Water Resource Specialist

Butler Soil & Water Conservation District Published: May 27, 2020
Hamilton, Ohio
Job Type
Natural Resources/ Restoration /

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~ The mission of the Butler Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is to promote the conservation, restoration, and responsible use of our natural resources through technical assistance and education. ~

Position Overview

Offered by the Butler SWCD, the Water Resource Specialist role is is a full-time permanent position with both technical and educational responsibilities and is subject to a six-month probationary period. The position will be under the administrative supervision of the SWCD Board of Supervisors and the day-to-day supervision of the District Director. The successful candidate will be trained by District and State personnel.

  • The Water Resource Specialist position will be charged with assisting in implementing and updating an effective urban and water resource conservation program.
  • Workload activities will focus on the coordination of specific water quality and restoration programs, watershed inventories, assisting with natural resource reviews and services as assigned, and advising residents on best management practices.
  • This position will also be responsible for providing educational workshops and programs.


Applicants should have an Associate Degree or higher in an environmental field of study or equivalent of five years of related work experience. A successful candidate would demonstrate skills, knowledge, and experience they have in the following areas:

Administrative background:

  • Self-motivation
  • Organization skills
  • Group/team leadership
  • Oral and written communication with government officials, contractors and private landowners
  • Ability to present adult education workshops and other various presentations

Technical background:

  • Evaluate the implementation/maintenance of best management practices (BMPs)
  • Familiarity with topographic and watershed mapping
  • Understanding of drainage and erosion principles
  • Comprehension of engineering design/construction drawings, plats, and terminology
  • Comprehension of stream morphology, soils, and geology

Computer background:

  • Microsoft Office (Word, Access, Excel, & Powerpoint)
  • Experienced with ArcView GIS
  • AutoCAD and related surveying and design abilities is a plus

Other Qualifications:

  • Competent communication skills, written and oral, with an ability to work with a variety of public officials, community partners, watershed groups, builders and private landowners.
  • Competent organizational and time management skills with self-motivation.
  • Applicants should have an Associate or B.S. Degree in an environmental field of study or five years of related work experience.
  • Knowledge of topographic and watershed mapping, along with an understanding of drainage, erosion, and geomorphology principles.
  • Knowledge of computer and technology skills, additional consideration with skills in engineering, design and geographical systems.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Experience operating a truck and trailer.

Note: Job applicant, after receiving a conditional offer, must successfully pass a background check and a drug test before employment as determined by the board of supervisors.


  • Salary range is $37,000- $41,000 and will be based on experience, education, and skill level.
  • Benefits include participation in the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, vacation, sick leave, paid holidays and workers compensation

To Apply

  • Please click "Apply" below to email your application materials to:
  • Kelly Crout, Butler SWCD District Director, 1802 Princeton Road, Suite 300, Hamilton, Ohio 45011
  • Applications accepted through Friday, June 19, 2020 at 4:30 pm

Applicants must provide the following:

All programs, services, and activities of the Butler SWCD and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, or handicap.

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