Conservation Field Assistant

Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley

About the organization

Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley works to ensure that the rural character, scenic beauty, clean water and vibrant communities of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley are protected by providing accurate and timely information to community members and decision makers. We believe that, together, we can preserve what is important to community members and grow in ways that are sensitive to the extraordinary natural and cultural resources that distinguish our region.

VISION
A Shenandoah Valley where our way of life is sustained by rural landscapes, clean streams and rivers, and thriving communities.

MISSION
Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley advocates, educates, and connects people to conserve the natural resources, cultural heritage, and rural character of our region.

Duties

The Conservation Field Assistant advances the shared conservation goals of the Shenandoah Valley Conservation Collaborative by assisting the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and soil and water conservation districts (SWCD’s) on-the-ground work with landowners who choose to implement best management practices on their farm or forest land. The Conservation Field Assistant will be an employee of Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley but work out of the NRCS Harrisonburg field office. This is a new three-year position, funded by a grant award from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Implement conservation practices that restore clean water (70%)

Assist District Conservationists (15%)

Support collaborative efforts of the SVCC (15%)

Qualifications

Required:
Passion for protecting the extraordinary landscape and natural and cultural resources of the Shenandoah Valley
Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills
Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Word and Excel
Bachelor’s degree in natural resources/ agriculture or a combination of education and equivalent field experience
Knowledge of standard soil and water conservation methods, techniques, measures and practices.
Ability to work in multiple locations and adaptability in working with multiple teams
Valid driver’s license; Ability to work outdoors in all conditions

Preferred:
experience using aerial imagery and topographic maps to collect field data, use of soil survey data, and various survey instruments;
Knowledge of basic engineering practices needed to prepare designs, ability to complete basic surveying and drafting tasks, and knowledge of construction and excavation;
Knowledge of land protection tools and practices including conservation easements;
Familiarity with Shenandoah Valley agriculture, land use, and communities.

Salary

$35,000 - $45,000

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

See our website for more information: https://shenandoahalliance.org

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