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MS4 Conservationist Job Description

General Job Description

The MS4 conservationist will provide soil and water related technical assistance to land users in the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) areas of St. Joseph County. This assistance will include reviewing erosion and sediment control plans, conducting construction site inspections, and reporting activities and compliance to the St. Joseph County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Plan Review Board, and MS4 operators.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • 1)

    Review erosion and sediment control plans for developments within the designated MS4 areas.

  • 2)

    Develop a detailed tracking system for projects from when erosion and sediment plans are received through to completion of projects. Completion is defined as the time at which a site is stable with appropriate vegetative cover and the risk of erosion is eliminated.

  • 3)

    Conduct site inspections per the County Ordinance and design guidelines to ensure compliance with the approved Sediment and Erosion Control Permits and plans within the designated MS4 areas.

  • 4)

    Prepare and distribute detailed written reports that explain a deficiency in plans or during construction and offer recommendations to rectify those deficiencies, bringing the project into compliance.

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    Follow-up with deficiencies to make sure plans are corrected and sites meet compliance.

  • 6)

    Assist in providing education/training for developers/site owners and general public in

the designated MS4 areas as to new requirements for construction

7) Report activities and compliance to SWCD, Plan Review Board and MS4 operators, and attend SWCD and Plan Review Board meetings.

  • 8)

    Write newsletters and develop other educational material as required by the MS4 entities.

  • 9)

    Perform related duties, as assigned.

Educational Requirements

A Bachelor of Science degree from and accredited university or college in natural resources, environmental or earth sciences or an equivalent in-depth specialized training program.

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