DES MOINES –Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship are soliciting applications for the Iowa water quality initiative coordinator position.
“This coordinator will be central to implementing the Iowa water quality initiative and it is critical we find the right person. We are looking for a hardworking self-starter who will be very active in reaching out to and working with farmers and partner organizations,” Northey said.
The coordinator will be responsible for helping develop and implement the nutrient strategy action plan to reduce nutrient delivery to Iowa’s rivers, lakes and streams. The position will also lead outreach and education efforts to the public, farmers, service providers, landowners and partners about the initiative and will be responsible to organize field days and watershed demonstrations. In addition, the coordinator will work on special watershed projects and help develop tracking and accountability measures to demonstrate nutrient reduction.
The position will be classified as an Executive Officer 3 and will have a salary range of $63,772.80 to $98,092.80. Applicants must have graduated from an accredited four year college or university and have the equivalent of five years of full-time professional level experience such as program administration, development, management or operations. Applicants must also have either an academic background in agriculture or horticulture, or have worked on a farm. The coordinator will be AFSCME contract covered.
Those interested in applying can find the full job posting at www.IowaAgriculture.gov under “Hot Topics,” or on the Iowa Department of Administrative Services site at http://das.hre.iowa.gov/html_documents/job_descriptions/JobSpecs/ExecutiveOfficer3-00712-90712.htm.
Applicants must submit a completed Iowa Department of Administrative Services application form. In addition, applicants are asked to send a cover letter and resume to Gloria Stinson, HR Associate, IDALS Personnel Bureau, Wallace Building, Des Moines, IA 50319; or fax 515-281-8503; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be accepted through Aug. 23, 2013.
The Department received an additional $22.4 million this fiscal to support conservation and water quality improvements in Iowa based on the practices outlined in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.
The new funding includes $2.4 million for the agriculture water quality initiative in fiscal 2014, including the hiring of a coordinator. The Department also received an additional $10 million in one-time funding to be used over the next five years to support science-based water quality practices. Of that funding, 70 percent is to be used in targeted watersheds and 30 percent can be used for water quality practices statewide.
The Department received an additional $7 million one-time appropriation that can be used over the next five years to help address the backlog of state soil conservation cost-share projects. Cost share receives an annual appropriation of $6.7 million, but the Department currently has applications for more than $20 million in assistance. All funds are matched by the landowner to support construction. Many of these projects have a significant impact on water quality by reducing sediment and nutrient delivery to waterways.
The legislature also approved $3 million to the Watershed Improvement Review Board (WIRB) for voluntary watershed projects.
Additionally, the Legislature appropriated $1.5 million to start a nutrient management research center at Iowa State University that will conduct ongoing research on practices farmers can use to reduce nutrient losses.