Working at Snohomish Conservation District

Working for a Conservation District is a great experience! We get to work with motivated landowners, dedicated professionals, well-respected leaders in conservation, and with students just starting their careers.

The District offers a supportive and vibrant work environment with opportunities to grow in your career and state benefits for permanent positions. We hope you will consider joining our team!

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Job Openings

Community Conservation Technician

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Terms:  Permanent, non-exempt, full-time position (40 hrs/week), with benefits

Salary:  $36,000 to $50,000 annually

Start date:  January 15, 2019

Deadline to apply:  Tues, December 4, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

The Community Conservation Technician will assist in the implementation of the District’s activities to address a wide variety of resource concerns in the urban and residential areas of Snohomish County and Camano Island.  The primary focus of this position is green stormwater solutions. Secondary concerns may include habitat restoration, sustainable landscaping, soil health, urban farming, and urban forestry. The person hired for this position is directly responsible to the Community Engagement Program Manager, and works under the technical supervision of the Professional Engineer.

Duties

The primary responsibility for this position will be managing an all Veteran crew to implement a wide variety of projects associated with the Community Conservation (CC) Team, which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Manage a field crew to construct rain gardens and other green stormwater infrastructure projects on private and public properties.

  • Daily transportation of crew members, equipment and materials to and from job sites.

  • Manage project logistics. The CC Team designs and constructs green stormwater infrastructure projects on private and public property. This position would be responsible for managing and implementing many of those projects. This includes scheduling, correspondence, time management, task assignment and budget management.

  • Assist Specialists in site visits, providing professional advice on stormwater management practices. Assist staff in the development of design plans, maps, technical reports, and follow-up outreach.  

  • Familiarity and experience with landscape design concepts and a willingness to expand those skills if necessary.

  • Communicate verbally and in writing with teams, partner organizations, and the general public.          

  • Work closely within a team to organize job duties.

  • Assist in the coordination of workshops and events, with attendance as necessary on weekends and evenings.

  • Document activities in Salesforce database, and provide database support to other staff.

Skills Knowledge and Abilities

Minimum qualifications include:

  • At least 2 years of professional experience in construction, landscaping, restoration work or other similar experience.

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a compatible field of study. (Alternative combinations of education and experience will be considered.)

  • Crew management skills.

  • Project management skills.

  • Basic knowledge of drainage and water conveyance principles.

  • Ability to motivate individuals to adopt and implement resource management practices on their property.  This may include speaking in front of public groups, organizations, or clubs.

  • Ability to provide excellent customer service.

  • Flexibility and willingness to take on multiple projects; ability to organize and schedule.

  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle safely to and from the field.

  • Experience with heavy equipment, power tools and trailers.

  • Ability to repetitively lift at least 40 lbs.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • A Veteran of the US Military, or experience working with Veterans.

  • Experience in recruiting and mentoring

  • Familiarity with plant identification.

  • Familiarity with construction safety practices.

  • Field training experience.

Benefits

The District offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid vacation and holidays, medical and dental, support for trainings, and participation in the State of Washington Retirement System (PERS).

To Apply For This Position

Applicants must provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Applications must be received at the Snohomish Conservation District office on or before 4:00 pm, December 4, 2018. Email is the preferred method of applying.

Please submit application materials to:

  • Snohomish Conservation District

    Attention: Kate Riley

    kate@snohomishcd.org

    425.377.7004

    528 91st Ave NE, Ste. A

    Lake Stevens, WA 98258


Urban Agriculture Program Coordinator

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Terms:  Permanent, exempt, full-time position (40 hrs/week), with benefits

Salary:  $42,000 to $52,000 annually

Start date:  January 3, 2019

Deadline to apply:  Dec. 3, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

The Snohomish Conservation District is seeking an innovative and energetic community-builder who can manage its urban agriculture program, Lawns to Lettuce, and take it to the next level – especially for our most diverse communities of Snohomish County and Camano Island. This candidate will need to be willing and able to ‘dig in the dirt’, while also providing strategic planning, project management, and program evaluation skills. Partnership building and the ability to collaborate is key to the success of this position. The Urban Agriculture Program Coordinator will serve as a member of the Community Conservation team, under the supervision of the Community Engagement Program Manager, and assist the district in overarching goals in natural resource conservation, equity, and urban/rural connectivity.  

Duties

The primary responsibility for this position will be managing the Lawns to Lettuce program and Project Harvest initiative, which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Conduct site visits on public and private property; design community gardens.

  • Occasionally manage a field crew to construct or maintain urban agriculture sites.

  • Coordinate large numbers of volunteers for gleaning events.

  • Build relationships with food banks and equity organizations to develop local food security.

  • Develop new relationships with the area farming community.

  • Inspire and grow diverse audiences to join the Lawns to Lettuce and Project Harvest initiatives

  • Communicate verbally and in writing with teams, partner organizations, and the general public.          

  • Work closely within a team to organize job duties.

  • Assist in the coordination of workshops and events, with attendance as necessary on weekends and evenings.

  • Manage grants and projects.

  • Document activities in Salesforce, and provide database support to other staff.

  • Assist in developing educational materials and campaigns.

Skills Knowledge and Abilities

Minimum qualifications include:

  • At least 4 years of professional or volunteer experience in urban agriculture, natural resource conservation, farming, or a related field

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a compatible field of study. (Alternative combinations of education and experience will be considered.)

  • Project management skills.

  • Knowledge of urban agriculture principles – including soil and water quality best practices, and general landscape design.

  • Computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets, scheduling, PowerPoint, etc.

  • Ability to speak with the public about other District programs – including green stormwater infrastructure, habitat recovery, and farm planning.

  • Assist staff at landowner workshops and farm tours or other district events, as needed.

  • Ability to manage a crew of general labor construction workers in the field under various conditions.

  • Ability to motivate individuals to adopt and implement resource management practices on their property.  This may include speaking in front of public groups, organizations, or clubs.

  • Capacity to engage diverse communities (youth, minorities, farmers, veterans, seniors, etc).

  • Ability to provide excellent customer service.

  • Ability to multi-task and coordinate various concurrent tasks

  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle safely to and from the field.

  • Ability to work in the field on various terrain and conditions. Ability to lift at least 40 lbs.

  • Ability to work independently and organize own schedule of activities related to work goals set by the Community Engagement Program Manager

  • Ability to maintain accurate records regarding time-keeping and authorized expenses.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Grant management experience.

  • High level of equity experience.

  • Demonstrated experience with food security issues.

  • Proven partnerships, especially within Puget Sound.

  • GIS, Autocad, or other site planning programs

Benefits

The District offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid vacation and holidays, medical and dental, support for trainings, and participation in the State of Washington Retirement System (PERS).

To Apply for this Position

Applicants must provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Applications must be received at the Snohomish Conservation District office on or before 4:00 pm, December 3, 2018. Email is the preferred method of applying.

Please submit application materials to:

  • Snohomish Conservation District

    Attention: Kate Riley

    kate@snohomishcd.org

    425.377.7004


Summer Internship - Lake Stevens, WA

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Compensation:          Competitive, paid internship

Closing Date:             Initial closing date is December 8, 2018 (position is open until filled)

Terms:                        Approximately 40 hours per week, 12-week term

Submit application:   Via email to Bobbi@snohomishcd.org

Introduction:

  • Position opening for a summer intern in the District’s Lake Stevens, Washington office.

  • The internship will be designed around the intern’s experience, training and career goals.

  • The intern will have an opportunity to attend the Washington Association of Conservation Districts annual training and networking conference in Leavenworth, Washington in June.

  • The intern will be required to complete a specific job-related project, to be negotiated upon hiring, based on skills, experience, interest and knowledge.

Job Description

The mission of the Snohomish Conservation District is to work cooperatively with others to promote and encourage conservation and responsible use of natural resources. The District has a talented staff of professionals that engage in project implementation and outreach activities to promote clean water, healthy salmon habitat, and a viable agricultural community.

Working collaboratively with District staff and engaging in a variety of projects and tasks throughout the summer will offer insight, knowledge and skills that can support future career goals in natural resources and agriculture for a motivated intern.

Job Duties:

  • The intern will work with District staff to support various projects with landowners, government agencies, schools and partners. Activities may include assistance with:

    • ArcGIS map creation or mailing list development

    • Community/school projects such as rain gardens, native plantings or food gardens

    • Restoration projects and vegetation monitoring

    • Outreach events such as farm tours, classes, and fair booths

    • Rain barrel construction and event coordination

    • Support on field visits to provide technical assistance to landowners

Highly Valued or Desired Skills and Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of soils, natural resource management, or agricultural operations.

  • Knowledge of written and oral communication techniques.

  • Ability to prepare or develop handouts/fact sheets.

  • Ability to work and communicate (oral and written) with individuals in an effective manner.

  • Ability to use computers to write reports, and keep track of work progress

  • Ability to prepare high quality maps using ArcGIS software, and record field data.

  • Ability to organize/plan own schedule of activities and to set priorities related to work goals.

  • Ability to maintain accurate records regarding time-keeping and authorized expenses.

  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle during daylight and occasionally after dark.

  • Ability to work in all types of terrain on foot and operate hand and power tools. Physical effort is occasionally required ~ lifting weights of up to 40 lbs. Work conditions involve all types of topography, weather, or related outdoor features and frequent travel.

  • Ability to work well with technically diverse project teams.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in a team setting.

Qualifications: This position requires:

  • A minimum of 3 years of college credits.

  • Self-motivation and an ability to work independently.

  • A demonstrated interest or experience in environmental conservation, natural resource management, economic science, and/or agriculture.

  • An ability to pass a background check to work with minors.

  • A valid Washington State driver’s license, clean driving record and dependable transportation.

*Final internship work plan will be tailored to applicant’s qualifications and District’s needs.

Application Instructions:

Please submit the packet to:

Snohomish Conservation District

Attention: Bobbi Lindemulder

528 – 91st Ave. NE. Ste A

Lake Stevens, WA 98258

Or via email to Bobbi@snohomishcd.org

To apply for this position:

  • Applicants must provide a cover letter, a resume, and a list of three professional references.

  • Applications must be received at the Snohomish Conservation District (SCD) office on or before December 7, 2018 at 4:30 pm (or until the position has been filled).

  • Faxed or emailed applications received by the deadline will be accepted.

  • Post-marked applications shall not be considered a

  • substitute for the above requirement.

*No housing is provided with this offering.