Tuesday, July 18, 2023


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


      ·        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. 



      ·        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.



      ·        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. 

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