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Administrative Assistant Job Announcement

Primary Duties:  The Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District is seeking a part time Administrative Assistant to be the main receptionist, bookkeeping duties and provide office support for the team.

The Administrative Assistant will provide prompt customer service via phone, walk-in customers and email inquiries.  The candidate must have the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. 

As a local government entity, Soil & Water follows the reporting guidelines set forth by the Auditor of State and the  Ohio Department of Agriculture.  The candidate will have a strong understanding of bookkeeping processes, attentive to deadlines and be detail oriented.  This position will report out to partner agencies and at monthly Soil & Water board meetings with financial statements, investments and budgeting.   The Assistant will maintain account agreements with financial institutions, various payment portals and vendors. 

Additional responsibilities include supporting the office by placing supply orders, service calls for maintenance, and maintaining equipment inventory.  The Administrative Assistant will manage the record retention process, pubilic records requests and resolution requests for the County Commissioners. 

Minimum Qualifications:  Graduate of an accredited college with an Associates Degree (preferably in accounting, business management or related field); or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 

Familiarity with accounting software.  This position will use Google Mail, Calendar, and Drive. 

Proof of valid Ohio driver’s license and remain insurable.  Must pass a Licking County pre-employment drug screening.

This is a part time position for 20-25 hours per week.  Some after office hours or weekend events may be required. 

Salary and Benefits:  Salary is commensurate with experience.  Part-time benefits include enrollment in the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System, health insurance plan option and paid vacation, holidays and sick leave.  We are an equal opportunity employer.

Application Procedure:

Submit cover letter, resume and three references: 

o   Email (preferred) to

§  Name file with first initial and last name and Admin Assistant.

§  Send all documents in one pdf file.

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


Deadline – 4:00 pm, Monday, January 11, 2020.

Stormwater Program Manager Job Announcement

Join the Soil & Water team as a Stormwater Program Manager, managing and enhancing the stormwater program for the District in Licking County. 

The Stormwater Program Manager oversees and manages all aspects of the Licking County and Others small MS4 permit, additional NPDES related contracts, memorandums of understandings, and agreements.  The incumbent will serve as coordinator and facilitator between the co-permittees that consist of 7 townships and 3 villages, other agencies, policymakers, developers, professional/technical staff and the public.   

The Stormwater Program Manager leads the development and implementation of program goals, objectives, policies, procedures and budgets.    Experience working with general construction permit, county and state codes, policies, procedures and regulations related to stormwater management.  Ability to apply judgment and discretion in resolving problems and interpreting policies and regulations. 

Duties will include supervising assigned staff.   Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all staff, Board, funding partners, the general public, partner agencies and other local, state, and federal agencies are crucial. 

Responsibilities include providing content for newsletters, website, and social media. 

View the complete job description below.

Qualifications:  Five years of experience in stormwater management, civil engineering, natural resources management or related field with supervisory experience preferred. 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. 
Proficient in Microsoft Office and ArcGIS.  Familiarity with Google Mail, Calendar, and Drive.  Experience with stormwater management software and online video conferencing platforms preferred. 

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.  Ability to provide excellent customer service and promote the agency mission.

Willingness to perform a combination of the technical office and outdoor fieldwork.  Ability to traverse uneven terrain in an outdoor environment and the ability to carry and transport resource materials and equipment.

Must provide proof of valid Ohio driver’s license and remain insurable.   Must pass a Licking County pre-employment drug screening and federal background security check.

Salary and Benefits:  Salary is commensurate with experience.  Full-time benefits include enrollment in the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System, health insurance plan and paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave. 

Application Procedure:

Submit cover letter, resume, and three references: 

o   Email (preferred) to

§  Name file with first initial and last name and Stormwater Program Manager candidate.

§  Send all documents in one pdf file.

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

Deadline:  Open until filled.

Soil & Water is an equal opportunity employer.

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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.