Agriculture Compliance Tech-00005

State of Montana Helena, MT
OUR MISSION: To help ensure that Montana's land and water resources provide benefits for present and future generations. http://www.dnrc.mt.gov/

This position is located in Helena, MT.

The DNRC believes employees are their most important asset. The DNRC empowers employees to exercise professional judgment in carrying out their duties. Employees are provided with the training and tools necessary to achieve the mission. Both team effort and individual employee expertise are supported and sustained.

The Trust Land Management Division under the authority of Montana state laws and Administrative Rules pertinent to the Department's fiduciary responsibilities, is charged with the administration of 5.2 million acres of School Trust Lands for the benefit of the School Trust and Endowments.

The Division is divided into the Agriculture & Grazing Management Bureau, Minerals Management Bureau, Real Estate Management Bureau and Forest Management Bureau. the Agriculture & Grazing Management Bureau, in coordination with field staff, administers all surface activities associated with School Trust Lands on 4.1 million acres of grazing land and 575,000 acres of agricultural land.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS: The DNRC may include the following factors in determining whether an applicant meets the qualifications of a position vacancy by: State of MT application form, cover letter, current resume, educational requirements, structured interview, a performance test, job-related reference checks, job-related work experience, job-related past and current performance.

SPECIAL INFORMATION: Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States. A valid driver's license is required with less than 12 conviction points in the most recent completed 36 months.

APPLICATION MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION ARE: A completed Online State of Montana application and answers to the 3 supplemental questions.

HELPFUL HINT: You must check the "relevant document" box to ensure your attachments are uploading correctly to the specific application.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS:

1. Describe your work education and experience relating to accounting procedures, mathematical computations, and bookkeeping and how you have used this education and working experience in other positions.

2. Describe your work experience and education in the use of computers and software used and your proficiency.

3. Describe any education, work experience, or understanding you have of basic farm and ranch operations, especially as it relates to farming practices and crop production.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The Agriculture Compliance Technician is responsible for technical duties associated with cropland leasing to ensure compliance with payment lease terms and payment accuracy, as well as distribution of revenues to the proper grants, which total $14 to $17 million dollars annually. This is accomplished through evaluation and auditing information on seeding and production reports which are used to track and verify payments, and entry of that information into the Department's database (TLMS). Seeding and production information is also used for enrollment into crop insurance programs. The position is also responsible for mailing & filing of reports.

QUALIFICATIONS:

* Requires the ability to understand the programs associated with surface leasing. This includes the ability to plan, determine priorities, and organize lease management activities and ensure that all deadlines are met.

* Requires an understanding of school trust land management and surface leasing statutes, rules, policies and procedures.

* Requires a knowledge and understanding of accounting principles and practices as they relate to cost and measurement of cropland commodities.

* Requires the ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies, lessees, and the public.

* Requires an understanding of legal land descriptions.

* Requires an understanding of basic farm and ranch operations, especially as it relates to farming procedures and crop production.

* Requires competence in detailed work.

* Requires the skills to operate a computer, calculator.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

These skills and abilities are acquired through a high school education, associate's degree in accounting and 2 years accounting experience. Must have at least one-year computer experience. A general knowledge of farming and ranching operations is beneficial. Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Special Requirements:

Computer 70%

* Databases

* Word

* Outlook

* Excel

Copy Machine/Scanner

Calculator 30%