Working at Snohomish Conservation District

Working or serving 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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Position Openings

Scroll down to view full job descriptions and application instructions for each of the following current openings:

  • Community Conservation Resource Specialist

  • Environmental Educator (WSC AmeriCorps)

  • Veterans Conservation Corps Crew Internship


Community Conservation Resource Specialist

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

Salary:  $48,000 to $53,000 annually

Start date: July 1, 2019

Deadline to apply:  June 7, 2019 at 5:00pm

The Community Conservation Resource Specialist 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 sustainable landscaping, soil health, urban farming, and urban forestry. The person hired for this position is directly responsible to the Urban Program Manager and works under the technical supervision of the Professional Engineer.

Duties

The primary responsibility for this position will be managing and implementing various grants and projects for the Community Conservation (CC) Team, which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Coordinate the District’s Rain Barrel program.

  • Manage project logistics. The CC Team designs and constructs green stormwater infrastructure projects on private and public property. This includes design, scheduling, correspondence, construction supervision, and budget management.

  • Conduct site visits, providing professional advice on stormwater management practices.

  • Develop design plans, maps, technical reports, and follow-up outreach.  

  • Manage grants and contracts.

  • 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:

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

  • At least 3 years of professional experience in landscape design, project management, construction, or engineering.

  • Project management skills.

  • Grant or contract management skills

  • Strong understanding of drainage and water conveyance principles.

  • Ability to motivate individuals to adopt and implement resource management practices on their property.  This includes public speaking to diverse audiences.

  • 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.

  • Ability to work in uneven terrain, and lift at least 40 lbs multiple times per day if needed.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Strong skills in sustainable landscape design

  • Demonstrated experience designing green stormwater infrastructure

  • Crew management experience

  • Experience with heavy equipment, power tools, and trailers.

Benefits

The District offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid vacation and holidays, medical and dental, support for training, 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 5:00 pm, June 7, 2019. 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


Position Opening: Environmental Educator (WSC AmeriCorps)

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Snohomish Conservation District, a small state conservation agency located in Lake Stevens, Washington, is looking for an enthusiastic and dependable educator to present in-classroom environmental lessons and outdoor field trips for grades 3-12.

The educator will teach multiple environmental education lessons per day in schools throughout Snohomish County and Camano Island. The educator will also engage youth and families through interactive/educational booths at community fairs, school STEM and parent nights, youth environmental service learning (serving with youth and families to plant trees and native plants at local restoration sites), teacher workshops, and green schoolyard support.

Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in education, science education, environmental science or related field.

• 6+ months experience working as an educator with K-12 youth.

• Knowledge of environmental subject matter (especially storm water and watersheds) or a sincere desire to study and learn.

• Excellent classroom and behavior management skills.

• Ability to adapt teaching style and content to meet the diverse needs of students.

• Strong public speaking skills: loud voice with clear enunciation and pacing- presenting in a confident, engaging manner that draws in the audience.

• Preferred: experience with NGSS and Common Core standards.

• Preferred: experience in school classrooms

Requirements:

• Reliable transportation to and from our office and clean driving record. We have government vehicles at our Lake Stevens office for use while teaching. When a personal vehicle is used, reimbursement will be provided at the IRS-approved mileage rate. All travel time to schools is counted as service hours.

• Effective verbal and written communication skills. Ability to check email daily.

• Demonstrated commitment to professionalism, cultural competency, and equity in education.

• Ability to work collaboratively and openly communicate with team mates

• Ability to lift and carry up to 50lbs.

• Ability to self-direct workload and priorities on a daily basis.

• Competency with Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, Publisher, and PowerPoint.

Schedule: The term of this position runs 9/3/2019-7/15/2020. The environmental educator will serve 40 hours/week, Monday through Friday (with occasional weekend and evening commitments). Exact daily start and end times will vary to accommodate school schedules, but service hours will typically fall between 7am – 5pm. A typical weekly schedule during the school year will consist of 3-4 days teaching at schools with an office day for prep and other duties.

Compensation: See Washington Service Corps page (https://washingtonservicecorps.org/become-a-member) for more information regarding stipend and program benefits.

Washington Service Corps Service Term Benefits for Program Year 2019-20

 Monthly stipend of $1,945 before deductions and withholdings.

 Basic health insurance (not including vision coverage).

 Workers compensation coverage.

 Assistance with childcare costs.

 $6,095 education award (10.5-month positions) that can be used for future schooling or to pay off existing

qualified student loan debt (upon successful completion of the service term).

 Forbearance (temporarily postponing paying off a loan) of qualified student loans during the service term.

 Payment of interest on qualified student loans that accrued during the service term.

 Serving in a full-time AmeriCorps position qualifies as “employment” towards the Public Service Loan

Forgiveness program.

About Snohomish Conservation District

Snohomish Conservation District's mission is to work cooperatively with others to promote and encourage conservation and responsible use of natural resources. We are a non-regulatory state entity, funded through grants, local assessment tax, and state funding.

Our Youth Education Program: Sound Education

Sound Education has been in existence for over 10 years. Our program is funded in partnership with local cities with the goal of educating and inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards. We value pedagogy that is inquiry- based and provocative – encouraging students to be active, empowered critical thinkers. Our lessons include strong hands-on and interactive components to engage multiple learning styles. Visit our Sound Education website: http://snohomishcd.org/sound-education

Snohomish Conservation District is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from qualified individuals without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or genetic information. We strongly encourage and seek applications from individuals with a multilingual and/or multicultural background.

How to Apply:

Visit the MyAmeriCorps website for full position description and to apply on-line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; however priority deadline for the first round of applicants is Monday, June 3rd, 2019 at 5pm.

https://snocd.org/WSCEnvEducator

For questions contact: Lily Cason lcason@snohomishcd.org

This position is contingent on funding through the Washington Service Corps Program.


Veterans Conservation Corps Crew Internship

The Snohomish Conservation District works cooperatively with a diverse community of landowners to encourage conservation and responsible use of natural resources through actions that promote clean water, healthy habitat, and a viable agricultural community. 

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Read more and watch a video about what it’s like to work on our Vet Crew

Job Description:

This position will work on a 4-person field crew under the supervision of the Snohomish Conservation District’s (SCD) Community Conservation Team. The crew will work with landowners on stormwater resource concerns within urban and residential areas of Snohomish County and Camano Island, and in rural areas doing restoration planting and maintenance. Work will include rain garden construction, rain barrel system construction, planting, brush cutting, and other outdoor work.

Job Details:

  • Work week is Monday-Thursday, 7am-5pm

  • Pay is in the form of a $2,000 monthly stipend

  • Two consecutive 4-month terms

    • Term 1: March 1st - June 30th

    • Term 2: July 1st - October 31st

    • Currently accepting applications for Term 1. Crew members in good standing at the completion of Term 1 may elect to stay on for Term 2

  • All safety equipment (gloves, hard hats, eye protection, ear protection, etc.) is provided

Paid Trainings:

In addition to full on-the-job training, this position includes several formal trainings and certifications to aid in skills development and job training.

Requirements:

  • Must be a United States military veteran to be eligible for this position

  • Must have dependable transportation to and from the Snohomish Conservation District office

  • Must be able to work Monday-Thursday, 7am-5pm

Apply:

All applicants must pass a background check. To apply to this job, send a resume and cover letter explaining your interest in this position to:

Kim Pham, Veterans Conservation Corps Internship Coordinator kim@dva.wa.gov

Questions?

To learn more about the Veterans Conservation Corps, contact:

Kim Pham, Veterans Conservation Corps Internship Coordinator kim@dva.wa.gov

For more information about the job requirements, contact:

Taylor Pesce at 425-377-7020 or tpesce@snohomishcd.org.