district conservationist resume example with 19+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
, , 609 Johnson Ave., 49204, Tulsa, OK 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor
Home: (555) 432-1000 - Cell: - - : - -

Qualified District Conservationist with 20 years experience with NRCS. Proficient in recognizing resource needs and supporting conservation of natural resources. Practiced in applying knowledge and expertise in conservation planning, resource protection, applicable policies and programs, as well as implementing practices through field work. Talented in leading my team to manage priorities and meet deadlines.

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office tools
  • Planning & organizing
  • Friendly, positive attitude
  • Goal-oriented
  • Experience in leadership
  • Relationship building
  • People skills
  • Customer service
  • Active listening
  • Decision-making
  • Critical thinking
  • Policies implementation
  • Skilled with NRCS business tools; Conservation Desktop, CART, Arc GIS, ProTracts, DMS, and FA Tracker
  • Compiling data
  • Reliable & trustworthy
  • Quick Learner
  • Self Motivated
  • Organized
07/2005 to Current
District Conservationist National Older Worker Career Center Bismarck, ND,


Brandon Todd (385) 242-6787

Duties Include:

  • Address complex natural resource concerns and issues by working very closely with partners and diverse customers from Garfield and Kane Counties
  • Supervise the GarKane Team, which consists of a Conservation Engineer, Resource Conservationist, Range Conservationist, 2 Soil Conservationists , Soil Conservation Technician, Farm Bill Biologist, Watershed Coordinator and part-time Program Assistant.
  • Prioritize, manage, and assign staff workloads
  • Assign active contracts and new applications to planners
  • Administer NRCS programs, manage active contracts, track cultural resource clearance, track, and prioritize engineering needs, track 1 year completion and expirations dates
  • Manage outreach plan that prioritizes outreach to Historically Underserved producers and communities
  • Hold weekly staff meeting to establish better communication among team members
  • Keep all staff members involved and keep all disciplines working in a team setting
  • Build and maintain good morale for everyone on the team, recognizing everyone’s accomplishments and contributions to the team
  • Managing time and attendance; approving leave, premium pay requests and managing office coverage
  • Train employees on time and attendance and leave policies
  • Creating performance plans, guiding employees on IDP’s, conduct quarterly and end of year performance reviews and appraisals
  • Reward Employees for good performance
  • Hiring, Onboarding and training New Employees. Gone through the hiring process to bring on 15 employees for the Panguitch Office. Assisted on 3 District Conservationist, 1 Area Resource Conservationist, and 2 Soil Conservationist hiring panels for other teams.
  • Hold weekly programs and resources trainings for new employees
  • Handle complex and difficult producers and/or contracts
  • Address internal and external conflicts
  • Oversee the fleet and all equipment within the office
  • Work with leasing agency on building issues and repairs
  • Training and promoting Civil Rights in the workplace
  • Formerly served as Federal Women’s SEPM and currently serve as Veteran’s SEPM
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with federal and state agencies, county and local governments, conservation districts, irrigation water management entities, and environmental/watershed groups
  • Maintain Level III Conservation Planner Certification
  • Act as a conservation leader in the community
  • Effectively implement NRCS strategic plan, goals, and priorities
  • Communicate with area staff; ASTC-FO, ARC, and Area Engineer
  • Attend and present at Conservation District Meetings for 3 conservation districts
  • Write and submit Strategic Funding Proposals with Local Work Group guidance
  • Hold annual Local Work Group meetings with conservation district assistance
  • Report on natural resource priorities from the Local Work Group Meeting
  • Review all plans submitted for obligation. Review and sign CPA-52’s as the Responsible Federal Official
  • Member of the Local Food and Agriculture Council
  • Conduct outreach and youth education by presenting watershed health demonstrations for school groups, 4-H groups, and scouting groups
  • Participated in an exchange detail to American Samoa to assist with water quality projects
  • Detail as Acting DC for the Southwest Team for 5 months while still working as the GarKane DC
  • Attend career development trainings
  • Several short acting opportunities for the Southwest, Middle Sevier, and Lower Sevier Teams
  • Serve on the Upper Sevier Information and Education Committee, which focuses on educating the public on natural resource issues and management
  • Coordinate with other South Area District Conservationists to share resources and planners between teams
  • Onboard and train Pathways Students
  • Dealt with an employee with conduct issues, utilized help from the ELRS to properly deal with the conduct issues.
11/2021 to 03/2022
Acting North Area ASTC-FO USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service City, STATE,


Emily Fife (801) 524-4550

Duties Include:

  • Worked with an underperforming area staff member to establish clear guidance and expectations for their position
  • Attended weekly virtual leadership meetings and monthly in person meetings
  • Attended quarterly 3-day Leadership Meeting, contributed to the state staffing discussion
  • Made staffing decisions and recommendations with input from the District Conservationists for offices in the North Area
  • Attended Zone 1 Annual Meeting
  • Attended Cache-Rich LWG Meeting
  • Represented the NRCS at the Utah Lake restoration meeting
  • Coordinated a schedule for shared Program Assistant coverage between the North Area Program Assistants when the Weber River Team Program Assistant retired
  • Developed Performance Plans for all the District Conservationists and area staff prior to deadline
  • Worked with North Area District Conservationists to make sure they met the Individual Development Plan deadline
  • Developed and distributed position eligibility notification letters for the North Area District Conservationists and area staff
  • Worked with North Area District Conservationists to ensure they met the deadline for distribution and upload of the signed documents
  • Reviewed and obligated contracts for Conservation Stewardship Program renewal contracts
  • Provided support to District Conservationists on day-to-day decisions and questions
  • Virtually attended South Bonneville and Cache/Rich staff meetings
  • Visited Provo, Logan, and Tremonton Offices
  • Met with staff and discussed issues and concerns
  • Worked with Assistant State Conservationist-Management & Strategy and South Area Assistant State Conservationist-Field Operations to develop the statewide Telework Bulletin
  • Reviewed draft state bulletins before final release
  • Act as the state’s lead for the Utah Long-Range Plan Development Committee
  • Worked with Management Strategy team to learn ASTC-FO role in the hiring process
  • Processed numerous SF-52’s for change of duty station, job opportunity announcements, and resignations
  • Presented about Utah’s Focused Opportunities and Strategic Funding Proposals at an all-employee meeting
  • Solicited questions on Utah’s Focused Opportunities and compiled them for the Leadership Team to address
  • Represented NRCS on the monthly UDAF coordination meetings
  • Worked with the South Area ASTC-FO to manage the Pathways program
  • We selected the summer placements for returning students and coordinated Pathway’s conversions for graduating seniors.
  • Assisted on the hiring panel for the State Outreach Coordinator. Reviewed resumes for the North Area ASTC-FO position.
04/2003 to 07/2005
Soil Conservationist Natural Resources Conservation Service City, STATE,


Elden Frandsen (Retired)

Duties Include:

  • Hours per week: 40
  • Major Duties Included:
  • Providing technical assistance pertaining to conservation for farmers and ranchers on privately owned land
  • Arrange Federal/State/Local financial assistance for conservation projects
  • Plan and implement conservation projects on private and public land
  • Aid in designing conservation systems on private and public land
  • Working under the direction of the District Conservationist and local Soil Conservation Districts in addressing priorities, scheduling events, and reporting natural resource concerns in Garfield and Kane Counties
  • Learn and become proficient at the RMS planning process
  • Training, knowledge, and experience in the National Planning Procedures Handbook three-phase nine-step conservation planning process
  • Make field determinations of crop, soil, nutrient, and water relationships
  • Use of collected data to evaluate the effectiveness of current farm systems and practices
  • Served as Disability Emphasis Program Manager
Education and Training
Expected in 05/2003 to to
Bachelor: Interdisciplinary Studies, Agriculture Industry
Southern Utah University - Cedar City, Utah,
Expected in 05/2003 to to
Associate of Applied Science: Livestock Farm Management
Southern Utah University - Cedar City, Utah,
Expected in 05/2003 to to
One year Livestock Farm Management Certificate:
Southern Utah University - Cedar City, UT
Expected in 05/1999 to to
Pahranagat Valley High School - Alamo, NV,

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School Attended

  • Southern Utah University
  • Southern Utah University
  • Southern Utah University
  • Pahranagat Valley High School

Job Titles Held:

  • District Conservationist
  • Acting North Area ASTC-FO
  • Soil Conservationist


  • Bachelor
  • Associate of Applied Science
  • One year Livestock Farm Management Certificate

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