Save the Date for Our 2018 Annual Meeting!

Our 2018 Annual Meeting will be on Monday, March 5th, 2018. Stay tuned for more details!

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Invasive Species Technician Position for SW Indiana

The Vanderburgh County SWCD along with Gibson, Pike, Posey and Warrick Counties have been awarded a 2018 CWI grant for an Invasive Technician which Vanderburgh is the lead district.  They will be hiring this person early next year.  A job application must be completed and turned into the Vanderburgh office, a resume may be included but the application must be submitted by December 15th, 2017.

View application here.

View the job description here.

For more information, contact Erin Shoup at 812-423-4426 ext 3 or Erin.Shoup@in.nacdnet.net.

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Deadline for 2018 EQIP Applications Announced

The deadline for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) applications is December 15th for 2018 funding consideration. Contact our office for more information!

Read the full press release here.

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October Weed of the Month: Chinese Silver Grass

Chinese Silver Grass (aka Miscanthus) is producing seeds right now making it very noticeable. See our fact sheet here.

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September Board Meeting Tomorrow Morning

The September board meeting will be tomorrow at 7 am, instead of the usual third Wednesday.

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Woodland Invasive Plant Training – 9/16/17

The Knox County Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) is hosting a woodland invasive plant training with Purdue Extension Forester Ron Rathfon on Saturday, September 16th from 8:30 am to noon at the Southwest Purdue Ag Center (4369 Purdue Rd, Vincennes, IN 47591). Woodland owners, contractors, nature enthusiasts, and others are invited to attend. Topics will include invasive plant identification, invasive plant control, technical and financial assistance, and a field demonstration. Category II CCHs will potentially be available.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Will Drews at willem.drews@in.nacdnet.net or (812) 882-8210 ext. 119.

Click here for a printable flyer.

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Celebrate Pollinator Week with Native Plants!

Join us this Saturday, June 24th at the Historic Vincennes Farmers Market to get some great native pollinator plants from us! We’ll have over 20 different species of native wildflowers and grasses including Common Milkweed, which is a host plant for Monarch butterflies!

Monarch caterpillar on Common Milkweed

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June Weed of the Month: Wild Parsnip

Wild Parsnip contains a compound that can cause severe rashes/burns, so do not touch this plant! See our fact sheet here.

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May 2017 Board Meeting Rescheduled!

Our monthly board meeting has been rescheduled from this Wednesday to this Friday the 19th at 7 am.

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Position Announcement for the Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District

The Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is a subdivision of state government and is governed locally by a five-member Board of Supervisors and with the support of Associate Supervisors. The SWCD exists to promote the responsible use, development, and conservation of Knox County’s natural resources and works closely with a wide variety of partners in both the private and public sectors to provide a high level of conservation service to Knox County’s landowners.

Position Summary

The SWCD is seeking candidates for the newly created CEO position. This full time position will lead the SWCD’s human and capital resources to carry out the will of the Board of Supervisors in order to fulfill the SWCD’s mission of conserving and restoring Knox County’s natural resources. The CEO reports to the Board of Supervisors and is an employee of Knox County.

The Knox County SWCD Board and staff are known for their innovative approaches to meeting the conservation needs of Knox County’s residents, and for their willingness to provide leadership for regional and state-wide conservation programs. Our vision is that the Knox County SWCD will be the recognized leader in natural resource conservation and environmental issues in Knox County and will further its leadership role at the state and national levels. The CEO will play a major role in bringing this vision to life.

Experience and Skills

• Bachelor’s degree and relevant management experience
• Experience leading and empowering a team of employees in a dynamic organization
• Experience with strategic planning, fundraising, and organizational development
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Professional comportment
• Effective public speaking and media relations skills

Primary responsibilities

• Lead SWCD strategic vision and efforts;
• Oversee hiring, training, and development of staff;
• Develop and execute an expense budget;
• Oversee the management of programs and grant projects;
• Serve as SWCD liaison to cooperating agencies, County and municipal officials, legislators, and the public;
• Work with the Development Director to form new partnerships and build upon existing partnerships;
• Direct and coordinate public relations, communications, and marketing;
• Represent Knox County and the SWCD on boards, committees, and task forces at national, state, and local levels;
• Prepare monthly Board meeting agendas and supporting materials in consultation with Board Chairman, staff, and committee chairs;
• Perform other duties in alignment with SWCD mission as assigned by the Board of Supervisors.

Required Documents

• Letter of application
• Resume
• Three current reference letters

Submit required documentation to:

Knox County SWCD
Attn: Tracey Johnson
604 S. Quail Run Road
Vincennes, In 47591

Or via email: tracey.johnson@in.nacdnet.net

Salary Range

Commensurate with experience.

Deadline for Consideration

Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled, but those received after June 16, 2017, will not be guaranteed consideration.

Prerequisite(s)

This position requires a satisfactory criminal history background check.

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