Benton SWCD

Welcome to the Benton Soil & Water Conservation District


14 2nd Avenue West
Foley, MN 56329


Phone: (320) 968-5300 Ext. 3


Proudly serving Benton County since 1948


job opening

         Watershed Technician

The Benton Soil and Water Conservation District is hiring a regular full time Watershed Technician. Duration dependent on grant funding, which has been secured for approximately 2 years.  Tasks may include, but are not limited to:

This position coordinates activities of the Elk River Watershed Association in Benton and Sherburne counties and works under the activites listed in the 2017 Clean Water Fund grant work plan.  The Elk River Watershed Association is a joint powers board whose members include Benton and Sherburne Counties and SWCDs.  Its purpose is to coordinate actions related to common activities in the Sherburne and Benton County comprehensive local water management plans, reduce property damage and the negative water quality impacts caused by flooding, and protect water resources that meet state water quality standards, improve water resources that don't meet state water quality standards and evaluate the quality of surface water.  A detailed list of duties and qualifications can be found on the position description.  A diverse background in watershed management and an understanding of water quality principles is desired.  Diversity in responsibilities should be expected.  Typical duties may include:

Typical duties may include:

  • Coordinate activities associated with the 2017 Clean Water Fund grant "Elk River Strategic BMP Assessments"
    • Facilitate Elk River Watershed Association board meetings
    • Develop relationships with land operators in the Elk River Watershed in Benton and Sherburne Counties and assess individual sites for potential environmental improvements practices
    • Complete designs for needed Best Management Practices identified during the farm visits and provide technical assistance during their installation
    • Develop and coordinate outreach activities related to Elk River Watershed Association and grant activities
    • Perform administrative duties associated with the grant including financial tracking and reporting
    • Develop and coordinate a program that will assess the effectiveness of conservation activities related to phosphorus reduction in the watershed.

A Bachelor's degree in the natural resources field such as resource conservation/management, watershed management, hydrology, or related field of study.  Applicable experience in soil and water resource management may be substituted for minimum educational requirements.  A vehicle and a valid Minnesota Class D Drivers' License are also required. Additional qualifications can be found on the position description.  Supply an employment application, letter of introduction and resume to the above address by 4:00 p.m., Thursday, March 9, 2017. 

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.


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2017 Trees Available to Order Now!

1/31/2017 - Tree Status:   We have sold out of the Black Chokeberry.

10/26/2016 - The Benton SWCD is pleased to announce the start of the 2017 tree ordering season has begun. All Benton County residents should have received a green tree order form in the mail this week. If you do not receive one, the order form can be picked up at our office or can be downloaded from our website at trees are available on a first come first served basis, so place orders early for best selection.

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