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WATERSHED CONSERVATIONIST (AG DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR) - 40008726

Date: May 28, 2021

Location: Durham, NC, US, 27701

Company: Durham County

Durham County Government employs approximately 1,900 employees that work towards providing needed services throughout the community. With a wide array of services, Durham County Government is at the heart of a rapidly growing and diverse area offering residents, employees and visitors exciting opportunities to live, work, grow and play. For more information about Durham County Government, visit www.dconc.gov.

 

DEPARTMENT:       

Soil and Water Conservation

DATE POSTED:            

May 28, 2021

CLOSING DATE:           

Until Filled

SALARY MINIMUM:  

$53,118.00

SALARY MAXIMUM:

$95,612.00

POSITION NUMBER:            

40008726

JOB TYPE:

Full-Time

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

 

The incumbent is responsible for spearheading the department’s Ag Development efforts and serve as the main staff support for the Farmland Board. The incumbent will also assist with the Department’s Community Conservation Assistance Program (CCAP), and its Impaired Streams Improvement Program (ISIP) according to State, County and the Durham Soil and Water Conservation District Board’s policies. The incumbent will be responsible for providing technical assistance, surveying, designing, contracting, installing and monitoring the implementation of Best Management Practices (BMP’s) / Structural Control Measures (SCM’s). Additional responsibilities include writing and administering grants, tracking data on Practice Keeper software and partnering with local, state and federal governments as well as community organizations to support the County’s Strategic Plan.

 

Evening meetings and occasional weekend attendance at community meetings are expected.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

AG DEVELOPMENT RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • Serves a multi-member Ag Economic Development Committee by facilitating the administration of Durham County Agricultural Economic Development Grant Funds.
  • Works collaboratively with Durham County Farmland Protection Advisory Board, Durham County departments, other economic development professionals, private agencies, and others to carry out the strategies and programs.
  • Coordinates efforts of the Durham County Agricultural Development and Farmland Protection Plan (the “Plan”).
  • Seeks grants to support the goals and objectives of the Plan; writes and reviews grant applications and administers grants as awarded.
  • Conducts outreach in rural and urban areas to help identify new market opportunities for Durham agricultural products, including through local restaurants, groceries, schools, universities, hospitals and other institutions, as well as community-supported agriculture (“CSA”) programs and farm tours; and to provide assistance to rural and urban farmers on agricultural marketing and business development issues.
  • Works with individuals and organizations to enhance the viability of local agriculture through product diversification, direct marketing, promotion of local products, development and promotion of programs and value-added opportunities by linking with available expertise.
  • Increases the public’s understanding of locally grown products as well as agricultural issues and practices through such initiatives as A) assisting county’s efforts with overseeing creation and maintaining editorial responsibility for a new farm-specific web site; B) presentations and speeches to community groups, agricultural associations, schools, local businesses and the general public; C) writing and distributing press releases, D) coordinating farm presence and involvement at area events.
  • Helps establish and facilitate cooperative buyer and seller groups to enable small producers to benefit from bulk purchase and sale efficiencies.
  • Works with NC Farm Transition Network and other individuals and organizations with relevant expertise to facilitate contacts between landowners and prospective new farmers seeking land to farm, including through the development of a land-link database.
  • Creates a mentorship program to match experienced farmers and entrepreneurs with youth seeking to build a career in agriculture.
  • Provides advice, guidance and expertise on agricultural development plans, policies, trends, and related agricultural issues.
  • Attends workshops and conferences to bring state of the art options to Durham County agricultural producers.
  • Assists with creating and maintaining a “New and Existing Farmer Guide” as detailed in Recommendation (f)(3) of the Plan.

 

CCAP – BETC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • Develops a strategy to deliver professional development activities in partnership with Durham Public Schools leadership to train teachers on how to implement the BETC stormwater curriculum.
  • Coordinates and facilitates student internships with agency partners and stakeholders.
  • Engages youth to become involved in Environmental stewardship and improves their employment potential in filling environmental related careers.
  • Writes grants to fund student summer internships and support the Community Conservation Assistance Program efforts.
  • Increases the public awareness and participation by community groups and stakeholders by making presentations, speeches, writing press releases and coordinating social media platforms.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

 

  • Must have the ability to manage multiple projects using local, state and federal funds and compile data for special reports.
  • Considerable knowledge of nutrient management is preferred.
  • Strong communication skills and experience speaking to community groups is essential.
  • Experience and knowledge of the challenges facing agriculture, preferably in environment(s) similar to Durham County.
  • Understanding of and ability to manage strategic planning process.
  • Ability to plan and manage multiple projects and programs.
  • Capacity to link with available expertise and apply expert information to local situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully market programs and products.
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills (writing sample will be required).
  • Demonstrated ability to secure and administer grants and contracts.
  • Ability to work effectively with a variety of groups and individuals and establish and maintain networks.
  • A commitment and passion for agricultural community economic development.
  • An entrepreneurial mentality/spirit.
  • Computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets, database management and website maintenance.
  • Ability to develop and adhere to departmental and program budgets.
  • Willingness and availability to work a flexible schedule, including some weekend and evening commitments.

 

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

 

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in soil conservation, forestry, biology, engineering or related field with two year’s work experience.

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

 

A valid North Carolina driver’s license, vehicle and acceptable driving record.

 

Durham County Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Nearest Major Market: Durham
Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh