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Soil and Water Technician

Date Posted: 02/09/2024
Department: Soil and Water
Salary Grade:

Compensation: $43,000-$47,000
Hours: Full Time

Deadline: Open until filled

Position Objectives


Performs technical work in the coordination of Soil and Water Conservation Programs for the County.

Duties & Responsibilities

An employee in this class serves as the representative of the Soil and Water Conservation District and
provides consultative and technical assistance to farmers and landowners regarding a wide variety of
soil and water conservation practices.


Work includes making field visits, studying conservation plans, gathering data on existing land and water conditions, analyzing conservation problems, and developing recommended solutions. Work also includes conservation program coordination, promotion, enrollment, administrative record maintenance, and tracking.


Independent professional judgment and initiative are exercised in on-the-spot consultations as well as after more detailed analysis and evaluation. Work requires the employee to work in inside and outside environments, in extreme temperatures, and exposes the worker to dust, fumes, odors, and mists.


Work involves extensive public contact that requires tact and courtesy. Work is supervised by the Chairman of the County Soil and Water Conservation Board and is reviewed based on projects in progress, observation of work, and
conferences regarding activities. The technician will be in charge of overseeing the StRAP Program (Streamflow
Rehabilitation Assistance Program), a grant project through the NC Division of Soil and Water Conservation.

Minimum Requirements

● Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices, methods, and techniques of agriculture and
forestry operations, planning and applying soil, water and related conservation and
● Considerable knowledge of local, state and federal rules and regulations regarding soil and water

conservation management
● Considerable knowledge of agronomy, soil characteristics, engineering practices, drafting and
● Knowledge and skills to develop conservation plans involving a variety of soil patterns, and
conservation practices such as contour, terraces, tilling, open ditch drainage, farm ponds,
diversions, strip tillage, crop rotation, tree planting and waterways.
● Knowledge of and skill in effectively using popular computer word processing, spreadsheet and
file maintenance programs.
● Ability to analyze and evaluate conservation practices and to make recommendations for
corrective actions or improvements.
● Ability to make sound professional judgments in all aspects of the work.
● Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with landowners and the public, especially in sensitive
● Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with landowners/ tenants,
peers, supervisors, employees, state agencies, other departments, and the general public.
● Ability to develop and present educational programs suitable to audiences of various ages.
● Ability to perform physical labor as necessitated by work assignments.
Possession of a valid North Carolina driver’s license.
Desirable Training and Experience
Graduation from high school supplemented by special courses in agriculture, agronomy, or related field
and considerable experience in agricultural on conservation practices; or an equivalent combination of
education and experience.


Benefited after 90 days
Medical, dental, and life insurance
Sick, vacation, and holiday pay
Membership in the Local Government Retirement System
Supplemental retirement 401k/457

How to Apply



APPLICANTS WILL BE GIVEN CREDIT ONLY FOR INFORMATION PROVIDED IN RESPONSE TO THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. No additional information will be solicited by McDowell County; therefore, persons who submit incomplete applications may not receive full credit for their education, training and experience.


McDowell County is an equal opportunity employer.  It is the policy of the County to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals without regard to age, sex, race, color, religion, political affiliation or national origin. The County will interactively work with disabled applicants and employees to identify reasonable accommodations that will allow the individual to perform essential job functions. 


McDowell County participates in E-Verify.


Applications are available: under “Job Opportunities”


  • McDowell County Administration Building:         

                25 W Fort Street Marion, NC 28752


Applications can be submitted:

               25 W Fort Street Marion, NC 28752

  • Mail:

                McDowell County Human Resources

              25 W Fort Street Marion, NC 28752

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