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Range and Agricultural Specialist (Lower San Pedro Zone)

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Pima County is recruiting a Range and Agricultural Specialist for its ranch and conservation properties in the Lower San Pedro Zone between the Santa Catalina and Rincon Mountains northeast of Tucson, AZ. This zone includes A7 Ranch, M Diamond Ranch, Tesoro Nueve Ranch, Six Bar Ranch, and several other conservation properties owned and/or managed by Pima County. This position primarily serves as a liaison between private-sector ranchers on management agreements/contracts with Pima County. The position is responsible for all Essential Functions listed in the position description or as assigned.

The Range and Agricultural Specialist reports to the Range and Agricultural Superintendent in the Range and Conservation Lands Division of the Conservation Lands and Resources Department. This position is part of a team of five staff positions in the Range & Agricultural Section, including the Range & Agricultural Superintendent, three zoned Range and Agricultural Specialists, and a Range and Agricultural Program Coordinator. The duty station will be based in the Lower San Pedro Zone. This position may require living in County housing, preferably in the assigned duty station zone or where County housing is available.

Duties and responsibilities

As defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, this classification may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class. Work assignments may vary depending on the department’s need and will be communicated to the applicant or incumbent by the supervisor.

  • Maintains effective communication and coordination between private sector ranchers and farmers on contract with Pima County and the Natural Resources (NR) Superintendent of the Range Section;
  • Resides in and maintains historic Ranch and Farm property housing compounds OR reports daily to assigned duty stations;
  • Oversees range, natural resource and infrastructure projects, performs routine property monitoring and reporting, and regularly maintains infrastructure on Ranch, Farm and other open space conservation properties in the assigned zone;
  • Supervises and/or meets contracted crews and County staff at project sites as needed and attends relevant partner organization meetings and events in the assigned zone;
  • Participates in rangeland monitoring in the assigned zone and regularly communicates grazing plan adherence by ranchers on contract with Pima County to the NR Superintendent of the Range Section and the Range and Agricultural Program Coordinator;
  • Manages the Bar V Ranch cattle operation, including creating an annual grazing and breeding plan, annual work plan for infrastructure maintenance and repair, and annual budget with the NR Superintendent of the Range Section and the Range and Agricultural Program Coordinator;
  • Performs animal husbandry, herd health management and routine veterinary care techniques for County-owned horses and cattle in a semi-arid environment;
  • Assists with implementing the Bar V Ranch Education Program in partnership with Pima County Cooperative Extension (PCCE) 4-H, including providing logistical support, planning and instruction at events and workdays for PCCE 4-H and FFA participants.

Minimum Qualifications

(1) An Associate’s Degree in range, agriculture, natural resources, or Veterinary Technician Degree or a related field as determined by the department head at the time of recruitment, and one year of related field experience for a municipality, county, state or federal agency, non-governmental organization, groups or individual/private entity.

(2) Completion of a Ranch or Farm Apprenticeship program in a semi-arid environment recognized by a government agency, non-governmental organization or individual ranch or farm operation and one year of field experience applying ranch/farm apprenticeship skills.(Relevant experience and/or education from an accredited college or university may be substituted.)

Qualifying education and experience must be clearly documented in the “Education” and Work Experience” sections of the application. Do not substitute a resume for your application or write “see resume” on your application.

Preferred Qualifications: (Be specific in describing your experience in your application. Ensure the descriptions provided illustrate your competencies, specifically addressing the required and preferred qualifications.):

  1. Minimum two (2) years of ranch, farm, and/or related experience, including operating and maintaining wells (on-grid and off-grid/solar powered systems) irrigation systems, livestock/wildlife water systems, repairing and constructing barbed wire fences, gates, and other ranch/farm infrastructure.
  2. Minimum one (1) year experience managing multiple ranges, natural resources, and/or conservation-related projects in rural or semi-rural communities on farm, ranch, natural resource, or park properties. This experience should include willingly and effectively working with various stakeholders, wildlife and conservation groups, government agencies, ranchers, farmers, and various contractors.
  3. Minimum six (6) months experience living on remote, difficult-to-access ranch properties with on or off-grid power systems, and willingness to live in and maintain remote, historic ranch buildings and all associated systems.
  4. Minimum three (3) years of demonstrated experience handling, riding, and trailering horses and cattle safely in rugged terrain and roads.
  5. Minimum one (1) year experience using computers and Microsoft Office Suite of programs to generate written reports; email and calendar programs for regular communication and schedule coordination.
  6. Minimum three (3) months experience operating GPS units and/or GPS-enabled electronic devices to locate range or natural resource projects and infrastructure. 

Selection Procedure
Pima County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates that meet the minimum/desired qualifications. All applications will be assessed based on an evaluation of the listed education and experience. Candidates meeting the minimum/desired qualifications may be further evaluated/scored against any advertised Preferred Qualifications. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidates from a referral list provided by Human Resources. Additional assessments/testing may be required as part of the selection process.

Supplemental Information

Licenses and CertificatesValid driver license is required at time of application. Valid AZ driver license is required at time of appointment. The successful applicant will be subject to a 39-month DOT Motor Vehicle Record review to determine applicant’s suitability to operate county vehicles in accordance with Pima County administrative procedures.  Failure to obtain and maintain the required licenses and certifications shall be grounds for termination. Any offer of employment resulting from this recruitment is contingent upon Fleet Services’ review and approval of the candidate’s driving record.

Special Notice Items: The County requires pre-employment background checks. Successful candidates will receive a post-offer, pre-employment background screening to include verification of work history, education and criminal conviction history.  A prior criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify a candidate from employment with the County.

Physical/Sensory Requirements: Physical and sensory abilities will be determined by position.

EEO InformationPima County Government is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We are committed to an inclusive and diverse workforce and will not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, kinship, political interest, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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