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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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Klickitat Conservation Newsletter – Spring 2017

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Help Wanted – Conservation Resource Technician

The Conservation Resource Technician for Central and Eastern Klickitat Conservation Districts conducts education and outreach activities, assists in implementation and maintenance of conservation projects, assists with the Firewise Program, and aids in the water quality monitoring program.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties and activities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Conservation Project Implementation
    Technician will work to implement, monitor, and maintain planting projects. Duties could include site preparation, weeding, watering, drip irrigation installation and maintenance, replanting, retaining a maintenance schedule and log, and providing write-ups after completion of maintenance projects. Technician will assist with providing documentation, technical assistance, permitting applications, cultural resources processes, data collection and analysis, material purchases, documenting and developing project maintenance needs, grant writing and report writing as needed/requested.
  • Water Quality Monitoring Program
    Technician will assist with the water quality monitoring program. Duties will include conducting monthly site visits to do water quality monitoring within the boundaries of Central and Eastern Klickitat Conservation Districts. During site visits, the following parameters will be measured: dissolved oxygen, pH, specific conductivity, streamflow, turbidity and water temperature. Field sheets will be filled out fully before leaving site. This includes recording parameter data, channel characteristics, canopy cover changes, and weather. Technician will be responsible for regularly maintaining calibrations on equipment, including pre- and post-monitoring season calibrations of water temperature data loggers. Data is expected to be accurately uploaded into the AQUARIUS database monthly. At the conclusion of the monitoring year, Technician will provide a write-up summary of the monitoring data and upload all data into Ecology’s Environmental Informational Management system. At the closing of a grant, technician will be responsible for writing the water quality monitoring section of the final report.
  • Education and Outreach
    Technician will conduct education and outreach activities to meet deliverables for District grants. This may include organizing and speaking at workshops, performing radio interviews, writing newsletter articles, and assisting with the District plant sale.
  • Wildfire Program Coordination
    Technician will work under direction of the programs manager to develop Firewise communities, perform Firewise assessments, coordinate Firewise and forest health workshops, assist with cost-share projects for fuels reduction and provide technical assistance to landowners.

Minimum Qualifications
• Education or experience with agricultural practices and natural resources field work, including working with private landowners to implement planting projects, fire protection projects, invasive species management, and conservation program coordination.
• Experience working with the public including working with private landowners, presenting to public audiences, and facilitating long term working relationships with private individuals and other stakeholders.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
• Must maintain a valid driver’s license and authorize District to obtain a certified driving record.

Other Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Excellent verbal and written English communication skills.
• Ability to identify invasive and native plants.
• Ability to network, work as a contributing team member, and establish and maintain good working relationships.
• Grant writing experience.
• Experience with ESRI ArcMap.

Work Conditions and Physical Demands
This position requires work out-of-doors. Must be able to work in a variety of outdoor environments, sometimes in adverse conditions. Must be able to carry equipment while traversing uneven terrain. Must have the ability to lift 35 pounds. This position requires regular travel throughout Klickitat County as well as to workshops and trainings. Working hours may include occasional evenings and weekends. The work is typically 75% in the office and 25% in the field. Office work includes working at a desk, using a computer, and standing at a table. The standard work week is 8 AM to 430 PM with a 30-minute unpaid lunch, Monday through Friday.

Compensation
This full-time non-exempt position offers a pay range of $14 – $18 per hour to start, depending on experience and qualifications. Employee wages are paid monthly.

Benefits
CKCD offers a benefits package including a $500 health insurance stipend; dental insurance; paid vacation; sick leave; 10 paid holidays a year; and training opportunities.

Application

Please submit:
1) Resume
2) Cover Letter
3) Three (3) professional references

Please describe your interest in the position and the skills you bring to our conservation district team. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Central Klickitat Conservation District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please let us know if you need any accommodation to participate in the application process.

Send electronic applications to: LM@CKCD.org No paper copies.
Please include in the subject line: Conservation Resource Technician – [YOUR NAME]

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Help Wanted – Project Maintenance Staff

Project Maintenance Staff

Central and Eastern Klickitat Conservation Districts are looking for casual employees to perform landscaping maintenance and general assistance on future and installed conservation projects. This position is on-call, as-needed. Work schedule is based on availability and need as determined by supervisor. The current forecast for upcoming workload is 40 – 80 hours over the next 6 months.

Duties include:

  • Planting trees and shrubs
  • Weeding
  • Installing and maintaining drip irrigation systems
  • Fencing maintenance
  • Mulching
  • Watering
  • Weed eating
  • Planting site preparation
  • Other tasks as assigned

Employee will be expected to keep a maintenance log of all work performed.

Must be at least 16 years of age and hold current driver’s license. Must be able to stand or crouch for extended periods of time and able to carry 25 lbs. of equipment over un-even, un-paved, sloping terrain. Position requires employee to work, unsupervised, out-of-doors in rain, snow, wind, or excessive heat. Pay range is $11 – $14 hour depending on qualifications. Employee wages are paid monthly. Several positions are available and the openings will be maintained until filled.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Central Klickitat Conservation District stating their interest in the position and anticipated availability.

Central Klickitat Conservation District
Attn: District Manager
1107 South Columbus Avenue
Goldendale, WA  98620

 

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Requests for Qualifications

CKCD is requesting statements of qualification for the following services (posted 5/15/2017).   Click on the links to view the complete Request for Qualifications.

Stream Restoration Design

Surveyor

Professional Archaeologist

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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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