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.


This position requires a satisfactory criminal history background check.

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April Weed of the Month: Periwinkle

See our April Weed of the Month fact-sheet here.

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75th Anniversary Annual Meeting!

We will be holding a special annual meeting this year to celebrate our 75th anniversary as a Soil and Water Conservation District! Tickets are free, but please RSVP by Wednesday, February 22nd. We need a head count in order to have enough food! Contact Tracey Johnson at tracey.johnson@in.nacdnet.net or (812) 882-8210 x 3.

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February Weed of the Month: Garlic Mustard

Check out the Weed of the Month fact sheet on Garlic Mustard here.

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Knox County Invasive Plant Species Management Cost Share Program

The Knox County Soil & Water Conservation District is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for its new Invasive Plant Species Management Cost Share Program on private lands. We are targeting landowners with natural areas (e.g. woods, wetlands, glades, prairies) of 1 to 10 acres (if more than 10, we recommend applying for the NRCS’ EQIP program; our office can help you with this process as well).

The Knox County SWCD plans to award $3,000 in cost share this year. Applications will be ranked by: quality of the area, quality of the nearby area, size of area, and specific invasive species found. High scores for quality of the area, quality of the nearby area, and threat of the invasive species found at the site will be reflected in a higher ranking of the cost share application. A larger treatment area (up to ~10 ac.) will also improve an applicant’s ranking. Applications will be discussed first at the Knox County Cooperative Weed Management Area meetings, and recommendations made at these meetings will go to the SWCD board for final approval.

Please contact Will Drews for more information at willem.drews@in.nacdnet.net or (812) 882-8210 ext. 119 or just drop by our office at 604 S. Quail Run Rd., Vincennes, IN 47591.

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January Weed of the Month: Tree of Heaven

View the fact sheet here.

A Tree of Heaven stand along a creek in Vincennes

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Tri-County SWCD’s host Cover Crop Breakfast: 2/9/17

Through a partnership with the Alcoa Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and the Soil & Water Conservation Districts of Pike, Dubois and Gibson Counties, there will be a Cover Crop Breakfast on Thursday, February 9th, 2017. This event is FREE to area producers who have a valued interest in improving their soil health and natural resources. A PARP credit has also been approved for this event.
Featured speakers include Ronan Cummins, an independent Crop Consultant and owner of Agronomy One, LLC out of Owensboro, Kentucky and Maria Restrepo-Turner, Pike County Purdue Cooperative Extension Agent.
Agenda for the morning event starts with: (please note – all times eastern)

7:30am – Registration
& Breakfast
8:30am – “Cover Crop Termination” Ronan Cummins – 30 minutes w/ Q & A to follow 9:15am – “Insect
Issues in Crops” Ronan Cummins – 30 minutes w/ Q & A to follow
10:00am – PARP “Utilizing Precision Ag to comply with setback distances” – Maria Turner, Purdue
11:00am – Dismiss
The breakfast will be held at the Jefferson Township Community Center in Otwell, Indiana with the Schnitzelbank catering a hearty breakfast fit for any producer! If you are attending for a PARP credit, it is required that you bring your PARP applicator card and $10 cash or check. Checks can be made payable to the Pike County Purdue Extension.
Again, this event is free however RSVP’s are required for catering purposes and can be made at www.alcoabreakfast.eventbrite.com or by calling the Pike County SWCD at 812-354-6120 ex.3; the Gibson County SWCD at 812-385-5033 ex. 3 or the Dubois County SWCD at 812-482-1171 ex.3. If you need assistance or dietary needs, please contact the Pike County SWCD at the number listed above.
In the event that the area has inclement weather, posting will be made on the SWCD’s Facebook pages and via email using the Eventbrite registration system.

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Weed of the Month for December 2016: Wintercreeper

Here’s a link to the fact sheet:

Weed of the Month for December 2016

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October 2016 Weed of the Month: Japanese Stiltgrass


Check out this pdf for information on Japanese Stiltgrass: October 2016 Weed of the Month

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Knox County CWMA’s Pulling for Bats!


When: October 29th from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Where: The Nature Center at Ouabache Trails (3500 N. Lower Fort Knox Rd., Vincennes, IN 47591)

Contact: Will Drews @ willem.drews@in.nacdnet.net or (812) 882-8210 ext. 119

Details: Our bats eat tons of insects.  But, they have a harder time finding healthy food when invasive plants are around. Join us for Bat Week 2016, an annual, celebration of the role of bats in nature.  You can make a difference by helping remove pesky invasive plants in our county park making it healthier for bats and other wildlife. We will begin with a short introduction and talk about bats and invasive plants in Knox County, followed by the plant pull. We will provide refreshments and equipment. Please wear sturdy shoes, clothing you’re willing to work in, and bring your own gloves.


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