Resource Conservationist

Onalaska, WI
Onalaska, WI
Resource Conservationist
Wage/Hr:$31.50Hours/Week:20Minimum 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 awarded to National Older Worker Career Center (NOWCC). This is a unique program where your talents, expertise and experience will truly be valued. The ACES program 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.


Minimum of 15 year(s) of experience in conservation planning associated with soil and water natural resources. OR BA/BS Degree in Agriculture, Natural Resources, or related Environmental disipline.

  • Valid State Driver?s license
  • Experience required with Windows, MS Word, MS Excel
  • PowerPoint

This position provides technical assistance support for the delivery of NRCS Farm Bill conservation programs at the Field Office and Area level. The Resource Conservationist shall possess a practical knowledge of agriculture production, landscape natural resource concerns, the NRCS conservation planning process, and NRCS Farm Bill programs. The Resource Conservationist must be able to initiate and complete these responsibilities with limited supervision.

  • Under the direction of the NRCS District Conservationist; completes tasks required to implement the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP); which may include resource data collection and analysis, decision support documentation, conservation plan and contract development, status reviews of planned practices, collection and organization of practice/enhancement certification documentation, and case file management. These tasks will be conducted for all land uses ? crop, pasture, forest, farmstead, and wildlife. Some of these tasks will be done for complex projects involving multiple landowners/units of government/NGO?s, and across county and watersheds in support of Program Initiatives.   80%
  • Assists in providing training on EQIP and CSP program delivery to NRCS field staff.   10%
  • Assists in coordinating and conducting outreach events. Performs informational duties such as writing conservation success stories and news articles.   5%
  • Assists in performing quality assurance reviews of EQIP and CSP program delivery at the Field Office level.   5%

  • Annual information system security, anti-harassment, and civil rights training.
  • Travel Requirements: Travel to farm and project sites in west central Wisconsin.
  • Overnight travel: Overnight travel could occur infrequently (e.g. conference attendance, multi-day meetings, etc.)
  • Required Safety Gear: Personal protective equipment may be required (e.g. face mask, etc.) and will be provided by NRCS.
  • Remote work arrangements are available for this position.

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.