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Job Title: Natural Resource Specialist

Posting Expires: Open Until Filled

Location: Rensselaer, IN

Position Type: Full-Time

Salary: $40,000-$47,000

HR Contact: Lana Zimmer, Vice-Chair

Date Posted: 2/25/2022

EMAIL: jaspercountysoilandwater@gmail.com

ONLINE: jaspercountyswcd.org

MAIL: Jasper County Soil & Water Conservation District
211 East Drexel Parkway, Rensselaer, IN 47978


Job Description


Under the guidance of Jasper County SWCD Board of Supervisors and District Executive Director, with direction by the Jasper County Commissioners, the Natural Resource Specialist will be responsible for assisting in the planning and implementation of countywide projects that will increase the adoption of practices and systems that improve soil and water health in both rural and urban landscapes. The Natural Resource Specialist will be responsible for effective development and communication of technical data as related to soil and water resources to identify local needs and solutions. With those in mind, the Natural Resource Specialist will assist in finding outside funding and help to oversee grant funded projects that will address resource concerns. Other responsibilities include assisting with the planning and facilitation of District information/outreach efforts, including cultivating relationships among local farmers and landowners, outside organizations, media, and public officials. The Natural Resource Specialist will also work directly with other partnering agencies to achieve the District’s goals.


  • Bachelor's Degree in a natural resources field such as agriculture, agronomy, hydrology, biology, environmental science and have two years relevant experience.

  • Knowledge and experience with GIS

  • Expertise in water and soil health principles.

  • Knowledge and experience with invasive species

  • Working knowledge of farming practices and technologies

  • Strong ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing

  • Strong facilitation, leadership, and teamwork skills

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

  • Ability to track multiple projects, meetings, and schedules

  • Valid driver’s license and willingness to travel

  • Willingness to meet all county employee policies and requirements


  • Experience in grant writing and implementation

  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local conservation agencies and programs


  • Reports to the Board of Supervisors and District Executive Director

  • A federal background check will be required for use of computer network system

  • Full time position as a county employee with full benefits. Salary may be additionally subsidized with grant funding depending upon qualifications.