contracts and documents conservation practice implementation. 40%
  • Establishes and/or carries out a follow-up schedule to check progress made in carrying out Farm Bill Plans. Makes recommended adjustments on the best methods and times for installing conservation practices. Recognize when changes to plans are needed, and obtains data which expedites the revision process 40%
  • Checks completed practices to determine that specifications are met. Completes job sheets and conducts field reviews on completed practices 20%

Qualifications:

Minimum of 5 year(s) of experience in skills as a conservation planner in the collection of resource condition data, doing resource assessments, assembling information in useable form, developing alternatives, and documenting landowner/group decisions in the conservation plan. OR HS/GED Degree in Agriculture, Natural Resources, Agronomy or related field of study.

  • Valid State Driver’s license
  • Experience required with Windows, MS Word, MS Excel
  • PowerPoint, ArcGIS, Toolkit

Other:

  • Subject to mandatory USDA information Systems Security Awareness Training
  • Health and Safety Considerations: Defensive Drive and Frist Aid- CPR (AgLearn) courses will be provided prior to traveling in a government vehicle to remote areas.
  • Required Safety Gear: Work may occasionally require hard hat, steel toed shoes, etc., during site visits.

NOWCC is committed to promoting equal opportunity and to an environment free from discrimination and harassment in any form 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 enrolling participants in the federal programs.

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