New job Conservation District Specialist-00206 in Montana

Conservation District Specialist-00206
Conservation District Specialist-00206

Conservation District Specialist-00206

Company : State of Montana
Salary : $25.03 - $28.03 an hour
Location : Montana

Full Description

Work Unit Overview:

The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s (DNRC) Conservation Districts Bureau (CDB) provides administrative, technical, financial, and legal assistance to 58 conservation districts. As mandated by Montana law, duties of the DNRC and the CDB include advising conservation district supervisors in carrying out their authorities and programs.


Duty station at DNRC field office to be determined. One position located west of the continental divide likely at the Kalispell or Missoula office. The other position located east of the continental divide likely at the Lewistown, Billings, or Glasgow office.

Job Overview:

The purpose of this position is to provide a wide variety of services and assistance to help conservation districts build capacity and to efficiently navigate the laws, purposes, and responsibilities mandated by the legislature. While the specialist assists conservation districts across the state, the employee will focus on districts located in their geographical region based on duty station. Travel to districts for in-person meetings is required. The specialist is part of a team that coordinates work plans with other bureau staff and partners to deliver the most effective services to conservation districts. The specialist reports directly to the CDB Program Manager.

Essential Functions (Major Duties or Responsibilities): These job functions are the essential duties of the position and are not all-inclusive of all the duties that may be assigned to the incumbent.

District Assistance and Support 50% of Time

  • Assess emerging issues and needs of Conservation District supervisors and staff and make recommendations to the CDB team and management for improvements to services to address issues or needs.
  • Answer technical questions and provide policy interpretations to supervisors and staff about laws pertaining to district operations and administration to ensure compliance with responsibilities and duties established by state law.
  • Develop orientation and onboarding programs to equip new supervisors and employees with the necessary knowledge, skills, processes, and procedures. Proactively visit and provide support to districts with new and/or inexperienced staff.
  • Develop, modify, and assist with the establishment of internal programs and operational protocols.
  • Develop and deliver relevant training programs on a variety of issues and subjects.
  • In coordination with the CDB lead, advise districts on the 310 law and permitting.
  • Coordinate petition processing for conservation district land additions by arranging public hearings, preparing public notices and support materials, and conducting public hearings.

Program Planning, Development, And Promotion 40% of Time

  • Assist conservation districts in developing plans and identify funding sources to implement natural resource conservation projects designed to address local priorities.
  • Develop and maintain relationships to ensure cooperation, coordination, and exchange of information between the CDB, individual districts, and partners.
  • Attend monthly district meetings, and work with districts to set conservation priorities and goals. Assist with grant writing to secure funding for projects.
  • Develop strategies to build conservation district capacity statewide and resolve problems or impediments related to conservation districts ability to meet mandated responsibilities and objectives.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate internal and external communication plans and strategies.
  • Prepare materials, reports and website updates to maintain consistent and clear communication between DNRC and conservation districts.

Other Duties as Assigned 10% of time

This position performs a variety of other duties in support of ongoing Division and Department operations. This includes managing special projects, representing the Division or Department at various meetings and conferences, and participating in ongoing training and educational programs.

What are some benefits that you can expect from work at DNRC?

Paid Vacation, Sick Leave and Holidays
Health Coverage
Retirement Plans
Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) – Employment with the State of Montana may qualify you to receive student loan forgiveness under the PSLF.

Application and Selection Procedures:

Selection procedures to be used in evaluating applicant's qualifications may include, but not limited to: an evaluation of education, work experience, applican'ts writing sample, submitted materials and an interview(s).

All applicants must submit the following (only electronic materials will be accepted):

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

  • References

  • Supplemental Questions


1. There are two Conservatoin Specialist positions available, both duties are stationed in a DNRC field office. Which DNRC field office do you propose as your location and why?

2. How would you operate in this position considering it entails serving multiple diverse conservation districts located in a large geographical region?

If you have any questions or would like to review the job description for this position, please email Becky Quick at


Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):
Bachelor’s degree in natural resources or public administration and or least 3 years of experience in a related position.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Extensive knowledge of the theories, concepts, and practices of natural resource planning and management. Experience in organizational and workforce development, conflict resolution, communications, grant management, and developing and delivering training on a variety of subjects.

SPECIAL INFORMATION: Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States. A valid driver's license is required with less than 12 conviction points in the most recent completed 36 months.

ELIGIBILITY TO WORK: In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the person selected must produce within three days of hire documents that show authorization to work in the United States. Examples of such documentation include a birth certificate or Social Security card along with a driver’s license or other picture I.D., or a U.S. passport, or a "green card".

Applicant Pool Statement: If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection.
Training Assignment: Not Applicable

Job: Environmental Sciences
Salary: $ 25.03 - 28.03 Hourly
Benefits Package Eligibility: Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan

Number of Openings: 2
Employee Status: Regular
Schedule: Full-Time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Primary Location: Kalispell
Other Locations: Billings, Missoula, Lewistown, Glasgow
Agency: Department of Natural Resources & Conservation
Union: 000 - None
Bargaining Unit: 000 - None

Posting Date: Oct 4, 2021, 4:19:52 PM
Closing Date (based on your computer's timezone): Ongoing
Required Application Materials: Cover Letter, Resume, Supplemental Questions (Refer to Job Posting)

Contact Name: Becky Quick | Contact Email: | Contact Phone: 406-444-6673

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