Soil & Water Conservation Executive Director

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Job Opening: Soil & Water Conservation Executive Director
Department: Soil & Water Conservation
Opening Date: October 25, 2023
Salary: $83,501.00 Annually / $45.88 Hourly


The Soil and Water Conservation Director is responsible and accountable for the operation of the Delaware County Conservation District. This position must ensure that the District’s mission, policies and goals are implemented effectively and efficiently.

A criminal background check is required.

This job requires the following documents to be obtained, reviewed as acceptable and re-obtained every five years: PA Child Abuse, PA Criminal History and FBI Criminal History.

Essential Duties

Implementation of delegation of authority agreements with the PA. Department of Environmental Protection dealing with Erosion and Sediment Control of Earth Disturbing Activities.

Administration of National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permitting for all Construction activities greater than 1 acre of earth disturbance.

Implementation of a General Permitting Program for Streams Obstruction and Encroachments as well as impacts to wetlands.

Coordinator for Stormwater Discharge Permit for Delaware County.

Prepare the District’s budget, yearly goals, long-range goals and other items for the Board of Directors.

Prepare each program’s quarterly report.

Evaluate progress and accomplishments to ensure that the District’s obligations are met.

Provide continuity and coordination between various District programs.

Identify and resolve cross-jurisdictional conflicts, interagency policy issues, and federal, state and local rules and regulations in order to effect local natural resource problem-solving.

Prepare grant applications, funding requests, budgets, reimbursement requests and program reports.

Responsible for recruiting and employing staff.

Oversee District staff’s daily activities.

Develop and delegate District’s goals, actions and responsibilities to appropriate staff.

Resolve any interpersonal and personnel issues.

Ensure that District directors are informed and educated on conservation issues and programs.

Develop meeting agendas, provide background research, and prepare a synopsis of issues to ensure that directors can make informed decisions and policies to guide the district.

Coordinate any and all obligations that the District Board makes in establishing policies, goals and other conservation businesses.

Ensure that the District meets its obligations under any delegation agreements.

Provide leadership and technical expertise in order to solve problems within the District.

Work with agencies and groups to provide sustainable use of natural resources.

Coordinate technical and design assistance for more complex farm operations and erosion and sediment control problems.

Coordinate the Stormwater Management Education Program in Delaware County and provide technical assistance to resolve problems.

Perform other duties, tasks and special projects, as required.

Qualifications / Requirements

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Three years of job-related experience.

Five years of supervisory experience.

Experience with land development and review of civil engineering plans.

Exceptional ability to assess an organization’s needs and priorities.

Excellent ability to analyze complex issues.

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

Exceptional ability to communicate effectively at all levels of the organization.

Excellent time management skills.

Strong interpersonal skills.

Effective negotiation skills.

Strong leadership skills.

Strong working knowledge of budgets, spreadsheets and interpreting audits.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Exhibits sound and accurate judgment.

Ability to maintain confidential information and handle confidential matters.

Sound fiscal planning skills.

Familiar with grant program guidelines and management principles.

General understanding of Human Resource guidelines.

A valid driver’s license is required.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge & Experience

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Environmental Resource Planning or related field.

Three years of natural resource experience.

Working knowledge of the Pennsylvania Environmental Rules and Regulations.

Working knowledge of a specific technical discipline such as agricultural, urban erosion and sediment control, stormwater management, watershed planning, etc.

Sound management skills with thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration.

Excellent strategic planning skills.

Strong project management skills.

Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

Ability to speak in public.

Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views.

Ability to work on conceptual design and policy development on a team.

Familiar with the workings of local government.

Strong motivational and mediation skills.

Experience working with volunteers.

Strong work ethic.

Ability to make firm, unbiased decisions.

Demonstrates integrity and honesty.

Ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.

Ability to handle and resolve recurring problems.

Computer Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have:

Basic Word skills

Basic Excel skills

Basic Access Skills

Basic PowerPoint skills

Basic Outlook skills (Email and Calendar)

Internet Explorer (for research purposes)

DocuWare – Software to manage our record storage

Blue Beam – Technical Review Tool

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, talk and hear, and drive a truck. Occasionally, the employee will need to reach above shoulders; kneel, stoop, crouch or squat; and work with an uncommon level of noise. On rare occasions, the employee will need to work with arms above shoulder height; bend at the waist or work bent at the waist; climb stairs; lift up to 30 pounds for a height of up to 40 inches; and carry up to 20 pounds for a distance of up to 50 feet.

There are no special vision requirements listed for this position.

Work Environment

The noise level in the work environment will range from moderate to loud.

Employee will occasionally be exposed to rain, sleet or snow.

There will be exposure to livestock and manure.

There will be exposure to blowing dust from construction sites.


Ability to work extended hours, as necessary.

This position requires professionalism.

Confidentiality is key to this position.

Occasional weekend and over-night travel.

Residence Requirement: The County of Delaware has a residency requirement for employees. Anyone applying for this job must reside in Delaware County or be willing to move to the County within three months of starting employment.


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