Natural Resource Specialist

Southwest Conservation District Published: October 24, 2022
Hamden, Connecticut
Skill Level
Mid Level
Job Type
Natural Resources/ Restoration / Planning / Land Use

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The mission of the Southwest Conservation District is to provide technical assistance, information, and education in natural resource conservation and management to agricultural cooperators, landowners, and the public across 43 municipalities in southwest Connecticut.

Improved soil conservation and water quality means healthier natural systems. These systems provide water for drinking, eating, bathing and various recreational activities. These same systems create healthy habitats for organisms, both inland and along the Long Island Sound. Improved habitats, protected natural resources, and native populations are also beneficial to human health.

Position Overview

The Natural Resource Specialist is a permanent full-time position with the Southwest Conservation District, a 501(c3) environmental non-profit organization based in Hamden, Connecticut. Our organization is focused on providing technical assistance, project guidance and educational materials on natural resources conservation, water quality and soil health issues. Our clients are agricultural cooperators, private landowners, and municipalities across Southwestern Connecticut.

This position will conduct field research and data collection, develop plans and implement projects, draft reports and conduct outreach and educational events. Work location will be both at our physical office and via teleworking environment. Expectations for the position include being comfortable working in the field and performing physical duties as well as competency with computer skills and ability to complete technical office work.

Specific tasks will include:

  • Assist NRCS staff with conservation planning for agricultural producers in the SWCD service area
  • Complete training activities focused on agricultural Best Management Practices both via online modules and workshops in collaboration with NRCS
  • Assist with organization of and content development for educational workshops and field events to promote technical conservation practices
  • Review and inspection of erosion and sediment control and storm water management plans (especially stormwater permitting for solar panel installation sites), wetland applications and other environmental documents as requested by municipal commissions
  • Create and present content for presentations, publications and displays focused on natural resource conservation topics
  • Develop and manage outreach and communication tools for partners in the SWCD service area (specifically website updates and managing social media (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter))
  • Collaborate with partners to implement and assist with coordinating watershed management and restoration plans
  • Coordinate with and develop tools for watershed groups and other partners
  • Participate in Connecticut Envirothon <>, Plant Science Day, and other activities and their planning
  • Other duties as assigned by the direct supervisor for the Natural Resource Technician, the Executive Director of the SWCD

Expected Qualifications:  

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, Soil Science, Natural Resources, Hydrogeology, or related fields. Master’s Degree a plus
  • Ability to review and analyze technical scientific reports and plans and respond to those same documents in writing and public meeting settings
  • Relevant work experience in the environmental field in Connecticut, especially site walks and inspections, and sample collection experience desirable
  • Proficient in use of ARCGIS (ARCMap, ArcOnline, StoryMaps) software
  • Familiarity with State and Local laws and regulations pertaining to environmental and land use issues in Connecticut
  • Strong communication skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Experience with social media and website development is desirable
  • Outdoor field work involving carrying and use of monitoring equipment or installation gear and tools is part of this position. Field work may occur in remote locations requiring foot travel and during weather events such as rain or snow


  • This is a Full-Time position (40 hours per week)
  • Salary commensurate with experience ($40,000 to $46,000 range)
  • Competitive and progressive holiday and vacation package
  • Comp Time available
  • Teleworking
  • Mileage reimbursements
  • Other benefits available and negotiable

Application Procedure:

Please click "Apply" below to email a cover letter and resume to Chris Sullivan, Executive Director, Southwest Conservation District.  via email at

Applications will be accepted until September 9, 2022.

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