Job Opportunity - Stearns SWCD Survey and AutoCAD Civil 3D Design Technician
Position Title: Survey and AutoCAD Civil 3D Design TechnicianPosition Location: Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District, Waite Park, MNEmployment Terms: Full-time (3 years with additional funding being pursued) Starting Pay Range: Starting salary based on qualifications and experience
Position Purpose: The purpose of this position is to provide natural resource engineering assistance for survey and design to the Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District. The technician will work closely with the Stearns County SWCDs' Advanced Engineering Technician and Shoreland Specialist, and the WCTSA Engineering staff. The main responsibilities will be to produce AutoCAD Civil 3D designs that will be shared with landowners that have requested technical assistance. Anticipated beginning salary, dependent on qualifications, approximately $33,000/yr.
Application Closing Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 (application must be post marked by 4/8/15)Interview Date: Monday, April 20, 2015 (Successful candidates will be notified)
To download the application and job description please click here
Remember to Order Your Rain Barrel or Compost Bin
This spring, the Recycling Association of Minnesota is working to bring residents affordable rain barrels and compost bins.
There are many economic and environmental benefits to using rain barrels and compost bins, a few are:
1. When you use a rain barrel, you will conserve water by using the rain water rather than from the spigot (which you pay for). It can also help with storm water management on your property in conjunction with your neighbor! It can also reduce storm water runoff, which can be a major pollution contributor to waterways.
2. By using a compost bin you can reduce more than 25% of your waste from going to a landfill which saves you money!
These compost bins and rain barrels are made from recycled content and are extremely affordable. Compost bins are only $55 and rain barrels are $69.
To order your rainbarrel or compost bin go to: RecycleMinnesota.org.
Stearns SWCD is taking Tree Orders for Spring Delivery!
The Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District tree program was developed to provide landowners with an affordable and convenient way to purchase trees and shrubs for conservation practices, such as windbreaks, shelterbelts, living snowfences and wildlife habitat.
The tree program is on a first come, first serve basis. Payment in full is due with your order. You will be notified by post card when the trees can be picked up in Albany (usually end of April or beginning of May).
Trees are sold in bundles of 25 with a minimum order of 2 bundles (50 trees). CHECK AVAILBILITY HERE: click here for more info.
The MN DNR is also currently accepting tree orders (min purchase is 500 trees). more info.
Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District Receives the 2014 Climate Adaptation Award
Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has been recognized and celebrated as a leader in education, research, and practice development in advanced, and implemented climate adaptation strategies in Minnesota. Read the entire Story
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The Lake Koronis Project
The Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has received a Clean Water Partnership Grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to work with the public in an effort to protect and/or improve the water quality of Lake Koronis. Click here for more information.
Local Area Chosen as Pilot for Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program
The Middle Sauk River in Stearns County was recently selected to be one of 4 pilot areas for the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program. This voluntary effort is the results of local-state-federal partnerships and looks to accelerate water quality improvements while recognizing the efforts of our local producers. The photo shows Stearns County SWCD Board member Chuck Uphoff with Governor Mark Dayton and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (seated) at the pilot area announcement event.
For more information on this new program please contact the Stearns SWCD office at 320-251-7800 Ext. 3 or you can read more on the Mn Department of Agriculture website here.
Fitting Cover Crops into Your Rotation
Cover crops are an excellent way to build organic matter, protect soil from erosion, fight weeds, capture nutrients, and even provide supplemental forage; they help mimic a natural system where there is cover year round when interseeded into or planted after cash crops. When planting cover crops you can look at your specific goals and consider legumes for a nitrogen source, nutrient recovery and increased infiltration with deep rooted brassicas (i.e. turnips and radishes), or try a mixture that will cover multiple resource concerns. One helpful tool is the Cover Crop Decision Tool offered by the Midwest Cover Crops Council http://www.mccc.msu.edu/index.htm.
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FREE posters available!
The On-Farm Network® is here.
The Stearns County SWCD is partnering with the On-Farm Network® to assist farmers in implementing stalk nitrate evaluations to help them fine tune Nitrogen management in corn production. Click here for more information.
Learn about Pheasants Forever.
Check out the video at the bottom of the Pheasants Forever page. Click here...
Want to learn about the soil on your property?
Check out the Web Soil Survey Click here...
Department of Natural Resources is taking tree orders (minimum order 500 trees). Click here for more information.
Mississippi River Basin Initiative Program
The Stearns SWCD and partners have been awarded over $4 million for projects that will protect and restore the waters of the Sauk River. Working with many partners, the SWCD will provide assistance to producers to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus while supporting agricultural productively and wildlife habitat. Learn more...