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The District meets the third Tuesday of each month at 5:00 pm (except February when it follows their annual meeting) at the district office in the USDA Service Center in Goldendale. The public is welcome to attend.

The CKCD is a proud member of the Washington Association of Conservation Districts.

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April Board Meeting

The CKCD Board of Supervisors will meet at the district office at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, April 18th.  The public is welcome to attend.

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Engineering Technician Position Open

 

JOB DESCRIPTION FOR ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN

Introduction:

The position provides engineering support services to the South Central Washington Regional Engineer.  This is a part-time temporary, grant funded position to December of 2017. The engineering program is housed at the Central Klickitat Conservation District office in Goldendale, Washington.

The Engineering Technician will perform a variety of work relating to resource conservation that requires a considerable number of different established methods, procedures, and techniques. Primary responsibilities will include drafting, technical analysis, and surveying. Assignments typically will involve independent responsibility for completing tasks assigned by the regional engineer. The engineering technician reports directly to the regional engineer.

Both field and office work will be required.  The employee is expected to promote the proper and responsible use of natural resources and to perform all duties in a timely, courteous, and professional manner.  A valid Washington State driver’s license is required.

Duties:

  • Assist with engineering surveys, construction layout, preparing design reports, completing engineering designs, preparing design specifications, conducting construction inspections of engineering practices and obtaining permits for construction.
  • Read, interpret, and evaluate detailed engineering designs, especially related to access roads, pipelines, culverts, drainage, buildings, concrete, fencing, stream restoration and erosion control.
  • Assist with conducting field investigations, hydrologic studies, field surveys, and assembling data needed in the development of conservation practices for structural solutions to problems with fish habitat, water quality, erosion, drainage, and irrigation directly related to conservation district operations.
  • Develop designs for alternative solutions and prepare final construction drawings and specifications for engineering practices such as: fish habitat improvement, stream bank protection measures, stream crossings, agriculture Best Management Practices, and stream restoration projects.
  • Develop and revise engineering technical material such as standard detail drawings, drawing templates, specifications, design aids, standard operation procedures and training materials.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Knowledge of civil engineering concepts as they relate to construction, design, evaluation, and inspecting of structural projects that support erosion control, stream restoration, and livestock management.
  • Knowledge of surveying principles and skill in the use of surveying gps, laser and total station equipment.
  • Ability to use AutoCAD Civil 3Dsoftware to prepare project drawings. Ability to develop drawing templates and process CAD work from design drawings to final construction-ready sheet sets.
  • Knowledge of a broad range of natural resource conservation principles.
  • Ability to traverse all types of terrain on foot, cross fences, and operate hand and power tools.  Physical effort is occasionally required, including lifting weights up to 100 lbs.  Work conditions involve all types of topography, weather, outdoor features, and frequent travel.
  • Ability to work closely with members of the public and other office and agency staff.
  • Ability to organize and plan own schedule of activities related to work goals set by the regional engineer.
  • Ability to maintain accurate record regarding time-keeping and authorized expenses.

Required Qualifications:

Candidates will have a bachelor’s degree in an agricultural- or engineering- related discipline OR equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and specialized experience. Experience in a trade or craft may be credited as specialized experience when the work provided intensive knowledge of engineering principles, techniques, methods, and precedents. If education is used to meet specialized experience requirements, then such education must include courses directly related to the work of the position.

Compensation:

Compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

 

To apply for this position:

Applicants must provide a cover letter, a resume, and three professional references. The position will remain open until filled. Applications can be mailed or emailed to Central Klickitat Conservation District: 1107 S. Columbus Avenue, Goldendale, WA 98620 or cdoffice@ckcd.org.

Click here to download a printable pdf copy of this job description.

 

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Winter 2016 Klickitat Conservation Newsletter

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CKCD Cost-Share Program

Do you have a conservation project in mind for your property? Would it benefit water quality or decrease wildfire risk? If so, Central Klickitat Conservation District may be able to provide technical assistance and even cost-share. Possible projects include streambank stabilization, riparian plantings, livestock exclusion fencing, barn roof runoff management, or wildfire fuels reduction.

The cost-share program is an incentive program intended to defray landowner costs for implementing conservation practices. Reimbursement funding for up to 75% of project costs (depending on the funding source) may be available, once your project is approved by the District’s Board of Supervisors. Contact Kent Apostol or call (509) 773-5823 x 5 to discuss project ideas.

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After the Fire

WSU Extension and DNR ran an excellent article entitled “After the Fire” in their latest edition of “Forest Stewardship Notes.” Click here to be re-directed to the article on their website.

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FSA Offers Online Hay and Grazing Acres Locator Tool

For many years, FSA has offered the Hay Net website www.fsa.usda.gov/haynet as a resource for agricultural producers to list information concerning the need for hay or the availability of hay. Now, in response to requests from livestock producers and landowners, FSA has expanded the site to include the option to list a need for grazing acres or to list acres available for grazing.

If, due to extenuating circumstances, producers are in need of hay and/or grazing acres to support livestock, please use Hay Net to post an advertisement seeking these resources. Likewise, landowners who have hay and/or grazing acres available for livestock producers should post a Hay Net advertisement as well.

Hay Net is brought to you by FSA as a public service. The sole purpose of this online resource is to provide a site for the exchange of information. FSA does not endorse, guarantee, or otherwise make representations of any kind regarding any user of this site and FSA is not responsible for defining the terms of grazing agreements or lease contracts. For more information about Hay Net and other FSA services and programs, please contact your local FSA office. Note: you do not need to register to browse ads, but you do need to register in order to post ads.

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WRIA 30 THERMAL REFUGE & FISH HABITAT ASSESSMENT

Click on the link below to view the Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 30 Thermal Refuge and Aquatic Habitat Assessment report, which was funded by Central Klickitat CD using a grant from the WA Department of Ecology.

WRIA 30 THERMAL REFUGE

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USDA Announces Programs to Conserve Sensitive Land and Help Beginning Farmers

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that farmers, ranchers and landowners committed to protecting and conserving environmentally sensitive land may sign up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) beginning June 9. The Secretary also announced that retiring farmers enrolled in CRP could receive incentives to transfer a portion of their land to beginning, disadvantaged or veteran farmers through the Transition Incentives Program (TIP).

“CRP is one of the largest voluntary conservation programs in the country,” said Vilsack. “This initiative helps farmers and ranchers lead the nation in preventing soil erosion, improving water quality and restoring wildlife habitat, all of which will make a difference for future generations.”

Vilsack continued, “The average age of farmers and ranchers in the United States is 58 years, and twice as many are 65 or older compared to those 45 or younger. The cost of buying land is one of the biggest barriers to many interested in getting started in agriculture. The Transition Incentives Program is very useful as we work to help new farmers and ranchers get started.”

The Conservation Reserve Program provides incentives to producers who utilize conservation methods on environmentally-sensitive lands. For example, farmers are monetarily compensated for establishing long-term vegetative species, such as approved grasses or trees (known as “covers”) to control soil erosion, improve water quality, and enhance wildlife habitat.

CRP consists of a “continuous” and “general” sign-up period. Continuous sign up for the voluntary program starts June 9. Under continuous sign-up authority, eligible land can be enrolled in CRP at any time with contracts of up to 10 to 15 years in duration. In lieu of a general sign-up this year, USDA will allow producers with general CRP contracts expiring this September to have the option of a one-year contract extension. USDA will also implement the 2014 Farm Bill’s requirement that producers enrolled through general sign-up for more than five years can exercise the option to opt-out of the program if certain other conditions are met. In addition, the new grassland provisions, which will allow producers to graze their enrolled land, will enable producers to do so with more flexibility.

The Transition Incentives Program provides two additional years of payments for retired farmers and ranchers who transition expiring CRP acres to socially disadvantaged, military veteran, or beginning producers who return the land to sustainable grazing or crop production. Sign up will also begin June 9. TIP funding was increased by more than 30 percent in the 2014 Farm Bill, providing up to $33 million through 2018.

As part of the 2014 Farm Bill, participants meeting specific qualifications may have the opportunity to terminate their CRP contract during fiscal year 2015 if the contract has been in effect for a minimum of five years and if other conditions are also met.
The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), which administers CRP, will coordinate the various CRP program opportunities. For more information on CRP and other FSA programs, visit a local FSA county office or go online to www.fsa.usda.gov.

Both the CRP and TIP were reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for taxpayers. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).

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CKCD Success Story

CKCD Success Story

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