Ivan Dozier has been the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service’s State Conservationist for Illinois since April of 2012. He was raised on his family’s farm in Southern Illinois where they produced grain and cattle. Ivan’s educational background includes a B. S. in Agriculture from the University of Illinois (‘83) and an M.A. in Environmental Studies from the U of I Springfield (‘92). He started work with SCS/NRCS in 1983 as a part-time Soil Conservation Aide and was converted to a career Soil Conservationist position in 1984. Ivan’s previous body of work with NRCS includes experience as a County Soil Scientist, Soil Conservationist, District Conservationist, American Indian Liaison and Assistant State Conservationist for Programs. Ivan is a past-President of the Illinois Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). He served on the Illinois NRCS State Civil Rights Committee and on the National Civil Rights Committee as the America Indian Male representative. He is a former officer with the American Indian Council of Illinois and the past-President of the National American Indian Alaska Native Employee Association for NRCS. Ivan is also a veteran of the US Army Reserve. He graduated with honors from both Basic and Advanced Training. While in the Reserves he served as a medical lab specialist.