AGRONOMIST FOR MONTEREY COUNTY IRRIGATION AND NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM:

The RCD of Monterey County seeks an individual skilled in agricultural sciences and water management to support our on-farm water and nutrient management assistance work with volunteer-cooperator farmers throughout Monterey County. This work is critical for supporting agriculture's efforts to steward water supplies and protect local water quality. This is an excellent professional development opportunity for anyone eager to strengthen skills that are increasingly in demand for farming companies wanting to remain competitive and sustainable while dealing with increasingly complex regulatory and market environments.

Candidates must meet all of the following requirements:

  • At least 1 year of full-time field experience working in soil science, irrigation water management, and crop production
  • At least 2 years of college level education in Agriculture or Engineering field
  • Experience with computers including MS Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint)
  • Comfortable communicating fluently in Spanish with irrigators
  • Be self-directed and have the ability to organize and prioritize their work
  • Own a reliable vehicle for field transportation, a clean driving record, and driver’s insurance

Duties will include:

  • Provide vegetable and berry growers with technical assistance
  • Soil and water sampling
  • Field irrigation evaluation

This position will require work under a variety of environmental conditions, including heat, standing and walking for prolonged periods of time, and performing physical labor. Candidates will need to have their own transportation and a clean driving record, but will be reimbursed for personal vehicle use.

This is a full-time position beginning in August 2017 with full benefits and pay commensurate with experience. This position will work directly under the RCDMC Program Engineer. Please submit requests for more information or letters of interest and resumes to Paul Robins.

The RCD is an equal opportunity employer. More information about the RCD and our work is available on our website at www.rcdmonterey.org.

 

SEASONAL BIOLOGICAL MONITORS:

The Resource Conservation District of Monterey County is hiring half- to full-time field biologists to join our biological monitoring team for our Salinas River Invasive Non-native Plant Control Program.

Start Date: July 3th 2017

End Date: end of August, with possible extension through the fall

Duties:

Biological monitors oversee invasive plant (primarily Arundo donax and Tamarix sp.) control, including herbicide application and mowing, in the Salinas River riparian corridor. Biological monitors must learn permit conditions for protecting fish, wildlife, and water quality, and ensure protective measures are followed during all work activities in the field. Biological monitors must know or learn how to identify common and protected wildlife species, and must have previous experience conducting bird surveys. Hiring will be contingent on approval of resume by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Work will be conducted along the Salinas River from King City to Soledad. Days will begin with a survey of the work area beginning as early as 5:30am, and monitors must observe work activity for up to 12 hours per day. Work may occur on weekends. Data will be recorded using Collector for ArcGIS software on a smart phone or tablet. Biological monitors will be in close communication with the RCD, lead biological contractors, and the work crews to collaboratively determine daily work plans and communicate progress.

Required Qualifications:

  • At least one season of experience conducting bird surveys and ability to identify riparian birds, nests, and suitable habitat.
  • Valid driver’s license and a reliable form of transportation
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Desire and ability to work long hours in the field and walk several miles in soft sand, often under inclement weather conditions and in remote locations, and in the presence of heavy machinery and herbicides
  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, or other environmental sciences, or equivalent experience
  • Field experience with California native vegetation and wildlife, especially in Monterey County

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with GIS and/or GPS technology, especially Collector for ArcGIS
  • Previous experience as a biological monitor
  • Experience or training in listed species such as California red-legged frog, California tiger salamander, Monterey spineflower, San Joaquin kit fox, least Bell’s vireo, and yellow-billed cuckoo
  • Experience with plant species and community identification

Compensation: $18-25/hr depending on experience + up to $40/month stipend for cell phone. Mileage will be reimbursed. Overtime at time-and-a-half provided if required. Lodging not provided.

To apply: Send a single document (PDF preferred or Word Doc) including a cover letter describing previous experience, interest in this position, and availability, a resume, and contact information for three references to Emily Zefferman at