- Oversee and implement all aspects of the Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP), a grant-funded program in Gratiot County.
- Assist farms of all sizes and all commodities to voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks.
- Deliver on-farm technical assistance, using farm and land specific risk assessments, education, and conservation plan development to implement practices and coordinate local, state, and federal agency resources to help reduce identified environmental risks, and make progress toward MAEAP verification.
The Technician is supervised by – and reports to the Gratiot Conservation District (CD)Administrator. The Technician works closely with a local advisory team in developing priorities for the program. This position is based in Ithica, MI.
- Coordinates all aspects of the Gratiot County MAEAP program and is fully familiar with, and adheres to, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) grant agreement and guidelines for conducting the program at the local level.
- Maintains accurate records and a well-organized filing system for those records.
- Maintains client confidentiality.
- Promotes Farm*A*Syst, Crop*A*Syst, Livestock*A*Syst, Clean Sweep, Pesticide container recycling, equipment calibration and other stewardship practices through displays, and newsletters. Group presentations, demonstrations, public service announcements, news releases, radio programs and other means.
- Conducts Farm*A*Syst, Crop*A*Syst, and Livestock*A*Syst assessments and coordinates best management practices.
- Conducts at least one on-farm field day yearly that highlights program opportunities such as MAEAP farmstead System, MAEAP Livestock and/or Cropping System, and farming practices which qualifies for MAEAP education credit.
- Assists landowners in developing emergency management plans for their farmsteads; promote the use of emergency planning, and other activities identified by the local advisory committee as important in this program and service area.
- Works closely with USDA-NRCS District Conservationist to provide technical assistance necessary for producers to access USDA Farm Bill financial assistance.
- Provide timely, monthly reports and updates to MDARD and the Gratiot CD Board of Directors.
- Other essential activities as required by the MDARD grant agreement.
- Serves as Gratiot CD’s contact person with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for the purposes of MAEAP.
- Assists with office and other programs as needed and requested such as annual meeting, newsletter, walk-in customers, answering telephones, general office upkeep, tree/miscellaneous sales, and anything else not specifically listed yet deemed appropriate by the Gratiot District Administrator.
- Develops a weekly schedule in consultation with the District Administrator.
- Employee will assist and promote district events as requested by the Districts Directors and Administrator.
- Assist in the preparation of the District Records, Reports, and Annual & Long-Range Work Plans.
- Give prepared presentations to groups on soil and water conservation topics as requested.
- Prepare news articles of local interest and about general conservation subjects including notices of upcoming demo’s and workshops.
- Education: A minimum of a B.S. Degree in Agriculture, animal, crop, environmental, agronomy, dairy, and/or soil science; or horticulture is required.
- Experience: A minimum of two years of experience in natural resources or agriculture fieldwork is preferred. Knowledge of and experience working with agricultural producers and practices is preferred.
- Operate a standard PC workstation and effectively use Windows-based software.
- Excellent organizational, management, written and verbal communication skills.
- Exhibit social and interpersonal skills.
- Work cooperatively with other district personnel and with other agencies.
- Must be able to work efficiently outdoors in varying conditions and rough terrain; able to lift 50 pounds.
- Maintain a valid driver’s license and personal vehicle for work use (mileage is reimbursed).
- Occasional travel for trainings and meetings is required.
- Must be able to pass a Federal Background Security Check.
Salary is dependent on qualifications and grant availability. Employment will require a work agreement and annual performance evaluations. Some benefits include paid time off and flexible work schedule. $50,000-$55,000 yearly.
Applications must be received by 4pm February 12, 2021.
Send Resume, List of References and Letter of Interest by email to:
Julie Spencer, Gratiot Conservation District Administrator
301 Commerce Drive
Ithaca, MI 48847
Letter of interest should be no longer than one page, resume no more than two pages, no more than three references.
Note: due to Covid19, the Gratiot Conservation District office is currently closed to customers and occasionally staff. Until further notice, requirements for this position include the necessity of personal cell phone use, secure internet access, and remote workspace (including computer) at employee’s own expense.
Gratiot Conservation District is an equal opportunity employer and provider.