Vacancy Announcement – Conservation Technician

An Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer 

Vacancy Announcement 

Position Title: 780 HR – Conservation Technician 
Location: Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District 
Contact: Pam Coder, Conservation Assistant 
Scott County SWCD 
8370 Hillandale Road 
Davenport, IA 52806 
Phone: 563-391-1403 ext. 3 
[email protected] 

Job Description: This position involves providing technical assistance to landowners and operators in Scott County. Incumbent works in the office and the field on the promotion, documentation, contracting, installation, and maintenance of conservation practices. Assists other field office staff with surveys and layout of conservation practices and performs status reviews and follow up with landowners. Produces field notes, prepares data sheets and other documents. Assists in preparing documents for state cost-share programs. 

The successful candidate will assist with engineering surveys, CRP reviews, seeding plans, and practice checkout for the various conservation practices. These practices include grassed waterways, terraces, windbreaks, cover crops and others. One-on-one assistance will be provided to landowners to ensure that procedures are followed to receive cost-share funds and that practice construction meets specified standards. 


• Strong background in agriculture and conservation. 
• Strong people skills and proficient communicator. 
• Computer experience. 
• Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision and display high standards of ethical conduct. 
• A valid driver’s license is required. 


• This position is under supervision of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s Field Representative. Coordination of day to day activities is by the District/Soil Conservationist. This position does not supervise other employees. 


• Performance of this position will be reviewed regularly by the Field Representative. Successful applicants will require a federal background check and clearance to gain full access to Federal computer and online tools. 

Required Education: High School graduation is required. 
Wage: Commensurate with experience. $15 – $25/hr. 
Number of openings: 1 Hours: Full Time/Part Time, not to exceed 40 hours per week 
Duration of position: Temporary/At-will, 780 hours, expires June 19, 2025 
Opens: July 12, 2024 Closes: August 16, 2024 
Method of applicaton: Submit resume to the contact person above by 4:30 pm on August 16, 2024. 

2024 Scholarship for High School Seniors

Application deadline:  Friday, February 23, 2024

 Scott County Soil & Water Conservation District, in conjunction with Conservation Districts of Iowa (CDI), is sponsoring the 2024 Scholarship Award. Enclosed you will find an information sheet and application form. (application forms are also available on the District website at: or

The top three scholarships will be awarded at the state level in the amounts of $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000. Winners from the remaining six regions will each receive $500. In addition, Scott SWCD will be awarding two (2) $1,000 scholarships to two (2) qualified Scott County High School Seniors. These scholarships are presented to area high school seniors to be used for their first year of education on the college level while pursuing programs of study in any field of agriculture or natural resources.

Should you have any questions, or require further information, please contact the district office at 391-1403 x3 or [email protected].