Watershed Project Manager

Allen County, IN - Fort Wayne, IN

Full-time$24 an hour
EducationSkillsBenefits
This position is offered a comprehensive and competitive benefits package, which includes:

Medical, dental, vision and more
Generous paid time off and holidays
Retirement plan with up to 5% matching
THIS IS A GRANT FUNDED POSITION AND CONTINUED EMPLOYMENT IS CONTINGENT UPON FURTHER GRANT FUNDING.

This position is full-time, nonexempt, classified and covered as defined by The Board of Commissioners of the County of Allen Employee Handbook.

Hours are 8:00 am - 4:30 pm and as needed, including occasional nights and weekends; 37.5 hours/week

Under the direction of the Director of the Allen County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Watershed Project Manager adopts and implements agricultural and urban soil and water conservation practices and increases public awareness of local, state and federal programs.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Responsible for providing direct technical assistance to landowners and farmers on conservation practices and programs.
Assists the Project Partners with conducting summer field days and/or winter meetings that promote agricultural conservation best management practices as well as local assistance programs.
Works with agricultural retailers, local organizations, agency and company representatives as well as other key information multipliers to promote conservation systems and management practices that reduce the amount of sediment, nutrients, pathogens and pesticides reaching the assigned watersheds and their tributaries.
Develops and disseminates news articles and program brochures to Project Partners and local media that encourage landowners and farmers to implement agricultural conservation practices and increase the awareness of local, state and federal programs that support said practices with technical and/or financial assistance.
Develops geo-referenced databases of existing conservation practices and other related information within assigned watersheds.
Compiles and evaluates adequacy of existing water quality and related natural resource data pertaining to respective watersheds and their tributaries in Indiana.
Meets regularly with Steering Committees and/or Board of Directors to update on project status and determine further course of action.
Assists the Project Partners with conducting Focus Group meetings of landowners, farmers, business owners, government agency personnel, local government officials, non-government organizations and concerned citizens regarding water quality related issues in the assigned watersheds.
Prepares and submits required project status reports, financial reports, final report, etc. as required by the Project Partners and/or the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
Performs all other duties as assigned, including overtime as required.

Minimum Requirements and Working Conditions

REQUIREMENTS:
Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture, Natural Resources or related field and one year experience developing land use and/or natural resource management plans and public relations skills
Valid Driver’s License to operate a County owned vehicle
Knowledge of agricultural practices, products and terminology especially related to soil and water conservation activities
Knowledge of urban water quality issues, trends impairment sources and current and developing conservation practices
Strong written and verbal communication skills including public speaking and creating brochures and pamphlets
Strong computer skills with the ability to use Microsoft Office and other related software
Ability to type 30 WPM
Working knowledge of GIS based software

WORKING CONDITIONS:
The Watershed Project Manager works in a standard office environment and out in the field with frequent sitting, some walking and standing requiring some lifting up to forty pounds and bending. Very frequent typing and attention to detail is required.