URBAN CONSERVATIONIST POSITION –  The Buena Vista Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting applications for an Urban Conservationist to work in the Storm Lake area and the northwestern one-third of Iowa. Salary and benefits are competitive. Under general supervision by the Commissioners and day to day coordination by the District Conservationist, the employee will manage and coordinate the implementation of the objectives of an Urban Conservation Program.  Work activities include:

  • Provide technical and planning assistance in the development and implementation of urban conservation programs and practices funded through a number of sources and in coordination with partner organizations and state Agencies.
  • Coordinate with engineering consultants, local community officials, Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs), and other entities participating in these programs to develop projects and assist on practice siting and designs.
  • Reviews practice design plans and specifications for projects implemented through various programs to ensure they meet the Iowa Stormwater Management Manual guidelines.
  • Reviews and provides input on the development of the Iowa Stormwater Management Manual technical and policy guidance.
  • Develop and provide information and educational materials to clients for use in communities as well as presentations and training opportunities.

Other activities include promotional efforts and collaborating with appropriate agencies, groups, and individuals that affect the success of the program, such as:

  • planning and carrying out group meetings,
  • meeting one on one with cooperators and sponsors,
  • professional and technical duties that relate to water quality monitoring, information & education activities, and implementing of urban best management practices.
  • anticipating and preventing or solving potential problems
  • Maximizing communication with all Program participants.

Full job description is available upon request. Send cover letter and resume to: colleen.schwanz@ia.nacdnet.net or mail to: Buena Vista SWCD 1617 North Lake Avenue, Storm Lake, IA 50588. Application deadline is 4:30 p.m., February 18th, 2022. The BV SWCD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.