Position Details

HELC Compliance Specialist

ID: AIL-018 Location: Champaign, IL Posted Date: 2/5/2024 Agency: USDA
Wage/Hr: $19.58 Hours/Week: 32     Minimum Age: 55

Being Age 55 or Older is Good for The Environment! The Agricultural Conservation Experienced Services (ACES) Program offers unique opportunities in Scientific, Technical, and Agricultural support for individuals aged 55 and over to support the Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through a grant administered program awarded to National Experienced Workforce Solutions (NEW Solutions). This is a unique program where your talents, expertise, and experience will truly be valued. The ACES program provides an opportunity to work side-by-side with NRCS staff that are doing important work every day. Benefits: Paid Health Insurance Premium for positions budgeted at 60+ hours per pay period, Accrued Vacation and Sick Leave, Paid Federal Holidays, and optional Vision and Dental Insurance available for positions budgeted at 35+ hours per pay period. Positions listed here do not guarantee employment for any definite period. Enrollment in the Experienced Worker Programs administered by NEW Solutions is temporary. The enrollment relationship between NEW Solutions and the Enrollee is an "at-will" relationship. This means that an Enrollee is free to terminate enrollment at any time during the enrollment period, and NEW Solutions and the Agency have the right to terminate the relationship with the Enrollee. PLEASE NOTE: An “ACES Enrollee” is not a federal employee, nor an employee of NEW Solutions. An “ACES Enrollee” is a participant in a grant program established through a Cooperative Agreement funded by the USDA-NRCS and administered by NEW Solutions. This opportunity applies to applicants legally eligible to work in the United States.


These 2 positions will provide technical support throughout the state of Ilinois implementing conservation compliance for Farm Bill program participants.

  • Assist State Compliance Team with Wetland request through AD1026/569/038 making offsite/onsite determinations utilizing ARCPro. Issuing correspondences to landowners, review, locate and assess project area, identify land use, areas of potential wetlands. Coordinate and gather resources to assist wetlands specialist to making determination of eligibility for Farm Bill program participants. Provide information and support to field office and producers with determinations. 60%
  • Collaborates with Compliance and GIS specialist regarding spatial data base. Assist GIS and compliance team with location and organization of aerial imagery to make determinations. Scan and organize historical photography. Provide geo-referencing's assistance to make determinations. 30%
  • Receive request from field office staff by phone, email and/or instant messaging to obtain needed request for tract number. Utilize Conservation Desktop tool to track, log, and monitor AD1026/569/038 request. 10%


Minimum of 5 year(s) of experience in Program support and on-the-job training/experience is a plus, but not required. Individual can be trained to do the work. OR AA Degree

  • Valid State Driver’s license.
  • Experience required with Windows, MS Word, MS Excel
  • PowerPoint, GISpro, and Conservation Desktop Tool.


  • Annual information system security, anti-harassment, and civil rights training.
  • Travel Requirements: Possible day trips to service center to obtain information, if needed.
  • Rental cars: NRCS vehicles will be available when needed.

For more information on this opportunity talk to one of our recruiters

NEW Solutions is committed to promoting equal opportunity and to an environment free from discrimination and harassment in any form administering Experienced Worker Programs under cooperative agreements with federal agencies. It is NEW Solutions’s policy to comply with all applicable laws that provide equal opportunity and to prohibit unlawful discrimination in enrolling participants in the federal programs.