Visit Madison SWCD’s Booth at County Fair

The Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) invites fairgoers to stop by their booth in the Farm Bureau building during the 2024 Madison County Fair.

Since 2015, the Madison County Farm Bureau has shared their space with Madison SWCD, which will be staffing a booth Wednesday through Saturday.

This year, the Badger Creek Lake Watershed Model will be on display to show how water runs off the land, into the creek, and eventually flows to the lake. Visitors can also take a quiz to test their knowledge and win prizes!  There will be free Water Cycle posters available, as well as conservation-themed temporary tattoos. 

There will also be an opportunity to learn about the North and Middle Rivers Watershed Management Authority, which recently received a grant to develop a Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan and is seeking public input.

Madison SWCD also encourages the public to attend the Conservation Awards presentation on Wednesday, July 17 at 5:45 p.m. at the North Show Ring (before the Queen and King Contest). This year, the SWCD is recognizing the Kincade Farmland Trust for their land stewardship efforts. 

Madison SWCD’s booth at County Fair is a great place to learn more about the Conservation District and its programs and activities in Madison County; or visit www.madison-swcd.org for more information. Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Job Opening: District Soil and Water Resource Technician position – Apply by June 17

Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District has a job opening for a District Soil and Water Resource Technician.  This position will work together with Madison SWCD’s partners at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to provide technical assistance to landowners and farm operators in Madison County by assisting with the planning, design, and implementation of conservation practices, and other activities that advance Madison SWCD’s mission and goals. 

This position provides an excellent opportunity gain experience in the field of natural resources and conservation, and to make a positive difference.  Previous technicians have enjoyed getting to work outside doing field visits, surveying for conservation practices such as grassed waterways, terraces, and ponds, and meeting with landowners. 

Prior experience is not necessary; the successful candidate will receive on-the-job training, as well as have opportunities to participate in trainings provided by the NRCS, in order to gain the experience and skills for this position.

The District Soil and Water Resource Technician position is funded primarily by a Technical Assistance grant through the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), with matching funds provided by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and Madison SWCD.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Madison SWCD by Monday, June 17, 2024. 

See the position announcement for details.

Position Announcement: District Soil & Water Resource Technician

Madison SWCD Welcomes 2024 Summer Intern!

Hi, my name is Benjamin Lynch, and I am the intern at Madison County’s SWCD for the summer of 2024. I live in Norwalk, IA and my family’s farm is in Madison County just southwest of Cumming, IA.

I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2023 with my Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with an air quality minor and two certificates in GIS and sustainability. I am currently pursuing my Masters in Geography with an earth and environmental systems track. My thesis research is on particulate matter and ammonia concentrations from confined hog productions facilities.

I came to the University of Northern Iowa to be a high school science teacher but became disinterested in pursuing education as a career. I found environmental science as it was the closest degree to agriculture that UNI offered, and I loved it. This helped me find my passion for agricultural advocation in the environmental sciences and creating positive changes in local agriculture.

I am excited to take part in Madison County’s SWCD internship this summer and I look forward to working with local producers.