Watershed Coordinator, Barry Conservation Distrcit

Job Type(s): Development, Education, Programs / Services
Salary: $55000 – $60000
Deadline: October 15, 2017 12:00 am
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Watershed Coordinator Position Description

Thornapple River Agricultural Watershed Management Implementation

The Watershed Coordinator (WC) will be responsible for working on programs and grants to address water quality impairments in the Thornapple River Watershed (TRW) by implementing key components of the Thornapple River Watershed Management Plan (TRWMP). Specific activities are outlined in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Thornapple River Watershed Management Plan Implementation grant narrative, which is available upon request.

The WC will work closely with many stakeholder groups, including government agencies, non-profits, landowners, agricultural producers, and other citizens in the community in this work. Maintaining good relationships and collaborating with project partners and stakeholders is of great importance to the success of this project. The ideal WC will be approachable and comfortable working in a rural agricultural environment.

Specific duties are outlined below.

Major Duties

  • Grant Coordination, Recordkeeping, and Reporting
  • Education and Outreach– The coordinator will organize, facilitate, arrange logistics, and when appropriate serve as the primary educator for community-based workshops and other outreach events. This outreach work will include on-farm visits with producers, sometimes individually and sometimes in cooperation with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), and Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) technicians. Education and Outreach duties will also include writing a series of educational watershed health articles, brochures, flyers, and postcards targeted towards specific watershed user groups.
  • Agricultural Best Management Practice Implementation– The WC will work with agricultural producers and partner agencies (NRCS, FSA) to develop conservation plans and coordinate the implementation of best management practices, including reduced tillage, filter strips, grassed waterways, cover crops, pasture fencing, and streambank stabilization on farms in priority areas. This is a major component of the project and success will hinge on the WC ability to work well with producers.
  • Septic System Best Management Practice Implementation– The WC will work with the Barry Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD) and registered evaluators to guide homeowners through the process of septic inspections, repairs, and replacements. The WC will not be conducting inspections or making recommendations. Good communication skills will be more important than technical knowledge for this part of the project.
  • Classroom Education and Water Quality Monitoring- The WC will work with local high schools to involve students in hands-on water quality monitoring.
  • GIS Database Development- The WC will use current and future assessment information to build a GIS database of parcel information relevant nonpoint source pollution in the project area. The WC will work with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to learn and adopt their agricultural tillage mapping methodology for this project. BEDHD septic-failure risk information for the project areas should also be integrated into this project database. The WC will also need to identify, log, photograph, and map additional specific pollutant sources between road crossings.
  • Additional Project Development- The WC will work with BCD staff, partner agencies, and landowners to identify potential future projects and develop grant proposals for future watershed work.
  • Other duties as needed