Employment

Job Title: District Manager
Organization: Windham County Natural Resources Conservation District
Location: Brattleboro, VT
Hours: 24 hours/week (hours are flexible)
Date Posted: September 5, 2019
How to Apply: Applications accepted until 5pm on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.
Only digital applications will be accepted without prior arrangements. Contact the District at 802086903024 to arrange for alternate submissions.

Send cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Margo Ghia, windhamcountynrcd@gmail.com

Position Description:
The Windham County Natural Resources Conservation District (WCNRCD) seeks a District Manager. Applicants should have a strong commitment to conservation issues; be highly organized; have excellent computer, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, work effectively with partner organizations and landowners; and be a self-starter able to work independently. Diverse tasks include grant-writing and project administration, bookkeeping and budget management, public education, and some field work. District Manager works with and reports to the District Board of Supervisors.

The position is grant funded and currently 24 hours per week, with potential for growth. Flexible working hours with occasional evening or weekend time. Based in Brattleboro. This is a great opportunity to shape initiatives for conservation in Windham County.

Qualifications:
● Background in natural resources, environmental sciences or agriculture. (A minimum of a bachelor’s degree desired. Equivalent experience will be considered.)
● Ability to work with a wide variety of people and organizations.
● Attention to detail and ability to oversee multiple projects concurrently.
● Strong interpersonal, grant writing, research, communication, and fundraising skills.
● Robust computer skills.
● Ability to work in a variety of indoor and outdoor locations.
● Willingness to travel throughout the District and to work occasional evenings and weekends.
● Be able to pass a federal security clearance.
● Must have access to transportation.

Additional Skills Desired:
● Knowledge of Quickbooks.
● Knowledge of Vermont Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) and Best Management Practices (BMPs).
● Familiarity with the VT ANR Atlas and GIS.

Core Duties Include:
A. Administrative Coordination of District Activities
The District Manager will be responsible to organize and supply administrative support to the district
● Work with the Board on matters of policy and program development.
● Provide monthly activity reports on the status of projects, personnel and fiscal
matters for the District Board of Supervisors at monthly board meetings.
● Submit biweekly time reports and reimbursement request forms in detail, of the
hours worked per day and expenses accrued
● Create annual budgets, work plans, and fiscal year reports.
● Write grants and fundraise to maintain district activities.

B. Personnel Management
● Manage workload, contracts, and personnel needs of other employees,
contractors, and volunteers as needed.
● Oversee volunteers and interns.
● Inform statewide ag technical staff of District needs.

C. Conservation Liaison
The District Manager will act as a liaison between the District and the general public.
● Organize programs and workshops on conservation practices and other
appropriate topics.
● Provide educational material for teachers and outreach efforts to the general
public.
● Respond to community needs for program development and technical
assistance.

The District Manager will network with conservation partners.
● Establish new projects and partnerships to further the NRCD’s conservation
mission and objectives.
● Develop the role of the WCNRCD to maximize District strengths.

D) Project and Program Development and Implementation
The District Manager will act as manager of the WCNRCD and see that the priorities and direction of the District board are carried out. This may include the following:
● Research, develop and promote new programs with conservation.
● Research, develop, and administer grant agreements.

Examples of specific project focus areas:
1) Assist conservation education objectives through:
● Volunteer programs and opportunities with projects such as water monitoring,
tree plantings, portable skidder bridge building, and workshops.

2) Provide direct technical assistance to the agricultural community through:
● Coordination with project partners and landowners on NRCS projects.
● Collaboration with other conservation districts ag technical and financial
assistance programs.
● Project development in coordination with statewide technical staff and Board of
Supervisors.

3) Manage programs and implementation of agricultural grants.

4) Coordinate watershed stewardship activities in Windham County through:
● Coordination of the Trees for Streams program: riparian and lakeshore plantings
● Coordination of the Aquatic Invasive Greeter Program

5) Provide general community outreach and support through:
● Development of outreach materials, including website maintenance.
● Coordination and hosting of informational and technical workshops.
● Publicity of District activities and programs in press releases and newsletters.

Geographic Region:
WCNRCD serves residents, landowners, municipalities, and partner organizations in Windham County, Vermont.

WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.