Vacancy Ann. # STOI-19-100
Rate of Pay $28.23/PER HOUR
Opening Date OCTOBER 9, 2019

INTRODUCTION:  This position provides the services of an NRCS Conservationist under the supervision of the Tribal DNR Director. The incumbent provides direction and management in administering all phases of NRCS projects within the Tribe’s work unit boundaries.

The work unit encompasses the internal boundary of the Spokane Tribe and any of the Tribe’s allotment/trust lands outside the Reservation.


  • Directs resource conservation planning, application and maintenance activities involving all NRCS programs within the work unit.
  • Provides direct conservation planning and application assistance to tribes and land users.  Works with individual land users to complete resource inventories, formulate alternatives, and develop resource management plans.
  • Provides leadership in establishing and maintaining good working relations within the tribal community.  Works closely with tribal staff members that have resource conservation responsibilities.
  • Provides guidance and counsel to the tribal leaders in evaluating the need for NRCS assistance.  Evaluates the need for recurring financial and technical assistance from other federal and state agencies.
  • This position will be in charge of the Tribes first application for an RCPP funded project and needs to be familiar with the RCPP program.
  • Conducts information and education activities that promote the programs and services available from the NRCS.  Consults with appropriate Tribal Officials and service center counties to coordinate information education programs. Develops information campaigns that inform land users and general public of the program and services available from the NRCS.
  • Provides direct assistance to producers to plan, design, layout, and finalize conservation practices.  Records appropriate progress into the progress measurement system.  Promotes the use of and develops long-term contracting programs on tribal lands.
  • Seeks to establish and participate in locally lead community-based partnerships between tribal leadership and members, Bureau of Indian Affairs, community colleges, soil conservation districts, USDA, and others as a means of identifying natural resource problems, and the internal and external sources of resources to address those problems.
  • Communicates and coordinates technical assistance needs with the service center to efficiently and effectively plan, design, layout and finalize conservation practices on reservation lands.  Coordinates with other USDA agencies to promote the use of USDA conservation programs on reservation lands.
  • Coordinates programs with neighboring conservation districts and other agencies.  Provides direction in determining the conservation needs of the district and the resultant development of plans to meet these needs.  Keeps NRCS offices within the work unit informed of district activities
  • Provides guidance and implementation of compliance provision of FSA/FACTA.
  • Directs the maintenance of all required accomplishment records and reports.  Keeps the AC informed of progress, staff efficiency needs, and critical problems; and makes recommendations for improvement of Service operations.  Prepares and consolidates periodic and special reports of resource conditions in the work unit.
  • Represents STOI at regular NRCS conservation district meetings and other related work unit functions.
  • Serves as a member of the County USDA Food and Agricultural Committees.
  • Participates in and assists agency personnel and cooperating agencies in broad resource conservation planning and development.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Performs duties in a manner supportive of a safe and healthy working environment, and exercise safety precautions when exposed to dangerous objects, chemicals, and extreme temperatures.
  • Requires day travel to field sites and outlying areas, and occasional overnight travel both in-state and out of state to perform work and attend meetings, conferences, and training.
  • To perform the duties of this position, the incumbent must serve as an incidental motor vehicle operator.  This will require the operation of a motor vehicle on both public and private roads during daylight hours and occasionally after dark.  A valid state driver's license is required.


  • Knowledge of NRCS programs and services in order to effectively advise tribal customers on alternative means of addressing resource problems.
  • Knowledge of American Indian cultures, organizational structures and history in order to identify and overcome cultural barriers to the delivery of NRCS programs and services.
  • Knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques associated with the planning and application of conservation practices in order to develop and apply conservation plans and measures.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team in order to create and enhance internal and external partnerships and effectively participate in group efforts to achieve common goals.
  • Ability to communicate with others in order to represent and explain soil and water conservation issues and alternatives to individuals and groups.
  • Ability to communicate effectively using verbal, non-verbal, and written communication with diverse groups of stakeholders.
  • Must have knowledge and experience in wildlife, forestry, fisheries and water quality habitat restoration techniques, planning, and implementation.
  • Ability to work independently or collaboratively and meet deadlines.
  • Knowledgeable of the identification and life cycle characteristics of plants, wildlife and fish on the Spokane Reservation.


Guidance in the form of plans of operation, agency technical guides and publications, state office supplemental specifications, NRCS handbooks and manuals are available and generally applicable.  The incumbent uses judgment in interpreting guidelines and in adapting the appropriate procedure for each situation.



The purpose of the work is to inform tribal leadership and members of the programs and services provided by NRCS, encourage their use and provide technical assistance to identify soil erosion and other resource problems and to initiate conservation plans to solve these problems.
The work performed affects the adequacy of conservation program activities in the assigned area.  The accomplishment of goals and objectives in the annual plan of operations develops agency credibility among tribal leadership, program participants and non-participants.


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Management/Ecology, Soil Science, Natural Resource Science, Environmental Science, or a closely related field AND 3 years of professional experience related to habitat management, invasive species control, or a closely related field.
  • Or a Master’s Degree in a related field with 18 months of professional experience.
  • Valid Washington State driver’s License or ability to obtain one; must be tribally insurable.
  • Must be able to work variable hours, long days, early mornings, nights, holidays, and weekends as the work dictates.


To apply for this position you MUST complete the application found at and include the following with your application:

  • A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position
  • A current resume (please make it succinct)
  • Three professional references
  • College transcripts

Applicants must submit all required materials or they will not be considered for the position.

Applications are available at the Tribal Human Resource Department or can be downloaded at

P.O. Box 206 Wellpinit, WA 99040

Contact Sabrina McCoy or Andrea Flett

509-458-6583 or 458-6574 Fax: 509-458-6556


Applications must be received in the Human Resource Department no later

 than 4:30 p.m. on the closing date.

The Spokane Tribe reserves the right to hire according to its Indian Preference Policy

All Applicants are subject to a Pre-Employment Drug Test

All Positions with the Spokane tribe of Indians are subject to a 90-day orientation period