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Exciting things are happening with the Saving Tomorrow’s Agriculture Resources Initiative – two positions are open for applications!

The Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts is hiring an Illinois STAR Coordinator.

The Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District is hiring a STAR Operations Manager.

CCSWCD Hiring STAR Operations Manager

To meet state and national agricultural and conservation goals and sustainably feed a growing world population, agricultural conservation practices need to work at the field level. Communicating how conservation solves real issues farmers face, while also providing environmental benefits, will be key to long term adoption. The STAR Operations Manager will work closely with partners to implement and grow STAR. This will be accomplished by leading administrative and operational tasks, successfully seeking funding, and communicating the value of the STAR tool. The successful candidate will work with and provide support to conservation partners administering STAR to enhance initiative effectiveness. The STAR Operations Manager position is funded via a two-year grant, with the possibility for extension. This position is optionally remote, with occasional travel to the CCSWCD office, committee meetings, farmer/Licensee/Affiliate check-ins, etc. The anticipated start date will occur in January 2022. See the position announcement for more information. Please send a cover letter, resume, professional references, and desired salary to Erin Gundy, erin.bush@il.nacdnet.net, with the subject matter “STAR OM Position”. For full consideration, apply by December 14, 2021. Contact Erin for additional questions.

The 2021 Green Infrastructure & Erosion Control Conference was a success. The Champaign County Stormwater Partnership would like to thank the U of I Extension for helping with all the technical aspects of this virtual conference and we are also grateful to the speakers for sharing their expertise. The presentations can been found on the CC Stormwater Partnership website. Click the button below to watch a video recording of the conference.

In 1998, the Barnhart Family had a dream of creating a high quality prairie for future generations to experience. By early 2000, this became a reality when 80 acres were placed in a conservation easement held by the Champaign County SWCD. The overall project gained Nature Preserve status in fall of 2005. Since then, the prairie has thrived, but there have been challenges managing the property that have led to the introduction of this program. In an attempt to manage years of vandalism and trespassing, we are introducing a membership program. Click here for complete rules and membership form.