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Program Assistant Positions

PROGRAM ASSISTANT
CONCORD & MILFORD USDA NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE FIELD OFFICES

Title: Program Assistant (2)

Employer: Merrimack County Conservation District, 10 Ferry Street, Suite 211, Concord, NH  03301; 603.223.6020; info@merrimackccd.org

Employment Status: Full-time and Part-Time (20+ hours/ week)
Salary Range: $18-$23/ hour, based on education and experience
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:00am-4:30pm with occasional nights and weekends for pre-scheduled meetings and events (approximately 2/ month)
Location: 10 Ferry Street, Concord and/or 468 Route 13, Milford NRCS Field Offices
Closing Date: when filled; Interviews to begin late-February/ Early March

*Position is grant funded through December 31, 2024, with the possibility of continuance.

Position: The Merrimack County Conservation District (MCCD) is seeking Program Assistant candidates who demonstrate strong organizational, communication, and computer skills. The location is the Concord and/or Milford office of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) with some travel to the Belknap County Conservation District in Laconia. The selected applicant will work closely with the conservation districts and NRCS District Conservationist in delivering program assistance and educational outreach for Merrimack, Hillsborough, and Belknap Counties. (Criminal background investigation will be required.)

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Conduct the following tasks with technical direction and direct supervision provided by the conservation districts and the Belknap-Hillsborough-Merrimack NRCS District Conservationist.

  • Responsible for coordinating with customers, Conservation Planners, and NRCS State Office to process and track Conservation Program administration including payments, modifications, vendor changes, and processing contract quality assurance reviews. Troubleshoot any problems that may arise.
  • Assist with contacting program applicants to document program eligibility.
  • Provide program information and follow-up to customers who request NRCS assistance; maintain mailing and contact lists for program delivery.
  • Create and maintain program contract file folders.
  • Assist with meeting notices, letters, printing, copying, mailings, etc. for program delivery.
  • Attend program-related meetings to gather data and record information.
  • Maintain office filing system, including active and completed contracts, bulletins, memos, announcements, etc.
  • Monitor status of office supplies in Field Offices to order supplies as needed.
  • Maintain monthly Government vehicle usage reports.
  • Maintain records of work accomplished for reports on Farm Bill and Department of Agricultural Resources programs.
  • Assist with public outreach for marketing Farm Bill and Department of Agricultural Resources programs, including, but not limited to, displays, field days, public events, articles for newsletters and other news media contacts.
  • Perform other program-related duties and activities, as assigned.
  • Assist with conservation district fundraisers.
  • Help ensure that programs and services are carried out without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. Maintain a positive regard for civil rights in all interactions with clients and others.
  • Perform all duties in a professional manner.

* Training on USDA programs and software will be provided.

Skills:

  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Teams)
  • Ability to use Adobe Acrobat to create and design forms, letters, and templates
  • Experience with common search engines and browsers (Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge)
  • Strong interpersonal skills, able to work well with others, individually and in groups
  • Ability to learn new programs quickly and independently
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Strong communication skills, verbal and written
  • Skilled in administrative tasks
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Experience with maintaining filing systems, tracking equipment, ordering office supplies, operating digital postage systems

Preferred Skills:

  • General knowledge of State & Federal agricultural conservation programs, or ability to learn the basic details
  • Knowledge of equal opportunity and civil rights requirements
  • Interest in or background in conservation, agriculture, and/ or forestry

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent, associate’s degree a plus
  • Past administrative experience or tenure in an office setting
  • Valid New Hampshire driver’s license

Physical Demands:

The work is primarily sedentary, requiring no special physical effort.

Work Environment:

The work is performed primarily in an office environment with occasional out of office meetings and farm visits.


Part-Time Farmers’ Market Attendant

The Merrimack County Conservation District is looking for a candidate who is passionate about local food systems and farmers’ markets. MCCD operates booths at farmers’ markets to implement different incentive programs, helping connect customers with local producers. Programs include the Granite State Market Match, which allows SNAP/EBT recipients to double their money at participating farmers’ markets, and the Veteran Market Dollar program, which provides veterans and active service members $20 once a month to purchase local goods. This position is looking for an individual who can operate a booth for 3-4 hours at a time, providing exceptional customer service to participants from a variety of backgrounds, both economic and cultural. Duties include:

· Setting up and taking down booths at farmers’ markets

· Operating a terminal to accept a variety of payments

· Implementing incentive programs

· Data tracking/management