Benton SWCD

Welcome to the Benton Soil & Water Conservation District


14 2nd Avenue West
Foley, MN 56329


Phone: (320) 968-5300 Ext. 3
Fax: (855) 739-3983

job opening

         District Technician

The Benton Soil and Water Conservation District is hiring a regular full time Technician. Tasks may include, but are not limited to:

Assists landowners in planning conservation measures for their property meet landowner and conservation goals.

  • Provides coordination for various local, state and federal programs as assigned.
  • Designs and supervises the installation of conservation practices. Examples include: filter strips, water and sediment control basins, diversions, animal waste control facilities, pasture management, tree and grass plantings, shore land buffers, urban and residential best management practices and other conservation practices.
  • Assists with implementation of the Local Water Plan.
  • Assists in delivering educational programs to students and adults in the county.
  • Assist with numerous other assigned duties.

A Four-year degree in Natural Resources or related field, or applicable work experience is required. A vehicle and a valid Minnesota Drivers' License are also required. To apply submit an employment application, letter of introduction and resume to Benton SWCD, 14 2nd Ave W. Foley, MN 56329 by 4:00 pm, Thursday, October 29, 2015. Application materials can be picked up at 14 2nd Ave W. Foley, MN or click on the links below.

Individuals needing reasonable accommodations to complete an application or attend an interview should contact Gerry Maciej, District Manager at (320) 968-5300, ext. 3 for arrangements.


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Benton SWCD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Candidates will be considered without discrimination for an non-merit reason such as race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or familial status or membership or non-membership in an employee organization.


Ag Weather Network

Two Campbell Scientific Weather Stations were installed in the fall of 2014. These Weather Stations were built at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. This project is funded through Benton SWCD/NRCS & Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Campbell Scientific has implemented their weather stations to obtain meteorological data for teaching and research. The weather station sensors measure air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, wind direction, solar radiation, precipitation, and barometric pressure. 2015 Weather Station

The information gathered from the weather stations will be used for Irrigation Scheduler Program to calculate evapotranspiration (ET). ET is the process of transferring moisture from the earth to the atmosphere by evaporation of water and transpiration from plants.  Click on the link below to access the ag weather network.  











Cover Crops for Sustainable Crop Rotations

                                     Cover Crop 8.28.15          

Cover Crops are an indispensable tool. They are planted to slow erosion, improve soil health, enhance water availability, smother weeds, help control pest and diseases, increase biodiversity, and bring a host of other benefits to your farm.   Click here to learn more.

Outstanding Conservationist recognized at State Convention

12/18/2014 - Mark & Pam Skroch and family of Rice were recently honored as outstanding conservationists at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, December 7-9, 2014 in Bloomington, Minn. They were selected by the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) for the award.

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