Ionia Conservation District
             431 Swartz Court #300
                  Ionia, MI 48846

               Tel: (616) 527-2620

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''The primary responsibility of the Ionia Conservation District is to protect our natural resources. We encourage the use of land and water within the limits of its capabilities, and encourage the treatment of each acre with the proper protection and improvement it may need.

In addition, we acquaint communities with the importance of soil and water conservation, and assist residents with conservation concerns. Through many public programs, we not only educate and serve, but do our best to make wise use of natural resources A FUN EXPERIENCE FOR ALL!

 ''Please take some time to browse through our website, and be sure to contact us if you have any questions. We’re here to serve.

Your Ionia Conservation District works with many state and regional programs to bring you information and resources. Some of these are depicted below, and there are many more. With the help of these agencies, we offer a host of programs throughout the year. Please visit our Programs Page to see what's on our calendar!

MAEAP Technician Position

Ionia Conservation District MAEAP Technician

The Ionia Conservation District, located in Ionia, Michigan is seeking a full-time Michigan Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) Technician.  The MAEAP Technician is responsible for delivering on-farm technical assistance in Ionia and Barry County, Michigan.  This includes conducting farm-specific risk assessments; coordinating local, state, and federal agency resources to help farmers reduce environmental risks; and assisting farmers in making progress toward MAEAP verification.  The MAEAP Technician is also responsible for collaborating with Conservation District staff to promote MAEAP and educate diverse audiences on the importance of sustainable agriculture in the Ionia and Barry County region.

Application Deadline: 4:00pm EST, Friday October 9, 2014.  Please email completed resume, cover letter and three references stating your suitability for the position based on required knowledge and skills to Melissa Eldridge, District Manager, Ionia Conservation District, at  Questions regarding the position please call, 616-527-2620 ex 101.

Position Description

MAEAP Technician 


APPROVED BY BOARD ON:   September 25, 2014


To oversee and implement all aspects of the Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program in Ionia and Barry County.   This is a grant position funded 10-1-14 to 9-30-15 with intentions for annual grant renewal.


The Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program Technician is supervised by and reports to the Ionia Conservation District Manager.  The Technician works closely with a local advisory Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program Team in developing priorities for the Program. 


1. Coordinates all aspects of the Ionia/Barry Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program to include Clean Sweep Program.  Must be fully familiar with, and adhere to, the Michigan Department of Agriculture grant agreements and guidelines for conducting programs at the local level. 

2. Maintains accurate financial and administrative records and a well-organized filing system for those records. 

3. Works closely with and provides staff support to the Ionia/Barry Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program Team.  Will take the lead in preparing annual grant application on behalf of the team.

4. Promotes Farm*A*Syst, Crop*A*Syst, Livestock*A*Syst, other *A*Systs, MAEAP initiatives, Clean Sweep, pesticide container recycling, equipment calibration, and other locally identified stewardship practices through displays, newsletters, group presentations, demonstrations,  public service announcements, news releases, radio programs and other outreach means. 

5. Conduct *A*Syst assessments and coordinate well-closures. 

6. Assists landowners in developing emergency management plans for their farmsteads; promotes the use of emergency planning.  Assists with the Clean Sweep program for Ionia and Barry Counties, and with other activities identified as important by the local Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program Team in this program area. 


1. Serves as the Ionia and Barry Conservation District's contact person with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for the purposes of MAEAP. 

2. Assists with the District's plant material sale and other activities per the Five Year Business Plan. 

3. Assists with office and other programs as needed such as the Annual Meeting, Newsletters, Walk-in customers, answering telephones, general office upkeep, miscellaneous sales, and anything else not specifically listed yet deemed appropriate for District or office work.

4. Develops a weekly work schedule in consultation with the District Manager.  Ability to work occasional weekend and evening hours as programs deem necessary.

5. Employee will assist and promote, through public relations, the District’s events as requested by the District Directors and District Manager. 

6. Assists in the preparation of District Records, Reports, and Annual & Long Range Work Plans.

7. Gives prepared presentations to groups on soil and water conservation topics as requested.

8.  Prepares news articles of local interest and about general conservation subjects including notices of upcoming demos and workshops.

9. Completes occasional travel for trainings and meetings.


EDUCATION:  A minimum of a B.S. Degree in agri-science, agronomy, crop, soil science, environmental science, or horticulture. 


  1. 1.    A minimum of two years of experience in natural resources or agricultural field work. 
  2. 2.    Experience working with dairy, livestock, or crops preferred.
  3. 3.    Ability to interpret print materials and government policies for clients.
  4. 4.    Restricted use applicators certification by the State of Michigan preferred.


  1. 1.    Excellent interpersonal and public communication skills (working with landowners, public speaking, writing)
  2. 2.    Computer fluency as well as proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite of software, especially Word, Excel and Arc GIS mapping software.
  3. 3.    Use of a personal vehicle is required (mileage reimbursement provided) Must be able to work efficiently outdoors in varying conditions and terrain; able to lift 50 pounds. 

  1. 4.    Must be able to pass a federal background security check.


Salary range is depending on qualifications. Benefits are negotiable.  Employment will require completion of work agreement and annual performance evaluations. 


Send resume, list of references, and letter of interest to:

Email preferred:


Melissa Eldridge

Ionia Conservation District

431 Swartz Ct. Suite # 300

Ionia, MI 48846


Application must be received by 4 pm October 9, 2014 to be considered.

The Ionia Conservation District is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate in employment, promotions, or compensation on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, handicap, or veteran status.

Congratulations to the 2014 Ionia County Conservation Photo Contest Winners!

Conservation Practices First Place Winner
Conservation Practices Second Place Winner
Conservation Pracitces Third Place Winner
Kids in Nature First Place Winner
Kids in Nature Second Place Winner
Kids in Nature Third Place Winner
Wildlife First Place Winner
Wildlife Second Place Winner
Wildlife Third Place Winner
Wildlife Honorable Mention
Quirks of Nature First Place Winner
Quirks of Nature Second Place Winner

Board of Directors

The Conservation District is served by an elected Board of Directors who each serve a four year term.

Art Pelon - Chairman    (616) 761-3952
Ed Blyth - Vice Chairman
Betsy Koehnlein - Secretary/Treasurer
Craig Scheurer - Member
Pat Maurer - Member


Melissa Eldridge, District Manager          (616) 527-2620 ext. 101

David Wood, Watershed Coordinator       (616) 527-2620 ext. 118 

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