Employment Opportunities

Release Date: June 16, 2021
Closing Date: June 18, 2021

Working Title: Program Specialist
Department: Soil and Water Conservation District

Pay: Starting at $31,200.00
Midpoint: $36,500.00

Contact: Audrey Kuipers
Location: Okeechobee County

This is an administrative and professional oriented position which will operate in a team environment with personnel from the Okeechobee Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), as well as other agencies. This position carries out educational programs that support the SWCD Board of Supervisors mission and conducts the administrative work involved in the NRCS Cooperative Agreement.

Four (4) years relevant work experience or college education in business, agriculture, natural resources, or education.

Performs various, highly responsible and technically complex administrative work in a deadline- oriented environment.

Assists in program mail-outs, guidance to customers, eligibility and application inputting.

Prepares customer contract files.

Keeps administrative supplies ready by anticipating needs and placing orders.

Maintains customer confidence and protects agency operations by keeping information confidential.

Responsible for planning, developing, implementing, and coordinating educational programs and materials related to agriculture and natural resources. Serves as the County Coordinator for the Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program.

Maintains District website and social media announcements.

Contributes to administrative and organization success by welcoming related, different, and new requests; helping others accomplish job results.


• Knowledge of Soil and Water Conservation District and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service programs and functions.
• Knowledge of agricultural operations, natural resources, and water use.
• Skilled in completing and maintaining accurate records.
• Skilled in public speaking and ability to communicate effectively.
• Skilled Word Press or ability to learn new website hosting software.
• Ability to plan and coordinate educational programs.
• Ability to work indoors in an office environment and outdoors in heat, cold, wet environments.
• Ability to walk on uneven ground and in inclement weather.
• Ability to serve the public and collaborate with team members in a professional and courteous manner.
• Ability to read and draw basic maps using computer software; and locate properties using street and geographic maps.
• Ability to operate a computer to access and retrieve electronic information.
• Ability to operate a motor vehicle for up to four hours continuously.
• Ability to make decisions in accordance with departmental rules, regulations, and policy.

• Please submit resume to: audrey.kuipers@okeechobeeswcd.org
• Work history, hours worked, and formal education must be included in your resume.
• Successful applicant must pass a background screening, including fingerprinting, at one of our approved sites, as a condition of employment.
• Some overnight travel

Okeechobee SWCD is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority. Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow enough time to provide the accommodation.

Okeechobee SWCD supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.

SUCCESS FACTORS: The individual filling this position should be detail-oriented, assertive, and self-directed. This person should also enjoy interaction with the public and have a sincere interest for agriculture and natural resources.