The Big Picture

Think of all we value in the landscapes that enfold us here in southwestern Vermont:

  • Our streams, rivers and lakes - the clean waters they transport, the opportunities for recreation they provide, the organisms (trout! loons!) that live in them.
  • The forests that cloak our Green Mountains and Taconics - the natural areas and wildlife habitats they represent, the clean air and dark skies they protect, the timber and other resources they offer.
  • Our working farms - the fresh and healthy products of all kinds they make available to us, the agricultural economy they sustain, the scenic vistas they preserve.

The Bennington County Conservation District works to conserve them all, for all of us.

IN THE NEWS

BCCD has been awarded a grant to produce designs for “greenwater infrastructure” at the school and library complex on East Arlington Rd. in Arlington. When built (the next step and a year or two away), the rain garden and grassed basins and swales will cleanse runoff before it leaves the parking lot, reducing pollutant loads to the Batten Kill.

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BCCD seeks applicants for District Manager position.

Job Title: District Manager
Location:
Bennington, VT (Hours are very flexible.)
How to apply: Please direct questions and send resumes with references to bccd@sover.net.

Review of applications begins August 1. The position begins in September. This posting is open until filled.

Position Description: The Bennington County Conservation District (BCCD) seeks to fill a half time District Manager position in southwestern Vermont. The District Manager will work on a diverse range of projects related to environmental stewardship and the promotion of rural livelihoods on working lands, farms, forests, and rivers in Bennington County.

Qualified applicants will be highly motivated self-starters; able to work independently and collaborate with partners; work in indoor and outdoor environments; and have excellent communication, organization, administrative, and project management skills. The position starts as a half time position with a starting wage of $16.00 per hour, with opportunity to grow for the right candidate. A health insurance stipend may be added instead to the base hourly wage.

Qualifications:
- Background in natural resources or environmental sciences and an exposure to agriculture. (A bachelor’s or master’s degree is preferred. Equivalent experience will be considered.)
- Ability to learn and to assist landowners, municipalities, and partner organizations comply with federal and state rules and policies regarding natural resources
- Able to address non-regulated natural resource issues of many kinds with a variety of audiences.
- Attention to detail and ability to oversee multiple projects concurrently.
- Strong interpersonal, grant writing, research, communication, and fundraising skills.
- Robust computer skills. Experience with Arcmap and basic bookkeeping software is desired.

Geographic Region: BCCD serves residents, landowners, municipalities, and partner organizations in the 14 towns comprising Bennington County.

Recent projects:
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Anchoring the steering committee for the Cooperative Invasive Species Management Association for the Batten Kill (CISMA), and assisting in supervising the CISMA coordinator in their shared office space.
- Working with partners to find funding for and to plant a buffer along the Batten Kill.
- Securing funding to work with road crews to address stormwater runoff in several communities.
- Assisting partners in providing outreach regarding emerald ash borer.
- Cultivating the creation of a landowner consortium to manage Japanese knotweed on a Batten Kill tributary.
- Conserving and helping develop a 168-acre natural area in Bennington.

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Do you have knotweed on your land?
In November, Chris Polatin of Polatin Ecological Services made a presentation on managing Japanese knotweed to the group of landowners in Sandgate and Arlington. You can view the presentation here.