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Perkins County Conservation District Natural Resource Specialist in Bison, South Dakota

Introduction: The Northwest Area Joint Board of Conservation Districts is seeking a self-motivated person, able to work independently and/or as a team member in rural northwestern South Dakota. The Natural Resource Specialist (NRS) will provide technical assistance to private landowners, businesses, and units of government and will work with Harding, Perkins, Corson, Dewey, Ziebach and Tri-County Conservation Districts as well as the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff. The position is based out of Bison, South Dakota. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledgeable of basic principles and practices of silviculture.Become knowledgeable, proficient and keep abreast of revisions of the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide, pertaining to conservation practices and related to tree and shrub planting and management.Effective at developing and maintaining human relationships and dealing with the public.Ability to work outdoors in all types of weather, gather information, make sound and reasonable conclusions and use a computer.Consideration will be given to a combination of education and experience with course work in environment, water, plant, animal, soils, forestry and natural resource management.Duties: Inspect proposed shelterbelt sites and analyzes soils information to determine need and feasibility for the planting of trees and shrubs.Prepare tree planting plans and fencing plans. Lay out shelterbelts for tree planting and installation of weed control fabric.Inspect existing shelterbelt sites to determine alternatives for renovation and/or management of trees and shrubs.Assist state and federal agencies with utilization of various programs to assist landowners with planting of trees and shrubs for livestock protection, farmstead protection, snow management, soil erosion control, wildlife benefits etc.Prepare, certify and process tree planting projects for the Northwest Area Tree Planting Grant that providing cost share to program participants.Provide information pertaining to conservation district, state and federal programs, and information and education to farmers, ranchers, homeowners and units of government.Assist farmers, ranchers, homeowners and units of government on tree health issues related to insects and diseases and provides control recommendations per South Dakota State University and South Dakota Department of Agriculture.Conduct information and education efforts including: news releases, radio spots, field days and workshops. Perform other work as assigned.Salary/Benefits: Salary is dependent on education and work experience. The Northwest Area Joint Board offers partial health insurance coverage and South Dakota Retirement.