Ashland SWCD is currently accepting applications for a District Technician through July 30, 2018.


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This position is a full-time, limited hour position of 30-32 hours/week and is directly responsible to the program administrator. The District Technician provides agronomic, and technical assistance to landowners as well as county planning assistance in the Ashland Soil & Water Conservation District while working closely with other district staff to accomplish program goals and objectives.

Essential Functions:
The District Technician performs the following duties in a professional manner:

Technical Assistance: 30%
• Become proficient in using such surveying tools as level, stadia board, transit and supporting software (AUTOCAD, etc.)
• Know the major soil types of the District and their limiting characteristics and relative suitability for various reasons.
• Make engineering surveys and soil investigations; record field notes; and prepare design for review and approval of the District Conservationist or Engineer.
• Be able to survey and layout conservation practices on the land such as; waterways, diversions, WASCOB’s, drainage systems, contour strips, animal waste systems, etc.
•  Be able to assist landowners in planning different practices such as; cropping systems, tree plantings, windbreaks, pond development and management, fish management, and assist with problems associated with any of the aforementioned practices.
• Develop and apply a follow-up schedule on the applications and maintenance of soil and water conservation practices on planned land and report any major changes to the District Conservationist.

County Planning: 25%
• Serve as the primary contact for all lot split reviews. Reviews applications to ensure minimum requirements are met according to county subdivision regulations, township zoning, and Planning Commission bylaws.
• Review soils and floodplain map of proposed subdivisions. Conduct site visits as needed and prepare letter with findings for lot split review meetings.
• Attend all lot split review meetings and occasional planning commission meetings as needed.

Pollution Abatement: 15%
• Act as the District’s Pollution Abatement Specialist.  Prepare and maintain necessary forms, records, and reports as required by ODNR for all Pollution Abatement practices.  Will investigate and make reports to the Board of Supervisors on pollution complaints.  Will work on solutions to complaints and report on their progress monthly.

Soil Test & Geotextile Fabric Sales Lead: 10%
• Responsible for submitting soil tests and reviewing results and recommendations with landowner.
• Responsible for maintaining inventory of district’s geotextile fabric for sales.
• Provides accurate and up-to-date billing and receipt information to district program administrator.

Conservation Programs: 10%
• Assists in recruiting participants for cover crop program; meets program requirements for mapping and nutrient load reduction calculations.
• Assist the Program Administrator in conducting Supervisor tours, Forestry Field Days, Pond Clinics, and other related conservation activities.
• Is responsible for seeing that District owned vehicles and equipment are properly maintained.
• Be knowledgeable of and assist with the operation and maintenance of all District rental equipment.  Is responsible for assisting farmers involved in the District’s No-Till leasing program.  Assist farmers with field set-up as necessary.

Tree Sale Lead: 5%
• Is responsible for ordering trees and supplies for tree packet sale.  Will work with Program Administrator on pricing and payment of trees.  Is responsible for picking up or delivery of trees as ordered, and also for distribution on pick-up day.

General Responsibilities & Other Duties: 5%
• Participate with news article column as well as the quarterly cooperator newsletter.
• Assist in the management of the Hazel Willis Woods.
• Provide information and technical assistance to cooperators and other cooperating agencies.
• Work harmoniously with staff, Board of Supervisors and all customers and cooperating agencies; thoroughly understand memorandums of understanding, working agreements and cooperative efforts between agencies. Assist clientele with requests for technical assistance and complete referrals to other agencies as needed.
• Maintain accurate and up-to-date records in SWIMS software.
• Attend recommended training sessions and meetings; actively participate in district office meetings, day-to-day activities, and inspections.
• Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications
• Valid Ohio driver’s license, including ability to safely drive during daylight and after dark. Employee must be insurable under the district’s existing insurance policy.
• Associate or bachelor’s degree in agriculture and/or natural resources or equivalent combination of education and experience
• Demonstrate regular, predictable attendance.
• Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office programs and ability to learn additional programming as required.
• The work requires the employee to walk on rough or steep terrain, often in dust, rain, row, and icy conditions.
• Be able to lift and transport display and presentation materials.
• Willingness to perform a combination of technical office and outdoor field work.
• Passion for and experience in agriculture and conservation fields.


$14  - $18 based on experience.
Ashland SWCD offers a health insurance through our county benefits program, 11 paid holidays/year, annual leave, sick leave, flex time, and Ohio Public Employees Retirement benefits. The district will pay for additional training specific to job description requirements.