Nature & Purpose of the Position
The position of Farm Resource Specialist exists to assist livestock farm owners in Pierce County in planning and applying natural resource conservation practices using State Natural Resource Conservation Service of Washington conservation practices. This holder of this position will focus their efforts in sub-basins of the Puyallup Watershed in Pierce County specifically selected as priority areas for improvement. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work directly with landowners to solve natural resource concerns using creativity, best practices, and through long-term relationships with these clients. This is an exciting opportunity to work on some of the most pressing natural resource challenges related to water quality, soil health, and endangered species recovery in a growing region. The person hired for this position is directly responsible to the District’s Farm Planning and Agricultural Assistance Program Director.
About the Pierce Conservation District
Pierce Conservation District is government that works. We work strategically and passionately to conserve and restore the natural resources of Pierce County. Our work improves both rural and urban communities to benefit the health and well-being of our citizens. We work in five core program areas: Farm Assistance, Water Quality Improvement, Habitat Restoration, Urban Agriculture, and Environmental Education. The District works for clean water, healthy soil, salmon recovery and local food access for all. When you join the Pierce Conservation District staff, you join a team of talented and committed people who are mission-driven and care deeply about improving our environment and our community.
Primary Job Responsibilities
The primary responsibility of the Farm Resource Specialist is to work directly with livestock farm owners and operators within the district. The measurement of success is conservation practices applied on the land to improve water quality and soil health, improve fish & wildlife habitat, and that work to the advantage of the farm operation. Duties include the following:
Secondary Job Responsibilities
The person in this position must have a bachelor’s degree with academic training and/or experience in agricultural operations or natural sciences or related fields. Significant job experience may be accepted in lieu of a degree. At least two years of experience in similar working environment. We are seeking candidates who excel in relationship-building, are results- oriented, have the ability to multi-task, prioritize actions, and who have strong project management skills. You should have:
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions
Office and outdoor environment, travel to a variety of farms to conduct work and may be exposed to typical hazards encountered at such work sites. Ability to work outside in all kinds of field conditions and weather. This is a full- time position consisting of 40 hours/week. Position will require some work on weekends and/or after regularly scheduled work hours.
Licenses, Certificates & Other Requirements
Valid Washington State driver’s license at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter, or evidence of equivalent mobility. Conservation Planning certification from NRCS desired.
Compensation & Benefits
You will have a yearly salary between $35,792-$57,643 depending on qualifications and experience. Benefits include retirement, 100% of premiums paid for medical/dental/vision for you and your dependents, as well as accrued paid sick leave, annual leave, ten paid holidays per year, ORCA card, and an annual training budget. This is a full-time, salaried and non-exempt position.
Pierce Conservation District is an equal opportunity employer and we make efforts to recruit people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply for open positions.
Visit www.piercecd.org/Jobs.aspx, and click on “Farm Resource Specialist”. Follow the “Apply Now” link and fill out the form, attaching both a cover letter and resume complete with three (3) professional references.
Puyallup, Washington, United States