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Seeking Resource Conservationist

The Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking a full time Resource Conservationist to administer and implement soil and water conservation practices in accordance with the goals set by the Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors. The position includes, but is not limited to field investigations, conservation design preparation per established standards, educational activities for youth and adults, grant writing, grant reporting, and coordinating activities among our partners and committees.

The successful candidate must be self motivated, organized and able to work independently with strong oral and written communication skills. Knowledge of the SWCD, NRCS and IDOA structure is desirable.  Meetings outside of normal business hours are sometimes required.  Salary is commensurate with education and experience.  Employees are given a yearly contract with funding dependent upon government allocations and grants.  A valid driver’s license and proof of vehicle insurance are required.  Some, mostly local, travel is required and mileage is reimbursed by the employer.  Employment is contingent upon receiving a satisfactory score on the United States Department of Agriculture background check.  This is necessary for access to the USDA computer network that is used for this position.

The Champaign County SWCD is accepting resumes through November 2nd, 2018.  All interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and references to Attn: Renee Weitekamp, 2110 W Park Court, Ste C, Champaign, IL 61821. Inquiries can be made to Joe Rothermel, Chairman at 

The Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.  The District is a local unit of government with offices in the USDA Champaign Service Center with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.



S.T.A.R. for 2018

The S.T.A.R. program is now open for the 2018 Crop Year after a very successful 2017 inaugural year. There were 104 fields rated for
78 different individuals, including 30 from 14 other counties! Some of those counties will have their own licensed S.T.A.R. program in 2018.
In May, we received a formal endorsement from Director Raymond Poe of the Illinois Department of Agriculture that can be viewed here.


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St. Joseph Wetland Restoration and Education Project Update:

The CCSWCD is working to complete the educational center at our St. Joseph Wetland site.  Construction began this spring, and the 90' long concrete entrance of Illinois Route 150 is complete.  Donations are being accepted from those who want to be part of this exciting opportunity for environmental education and enjoyment. The education center will include a permeable pavement for parking, bio-retention basins and raingardens, educational signage around a viewing area and seating benches built by high school students at St. Joseph-Ogden.  The site has already been used by many groups and individuals, and the local Boy Scout troop, along with others, will be part of completing the center. Please help us bring this premier outdoor classroom to life so all can learn about the flora and fauna of a wetland.  To learn more, please check out our history and plans for education at the St. Joseph Wetland Restoration and Education Site. 


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CCSWCD Annual Meeting

12:00 pm - 02:00 pm