The King County Local Food Initiative is focused on increasing agricultural production and access to locally grown food. One of the initiative goals is to annually add at least 400 acres within King County to the food production land base and a top strategy is to bring "farmable but unfarmed" acreage back into production. In order to focus on those underutilized lands, King County needs an accurate assessment of land cover within the agricultural and rural regions of the county.
These three, short-term temporary positions will assist in conducting field surveys to help gather and analyze information on agricultural land use and infrastructure important for farmland sustainability in King County.
All of these short-term temporary (STT) positions are approved for full-time employment during summer 2017 and at least one of the positions will be retained on a part-time basis through as long as December 15, 2017.
- Conduct field surveys of land cover and infrastructure in agricultural and rural regions of King County, with special emphasis on farmland cover and condition, using standard operating procedures and a variety of digital data collection and management systems;
- Use computer software to manage, map, analyze and maintain data on land cover in agricultural and rural regions of King County; and
- Prepare progress reports, infographics and other products that depict current land cover conditions and compare data collected in 2017 with similar data collected in earlier years.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills:
- Experience working outdoors, in rural settings and under minimal supervision;
- Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft programs for document and spreadsheet production, presentation development, project management, data analysis, and online document collaboration and planning (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and SharePoint);
- Knowledge of methods and techniques of field data collection and analysis;
- Skill in reading maps and aerial imagery;
- Experience working with digital mapping systems and Geographic Information Systems (e.g., ArcGIS);
- Ability to write and edit information in a clear and concise manner and to communicate verbally;
- Ability to multi-task accurately and quickly in a high-pressure environment; and
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team, coordinating with others to facilitate teamwork.
WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified applicants.
Closing Date/Time:Sun. 04/23/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
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