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170 Bostwick Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 257-2340
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The Tompkins County Soil & Water Conservation District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The District does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, citizenship, disability, marital status, pregnancy, application to or present membership in the uniformed services, veteran status, arrest or conviction record, genetic predisposition or carrier status, sexual orientation, or any other protected class or status. Likewise, the District prohibits employees, vendors, suppliers, visitors, customers, and any other non-employee from discriminating against District employees based on these protected groups. Discrimination based on any of the above is strictly prohibited. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, compensation, promotion, transfer, training, leave of absence, and termination.


Seasonal Worker


 A Seasonal Worker performs routine unskilled manual labor.  Seasonal Workers must possess physical endurance and a willingness to perform heavy and/or repetitive work in an outdoor work environment, occasionally in adverse weather conditions.  He or she will also be required to operate a pickup truck as necessary to carry tools, supplies and co-workers to and from a work site.  The incumbent works under the direct supervision of the Tompkins County Soil and Water Conservation District Manager.  The incumbent is required to perform any and all labor requested of him or her.


-Operates a pickup in support of project operations;

-Collects water samples and other water monitoring data;

-Load and operate hydroseeder for county hydroseeding program;

-Utilizes survey and GPS equipment to inventory and map culverts, catch basins, ditches, waterways, diversions and other conservation practices under direction of a supervisor;

-Support Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Program;

-Support Agricultural Environmental Management Program by collecting/compiling field data and maps;

-May be required to clean and maintain vehicles/equipment;

-Interact with partner agencies, to every reasonable extent, in accomplishing the goals of the District;

-Performs any and all routine labor as directed by a supervisor.


-Ability to follow instructions;

-Ability to lift heavy weights;

-Ability and willingness to work in adverse weather conditions;

-Physical endurance;

-The employee's physical condition shall be commensurate with the demands of the position.


There are no minimum requirements to be employed in this position.


Possession of a valid Class D or higher New York State Driver's License at the time of application and maintenance of such license for the duration of employment.


Hourly wage of $15 per hour.


Fill out online application at the following website:


Nutrient Management Specialist




(a)   Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Systems, Environmental Studies, Soil Science, Soil and Water Science, Soil Conservation or a closely related field; OR


 (b)  Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered two-year college with an associate's degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Systems, Environmental Studies, Soil Science, Soil and Water Science, Soil Conservation or a closely related field AND two years of experience involving responsibility to develop nutrient and soils management plans and procedures designed to protect a municipal watershed; OR


(c)    Any combination of training and experience equal to or greater than that described in (a) and (b) above.


SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: A valid New York State driver's license is required at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout the duration of employment.




The employee must provide protective wear as may be required, such as rain gear and steel-toed boots.  A NYS Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planner (CNMP) certification is desired for this position.




This position exists in the Tompkins County Soil and Water Conservation District and involves responsibility for the performance of technical activities related to nutrient management conservation practices on privately owned land and for conducting field surveys, design and supervision of related conservation projects.  The work is performed under the general supervision of the Conservation District Manager with wide leeway allowed for the exercise of independent judgment.  The incumbent will perform all related duties as required.




Completes surveys and design of soil and nutrient conservation projects;

Prepares maps and specifications for conservation projects;

Collects data for the purpose of design and cost estimation of nutrient management projects;

Reviews plans and offers advice to landowners concerning nutrient management when conservation practices need installation and/or maintenance;

Completes field layout for nutrient management conservation projects;

Incorporates nutrient management plans into the conservation plans as prepared by the Conservation District;

Assists landowners with the interpretation of nutrient management plans;

Conducts annual follow-up review to help farmers keep nutrient management plans current;

Assists farmers in collecting manure and soil samples properly and prepares nutrient management plans to incorporate their use in day-to-day operations;

Promotes the concept of nutrient management planning by speaking to groups of concerned citizens;

Maintains records and prepares reports related to the work.




Working knowledge of the principles and practices of agribusiness;

Working knowledge of materials and procedures used in the construction of drainage systems, ponds, forest plantings and other conservation projects related to nutrient management;

Working knowledge of the principles of agronomy and agrology;

Working knowledge of mathematics including geometry and trigonometry;

Working knowledge of engineering surveying;

Ability to get along well with others;

Ability to read and interpret maps and surveying documents;

Ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions;

Manual dexterity;

Mechanical aptitude;


The employee’s physical and mental condition shall be commensurate with the demands of the position, either with or without reasonable accommodations.


Fill out online application at the following website:

*No emailed or faxed applications will be considered

Call for more information: (607) 257-2340