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State seeking to fill key water quality position

Posted Aug. 7, 2013

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has announced that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is soliciting applications for the Iowa water quality initiative coordinator position.

“This coordinator will be central to implementing the Iowa water quality initiative and it is critical we find the right person,” said Northey. We are looking for a hardworking self-starter who will be very active in reaching out to and working with farmers and partner organizations.”

The coordinator will be responsible for helping develop and implement the nutrient strategy action plan to reduce nutrient delivery to Iowa’s rivers, lakes and streams. The position also will lead outreach and education efforts to the public, farmers, service providers, landowners and partners about the initiative and will be responsible to organize field days and watershed demonstrations. In addition, the coordinator will work on special watershed projects and help develop tracking and accountability measures to demonstrate nutrient reduction.

The position will be classified as an executive officer 3 and will have a salary range of $63,772.80 to $98,092.80. Applicants must have graduated from an accredited four year college or university and have the equivalent of five years of full-time professional level experience such as program administration, development, management or operations. Applicants also must have either an academic background in agriculture or horticulture, or have worked on a farm. The coordinator will be AFSCME contract covered.

Those interested in applying can find the full job posting at under “Hot Topics,” or on the Iowa Department of Administrative Services site at

Applicants must submit a completed Iowa Department of Administrative Services application form. In addition, applicants are asked to send a cover letter and resume to Gloria Stinson, HR Associate, IDALS Personnel Bureau, Wallace Building, Des Moines, IA 50319; or fax 515-281-8503; or email

Applications will be accepted through Aug. 23.

The department received an additional $22.4 million this fiscal to support conservation and water quality improvements in Iowa based on the practices outlined in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. The new funding includes $2.4 million for the agriculture water quality initiative in fiscal 2014, including the hiring of a coordinator.

The department also received an additional $10 million in one-time funding to be used over the next five years to support science-based water quality practices. Of that funding, 70 percent is to be used in targeted watersheds and 30 percent can be used for water quality practices statewide.


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