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Job Opening Madison County Soil Conservation District (SCD) Position: District Technician Employer: Madison County Government Report To: Madison county Soil Conservation District Board of Supervisors: Don Johnson – Chairman; Alan Ewell – Vice-Chairman; Matt Griggs – Secretary-Treasurer; Chris Couch – Member; Jim Tyson - Member ; Full Time: 40 hours per week Hours: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm (30-minute lunch break) Starting Salary/Wages: $50,000 a year. Policies and Benefits: As specified by Madison County Government Human Resources Department and the Madison County SCD Board. Job Description and Qualifications attached

Madison County Soil Conservation District Technician Position Description Employees of the Madison County Soil Conservation District (MCSCD) are hired by the MCSCD Board of Supervisors. MCSCD employees are paid by the Madison County Government and must follow the employment guidelines set forth by the County (Available upon request). The District Technician position is under the direct supervision of the MCSCD Board. The Technician will perform those duties that relate to routine District operations. The general priorities of work will be established by the District Board; However, the District Conservationist will be designated to be directly responsible for the daily workload priorities. It will be the responsibility of the District Conservationist to report to the District Board of progress being made by the employee. Nature of Work This position is responsible for field work activities to plan and implement conservation practices, and to assist with the daily operation of the MCSCD. Extensive field work is required in a variety of adverse weather conditions. Job related duties require thorough knowledge of soil conservation practice standards and specifications. Strong organizational, interpersonal, and decision-making skills are necessary to perform job duties. Employee must have sufficient physical strength (Ability to lift 50+ pounds, extensive walking, etc.) and agility to perform field related activities on rough/ uneven terrain in a variety of adverse weather conditions. Activities associated with the job include, but are not limited to: • Inventory and evaluation of agricultural land to document resource concerns • Assist landowners with the development of whole farm conservation plans • Consult with field office staff/ Area engineers to design conservation practices • Oversee construction and perform checkouts of planned conservation practices/systems with cooperative landowners according to established policies Additional activities associated with the job include, but are not limited to: • Provide technical assistance to individuals, groups and governmental entities in a timely manner • Assist with educational programs to promote the conservation of natural resources • Maintain records and other statistical information for reports • Respond to requests for information and service from Local, State, and Federal Governmental offices and to the public Job performance is evaluated by the District Board of Supervisors and the District Conservationist through reviewing: 1. The level of support provided to property owners/operators, 2. Field operations, 3. Knowledge of soil conservation practices/systems, 4. Interpersonal, organizational and decision-making skills, and 5. Accuracy and thoroughness of reports and supporting documentation required by state and federal policies. Job Duties • Support the District’s efforts to achieve optimum natural resource use consistent with sound natural resource conservation objectives • Assist landowners with completing farm plans and conservation practice implementation. • Assist landowners with application procedures for State and Federal Conservation Programs • Provide information on cost share payment procedures and certify compliance of installed conservation practices • Perform design surveys utilizing a level, rod, and electronic equipment • Use a Trimble or similar hand-held GPS device to collect survey data • Prepare cost estimates for conservation program applications • Perform layout, design and checkout of conservation practices (Water and sediment control basins, terraces, grassed waterways, diversions, buffer strips, grade control structures, pipe outlets, etc.) in accordance with NRCS standards and specifications • Document with pictures for erosion, construction, and soil conservation practices • Communicate criteria for site preparation, excavation, moisture control, compaction, and concrete specifications to contractors • Determines the need for vegetative cover (seedbed preparation, type of plant material to be planted, mulching and fertilization requirements) • Provide assistance to landowners in conservation plan updates as necessary utilizing NRCS Computer Technology • Assist engineers with surveys and spot checks • Update case files as directed for FSA programs to change farm numbers or tract numbers as needed • Prepare material lists for construction • Maintain a cooperative relationship with other Federal, State, and Local agencies involved in soil conservation • Assist with compiling information and other documentation for the preparation of the Annual Report and other periodic reports and updates within 1 week of request • Provide educational information to increase the public's awareness of the District's soil conservation efforts and the availability of assistance from Federal, State and Local agencies • Interact with other Soil Conservation Districts to remain current on new policies and programs • Adequately prepare all necessary planning, design, and checkout documentation applicable to the TDA program • Administer the District’s TDA ARCF BMP cost-share grant program • Provide report at every SCD meeting with updates on the TDA cost share assistance program. • Perform all other duties as assigned Necessary Requirements of Work A high school diploma is required. A Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Engineering Technology, Soil and Water Conservation, or closely related field is preferred, but not required. Considerable knowledge of natural resources conservation programs, techniques, and practices is highly preferred. The MCSCD Technician Must Have: • Considerable knowledge of Windows based computer software programs utilized by the Soil Conservation District (ArcGIS, Conservation Desktop, ArcMap and Microsoft Office Software Suite) • Ability to read and understand soil maps, aerial photos and topographic maps • Ability to interact effectively and maintain productive and professional relationships with Local, State, and Federal officials involved in natural conservation activities. • Ability to conduct effective educational programs pertaining to natural resources conservation • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds • Ability to interact effectively with landowners, convince them of the benefits of natural resources conservation, and obtain their cooperation in utilizing effective conservation planning • Ability to prepare cost analysis of various conservation alternatives and advise property owners of the most cost-effective conservation system • Ability to compile, interpret data and other related documentation for the preparation of reports • Ability to perform the physically demanding aspects of the job in a variety of adverse weather conditions • Skill in the use of equipment utilized for surveying activities Necessary Special Requirements • Possession of a valid Tennessee Driver’s license and the ability to be insured at standard vehicle liability rates • Obtain Conservation Planner Certification within 12 months of hiring • Ability to pass a Federal Background Check • Completion of Annual Computer Security, Civil Rights and Privacy Training • Obtain EJAA and ESJAA within a timely manner. One year probationary period with quarterly performance reviews.

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INTRODUCTION

The Madison County Soil Conservation District is one of 95 such Districts in the state and one of 3,000 such Districts across the country.  The District is a corporate and political subdivision of Tennessee state government, having the same geographic boundaries as those of Madison County, comprising some 358,000 cares.  It was established by the state soil conservation committee at the request of Madison County landowners in 1941 and was organized in accordance with the purposes, provisions, powers and restrictions set forth within the Tennessee Soil Conservation District Law 43-14-201 through 43-14-223.  Madison County Soil Conservation District was the ninth Soil Conservation District to be organized in Tennessee.  The District is governed by a board of supervisors composed of five landowners residing within the District.  Two of the supervisors are appointed to serve three year terms by the state soil conservation committee, while three of the supervisors are elected to serve three years by the land owners within the District.  The present board consists of Don Johnson, Chairman; Alan Ewell, Vice Chairman; Matt Griggs, Secretary-Treasurer; Chris Couch, Member; and Jim Tyson, Member.

The District was organized with the help of promotional work by T.W. Hillsman, U.T. Extension Agent, and John Aycock, Soil Conservation Service Conservationist.  The District's first program of work was prepared on September 10, 1941.  A Memorandum of Understanding was completed with the United States Department of Agriculture on September 26, 1941.  A supplemental Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the Soil Conservation Service on October 1, 1941.

The function of the District is to locate technical, financial and educational resources then coordinate and focus these resources toward the application of sound natural resource conservation practices.  In meeting this purpose, the District works with and serves landowners, farmers, ranchers, wildlife advocates, conservationists, environmentalists, teachers, students, businesses, agencies, government officials, and the general public.

The District is proud to be a member of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), and the Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts (TACD).

 

HISTORY

The organization of conservation districts in Tennessee began June 13th 1940 with the creation of Sumner County and Lauderdale County SCDs.  By 1959, with the creation of the Lake County SCD on September 9th, all 95 counties in Tennessee had formed soil conservation districts. 

The Madison County Soil Conservation District is a corporate and political subdivision of Tennessee.  Organized July 10th, 1941 by the state soil conservation committee at the request of Madison County landowners, the district became the tenth soil conservation district to be formed in Tennessee.  It received its charter from the state on October 1st, 1941.  The original board was composed of Tom Lewis, C. O. Hopper, J. Harris Smith, N.T. Mayo, and Roy Ozier.  Organized in accordance with the purposes, provisions, power and restrictions set forth within the Tennessee Soil Conservation District law the district geographical and policital boundaries are the same as those of Madison County, comprising some 358,000 acres of land and water.  The district is one of 95 such districts in the state and one of 3,000 districts across the country.

The District does much to promote conservation but its primary function is as an intermediary between owners of privately owned agricultural property and the Federal Government, wherein, through cooperating agreements between the District and private landowners, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency of the Federal Government under USDA will provide certain technical services and financial aid to assist private landowners with the prevention and reduction of soil erosion and with the conservation of soil related natural resources.