Water Resource Education Specialist

Overview

Date Posted:
1/12/2018
Job Code:
SpecP3Zdm
Location:
Soil & Water
Address:
3718 New Vision Dr
City:
Fort Wayne
Department:
Soil and Water Conservation District
Base Pay:
$20.15/hour
Closing Date:
Open until filled
Category:
Professional/Administrative

Description

 

This position is offered a comprehensive and competitive benefits package, which includes:

  • Medical, dental, vision and more
  • Generous paid time off and holidays
  • Retirement plan with up to 5% matching

This position is full-time, nonexempt, classified and covered as defined by The Board of Commissioners of the County of Allen Employee Handbook.

Hours are 8:00 am - 4:30 pm; Monday - Friday; 40 hours/week; overtime as required

Under the direction of the District Director of the Allen County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Water Resources Education Specialist carries out the annual work plan as established by the Allen County Partnership for Water Quality (ACPWQ) Board. The Education Specialist educates the public about the impacts polluted storm water run-off can have on water quality and ways the public can minimize their impact on storm water quality sufficient enough to satisfy local, state and federal regulatory and grant requirements.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Develops a public education and outreach program to inform citizens about the impacts polluted storm water run-off can have on water quality and ways they can minimize their impact on storm water quality as directed by the ACPWQ Board.
  • Provides opportunities for public participation and involvement in the storm water quality education program.
  • Develops and carries out activities aimed at educating all sectors of the public about various water resource and water quality issues.
  • Provides presentations and water quality information and outreach at fairs, festivals, expos, workshops and to community organizations, businesses, schools, residents, teachers and other agencies.
  • Prepares educational materials, letters, bill stuffers, brochures, articles, publications, videos and news releases that will serve the needs of the ACPWQ partners.
  • Develops and provides public service announcements and news articles on water quality topics and has a presence within social media outlets for educating users on water quality issues and activities.
  • Ensures that local media are made aware of the activities of the ACPWQ and advises ACPWQ partners on media relations.
  • Supports education and training efforts for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) entities regarding regulatory requirements for Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination, Construction and Post Construction, and Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping Minimum Control Measures.
  • Keeps elected officials and department supervisors updated on the activities and programs of the ACPWQ and provides water quality education and regulatory training to these individuals.
  • Provides an annual report outlining the activities accomplished during the course of each year to satisfy the MS4 regulatory requirements.
  • Provides support for work to satisfy grant related projects as necessary.
  • Attends trainings and conferences as required by ACPWQ Board.
  • Provides support for construction site inspections and GPS mapping as required.
  • Performs research on water resource and water quality issues.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned. Overtime as required.

 

Minimum Requirements and Working Conditions

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degrees in Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environmental Science, Public Relations/Communications, Education, Journalism or related field
  • Field work experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and the ability to create brochures and pamphlets
  • Strong presentation and training skills
  • Strong computer skills, including experience with  GPS meter, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher or PageMaker), web design software and related software to perform website administration
  • Ability to type at least 35 WPM
  • Working knowledge of geographic information system (GIS) based software
  • Specialized knowledge of the principles and practices of public information correspondence, including the ability to write news releases, public service announcements and speeches
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with  media, community organizations, and residents
  • Strong organizational and time management skills and the ability to work independently
  • Knowledge of water quality related issues and local, state and federal water quality regulatory requirements
  • Valid Indiana driver’s license for operating county-owned vehicle
  • Ability to use office equipment such as copier, scanner, printer, laptop and projector.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

The Water Resources Education Specialist works in an office environment, and sometimes outdoors, requiring sitting, standing and some walking. Some lifting (up to 40 pounds), bending, pushing/pulling loads, reaching overhead and kneeling, as well as some typing, monitoring equipment, detailed inspection and frequent attention to detail and transcription/proofreading required.