New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) works for the benefit of the state’s citizens and supports the viability of agriculture and affiliated industries. NMDA promotes food protection, a uniform and fair market place, and global marketing and economic development; supports beneficial use of natural resources; and works cooperatively with public and private sector entities. Opportunities for excellence abound, and NMDA staff dedicate themselves to proactive service in fulfilling the department’s mission. Each division plays an important role in carrying out the goals and objectives. Our rich agricultural history, culture, and traditions are addressed through new and innovative approaches using the latest in science, technology, and economic strategies. In New Mexico we contribute to the safest and most affordable and nutritious food supply on the globe.
NMDA is a constitutional agency organized under the Board of regents of New Mexico State University (NMSU). This unique relationship creates efficiencies and opportunities for New Mexico’s food and agriculture sector as well as service and outreach opportunities for NMSU, making NMDA an integral part of the university.
NMSU is a comprehensive land-grant institution of higher learning accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. An active research university, NMSU anchors the southern end of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Research Corridor, exceeding $140 million in research and public service expenditures. NMSU is classified as a Hispanic-serving institution by the federal government with a total minority enrollment over 48%. Home to the state’s NASA Space Grant Program, NMSU is located in Las Cruces, which features desert mesas, the farmlands of the Rio Grande Valley, and the Organ Mountains, an extension of the Rocky Mountain chain. The University is committed to building a cultural diverse educational environment.
Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
Three (3) years of experience directly related to the standard duties as outlined.
These positions function as members of an interdisciplinary team participating in public policy and planning analysis associated with agriculture in subject areas related to natural resources including water, rangeland, geographic information systems, wildlife management, noxious weeds, renewable energy resources, and soil and water conservation.
Classification Standard Duties
Under supervision performs work that is varied and that may be somewhat difficult in character, but usually involves limited responsibility. Monitors and analyzes legal, biological, economic, and sociopolitical aspects of natural resource management as it relates to farming and ranching in the state. Reviews and prepares extensive technical comments on documents including, but not limited to, water quality and quantity, surface and subsurface water rights, and documents such as environmental assessments, environmental impact statements, forest management plans, resource management plans, and endangered species recovery plans. Assists in planning processes at local, state, and federal level as appropriate. Interact with elected officials at the local level to assist with natural resource planning processes. Provides information and training. Represents New Mexico Department of Agriculture at relevant natural resource meetings. Collaborates with state, federal, and local governmental entities; tribal entities; citizen organizations; and academic institutions in addressing water and natural resource issues. Researches and assesses relevant policy issues and recommend possible action to division director. Conducts verbal and written presentations.
Knowledge of general principles behind public policy and planning for the conservation of natural resources. General knowledge of research and statistical analysis. General knowledge of the agriculture industry.
Familiarity with local, state, federal laws and regulations related to agriculture, natural resources and the environment. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Ability to work as a member of a team.
Knowledge of the range livestock industry and principles of rangeland management. Understanding of federal land management issues.
Familiarity with natural resource monitoring methodologies and data interpretation.
Must have and maintain a valid unrestricted drivers license.
Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends as required.
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