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NB 180-21-3 CPA - Conservation Assessment Ranking Tool (CART) Improvement Feedback Team
National Bulletin: 180-21-3 Date: December 16, 2020
Subject: CPA - Conservation Assessment Ranking Tool (CART) Improvement Feedback Team

Purpose.  To solicit employees for support of CART for reports and feedback.   
Expiration Date.  September 30, 2021
Background.  To develop a team to gather state reports and feedback to improve the development of CART.

Explanation.  The NRCS Conservation Planning Technical Assistance Division is seeking eight individuals to serve on a 2-year assignment to assist NRCS with improving CART quality assurance and reports. The duties of this detail are to spearhead and assist with tasks to develop new and innovative ways to retrieve data from CART. The selected individuals will comprise a committee, which will provide input on additional reports, datasets, and tools that may be useful at the state and area levels. The pulled data will include all Planning, Financial Assistance, and Easement Programs.

Tasks include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide input and support to the NRCS Conservation Planning Branch on new and innovative ways to better manage, present, and apply data from CART
  • Collaborate with other state leaders in your region to gain and consolidate pertinent information
  • Meet once a month to collaborate on updates
  • Assist in the development of short- and long-term nationwide training strategies related to any tools or processes developed
  • Recommend improvements for existing or new feedback and quality assurance mechanisms
  • Provide input on data analytics of state program funds usage versus funds returned to HQ.  

Desired Qualifications:

  • Grade level 12 or higher 
  • Working knowledge of business tools; such as Conservation Desktop (CD), CART, Protract systems, and the National Easement Staging Tool (NEST)
  • Experience in coordinating and organizing meetings to gather regional data and orchestrate feedback information
  • Critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to work as a part of a team
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Committee will seek to include representation from each region and a mix of skillsets and experience, including geospatial skills, area level planning, etc.

Assignment Details:

  • Committee members will be located at the selectee’s current duty station with no travel
  • Commit 10 hours a month or 120 hours throughout the year focused on headquarter CART issues
  • Salary and benefits will continue to be paid by duty unit and location
  • Two-year commitment with an option to extend for an additional two years.

How to Apply:

Apply to this detail by submitting a brief resume (no more than two pages). Also include a brief narrative describing your business tools experience. Written approval from the immediate supervisor and/or concurrence from the State Conservationist/Director must also be included.

All submissions should be submitted directly to Aaron Lauster, Conservation Planning Branch Chief, at aaron.lauster@usda.gov, with a cc to Tammy Willis, ASTC Partnership, at tammy.willis@usda.gov, by close of business Thursday, December 31, 2020, and refer to the CART Reports and Feedback Committee in the subject line.

Contact.  Please contact Aaron Lauster, Conservation Planning Branch Chief, at aaron.lauster@usda.gov with any questions.


 Deputy Chief for Programs

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