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The Washington State Conservation Commission and the Washington State Bar Association are offering the Planning the Future of the Farm continuing legal education (CLE) program this October 14th. The purpose of this program is to assist professional service providers on issues related to financial planning, estate planning, transfer, and management of agricultural land and family farm businesses within Washington. Session topics cover farmland succession within the family, estate planning, agricultural conservation easements, farmland leasing, and legislative and case law updates. Visit here to register and for more information.

As the Executive Director of the Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC) you will work with our governing Board of Commissioners, Commission staff, and the state’s 45 conservation districts to carry out the vision and mission of the Commission consistent with the Commission’s values. As a state agency director you will be a member of the Governor’s Natural Resources Cabinet and will collaborate and coordinate with the Governor’s policy staff and Executive Branch on natural resource issues. You will serve on other agency policy bodies. You will collaborate with other agency directors to determine strategic initiatives and efficiencies that can result in partnerships that better address natural resource needs. In this role, you will be responsible for developing an operational plan, including objectives and results expected. You will support and manage a staff of 24 FTEs; oversee operations, including the development of the agency budget for submittal to the Office of Financial Management; and implement a biennial budget in excess of $90 million per biennium.

You will provide our governing Board of Commissioners a broad understanding of issues facing natural resources in Washington State, recommendations on program development, and risk assessments. You’ll also communicate positions to the 485 conservation district supervisors and staff across the state. You will provide the necessary leadership to bring together diverse partnerships across the natural resources spectrum. This includes other state agencies, federal agencies, tribal governments, local governments, and the state’s 45 conservation districts.

In addition, you will be responsible for the oversight and governance of each of the 45 conservation districts’ volunteer boards of supervisors — each of which has five members — including approving their elections and appointments. The SCC is responsible for providing funding to these 45 conservation districts across the state. You will submit the funding allocations to the Commission’s governing body for affirmation. The 45 conservation districts utilize these funds for operations and salaries of the 235 employees statewide and for projects implemented by landowners to support healthy soils, water, air, plants, animals, and working lands. The result is to improve and protect the health of our natural resources, including their economic viability and sustainability, and cultural resources in our state.

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Posted 9/23/21

You will work under the direction of the Communications Manager and will be responsible for leading comprehensive and inclusive information and marketing strategies that engage target audiences with voluntary conservation programs and activities of the SCC and conservation districts.  

You will analyze target audience understanding of SCC/conservation district programs and determine/implement appropriate communication objectives and strategies to increase engagement with our conservation and working lands activities.  You will lead public relations for high-profile state programs; serve as lead agency spokesperson; and prepare and disseminate materials to news media. You will serve as the agency’s Accessibility Coordinator and manage the agency’s social media presence. You will also coordinate, prepare, and disseminate informational materials, such as annual and special reports; translate agency written materials into Spanish; and assist with web content management.

You will get to work with a great team–a tight knit group who are extremely supportive of each other.  The Conservation Commission is a strong believer in teamwork and professional development.  We invest in opportunities for our team to learn and grow, including by sending staff to trainings to help provide them tools to become more effective in their jobs.The scope of work is comprehensive. You’ll engage with a diverse array of stakeholders and projects that offer many opportunities to cultivate a broad professional network.

If you are passionate about conserving Washington’s natural resources and agriculture, this opportunity will be extremely fulfilling!  
 

You will be the lead coordinator and liaison in working between WaTech and the Department of Ecology, where the agency leases space and utilizes their network connectivity and follows all security policies and standards.  You will be critical to the agency to ensure the State Conservation Commission’s policies are up to compliance with the state’s Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), review and identify vulnerability to current processes, makes recommendations and works towards resolving any issues identified. You will ensures all systems (website, data and financial) are properly secured from outside attacks that could impact the agency if compromised.
 
You will get to work with a great team–a tight knit group who are extremely supportive of each other.  The Conservation Commission is a strong believer in teamwork and professional development.  We invest in opportunities for our team to learn and grow, including by sending staff to trainings to help provide them tools to become more effective in their jobs.

The scope of work is comprehensive. You’ll engage with a diverse array of stakeholders and projects that offer many opportunities to cultivate a broad professional network.

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Experience International is looking to place several Nursery and Crop J1 Applicants with members of the AgForestry Network. As interns seek to gain additional experience, learn new technologies and get an edge on their careers, hosts get to work with experienced and motivated young professionals and grow their international professional networks. EI has worked extensively with private industry and family farms and provide ongoing support throughout the placement.

There are currently nine applicants from the Philippines and Ecuador seeking 10-12 month practical learning experiences in all types of horticulture/crop production.  Click on the applicant link above for summaries of their backgrounds and placement requests. Please take a look at our Host Flyer and New Host Info Packet for more information about the program. 

EI will send resumes/cover letters and can connect prospective hosts to an applicant of interest for an interview.

Experience International is an educational, non-profit, international exchange program based in Bellingham, WA. It sponsors professionals and students from abroad for hands-on internships and trainings in the U.S. through the Department of State’s J-1 Exchange Visitor (Bridge USA) program and have been doing so since 1989. Visit the website for hosting info: Hosting Webpage. Hosts can also source their own international applicants if they wish. All foreign interns must have a U.S. sponsor organization like us in order to work/train in the U.S.

Please contact Sarah Pearson, Executive Director, at sarah@expint.org or 360-966-3876.

Posted 9/23/21

PEI has an exciting opportunity for a passionate and engaging person to work with pre-K-12 educators in the Eastern Washington region, supporting and empowering them to teach real-world science outdoors using an integrated learning model that engages students in locally relevant, outdoor, career connected STEM education. This is a 32-40 hour per week, home-based position. Candidates are expected to reside within the Eastern Washington region.

PEI offers flexible hours, a supportive, collaborative team environment and an excellent benefits plan.

If you have any questions, please contact Gail Kramer, PEI’s Finance & HR Director, at gkramer@pacificeducationinstitute.org.

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Posted 9/14/21

General Directive: Planning, coordinating, supervising, and implementing forest management projects and programs in a team environment.

Scope:
• The region encompasses 149,000 acres.
• Silviculture, harvest, transportation, and land management operations.
• Stewardship of people and the environment.
• Stakeholder relations.

Job Dimensions:
• Silviculture, harvest, transportation system, and land management planning, layout, permitting, and contract supervision.
• Development of property management plans, property budgets, and budget forecasts.
• Environmental stewardship program implementation and compliance.
• Safety culture development, program implementation, and compliance.
• Other duties as assigned.

Specific Duties
• Primary duties include silviculture — reforestation, competing vegetation control, insect, animal / disease damage control, etc.
• Support of harvest unit design, boundary delineation, environmental compliance, harvest system selection, bidding/negotiating price, contracting, contract administration, etc.
• Support other land management activities development and implementation.
• Active and involved participant in the safety program.
• The development of budgets and forecasts.
• Implementation of the stewardship program, including SFI.
• Support HNRG groups such as acquisitions, client account group, etc. as needed.
• Special projects as requested or needed.

Click here for additional information and to apply.

Posted 9/3/2021

INTRODUCTION: The Whidbey Island Conservation District (WICD) is seeking an education professional who has a passion for and experience in inspiring land stewardship and natural resource conservation on private lands and with diverse audiences. This new position is a part-time (0.6 FTE; 24 hour/week) one-year grant-funded role through August 2022 with opportunities for position expansion with additional grant funding. The position is based at the WICD office in Coupeville, Whidbey Island, Washington.

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Natural Resource Educator is responsible for collaboratively engaging with staff, Board, partners, and clients on the development and delivery of a new approach to serving our agricultural audience on Whidbey Island – through the new “Agland Stewardship Program” to assist Small, Beginning, and Historically Underserved Farmers and Rural Landowners on Whidbey Island in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. This multi-pronged program will involve coordination of seasonal FarmWalk events, videos, social media, and web content design and delivery, as well as cultivation of producer and partner relationships. The Natural Resource Educator reports directly to the District Manager.

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APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please submit cover letter, fillable application (available at the WICD website www.whidbeycd.org), and resume to
michelle@whidbeycd.org; subject line: Natural Resource Educator. Three professional references will be required and
contacted if applicant is selected for an interview. Application materials must be received on or before Tuesday,
September 21, 2021. Position will remain open until filled.

Posted 9/8/21

We are pleased to share the following link as a resource for employment opportunities in the Agricultural and Natural Resources industries.

ANR Center for Excellence – Job Board

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The Fall Carhartt @ Work Event is Sunday, October 10 through Saturday, October 23 at the Bennett Block Carhartt, 530 W Main Ave, Spokane.

AgForestry alumni can take advantage of a 25% discount on fall and winter needs, as well as holiday orders or year end awards parties. The store is also taking appointments for company private shopping before or after store hours. If you can’t make it into the store, place an order over the phone or reach out via an email below.

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Date Posted 4/5/2019

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