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This positionis responsible for managing the operations of the conservation division. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.

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Provides direction to managers within the section by interviewing and recommending for hire, providing assistance to staff in resolving work problems, approving personnel actions, evaluating the performance of incumbents and ensuring objective performance appraisal. Plans, coordinates and directs the certification program for nutrient management planners and applicators and enforces violations of applicable law. Oversees the Arkansas soil nutrient and poultry litter application and management program, by responding to complaints and enforcing violations of rules and regulations Develops and recommends staff material and equipment needs for the conservation division operations to contribute to the formulation and justification of budgetary requests. Develops, evaluates, and interprets new and revised rules, policies, and procedures to assess the impact of the proposals on the administrative or program systems to ensure each proposal responds to program needs and consistent with state and federal laws. Consults with and advises support staff to exchange information on and/or explain administrative and program objectives, policies, procedures and standards to identify the impact of work problems and formulate possible solutions. Makes presentations at meetings, conducts public meetings and testifies in court. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of the principles and practices of organizational management. Knowledge of the principles of conservation. Knowledge of state and federal conservation laws, or rules, and regulations. Knowledge of the requirements for development, processing and administration of federal grants. Ability to plan work unit objectives and assign and direct the work of subordinates. Ability to direct, conduct or lead inspections or investigations of alleged violations of conservation laws, rules or regulations to determine compliance with same. Ability to write detailed scientific reports and to make oral presentations.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal educational equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science, environmental science, or related field; plus five years of progressively more responsible experience in agricultural science or related field, including two years in a professional managerial capacity. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATION REVIEW COMMITTEE.

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