Thursday, June 13, 2024

38th Annual Conservation Day Camp

 We are hosting our 38th Annual Guernsey SWCD Conservation Day Camp this July 25th & 26th!

Ages 8-11 years

9:30am-1:00pm

Cost is $10

Lunch, snacks, and water provided

Please see the pamphlet below for more details and sign up!






Tuesday, June 4, 2024

 





Governor Mike DeWine announced Ohio Department of Agriculture's incentive program is now being offered to producers outside of the Western Lake Erie Basin. Guernsey County landowners growing row crops or hay are now able to apply to this program. Producers can contact their Soil and Water Conservation District to apply. https://h2.ohio.gov/41637-2/

Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Guernsey SWCD 2024 Annual Spring Tree Sale

 Click on the link below to print out our 2024 Tree Sale order form. You can mail it in with payment or drop it off at our office or in the dropbox outside the door. Thank you! 


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Friday, September 1, 2023

 

Guernsey Soil and Water Conservation District Election

 On Thursday November 2nd, the Guernsey Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding their 81st annual meeting and banquet.  Every year the GSWCD holds an annual meeting for the purpose of electing members to the five-member board that comprises the board of supervisors for the district.  This year there will be two members elected to a three-year term.

 

The mission of the Guernsey Soil and Water Conservation District is to promote through education and technical assistance, the sustainable use of natural resources for the benefit of present and future generations.  The traditional perception of the Soil and Water Conservation District has been one of working primarily with the agricultural community.  The district does work on natural resource issues with local agriculture but in addition to that, it is a considerable resource to all landowners and land users in Guernsey County.

 

This year's slate of candidates for election to the district board of supervisors include; Ken Ford and Art Tripp. The two candidates with the most votes will be elected to a three-year term.  Residents of Guernsey County can vote from Wednesday, October 4th through Thursday, November 2nd. You can vote in person at the office, request an absentee ballot, or vote Thursday, November 2nd at our Annual Meeting from 5:30pm – 6pm. The meeting will be held on the Guernsey County Fairgrounds in the Oscar Share Hall building. Doors will open at 5:00pm

 

The dinner, catered by Cid’s Smokehouse Grill, will be served at 6:00pm, with a brief program following the meal. Tickets for the banquet are $10, and can be purchased from any current board member, or from the SWCD office.  If you are unable to attend the day of the election, absentee ballots are available at the district office located at 335C Old National Rd, Old Washington, Ohio. Eligible voters are all individuals who are at least 18 years of age and a resident of Guernsey County or at least 18 years of age and own real estate in Guernsey County.  Consider participating in this important process.  For additional information you may contact the Guernsey Soil and Water Conservation District office at (740) 489-5276.

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

WE'RE HIRING! 

Guernsey Soil & Water Conservation District

Position Description

 

Position Title:             Wildlife/Forestry Specialist               

Reports to:                 District Program Administrator (DPA)

Employment Status:  Full time, subject to six-month probationary period

Hours:                         8:00 AM to 4:30PM – 40 hours

Application deadline:     August 18, 2023

Salary range:                    Entry level $16-$19/hr |  negotiable with more experience

 This position is responsible for education, technical assistance, and field assistance to landowners/operators and units of government, primarily in wildlife and forestry issues. The position also aides in educational programming in Guernsey county school systems.

 To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to Madyson Black @ mepperson@guernseycounty.org

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

      ·        Provide technical assistance to and education of individual landowners to solve issues related to             human/wildlife conflict or habitat enhancement for wildlife.

·        Due to grant funding from the Ohio department of Natural Resources – Division of Wildlife, this position will work with the ODNR-DOW Wildlife Officer, Wildlife Management Consultant, Wildlife Management Supervisor, and Private Lands Program Administrator to assist in such programs and activities as are agreed upon between the district and ODNR in the grant.

·        Plan and conduct tours, field days, technical workshops, public viewing of demonstrations including forestry field days, BMP workshops, logger certification, and wildlife clinics.

·        Work with the DPA to develop communication of district programs through social media.

·        Investigate Silviculture House Bill 88 sediment complaints, enter information into Beehive and report findings to board of supervisors.  Follow up with any state agencies as necessary.

·        Review Timber Notice of intent (NOI) sites and provide report to board of supervisors.  Follow up on site visit to ensure that the plan is being followed.

·        Responsible for scheduling repair and maintenance of district vehicles and rental equipment. (i.e., trucks, drill, seeder, winch, trailers)

·        Represent the District at meetings of local, state and federal agencies and organizations as directed.

·        Attend monthly board meetings and/or other meetings as designated by the DPA and /or Board of Supervisors.

·        Keep abreast of all federal, state, and local laws that affect the conservation work within the district.

·        Keep abreast of and promote federal, state, and local conservation programs (e.g. Farm Bill, state cost-share, etc.) the will positively impact soil, water, and wildlife conservation.

·        Prepare and maintain all records, reports, and forms as required.  This includes the computerized payroll and data collection system, currently known as Beehive.

·        Must comply with all of the district’s policies (i.e., Employment Policy, this position description)

·        Must demonstrate regular and predictable attendance.

·        Perform all other duties as assigned by the DPA or board of supervisors.

·        Other duties and responsibilities not mentioned will evolve. The Joint Board of Supervisors does not hold this job description to be “all encompassing” and maintain the right to develop other 

areas of responsibility as deemed necessary. 

 

 QUALIFICATIONS

      ·        Minimum 2-year degree in wildlife, forestry, or natural resources management or related field.

·        Experience with presenting educational programs to both adult and youth audiences.

·        Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form; exercise sound judgment; use time and organizational skills wisely; be groomed and dressed appropriately as to reflect well on the Guernsey SWCD; cooperate with co-workers; receive and implement instructions from DPA and board of supervisors; communicate and work well with landowners without discrimination.

·        Ability to operate field equipment (survey equipment, water quality monitoring equipment, GPS data collector, digital camera, etc.) with guidance and training.

·        Familiarity with popular computer software (including, but not limited to, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher) and willingness to learn new applications.

·        Must be insurable for government vehicle operation and have a valid Ohio driver’s license.

·        Ability to pass a background check and pass a drug test in order to use county and federal computer system.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS

      ·        Occasionally performs duties during inclement weather.

·        Required to lift and carry necessary equipment; walk over uneven, steep ground; cross fences.

·        Required to transport district rental equipment using district vehicles.

·        Required to work in close proximity to construction equipment while in operation.

·        Required to attend evening and weekend meetings on occasion within and outside the county.

 

PERFORMANCE REVIEW

A formal performance review will be conducted annually by the DPA.  During this review, salary advancement and items concerning the employee’s professional growth and employment are discussed.   At this time, a set of goals for the coming year which meet with the goals of the district will be discussed and agreed upon. 

Thursday, June 8, 2023

OLHAP Sign Up

"The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife invites landowners to enroll their property in the Ohio Landowner-Hunter Access Partnership. Enrollment in the program, which incentivizes landowners to provide access to hunters, begins June 1 and runs until July 15. Since the program’s launch in 2021, more than 15,000 acres have been enrolled."


Please feel free to call our office with any questions regarding the OLHAP process. We can help you get signed up as well!



 

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Meeting Notice

Guernsey Soil and Water will be holding an emergency board meeting via telephone at 3:30 on 9/22/22.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Guernsey Soil and Water Supervisor Election

 

Guernsey Soil and Water

               Conservation District          

          335C Old National Rd. P.O. Box 310 Old Washington Oh. 43768

             Phone: 740-489-5276          Fax: 740-489-5278        www.guernseyswcd.org

For Immediate Release:

 

Election Notice

The Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission will cause an election of Supervisors of the Guernsey  Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) to be held in accordance with Chapter 940 of the Ohio Revised Code. Individuals who own or occupy land within the Guernsey Soil and Water Conservation District and are 18 years of age or older may vote for Supervisor.

There are three ways an eligible voter can cast a ballot:

1.) At the SWCD office, 335C Old National Road, Old Washington, from 9/28/2022 until 10/27/2022 during normal business hours; or

2.) At the SWCD Annual Meeting, which will take place at Deerassic Park, 14250 Cadiz Rd., Cambridge, OH 43725 on 10/27/2022 from 5:30pm-6pm. The event will be catered by Shirley Goodpaster and the entertainment is TBD. Or you can vote by

3.) Voting absentee from 9/28/2022 until 10/27/2022, by requesting the ballot application and election ballot from the SWCD office at the following address PO Box 310, 335C Old National Road, Old Washington, OH 43768, by calling 740-489-5276, or email mepperson@guernseycounty.org. Absentee ballots must be received by the SWCD office by 10/27/2022 at 3:00 pm .                                                              

 One(1) Supervisor will be elected to a three‐year term commencing January 1, 2023 and ending December 31, 2025.

Nominees are:

1.     Steve Douglass

2.      Frank Motta 

Friday, May 20, 2022

Conservation Day Camp 2022

 Conservation Day Camp is back! June 16th & 17th! Ages 8-11

Please fill out the registration form and mail or drop it off at our office. Registration is limited to the first 20 kids. See camp brochure and forms below. We will be accepting registration forms until June 13th. Call our office with any questions, thanks! 

 (740) 489-5276 🎣🏹🌱



Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Wild Wednesday at Deerassic!

Come attend this free Event at Deerassic! Our Wildlife Specialist will be giving a presentation on Nuisance Wildlife Identification, Damage and Prevention!