Career Opportunities from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Education and Development Coordinator

The Education and Development Coordinator works alongside the Conservation Planning team to plan, develop and administer education and development initiatives that advance conservation practices across the state along with providing vital communication support to the initiative. Successful candidates have excellent communication skills, adept at creating curriculum for secondary, post-secondary and community programs as well as being highly efficient in working with a database, organizing, and implementing special events and promoting the overall mission of the IDOA, NRCS and Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) conservation planning initiative.

Application Deadline:
Open until filled

Communication and Marketing Coordinator

The Communication and Marketing Coordinator works alongside the Conservation Planning team to plan, develop and administer marketing and outreach initiatives that advance conservation practices across the state along with providing vital communication support to the array of conservation initiatives. Successful candidates have excellent communication skills, adept at creating marketing and outreach content for social media, print media and other communication outlets as well as being highly efficient in working with a database, organizing, and implementing special events and promoting the overall mission of the IDOA, NRCS and Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) conservation planning initiative.

Application Deadline:
Open until filled

Illinois Conservation Planner

The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) are tackling the conservation staffing capacity challenges by expanding Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy efforts in Illinois, increasing Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) technical assistance to Illinois CRP participants, and increasing general conservation planning assistance to Illinois landowners, users, and producers. NRCS and IDOA will hire 40 conservation planners statewide (see map in description for locations)

The conservation planners will increase CRP technical assistance for planning, implementation, and maintenance. They will increase capacity to develop new conservation plans and to conduct conservation implementation follow-up to improve conservation successes. The conservation planners will also support the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) efforts as the latest bi-annual report indicates an increase in overall nutrients being lost to Illinois streams and rivers. In addition, the new planners will be able to assist with the IDOA conservation programs to increase overall producer opportunities to participate in state and federal conservation programs. Conservation planners will provide environmental resource management advice, consult about land use and protection, and engage with multiple stakeholders.

Application Deadline:
Open until filled