Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Guernsey SWCD Annual Meeting

Guernsey Soil and Water Conservation District Election

On Tuesday October 23rd , the Guernsey Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding their 76th 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; Jo Lucas, Anna Hodges, and Josh Stiers. The two candidates with the most votes will be elected to a three-year term.  The official election will begin at 5:00 pm Tuesday, October 23rd at the Deerassic Park Education Center located at 14250 Cadiz Rd, Cambridge, OH 43725. 

The dinner, catered by Theo’s Restaurant, 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 until 3:00pm October 23rd .  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, September 11, 2018

Fall Forest Walk

Guernsey SWCD is hosting a fall forest walk with Guernsey OSU Extension. Come learn about all the cool things in your woods on October 10th from Levi Arnold of Guernsey SWCD and Clif Little of OSU Extension.


Friday, August 17, 2018

2018 Ginseng Seed Sale

2018 Ginseng Seed Sale

Below are details for the Ginseng seed sale. please print the order form below and mail with  payment. For questions please call the office at 740-489-5276. Order deadline is Friday September 7th.

Friday, June 22, 2018

2018 Guernsey SWCD Conservation Camp

The Guernsey SWCD is hosting it's 33rd annual conservation camp for Guernsey County youth ages  8-11. The theme for camp this year is Wild for Wildlife. We will be highlighting Ohio's unique wildlife species through various fun hands on activities. We also will have traditional camp activities such as archery, fishing, and canoeing. The two day camp will take place on Wednesday July 25th and Thursday July 26th from 9 AM to 2 PM. Parents/guardians are responsible for child drop off and pick up both days. Wednesday July 25th we will be at the Salt Fork State Park park office located at R-16 Rd. Lore City Oh. 43755. The activities for the day include Fishing, Archery, Canoeing, making "seed balls" and meeting the park naturalist. On Thursday July 26th we will be at Moore Memorial Woods, located at 18665 Wings Ln. Salesville Oh. 43778. Here at Moore Woods we will be going on  a nature hike, doing crafts, dissecting owl pellets, and learning about Ohio's wildlife. For questions and registration information please call the office at 740-489-5276 or email To register, please print off the registration brochure, fill it out, and mail it along with payment of only $10. Or, request one be sent to you.Registration deadline is July 18th. Please note that camp registration is limited to the first 30 kids.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Area Teen Wins Scholarship at Camp Canopy

Congratulations to Sam Gatrell on winning a $1,000 scholarship at Camp Canopy. The Guernsey SWCD sponsors kids from Guernsey County every year to attend the camp. Camp Canopy is located at FFA Camp Muskingum at Leesville Lake. The camp focuses on all aspects of forestry and wildlife management and brings kids in from all over the state. Forestry and wildlife professionals come together to teach many diverse classes and help with regular camp activities. At the end of the week the students take a test to compete for college scholarships that encompasses all they’ve learned that week.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Special Meetings


The Guernsey Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding special meetings to interview candidates to fill the position of Education/ Natural Resources Specialist. Special meetings for interviews will be conducted on 6/6/2018, 6/7/2018, and 6/12/2018. All will be starting at 8 AM and ending after candidates are interviewed.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Local Work Group and Special Meeting Notice

The Guernsey SWCD will be having a local work group meeting with NRCS on Tuesday morning at 9AM to discuss local conservation issues and ways to help address these conservation issues at the local level. All are welcome, the meeting will be held at the Guernsey SWCD office located at 335 C Old National Rd. Old Washington Ohio. Please RSVP if you plan on attending by calling 740-489-5276. After the local work group meeting the Guernsey SWCD board of supervisors will hold a special meeting to discuss candidates for their job position vacancy. This meeting will occur at 11:30 AM at the Guernsey SWCD office located at 335 C Old National Rd. Old Washington Oh. 43768.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Pasture Walk

Come join us for our 2018 Pasture Walk.  This is a great opportunity to learn how you can increase grazing efficiency on your farm.  

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

We're Hiring!

Inquiring candidates can contact the district directly at 740-489-5276, or by emailing Candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and a minimum of three references by Friday May 18th 2018 no later than 4:30 PM. Resumes may be emailed, or mailed to the office. If you're mailing your packet please mail to Levi Arnold PO Box 310 Old Washington, Ohio 43768.

Guernsey Soil & Water Conservation District
Position Description

Position Title:             Education/ Natural Resources 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

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


·         Plan and conduct tours, field days, technical workshops, public viewing of demonstrations for the general public and or school field trips
·         Conduct teacher workshops in order to better prepare them with the skills needed to become competent in teaching natural resources issues.
·         Establish a reliable and accessible resource base to assist teachers with their own natural resource curriculum within all school districts in Guernsey County
·         Organize K-12 classroom activities and field days promoting agriculture and natural resources conservation and management.
·         Create materials promoting environmental education to be used as aides in the science curriculum.
·         Coordinate overall conservation education programs of the district to Guernsey county residents
·         Work with the DPA to develop communication of district programs through social media.
·         Coordinates the district’s Conservation day camp
·         Represent the District at meetings of local, state and federal agencies and organizations
·         Work with county 4-H youth programs
·         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.
·         Prepare and maintain all records, reports, and forms as required.  This includes the computerized payroll and data collection system, currently known as SWIMS.
·         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 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. 


·         Minimum 2 year degree in wildlife, forestry, 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 in order to use county and federal computer system.


·         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.

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.