Employment Opportunities - Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District

Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District
Urban Conservation Specialist Position (Limited Term, not to exceed 1,920 hours per year)


The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District (NVSWCD) seeks an enthusiastic and organized team player to fill our vacant and limited term Urban Conservation Specialist position, which supports the planning and implementation of low impact development and energy efficiency practices through the Conservation Assistance Programs. Interested applicants should email their resume and cover letter to Laura Grape, Executive Director with NVSWCD at laura.grape@fairfaxcounty.gov by 5:00 PM, Sunday, April 23, 2017.

The Urban Conservation Specialist position will support the Conservation Assistance Programs (CAP), which engages homeowners, civic associations, and places of worship in watershed stewardship and energy efficiency projects, through technical assistance and matching grants. In addition, the position manages the storm drain education and marking program and other duties as assigned. The position will work with NVSWCD’s Watershed Specialist and other staff and report to the Executive Director.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with Watershed Specialist to coordinate and support Conservation Assistance Programs.
  • Provide primary support to intake of technical assistance requests and Conservation Assistance Program site visit requests, directing inquiries as appropriate and flagging potential CAP projects and providing information to residents about the programs.
  • Provide Conservation Assistance Program site visits, visiting HOA, place of worship and private homeowner property. Provide verbal and written technical assistance, potential project information and design guidance.
  • Serve as liaison to communities and homeowners to provide ongoing technical project support and answer questions. Communicate process and timelines. Check and compile completed applications for review. Ensure complete paperwork, reimbursement, and tracking.
  • Recruits participation from community associations, places of worship and homeowners in Conservation Assistance Program projects, explaining benefits. Provides outreach to HOA leadership, management companies, and places of worship to promote program and application.
  • Handles day-to-day tasks of the storm drain education and marking program. Receive inquiries from project leaders, schedule and give educational orientations, prepare maps using GIS, review educational materials, coordinate supplies pickup and drop-off, review final reporting information. Ensure that projects are conducted according to program guidelines.
  • Supports additional outreach or educational efforts as necessary, coordinating with other NVSWCD staff.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of theories, principles, concepts and methodologies of soil and water conservation.
  • Skill in referencing and interpreting resources such as maps, statistical information, land use plans, soils information.
  • Skill in effective oral and written communication.
  • Ability to work independently and as a constructive team member.
  • Ability to coordinate programs among other agencies and localities.
  • Ability to work accurately.
  • Ability to respond in a timely manner to requests.
  • Experience with GIS or other mapping software.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products, including Word and Excel.
  • Display professionalism, patience, attention to detail, a willingness to learn and a good sense of humor.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • A conservation ethos and/or an understanding and appreciation of environmental and conservation matters.

Education and Experience

Degree from a four-year accredited college or university in landscape architecture, water resource engineering, hydrology, soils, agronomy, natural resources, environmental planning, environmental science or related area; Masters, or equivalent experience, preferred.

The status of this position is non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act and in a limited-term capacity you are ineligible to participate in NVSWCD’s health, dental, retirement, and life benefits package. The position is eligible to accrue overtime pay or compensatory leave at 1.5 time the hourly rate, with prior approval from the Executive Director when working beyond 40 hours in a single workweek is anticipated, as part of the duties assigned.

The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Its programs, activities and employment opportunities are available to all people regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or political affiliation.

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