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We’re Hiring!  Program Specialist Position Available

We’re Hiring! Program Specialist Position Available


Open Until Filled – Application Review Begins: September 23, 2019 – Location: Missoula, MT

Missoula Conservation District (“District”) seeks a Program Specialist. The District is a political subdivision of the State of Montana, a regulatory agency, with a mission to promote sustainable resource management for all the natural resources within its boundaries. The District administers The Natural Streambed and Land Preservation Act of 1975 (310 Law) and manages conservation related grants, education, and equipment programs within Missoula County.

The Program Specialist position requires a team-oriented disposition, a demonstrated capacity to develop and maintain positive professional relationships with a diverse constituency, knowledge of an interdisciplinary approach to natural resource conservation, the ability to excel in an occasionally stressful and fast-paced work environment, and satisfaction working for a board-directed organization. Duties require excellent oral and written communication and experience in soils, range, or a related field. Applicant must have the desire to work for and educate the public and the ability to maintain up-to-date proficiency with programs and technology related to daily operations (including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite, WordPress themes and plugins, and Salesforce or similar software). See complete job description here. 

This is a variable full-time position (32 hours per week, and 40 hours per week when assigned). Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM. A year-round, 32-hour per week schedule will be determined with the selected applicant and must include a 6 to 8-hour work day on Fridays. Additionally, the Program Specialist is required to attend evening Board meetings that occur once per month (generally the second Monday of the month) and assist with written notes. The day of the monthly Board meeting may require work in excess of 8-hours.

The workload is greater in the spring, summer, and fall. In addition to regular meeting attendance, the employee will be required to organize and attend special events or meetings on evenings or weekends and travel overnight.

Location, Work Environment, and Supervisor
The Program Specialist is an office-based position that requires travel into the field periodically. The applicant must have the ability to work productively in an open office environment. Though Missoula Conservation District is a political subdivision of the State of Montana, our offices are presently located in an open-office building with several federal agencies. Much of the assigned work tasks require substantial time on the computer, bending, and lifting to access and organize files.

Must be able to lift and carry objects over 50 pounds and must be physically fit for office work and occasional travel. Must have a personal vehicle that can be used for work when needed (mileage reimbursed at the state rate). Will travel into the field or to meetings when needed. Must be a skilled navigator and able to safely conduct field work on a team or alone, completing work in all weather conditions and at times accessing sites on foot over rough terrain. Travel at night and travel over unimproved roads in adverse weather conditions such as snow and ice are occasionally required.

This position is supervised by, and reports directly to, the Resource Conservationist.

Salary and Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience ($20.00-$22.00/hour). Employee benefits include paid holidays, paid sick and vacation, a healthcare stipend ($250.00/bi-weekly), and mandatory participation in the Montana Public Employees’ Retirement System.

To apply
This position is open until filled. Missoula Conservation District will begin review of applications on September 23, 2019. Please send via email an attachment with the following: a cover letter, your resume, and contact information for three references to Jen McBride, Resource Conservationist (

It is preferred that applications are compiled into a single pdf, e-mailed directly (as opposed to using a third-party job site where this position may be advertised), and named according to the following convention, YourName_PSapplication.pdf.

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