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Stormwater Program Manager Job Announcement

The Stormwater Program Manager will manage and enhance the OEPA NPDES MS4 permit for 7 townships, 4 villages and 4 cities; build the stormwater program; and supervise the Urban Technician team members.

Primary Duties:

•       Manages program and processes to comply to OEPA MS4 minimum control measures for compliance for Licking County & Others permit and annual report.  Liaison with Commissioners, Planning Commission, Planning & Development and Engineer regarding permit Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). 

•       Implements, negotiates and reviews annually the additional MS4-related contracts, MOUs, and agreements with Cities, Villages and Townships.  Advise the Board and partners as to continued services, workload, staffing, opportunities and challenges. 

•       Supervises Urban Technician team members, ensuring MCM guidelines are implemented professionally, timely and accurately.  Responsible for direct oversight of Urban team.   

•       Ensure standard operating procedures are followed, evaluated regularly and improved for efficiency.

•       Assist with annual budget, developing annual plan of work and Soil & Water Board reports. Responsible for equipment inventory, maintenance and purchasing.

•       Oversees with Conservation Technical Assistance in office and in the field as needed.

•       Serve on local, regional and state committees and sub-committees. 

•       Possess and maintain a working knowledge of current local, state and federal policies and best practices including natural resource management principles, and urban development Best Management Practices.

Qualifications:

  • Five years of experience in stormwater management, civil engineering, natural resources management or related field with staff supervisory experience. 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science/Studies, Biology/Ecology, Civil/Environmental Engineering or related field; or any equivalent combination of experience and education.  Required to have CSI certification; preferred CESSWI certification. 
  • Familiarity of plan review, site inspection, and engineering/construction practices and Best Management Practices.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and ArcGIS.  Experience with stormwater management software preferred.
  • Familiarity with Google Mail, Calendar, Drive, and online video conferencing platforms preferred. 
  • Willingness to perform a combination of technical office and outdoor field work.
  • Ability to traverse uneven terrain in an outdoor environment and ability to carry and transport resource materials and equipment.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service and promote agency mission. Excellent communication, including written and verbal skills.

Full time, hourly position, pay is commensurate based on experience.   Pre-employment drug screening, background check and drivers abstract required.  For a list of benefits, visit: Licking County - Human Resources.

For additional details about Soil & Water programs, dig deeper at: Licking Soil & Water Conservation District : Who We Are : Staff (lickingswcd.com) 

Application Procedure:

Submit cover letter, resume and three references to:

Email (preferred) to HiringManager@LickingSWCD.com.

  • Name file with first initial and last name Stormwater Manager Candidate
  • Send all documents in one pdf file

Mail to 771 East Main Street, Suite 100, Newark, OH 43055

Open until filled.

Licking County Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free Work Environment.

Conservation Educator Job Announcement

Join the Soil & Water team as a Conservation Educator managing and enhancing educational programming in Licking County.  A career in public service with our team presents an opportunity to make a difference in the community. 

Primary Duties:

●      Promote, schedule and present conservation education programs for educators and in classrooms while meeting curriculum and Ohio Learning Standards for PreK -12. 

●      Research, develop, present, and evaluate new programs to respond to classroom and community needs.

●      Promote, schedule, maintain and update education kits to borrow for outreach and classroom use to meet curriculum and Ohio Learning Standards.

●      Organize, facilitate, and evaluate educator workshops per program standards.  Obtain and maintain facilitator certification for required programs such as Project WET, Growing Up WILD, Getting Little Feet WET, Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood.  Potentially be an adjunct professor at Ashland University to offer university credits for workshops.

●      Oversee and maintain education equipment and supplies, including educational rental items.

●      Provide support to the local, area, state and national Envirothon competition.  Recruit local participation and aid with planning and event logistics for all levels of competition. 

●      Coordinate FFA Soil Judging planning and event logistics for local and district competitions. 

●      Manage, facilitate and provide educational presentations to the Ohio Certified Natural Resources Volunteers to the OSU Standards. 

●      Participate in committee work and manage seasonal programs such as Free Trees for Students and River Round Up poster contest.

●      Maintain partnerships with organizations such as The Works and libraries for workshops, STEM events, and presentations.

●      Write articles for newsletters and press releases and provide content for website and social media.  Maintain educator contact list, develop and maintain regular information sharing with list. 

●      Speak to and offer presentations to leadership of schools and community organizations about education programs and opportunities.

●      Develop, maintain, mentor and supervise educator intern program. 

●      Support team members during seasonal events such as River Round Up, Hartford Fair Natural Resources Area and annual tree sale. 

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in environmental education, natural resources management, agriculture or related field; preferably a Master’s Degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Three - five years of experience as an educator with supervisory experience preferred.
  • Certification or ability to earn certification in one year, as a facilitator in some or all of the following: Project WET, Healthy Water/Healthy People, Project WILD, Project Aquatic WILD, Project Learning Tree, Getting Little Feet WET, Growing Up WILD, Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.  Familiarity with Google Mail, Calendar and Drive. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills for many age levels.
  • Be available to work a flexible schedule that may include nights and weekends on occasion.  Limited overnight travel for professional development and events. 
  • Have ability to traverse uneven terrain in an outdoor environment and ability to carry and transport resource materials and equipment. 

Full time, hourly position, pay is commensurate based on experience.   Pre-employment drug screening, background check and drivers abstract required.  For a list of benefits, visit: Licking County - Human Resources.

Application Procedure:

Submit cover letter, resume and three references to:

Email (preferred) to HiringManager@LickingSWCD.com.

  • Name file with first initial and last name Conservation Educator Candidate, send all documents in one pdf file
  • Mail to 771 East Main Street, Suite 100, Newark, OH 43055

Open until filled.

Licking County Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free Work Environment.

Soil & Water Staff


NRCS Staff

A Tribute to Pat Deering

We lost a friend on May 13, 2019.  We lost a nature lover. We lost a land preservation advocate.  We lost a conservationist. We lost a local food supporter. We lost Pat Deering, far too soon.

Pat joined the Licking Soil & Water team in 2008 as the Information Assistant.  She was immediately handed a huge assignment. Create a book celebrating Licking County’s century farms.  Pat’s Licking County Century Farms: A Celebration of the Licking County, Ohio, 2008 Bicentennial book beautifully captured the families and the land that are the foundation of our agriculture community.  Pat’s roots are in Licking County and in agriculture. She grew up spending time on her family’s farm, land that is still farmed and in her family.  

Her love of nature and her Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) credential allowed her to lead design and plant selection of the rain gardens and native plantings around the Ag Service Center in Newark and at the Hartford Fair Natural Resources Area.  She was active in native tree selection for the annual tree sale and provided extensive education about native plants. At home she cultivated a backyard wildlife habitat and food garden. Her interest in local food and the people that produce it led her to become a founding member of the Licking County Local Food Council and supporter of the 30 Mile Meal.  She was always sharing her garden’s bounty with the Licking Soil & Water team and loved talking about what was growing or blooming.

With Licking Soil & Water Board approval and encouragement in 2008, Pat began developing and expanding the fledgling farmland preservation program.  Self-trained and hungry for knowledge, Pat became a farmland preservation expert and was recognized statewide for her expertise. Pat served on the Licking Land Trust (LLT) Board and collaborated with LLT on education and outreach efforts.  In 2016, the Coalition of Ohio Land Trusts (COLT) recruited Pat to serve on their Steering Committee and educational efforts. From 2009 to present, Pat brought nearly 4.8 million dollars to Licking County in state and federal funds for farmland preservation.  

When asked to reflect on her service to Licking Soil & Water in 2018, Pat wrote, “I continue to enjoy working for a conservation-based organization and I am passionate about land preservation!”  She appreciated that Licking Soil & Water is a mission-based organization and encourages ethics and integrity. She was a natural servant leader and always had the philosophy of treating people the way she would want to be treated.