The Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District is seeking qualified applicants for the provisional appointment to the position of Executive Director.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: This position involves management planning for the execution of environmental and conservation programs involving both private and public properties, and private and public entities, such as, Planning Boards, Watershed Associations, Nature Conservancies, etc., in various aspects of natural resources management including both administrative and technical phases. Employees in this class assumed the administrative responsibilities for the organization and execution of the application phase of a resource conservation program. Work is performed under administrative direction of the Board of Directors of the County Soil & Water Conservation District. General supervision is exercised over other District employees. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative Only)
- Provides technical assistance including the design, cost estimation, contract preparation, and supervision of environmental conservation projects;
- Provides local governing bodies with information needed for decision-making relative to soil and water conservation issues;
- Prepares analyses of agency workload and makes recommendations as to allocations of personnel and equipment, negotiates contracts, prepares budget and cost estimates, prepares annual reports, and assembles statistical data as needed by the District Board of Directors and State Conservation Committee;
- Coordinates District activities with the cooperating agencies assisting the district;
- Acts as the representative for the District Board of Directors in its contacts with other local units of government;
- Works with administrators of other county, town, and village departments and private organizations in coordination of programs directed towards the conservation of the county soil and water resources;
- Acts as liaison between the District Board of Directors and the State Conservation Committee. Keeps both boards informed of activities and facilitates interchange of information and cooperation;
- Makes recommendations to the District Board of Directors on the development or modification of policies and directs the implementation of District programs in accordance with approved policy guidelines;
- Counsels legislative and executive bodies at both state and county levels regarding proposed and current legislation and programs;
- Develops funding proposals for programs which would further the goals of the Conservation District or negotiates contractual arrangements with cooperating agencies in such programs;
- Supervises the purchase of District equipment, supplies, maintenance, and accurate accounting of inventory;
- Explains the purposes, functions, and programs of the Soil and Water Conservation District to other agencies, public bodies, landowners, etc., on behalf of the board;
- Serves as the Coordinator of the County’s Water Quality Coordinating Committee.
FULL PERFORMANCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: Thorough knowledge of the materials, procedures, and estimates used in the construction and maintenance of conservation practices such as retention ponds, watercourse diversions, forests, waterways, subsurface and surface drainage systems, and erosion control practices; Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of natural resource conservation with emphasis on soil and water conservation; Good knowledge of public and/or business administration; Skill in estimating costs and equipment used in soil and water conservation projects; Ability to interpret maps, charts, and graphs; Ability to perform basic land surveying; Ability to plan and supervise the work of others; Ability to deal with the public and to represent the conservation program to interested parties; Ability to compile and prepare reports; Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Either:
A. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Technology and Business, Stream Geomorphology, Agricultural Land & Water Resource Conservation, Agronomy & Horticulture, Soil & Water Resources Engineering, Natural Resource Administration, Natural Science, Civil Engineering, Public or Business Administration or related field; and four years of supervisory experience in a program involving soil & water conservation management activities;
B. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in any field and with advanced certification in soil resource or water quality management (i.e. Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control, Certified Professional in Stormwater Quality, Certified Soils Scientist, etc.) and a minimum of five years experience in the management of resource management of which at least three (3) years must be specifically related to soil & water conservation district activities.
C. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered two year college with an Associate’s Degree in one of the fields mention in (A) above, and six years of experience as outlined in (A) above;
D. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (C) above.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Possession of a valid New York State driver’s license at the time of appointment.
SCA Stream Stewardship Assistant
The Student Conservation Association intern will assist the Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District (GCSWCD) and New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) in their efforts to assess, restore and protect Catskill Mountain streams that are within the NYC West of Hudson water supply. The selected candidate will work in close association with GCSWCD’s staff to collect and analyze a variety of field data related to stream management and restoration, and assist GCSWCD staff with implementation of the stream management program. Field work may include, but is not limited to: stream feature inventories using GPS to collect specific data; project monitoring including survey, photo documentation, pebble counts, bar sampling, and vegetation monitoring; and supporting the design and construction of stream restoration and highway and infrastructure projects. The candidates will also participate in the post processing and analysis of field collected data using AutoCAD and/or GIS and assist with report writing. In addition, the candidates will assist GCSWCD with locally driven education and outreach projects that support local watershed communities in the NYC Watershed. Specific tasks may include creation of educational material (newsletters, public service announcements, brochures) and assistance with outreach efforts to engage multiple stakeholders in the Greene County portion of the NYC Watershed. To view the complete posting and apply for the position, click here to go to the SCA website.