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OFFICE HOURS:  8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

OFFICE LOCATION:  Ag Service Center in Clarkfield, Minnesota
The Yellow Medicine Soil & Water Conservation District was duly organized as a governmental subdivision of this State, and a public body corporate and politic on the 17th day of April, 1950.  The SWCD works with landowners in both rural and urban settings to carry out a program for the conservation, use and development of soil, water and related resources.  The SWCD is governed by locally elected officials and staffed by professionals dedicated to serving you – the public.
To provide technical, financial, and educational support to the public for the purpose of conserving and protecting soil, water, and other natural resources.
Board meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month at the SWCD office located in the Ag Service Center in Clarkfield, MN.  Meetings are open to the public.  Starting times vary depending on the time of the year.    Please check the agenda tab to see time of next scheduled meeting.
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POSITION TITLE:                                  District Manager

POSITION LOCATION:                        Yellow Medicine SWCD, Clarkfield MN

POSITION STATUS:                               Full-time with benefits

SALARY:                                                  Starting wage at $21.50 - $25.00/hour or based on qualifications and/or experience

BENEFITS:                                               Paid holidays; annual and sick leave; health, dental and life insurance; PERA retirement


APPLICATION DEADLINE:                 January 31, 2017 by noon




Works independently of direct day-to-day supervision.  Policy and program direction is received from the District Board of Supervisors.  Performs management functions for the district and ensures program implementation.  This position requires a strong managerial and administrative background.  Reports to the Yellow Medicine Soil and Water Conservation District Board.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Two year degree in business, business management, or equivalent experience.  Understanding of human resource management.  2 year's experience in natural resource field and working knowledge of farming and conservation practices.  Experience in working with diverse groups and individual.  Excellent organization skills.  Excellenet communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.  Excellent financial management skills.

  • Must have a valid Minnesota Driver's License, and be willing to travel

  • Must successfully pass a security background check


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


The following duties are normal for this position.  They are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.


1.      Supervise, evaluate and direct all SWCD personnel

2.      Oversee implementation of  state and local programs according to rules, regulations and program policies

3.      Manage and administer state and local laws

4.      Prepare grant applications, plans and reports for the SWCD

5.      Handle all state & federal legislative issues

6.      Represent SWCD on committees, boards, task forces and other functions requesting SWCD expertise.

7.      Manage financial affairs of SWCD

8.      Working knowledge of all federal and state programs by keeping abreast of all laws affecting conservation activities within the district

9.      Provide support to district board by the following, but not limited to

10.    Maintain fixed assets and inventory of all equipment

11.    Coordinate and develop education/outreach activities in accordance with SWCD goals

12.    Acts as Data Practice Responsible Authority

13.    Strong written and oral communicates and must be able to communicate effectively

14.    Seek opportunities to expand SWCD’s programs through new ideas or grant opportunities to better serve the resources and constituents in the County.

15.    Ability to work independently or as part of a team with district staff and other agencies, organizations and units of government

16.    Working knowledge of personal computers and software programs associated with this position

17.    Attend training sessions to improve overall performance and knowledge of this position

18.    Strives to develop and maintain excellent rapport with the general public



Other Functions:


While the following tasks are necessary for the work of the district, they are not an essential part of the purpose of this position and may also be performed by other district staff.


Performs related duties as required by the SWCD Board of Supervisors.

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APPLICATIONS are available by mail, email, at the Yellow Medicine SWCD office, calling 320-669-4442 x3 or on the SWCD’s website:  All application must be submitted to the Lac qui Parle SWCD office with original signatures (see address below).  An email application will be accepted if the original application, with original signature, is also mailed to the Lac qui Parle SWCD office.  Click on application to print application.



                                                      Lac qui Parle SWCD

                                                      Attention:  Terry Wittnebel

                                                      122 8th Avenue South

                                                      Madison, MN  56256


                                                      320-598-7321 x 3


Applications must be received by noon on January 31, 2017.


Candidates selected for an interview will be notified by phone.


CONDITIONS OF ANNOUNCEMENT - The SWCD reserves the right to make changes to the content of this position announcement without notification and may at any time withdraw the announcement.  The Yellow Medicine SWCD is an equal opportunity provider and employer.  Candidates will be considered without discrimination for any non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, politics, marital or familial status, physical/mental handicap, age or membership or non-membership in an employee organization.







The Yellow Medicine SWCD held buffer law informational meetings at the end of August.  In case you missed the meetings, below are some of the questions and answers that were presented.

Where do I have to put buffers?


On July 12th, the MNDNR released official maps for the buffer law.  Please come into the Yellow Medicine Soil & Water Conservation District Office in Clarkfield to check out the county map or look at a map of the whole state by visiting the following website:


How wide do buffers have to be?


Public waters and a few private ditches and waterways that are on MNDNR's public water inventory will require a minimum of 30' and an average of 50'.


All public drainage ditches will need a minimum of 16.5’ (one rod) of vegetation.



When do I have to have a buffer installed?


On November 1, 2017 public waters that require a 30 foot minimum and a 50 foot average per parcel will need to be buffered.


On November 1, 2018 public drainage ditches that only require 16.5 feet will need to be buffered.


What do I have to plant on the buffer?


The statute says “a perennially vegetated root” must be on the buffer area. Alfalfa is allowed specifically in the law. No invasive species (thistles, etc.) may be present on the buffer. Existing grass, shrub, or forest cover is acceptable.


Are there programs to help put in buffers?


The gold standard, both in quality and financially, of installing buffers along streams is the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CCRP). The CP-21 Filter Strip practice has been installed on hundreds of acres in our county over the years. There may also be other cost share programs available.


Can I cut hay and bale the buffer?


If your buffer is seeded out of pocket and doesn’t have any other program restrictions you can harvest the buffer for hay at any time; as long as the perennial roots remain intact.

If you want to know if you have waters that need buffering, please call Tyler Knutson at the Yellow Medicine SWCD office at 320-669-4442 x3 or stop by our office and he will help you.






Water Quality Certification expands to farms across Minnesota

  Yellow Medicine SWCD now accepting applicants


Clarkfield, Minn. – Farmers across Minnesota are now taking advantage of a state program that celebrates and ensures protection of the state’s water resources. With the help of a five-year, $9 million award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and legislation enacted earlier this year, the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) is formally transitioning from four pilot areas to being available to any agricultural producer statewide.


Minnesota’s Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program was designed by an advisory committee of independent stakeholders and implemented by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) in partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, and local public, private and non-profit partners. The program is a voluntary opportunity for farmers and agricultural landowners to take the lead in implementing conservation practices that protect our water. Farmers and landowners who implement and maintain approved farm management practices are certified and in turn obtain regulatory certainty for a period of 10 years.


The MAWQCP certifies farmers and landowners for managing their land in a way that protects water quality through a whole-farm assessment that evaluates:  physical field characteristics,  nutrient management factors, tillage management factors, pest management factors, irrigation and tile drainage management, and  conservation practices.  Producers interested in becoming certified also receive priority status for technical and financial assistance.


The MAWQCP puts producers together with local professionals and the new on-line field assessment tool to determine where risks to water quality exist on their farm, and empowers them to fix those risks when they’re found, at the same avoiding the expense, time and trouble of applying half-measures or implementing misplaced actions.


Anyone interested in learning more about MAWQCP, the assessment process, or becoming certified should contact Tyler Knutson at the Yellow Medicine SWCD at 320-669-4442 x3 or