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Conservation Intern

Sauk County Personnel

  • Location: FITCHBURG, WI
  • Post Date: 1/15/2019
Salary: $12.00 Hourly
Job Type: Non-Exempt
Job Number: 2412
Location: West Square Building 505 Broadway Baraboo
Department: Conservation, Planning and Zoning


The purpose of the Conservation Intern is to provide assistance for conservation activities on behalf of Sauk County, such as conservation engineering or conservation planning. This is a full-time internship for the summer of 2019 (June through August).

Essential Duties

Assist with whole farm inventories to gather existing site conditions and recommend conservation practices to address identified resource concerns and to comply with state statutes and administrative codes, and Sauk County Chapter 26 Agricultural Performance Standards and Manure Management Ordinance.

Operate survey equipment, conduct soil investigations, and utilize computer design programs such as AutoCAD design software and ArcMap GIS to design and develop maps and construction plans for conservation practices that meet NRCS Technical Standards.

Stake out soil and water conservation practices, assist with construction oversight, approve material uses and certify project installation.

Assist landowners with developing and implementing conservation plans, managed grazing plans, and nutrient management plans that meet NRCS technical standards utilizing programs such as Snap Plus, ArcMap GIS, and AutoCAD designs software.

Utilize modeling software (BARNY, BERT, RUSLE2, Snap Plus, etc.) to evaluate project outcomes based on phosphorus and sediment reduction and for use in progress reports for applicable projects.

Implement annual surface water quality monitoring program utilizing Wisconsin's Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methodology (WisCALM) to measure and document water quality parameters.

Additional Tasks

Assist with the facilitation, coordination, and implementation of adult and youth informational and educational activities, including but not limited to: newsletters, list serves, field days, pasture walks, tours, workshops, and other public speaking events.

Assist with department recycling and disposal programs including Clean Sweep and Agricultural Plastics Collection events.

Monitor cropland and livestock facilities to ensure practices for applicable State or County programs were installed correctly and functioning as intended.

Complete annual countywide transect survey to estimate soil loss amounts and identify opportunities to address resource concerns.

Perform other duties as assigned

Minimum Training and Education

Required: Must be in the process of obtaining a graduate, undergraduate, orassociate's degree in Agriculture, Natural Resources, SoilScience, Geography, Land Use Planning, or another related field

Licenses/Certifications: Valid Wisconsin State Motor Vehicle License

Preferred: Junior or senior level undergraduate student, or graduate student

Any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.

Due to the limited number of hours for this position, benefits are not available.

Sauk County Personnel