Soil Conservation Technician

Description :

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Hertford County is seeking to fill the following full-time position in governmental operations.


General Definition of Work

Performs difficult technical work providing soil and water conservation services and education programs; does related work as required. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Conservation District Board.

Essential Functions/Typical Tasks

Advising and assisting landowners; conducting soil investigations; administering conservation programs; maintaining records and files; preparing reports.

The following functions are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

  • Advises and assists land users in carrying out a variety of soil and water conservation projects.
  • Helps land users analyze problems and recommends solutions.
  • Inspects sites, conducts soil investigations and conducts engineering surveys.
  • Helps landowners establish resource conservation plans.
  • Ensures and documents that practices are installed and maintained.
  • Assists landowners to obtain necessary permits.
  • Designs and supervises construction of ponds, waterways, diversion ditches, tile and open drain ways, spring developments, pipelines, livestock waterers and earthen storage facilities.
  • Provides assistance with the operation of Federal Farm Bill programs and North Carolina Conservation Assistance Program.
  • Administers State cost-share incentive program; analyzes problem, estimates cost, calculates erosion reduction, completes application form and certifies cost-share need; certifies correct installation.
  • Ensures discrepancies are corrected.
  • Performs related tasks as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of soil and water conservation in rural areas; general knowledge of the various guidelines, policies, ordinances and regulations pertaining to soil and water conservation and land development and management; ability to plan, organize and carry out projects effectively; ability to present the results of research and recommendations effectively in oral, written or graphic form; ability to solve problems within scope of responsibility; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with land owners, land users, associates, government officials and the general public; skill in the use of basic engineering surveying equipment.

Education and Experience

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited community college with major course work in soil conservation, agronomy or related field and a minimum of 1-year experience in soil and water conservation work.

Physical Requirements

This is heavy work requiring the exertion of up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects; work requires climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, and grasping, and repetitive motions; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word and to convey detailed or important spoken instructions to others accurately, loudly, or quickly; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels and to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound; visual acuity is required for depth perception, preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, operation of machines, operation of motor vehicles or equipment, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities; the worker is subject to outside environmental conditions, extreme cold, extreme heat, hazards, and noise.

Special Requirements

Possession of an appropriate driver’s license valid in the State of North Carolina. Possession of certifications from the Engineering Approval Authority, Waste Management Plans Soil and Water Commission and Conservation Planning. Possession of pesticide applicator’s license.

Annual Salary:

Grade: 14

$36,021.05 - $50,896.80

Application Process:

To be considered for this position, you must complete a Hertford County Application for Employment, in its entirety and it must be signed. Cover letters, resume, transcripts, and other supplemental documentation may accompany your Hertford County Application for Employment. Selected candidates are subject to a criminal background check and motor vehicle record check.

Contact :

Submit applications by mail, email, facsimile, or in-person to:

Hertford County

Attn: Komita Hendricks, HR Specialist

115 Justice Drive, Suite 1

Winton, NC 27986

Fax: (252) 862-2702 (include cover letter)


Hertford County is an Equal Opportunity Employer/ AA.

Deadline for Applying : Open until filled