Agricultural Resources Specialist
Boulder County Parks & Open Space Department (BCPOS) has an opening for an Agricultural Resource Specialist. Duties include activities associated with operations on 25,000 acres of agricultural land leased to approximately 65 private operators. The primary function of this position will be the “boots-on-the-ground” interface between the Agricultural Resources Division and tenant stewards of BCPOS properties with respect to operations planning and implementation for individual leases. This involves coordination with agricultural tenants and BCPOS staff, CSU Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Services Agency, and other agencies to plan and implement agricultural operations on BCPOS properties.Boulder County leases land to a diverse set of tenants who employ various practices including conventional, organic, and regenerative. Agricultural operations include livestock, irrigated specialty and commodity crop production, irrigated hay and pasture, dryland crop, and rangeland. The Resource Specialist role will include monitoring agricultural land, irrigation water, weed management, and other resources for effective conservation and management. This position will also foster Best Management Practices (BMP's) and resource conservation practices, with specific attention to Integrated Pest Management (IPM), soil health, pollinators, and water use efficiency. The successful candidate will also assist in planning capital improvements and working with various vendors who provide agricultural services/management.The position will also require other such related tasks and duties as directed by the Division Manager or the Director of the Parks & Open Space Department.This is a full-time, benefited position with Boulder County. Work hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. The Resource Specialist will work out of Longmont, CO. Under FLSA guidelines, this position is exemptfrom overtime.Hiring salary range: $4,255 to $5,192 per monthFull salary range: $4,255 to $6,128 per month Examples of Duties Assist in the preparation of Operating Plans. Work with tenants to develop plans, monitor progress toward mutually agreed upon goals, and ensure implementation of those Operating Plans. May seek assistance or resources from NRCS, FSA, CSU Extension, staff, and others in the development of the Operating Plans.Foster and encourage Best Management and Resource Conservation Practices, including but not limited to Integrated Pest Management, improving soil health, increasing pollinator habitat, and irrigation water management practices. Assist and advise staff and tenants in resolving technical challenges common in agricultural production, including the management of weeds, irrigation, pests, nutrients, and cover crops.Work with other agencies such as NRCS, FSA, CSU Extension, Colorado Department of Agriculture, etc. to ensure that resources from those agencies are known by and available to BCPOS tenants.Assist in monitoring natural resources (primarily soil and water) on agricultural properties.Advocate for conservation practices to maintain the sustainability and resiliency of Boulder County agricultural properties.Assist in the preparation of reports and answering internal and public queries on BCPOS properties.Identify maintenance and capital improvement needs and help with Ag Division project and budget planning. May assist in project management and implementation with tenants, staff and contractors.May serve as a representative of the Ag Division on BCPOS interdisciplinary work teams for department planning efforts including area management plans, policy development, and other department-wide efforts.In time, become familiar with BCPOS water rights, water delivery systems, and irrigation management on individual properties. May attend annual ditch company meetings and participate on irrigation company boards.The position may also require additional assignments, projects or duties as directed by the Division Manager or the Director of Parks & Open Space Department. May be reassigned during emergencies. Required QualificationsPLEASE NOTE: When submitting your application please be sure to include all relevant education and experience in a cover letter. Applications are screened based on the qualifications listed in this position announcement. Applications that do not appear to meet minimum qualifications, as outlined below, will not be considered. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of completed applications.Interviews will take place November 14 through November 16, 2018.EDUCATION:A bachelor's degree (BS) in agronomy, crop and soil science, animal science, agricultural management, natural resources, or related disciplinesEXPERIENCE:At least five years of direct experience in crop and/or livestock productionAny combination of education and/or experience may substitute or enhance the above requirementsDRIVER'S LICENSE:Employee must have a valid driver's license, current automobile insurance, and a good driving recordBACKGROUND INVESTIGATION:A job offer is contingent on passing a criminal background investigationPRE-EMPLOYMENT PHYSICAL:A job offer is contingent on passing a pre-employment physicalCOVER LETTER:Applicants must submit a cover letter detailing how their education and experience qualify them for this position Supplemental InformationPREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:Persons with direct background, knowledge, or experience in farm and ranch operations will be given preferred considerationKNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES:Thorough knowledge of agricultural practices, and experience with both large- and small-scale conventional and organic agricultural productionExperience and understanding in the agronomic production of table food, commodity, feed, and fiber cropsUnderstanding of forage production for livestock and grazed landscape systemsExperience in all aspects of creating active agricultural operation plansAbility to interact positively with both tenant producers and their public neighbors to provide “Only the Best in Public Service”Must be proficient with computer operation including mastery of MS Office software programs such as Word, Excel, and OutlookAbility to learn additional internal softwareExperience with GIS and ArcMap preferred. Ability to learn basic ArcMap is essentialPHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:Level 0: Frequent lifting up to 30 lbs. and carries up to 50 feet; occasional walking, hiking, andstanding; frequent hand/eye coordination to operate computer keyboard, office equipment,and motor vehicle; vision for reading, recording and interpreting information; speechcommunication and hearing to maintain communication with employees and members ofthe public.Boulder County is a family-friendly workplace dedicated to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and respectful environment for all employees. We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants and employees on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.Apply for this job.