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Agricultural Outreach Specialist – full-time position

Poultney Mettowee, Rutland, and Bennington NRCDs

PMNRCD, RNRCD, and BCCD seek a qualified candidate to fill an Agricultural Outreach position in the South Lake Champlain region of Vermont. This position will help agricultural producers reduce phosphorus runoff impacting Lake Champlain.

The Agricultural Outreach Specialist will assist small farm owners by assessing on-farm water quality concerns, providing technical assistance, and supporting implementation of Best Management Practices.  Other functions include assisting farmers to write and maintain Nutrient Management Plans and to meet the Required Agricultural Practices.  Some grant writing will be required.

Desired qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, agriculture, soils or agronomy or 5-10 years of practical experience in the above fields; knowledge of agriculture, agricultural conservation and diversified agricultural practices; advanced experience with and knowledge of digital map development and interpretation; familiarity with data collection and analysis, strong writing skills, and the ability to work independently.

This position will be housed in Poultney, Vermont with the opportunity to work out of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Rutland field office several days per week.  The position will require frequent travel in Rutland County and occasional trips to Bennington County.  Starting wage is $16 to $18 per hour based upon experience.

Visit for detailed job descriptions and qualifications. Position includes training, health insurance benefit, and generous leave package. Send cover letter, resume, and three references to

Job Posted August 31, 2018.  Open until filled.

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Native Plant Nursery Student Internships

This internship is a unique opportunity to become involved in the field of native plants, most specifically for use in Vermont’s water quality and flood resiliency measures as well as for restoration plantings. Interns will be engaged with projects through the Poultney Mettowee Natural Resource Conservation District, The Nature Conservancy, Green Mountain College as well as many professionals throughout the state.  Positions usually available.

Essential Duties

  • Training and overseeing volunteers working at the nursery
  • Collecting, cleaning and processing seed of local native trees and shrubs
  • Sowing seed and transplanting seedlings
  • Researching and experimenting with seed propagation methods
  • Engaging in adaptive management to protect seeds and seedlings from rodent damage
  • Keeping the nursery propagation log current and carefully labeling seedlings
  • Weeding, fertilizing and condensing nursery stock
  • Maintaining and potentially expanding the irrigation system
  • Monitoring seedling health
  • Constructing work tables and seedling racks
  • Preparing seedlings for shipment and assisting in out-planting seedlings


  • Ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Ability, and a strong desire to learn how, to propagate and grow native tree and shrub species
  • Excellent attention to detail with the ability to perform repetitive tasks well
  • Ability to work with a diversity of volunteers and community members
  • Ability and willingness to do physical labor on a daily basis in an outdoor setting
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel and Access

Service Conditions

This position will be performed primarily outdoors.

This position does have recurring access to vulnerable populations (youth, persons over 60, individuals with disabilities).

This position is unpaid though qualifies for credit.

On-Campus housing may be available upon request.

To Apply: contact Natalie Coe —

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