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Watershed Outreach Coordinator (santa cruz)
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Date: 2005-05-05, 11:02AM PDT
The Watershed Outreach Coordinator will conduct outreach and provide technical assistance with the overarching goal of helping farmers assess the performance and appropriateness of farm management and cultural practices to meet the concurrent goals of production and conservation for small-scale farmers in the Elkhorn Slough Watershed and in watersheds of the northern Salinas Valley, north of Chualar. The particular focus of this full time position is to encourage farmers in the area to become aware of, and comply with, new water quality regulations specific to irrigated agriculture.
The scope of responsibilities includes, but may not be limited to:
1. Organize a comprehensive outreach campaign to inform and educate at least 500 Latino and non-Latino farmers (out of a total of 1,209 in
Monterey County) about water quality issues in order to increase the number of growers implementing projects and improvements to prevent agricultural contributions to water quality impairments.
2. Develop outreach and educational materials on water quality regulations, farm water quality planning, and implementation of both agricultural practices and land management/technical projects to promote water quality project implementation and translate/interpret the information into Spanish to reach the Latino farming community.
3. Establish a Project Advisory Committee (PAC) to facilitate consistent communication and promote the implementation of practices to improve water quality in Northern Monterey County.
4. Collaborate with local entities conducting activities in these watersheds such as the Resource Conservation District (RCD) of Monterey County, University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), county agricultural
commissioners, water districts, consultants, county and city departments of public works, departments of environmental health, mosquito abatement and other community groups and agencies.
5. Conduct ongoing follow-up with farmers to assure planning, design, and implementation of water quality protection practices.
6. Create a directory for growers, with lists of currently available technical services. The toolkit will be organized in a problem-solution orientation for growers and agricultural landowners seeking to address water quality issues.
7. Coordinate educational opportunities and access to technical assistance for at least five Watershed Working Groups comprised of farmers and/or landowners, in the Elkhorn & Gavilan Watersheds by: 1) providing regulatory and project planning information, 2) scheduling speakers, 3) developing Farm Water Quality Plans, and 4) advising and connecting them to available technical and financial assistance for project implementation.
8. Conduct and/or collaborate with local partners on at eight educational events over 24 months to assure maximum farmer participation in Farm Water Quality Short Courses, field days and demonstration events and other forums, with an emphasis on offering water quality education credits.
9. Facilitate technical assistance for growers to implement water quality protection practices. Provide grower referrals to the RCD of Monterey County and/or other entities such as the Natural Resources Conservation Service, or other technical assistance providers such as local contractors, and individuals or groups approved as Technical Service Providers by the USDA.
10. Coordinate the delivery of ALBA�s own water quality shortcourse that is a subset of the annual small farmer education program that ALBA delivers in the winter months.
11. Compile contact and profile information through outreach interactions, and develop a living database of farmers, individuals and organizations that
are interested in ALBA�s work.
To apply: Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter with salary history and needs, and a list of three employment references to: Search Committee, ALBA, P.O. Box 6264, Salinas, CA 93912, fax 831-758-3665, or e-mail . Applications are due by May 13, 2005. ALBA is an equal opportunity employer.
- Compensation: $40,000-45,000 annual salary plus an excellent benefits package, including health, dental and life insurance, as well as access to an optional 403(b) retirement plan.
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