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Job Description: Seasonal 2018 Watershed Protection Project Coordinator

Unique opportunity to make on-the-ground environmental improvements! HCSWCD seeks a project coordinator to implement and document watershed improvement projects. The position requires excellent communication skills and experience in field work and landowner outreach and education. The ability to work cooperatively with other agencies is essential.  40 hours per week from April 15 thru November. Resumes accepted until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter and resume to zsteele@hancockcountyswcd.org or link to our mailing address.


The Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District provides local conservation leadership, encourages conservation efforts, and helps to plan and implement voluntary programs. We conserve clean water and healthy soil by working alongside willing landowners to implement incentive-based voluntary conservation practices. District programs focus on polluted runoff, habitat restoration, citizen science, and education.

Job Overview

The Watershed Protection Project Coordinator is a contract position responsible for landowner education and coordinating and implementing watershed protection projects for HCSWD.  Primary duties are to implement and document watershed improvement projects including but not limited to Watershed Protection Grants, Enviro-Grant, and Stream Crossing Grants.

This position requires communication with landowners, landowner associations, municipal governments and contractors. The Project Coordinator will act as a community liaison promoting soil and water conservation and includes outreach and education as part of the position’s responsibility. The ability to work cooperatively with various conservation partners both in Hancock County and statewide and participate in Conservation District activities as assigned by the Executive Director is required.  The Project Manager works independently under the supervision of the Executive Director.


  • Bachelor of Science or equivalent.
  • Project experience explaining and installing soil and water best management practices/tools.
  • Knowledge of best practice watershed protection project designs.
  • Background in conservation practices related to farming, forestry, construction, engineering or applied science fieldwork.
  • Ability to use equipment to measure distance, elevation, and/or grades.
  • Familiarity with water quality monitoring and analytical field methods.
  • Experience working with projects that have regulatory parameters.
  • Excellent relations and communications abilities with partners from federal, state, and local agencies and the public regarding projects and issues.
  • Ability to use up-to-date office communications and PC/Microsoft computer-based technologies and software.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively on several projects at once.

Preferred Knowledge & Experience

  • Federal, state and local regulations that apply to soil and water conservation practices.
  • Construction site, roadway, shoreline stabilization and/or agricultural practices such as forestry stream crossings and nutrient management.
  • Conservation practices related to surface water quality protection and their installation, particularly as they relate to non-point source (NPS) pollution problems.
  • Soil health and classifications for agricultural, construction, and watershed management.
  • Watershed management issues including: shore land zoning, sediment and erosion control, nutrient management, aquatic organism passage, invasive species, endangered species.

Physical Requirements

  • This position requires fieldwork that may involve physical exertion such as walking rough terrain, climbing steep banks, negotiating physical obstacles and using hand tools and lifting materials.
  • Must have the ability to work in and around wetlands/water elements and to work during inclement weather.
  • Ability to provide for own transportation for work out of the office.
  • Minimal out-of-state and overnight travel expected.

Responsibilities & Duties

  1. Field Work
  • Communicates with landowners, contractors, and partners about conservation goals including documentation review, negotiating, facilitating and mediating project issues in person and in writing.
  • Carries out conservation fieldwork activities for the District necessary to develop site plans and recommend conservation practices associated with district conservation projects.
  • Provides technical recommendation to individuals, community groups and/or volunteers to accomplish conservation work.
  • Assesses land for problems and recommends conservation best practices to prevent or correct problems.
  • Conducts/oversees water and soil testing.
  1. Project/Grant Planning & Reporting
  • Implements project-based work plans to meet conservation goals of the District including, but not limited to, Watershed Protection Grants, Enviro-Grant, Stream Crossing Grants.
  • Maintains records and produces reports for documentation of fieldwork required for reporting to funders and agencies.
  • Drafts progress and expense reports for the projects.
  • Maintains accurate and up-to-date files for assigned projects including: work plan, task and time tracking, deliverable reporting and recording project match and expenses.
  1. Community & Board Relations
  • Attends Annual Working Group meetings, project steering committee meetings, special events.
  • Upon request, attends and reports at Board of Supervisor’s meetings.


  • $15-$20/hr. based upon skills and experience
  • 40 hours per week from April 15, 2018 thru November 30, 2018