Northern RI Conservation District in Johnston, RI is currently hiring for two positions-an Urban Agriculture Outreach Intern (part-time) and an Environmental Field Technician (full-time). Both job descriptions are pasted below, and will soon be available at nricd.org. Please contact Molly Allard at [email protected] with any questions you may have about the positions.
Urban Agriculture Outreach Intern
Northern Rhode Island Conservation District (NRICD) is seeking a part time entry level Urban Agriculture and Outreach Intern who is interested in assisting urban farmers and gardeners with their growing and conservation needs. The Intern will work alongside the Program Coordinator to develop educational video and visual resources for the urban growing communities in Providence County, Rhode Island. The intern will collaborate with program participants, partners, and community members.
This job posting is for an Urban Agriculture Outreach Intern, whose priority focus will be to create and edit educational videos about urban agriculture in partnership with the Urban Agriculture Program Coordinator. The Intern will record, edit, and publicize video recordings of educational workshops and short informational videos with NRICD, project partners organizations, and community farmers and gardeners. They will perform many technical skills such as operating equipment, downloading and uploading digital files from a computer and camera/recording technology, problem-solving, website design, proficiency with editing software, etc. The Intern must have exceptional communication skills, enjoy working outdoors, must be open to learning new skills and working with partners and community members. They must be able to work independently and collaborate as a team.
Educational & Experience Requirement(s):
Education: High School Diploma or equivalent and 2 years or more of recent video creation experience.
Preferred Qualifications: Basic environmental science background (including agriculture, plant and soil science, natural resources, conservation, field biology), interest in agriculture and urban agriculture, and proficiency in multiple languages.
Scope of Work:
Work is 8 hours/week for the first year and up to 15 the next two years, with potential additional hours per week on additional NRICD project assistance. Schedule will be variable and flexible, and will include some weekends. Regular work times and hours will be determined at the start of employment. Mileage will be compensated at the current federal rate for field work. Intern is expected to use their own recording equipment (i.e. camera or smartphone).
Location of Work:
Base location: Northern RI Conservation District (NRICD) Office, 2283 Hartford Ave. Johnston, RI 02919. Remote work may be allowed in consultation with the supervisor. Field visits for recording workshops and short information videos will be throughout Providence County Rhode Island - mainly in Providence, Pawtucket and Central Falls. Mileage will be reimbursable to/from site visit locations. Reliable transportation is required.
Hourly pay rate: $18.00/hr
Position Status: Part-time temporary position. Grant funding has been secured for three years. There is potential for additional grant funding.
Duties & Responsibilities:
● Establish new partnerships, and maintain and strengthen existing partnerships with local organizations, businesses, and entities within the urban agriculture community in Providence County, Rhode Island
● Support the District’s diversity, equity, and inclusion mission
● Coordinate with the Project Coordinator to record, edit, and publicize online resource such as workshops recordings from the Program and partner resources
● Assist the District in maintaining social media and online outreach projects, including publicizing developed video recordings
● Proficiently operate technological equipment including computer, camera, editor software, Microsoft Word, and online platforms
● Adapt to diverse recording environments in the field, outside, or inside locations, including stationary and mobile recordings
● Other duties as assigned
Northern RI Conservation District is an equal-opportunity organization. Applicants of all racial, ethnic, religious, gender identities, disability, veteran, and marital statuses are strongly encouraged to apply.
Environmental Field Technician
Northern Rhode Island Conservation District looking for a full time entry level Environmental Field Technician with a passion to assist people in planning for best conservation management of their land. This is a grant-funded one-year position with potential for future grant funding.
This job posting is for an Environmental Field Technician, whose primary focus will include the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), specifically assisting in Conservation Planning & Implementation project plans.
Workload may include assisting in the servicing and implementation of contracts with existing clients, and assisting new clients with applications.
Applicants should have exceptional communication skills, enjoy working outdoors in various weather conditions, and must be open to learning new skills, receiving specific direction and able to work as an individual and as part of a team.
Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Associate’s degree combined with equivalent experience acceptable. Applicants should have a background in environmental sciences (including agriculture, plant and soil science, natural resources, conservation, field biology). Experiences in field settings preferred. Applicants must be proficient in ArcGIS 10. Computer literacy is a requirement, and should include database management and word processing.
Scope of Work
Actual work schedule may be negotiable, with 40 hours of work/week; daytime hours required, along with some weekend availability. Regular work times & hours will be determined at start of employment. Mileage will be compensated at federal rates for field work.
Location of work:
Base location: Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), 60 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886. Field visits will be required throughout the state. Mileage will be reimbursed to/from site visit locations. Valid driver’s license, a good driving record and reliable transportation a must.
Hourly pay rate: starts at $19.00, commensurate with experience.
Position Status: Full time temporary position. Grant funding has been secured for one year. There is potential for additional grant funding.
Field Technician Duties & Responsibilities:
•Field Tech will be expected to walk through forests and agricultural properties to observe and assess/evaluatenatural resource concerns;
•Field Tech will respect natural resources, owners, and livestock;
•Field Tech will work to understand landowner goals / objectives for land use and utilize various tools to determineand plan appropriate conservation activities;
•Field Tech will be expected to utilize a GPS in the field, as well as produce necessary maps using ArcGISsystems;
•Field Tech will accept training on, and learn new software programs specific to assigned projects;
•Field Tech will be required to enter sensitive data into a federal database;
•Field Tech will work in cooperation with the District Manager, other technicians, and the Board of Directors;
•Field Tech will be expected to attend bimonthly employee meetings (2x/month) with the District Manager and USDA NRCS District Conservationists;
•Field Tech will be required to obtain a background check, and is required to obtain Level 2 Federal Clearance; and,
•Preferred qualification: Field Tech will be willing to provide any other duties necessary for the functioning and/orbenefit of the Conservation Districts, i.e. representing the Districts at public events.
This position is under the direct supervision of the District Manager, with workload status reported to the Project Manager. Performance appraisal of this employee and decisions regarding salary and other compensation, disciplinary actions and termination of employment are the responsibility of the Board of Directors, following the Conservation District Policy Handbook.
Resumes Due by: Please send cover letter, resume, and three (3) professional references to [email protected] by 4pm on Thursday, December 9, 2021.
Northern RI Conservation District is an equal-opportunity organization. Applicants of all racial, ethnic, religious, gender
identities, disability, veteran, and marital statuses are strongly encouraged to apply.