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201389 / District Technician
Wabasha Soil & Water Conservation District

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Under the supervision of the District Manager, the District Technician is a full time, technical position that is responsible for providing technical assistance, including the survey, design, and installation of best management practices under the policies established by the Wabasha Soil and Water Conservation District. Other responsibilities of the position will include carrying out the duties of the Wabasha County Water Plan, providing education and outreach for the Wabasha Soil and Water Conservation District to citizens, and the promotion of conservation best management practices as stated in the Mission, and the Vision of the Wabasha Soil and Water Conservation District through newspapers, newsletters, workshops, field days, school presentations, social media, and other innovative means. Additional duties include the Buffer Initiative Program and the Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program, and carrying out any special projects under other programs as assigned.
• Requires minimum of an Associate’s degree (A.A.), or equivalent, from a two-year college or technical school; or an equivalent combination of education and experience and one (1) year of full time paid experience in similar field.
A BA in agricultural science or related field from an accredited school
The combination of education and experience equivalent to three (3) years of paid work in a position similar to a Conservation Technician

• Working knowledge of technical engineering survey and design methods, techniques, principles, and procedures.
• Knowledge of ecological best management practice (buffers, native plantings)
• Use of computer software, including Microsoft Office Suite
• Working knowledge of ArcGIS mapping software.

• Computer aided engineering tools such as AutoCad
• Experience dealing with farming and livestock operations.
• Knowledge of SWCD and NRCS programs and eligibility requirements.

• Demonstrated ability to apply concepts to field surveying and engineering computations.
• Demonstrated ability to perform technical engineering procedures.
• Demonstrated ability to operate surveying equipment.
• Ability to work with mathematical concepts from basic math computations to trigonometry.
• Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
• Ability to write reports, grants, and business correspondence.
• Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, news media, and general public.
• Ability to work with a diverse group of partners and stakeholders.
• Ability to work with a team either as a team member or a team leader.
• Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
• Strong organizational skills to effectively maintain and prioritize work load while managing several complicated projects or events simultaneously.
• Requires the skill and persuasion in dealings with others, both in and outside of the office. Interactions with others generally require influencing, instructing and negotiating with individuals to gain their understanding, cooperation, and action. Interactions may involve efforts to persuade and negotiate with other representatives or officials outside of the district but does not have the authority to act on behalf of the SWCD in matters where there are legitimate differences of opinion.
• Computer knowledge to include: a working knowledge of ESRI’s ArcGIS software suite, and aptitude with Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. Knowledge of Toolkit is a plus.

• Ability to operate drafting and surveying instruments and related equipment
• Familiarity with soil properties and use of USDA soil surveys.
• Familiar with common agricultural equipment and use.

• Currently possess or have the ability to acquire and maintain Engineering Technical Approval Authority (TAA) for design and installation of commonly implemented conservation practices within 6 months of start date. Ecological TAA, Conservation Planning Certification or other certifications are desirable.
• Must pass a criminal background check.
• Must have a valid MN class D driver’s license or equivalent.

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Wabasha, MN
Agriculture/Farming, Analysis/Consulting, Environmental Engineering, Forestry / Urban Forestry, GIS
Full-Time Experienced
Associate, Bachelors

Contact Information

611 Broadway Ave
Suite 10
(651) 565-4673

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