Conservation Specialist

Application Deadline: 2022-12-05
Job Type: County
Job Description:

Starting pay range: $17.65/hr. to $20.00/hr. (DOQ)

Summary: This will be a full-time, limited-term position within the Land and Water Resources team within the Polk County Environmental Services Division. This position specializes in the implementation of a three year Large Scale Targeted Runoff Management grant (2023-2025). This position will assist LWRD in the promotion, planning, implementation, and reporting of the deliverables listed in this grant to protect and improve water quality within the Balsam Lake Watershed and Polk County, WI.

Essential Duties: These duties represent the typical duties and responsibilities assigned to this position but may not be inclusive of all tasks performed. Priority duties pertain to the development of conservation practices to reduce the impact of runoff and sedimentation on both surface and ground water resources.

· Tasked as the point of contact for implementation and reporting of the Balsam Lake Watershed Large Scale Targeted Runoff Management Grant (2023-2025).

· Assist in the implementation of NR-151 Agricultural Runoff Management Standards and Prohibitions within the Balsam Lake Watershed. Conduct inventories of livestock operations and cropland fields throughout the project area. Participate in non-compliance and enforcement action when necessary. Track the progress of NR-151 program implementation using Mapfeeder.

· Identify and encourage implementation of conservation Best Management Practices (BMPs) to protect the county natural resources. Conduct periodic evaluation to verify compliance.

· Provide support to Conservation Engineering/Planning staff using such instruments as a level, transit, total station, GPS equipment, and notebooks in making topographic surveys to obtain basic information for use in planning, designing and installing water quality projects.

· Provide support and recommendations on appropriate Best Management Practice (BMP) applications, evaluate design alternatives, develop project cost estimates, and work with clients to develop complete cost-share contract agreements.

· Provide assistance in pre-bid and bidding of projects including but not limited to, waterways, diversions, grade stabilization structures, agricultural waste management systems, barnyard runoff control measures, urban runoff control systems, and lake and stream bank protection with clients and contractors.

· Provide assistance to Conservation Engineering/Planning staff in project construction oversight, laying out project lines and grades, and any additional support where needed on BMP construction.

· Work cooperatively with the public, project partners, contractors, federal, state and local agencies.

Marginal Duties and Responsibilities:

Prepare presentations on project progress for local officials and governing committees.
Adhere to the data sharing agreement between Polk County LWRD and USDA-NRCS.
Perform general data processing or project reporting duties.
Attend training or staff development activities.
Perform any and all other duties as assigned by the Environmental Services Director and/or Land and Water Resources County Conservationist.
Provide needed backup to other staff members during periods of absence and during peak workloads as directed.
Knowledge of Division programs to answer general questions, ascertain the appropriate contact within the department or county, or refer to an outside source in an efficient manner.
Maintain a professional relationship with staff, peers, and upper management.
Adhere to the Divisions policy of confidentiality.
Attend and participates in staff meetings.
Participate as a team member of the Division to improve efficiency and to cooperatively solve problems.
Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Bachelor’s degree in Environmental, Civil or Agricultural Engineering, agricultural sciences, soil and water conservation, natural resource management/conservation or related field, or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Must have the ability to effectively use personal computers, Windows, Microsoft Office programs, ArcGIS, and applicable modeling programs.
Competency Requirements:

Customer Service and Community Relations – Meets the needs of both internal and external stakeholders. Delivers high-quality services; is committed to continuous improvement. Communicates/Interacts with members of the public and other key stakeholders in a way that elicits positive response, which on occasion, may include interaction either one-on-one or with several stakeholders at one time to present information and/or represent the organization’s interests.
Honesty & Integrity – Contributes to maintaining the integrity of the organization; displays high standards of ethical conduct and understands the impact of violating these standards on an organization, self, and others; is trustworthy.
Accountability – Assumes responsibility for successfully accomplishing work objectives and delivering results; sets high standards of performance for self and others.
Self-Management – Organizes and plans for task accomplishment in a way that maximizes efficient performance; establishes and adjusts priorities to ensure timely completion of assigned work/fulfill responsibilities.
Initiative and Creativity – Plans work and carries out tasks without detailed instructions; makes constructive suggestions; prepares for problems or opportunities in advance; undertakes additional responsibilities; responds to situations as they arise with minimal supervision; creates novel solutions to problems; evaluates new technology as potential solutions to existing problems.
Problem Solving – Anticipates problems; sees how a problem and its solution will affect other areas of operation; gathers information before making decisions; weighs alternatives against objectives and arrives at reasonable decisions; adapts well to changing priorities, deadlines and directions; works to eliminate all processes which do not add value; is willing to take action, even under pressure, criticism or tight deadlines; takes informed risks; recognizes and accurately evaluates the signs of a problem; analyzes current procedures for possible improvements; notifies supervisor of problems in a timely manner.
Written and Verbal Communication Skills and Mathematical and Reading Comprehension – Recognizes or uses correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling; ability to comprehend written communications to follow directions, compute related mathematical concepts, including algebra; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a brief, clear, and organized manner.
Flexibility – Is open to change and new information; adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; effectively deals with ambiguity.
Leveraging Technology – Demonstrates proficiency in using on-line tools and business applications, creating and maintaining accurate data and communications, including, but not limited to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and specialized and/or related departmental systems (i.e. Spreadsheet Models and GIS software)

Possession of a current valid Driver’s License.
Minimum Skills Assessment Requirements: Mathematic and computer skills as demonstrated through computer based standardized pre-employment assessments. Must posess the ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs and the ability to apply algebra, trigonometry, and geometry. Ability to interpret inferential statistical reports and graphs, and ability to apply formulation and equation data.

Additional Information
Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, walk, stand, use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb and balance, stoop, bend, kneel, talk and hear and smell.
The employee must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, distance vision, depth perception, peripheral vision and ability to focus.

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, outside weather conditions; airborne particles, dust, smell, outside weather during all seasons. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Deadline Note: