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Richland Soil and Water Conservation District

  • 1 person is interested

Lake Monitors: Take an active role in water quality. Record water quality data on Clear Fork, Charles Mill and Pleasant Hill Lakes. The data is used to document changes in lake conditions and the information will be used to assist with watershed management efforts.

Precipitation Monitors collect and record rain and snow fall at home or work. The data that you collect is vital to identifying geographic locations of rain fall and snow fall in respect to the watershed you are recording precipitation from. Our network of volunteer data shows the amount of surface water your watershed collects annually. This information is used to assist communities by estimating the amount of precipitation during an event that may cause flooding reactions to your receiving streams and rivers. The next group training session will be held Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Richland SWCD office.

Stream Monitors collect data from designated streams from the stream banks in Richland County's eight watersheds. We provide the equipment and training. Volunteers needs access to the internet to post the data on our website. Quality data will be used to gauge long-terms trends in stream health.

Data Management: Data that is collected is entered into computer spreadsheets and software (Microsoft Excel, primarily) that is easily managed and shared.

Social Media, Graphic Arts, Writing: Help maintain social media accounts, create marketing, informational pieces and write press releases and informational pieces

Special Events: Staff information booths and tables

Photography: Outdoor and indoor photography of special events

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About Richland Soil and Water Conservation District


1495 W. Longview Ave., Suite 205B, Suite 205B, Mansfield, OH 44906, US

Mission Statement

The mission of the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District is to assist the citizens of Richland County to protect and improve the County’s natural resources by providing exceptional educational, planning and technical assistance.


Richland Soil and Water Conservation District assists landowners with the following:

  • Agriculture land planning and engineering assistance is provided through a partnership with USDA-NRCS and includes, but is not limited to Grassed Waterways, Windbreaks, Filter Strips, Agriculture Chemical Facilities, Nutrient Management, Grazing Management, Manure Management, Access Roads and Fencing and Drainage and Erosion issues.
  • Non-agriculture assistance includes includes planning for woodland, wetlands, wildlife, recreation land, as well as drainage, erosion and sediment control, and pond management
  • The District assists non-farm rural landowners on a variety of land use concerns including soil health, drainage and erosion problems, and wetland issues with an emphasis on Backyard Conservation. (link to Backyard Conservation
  • Forestry: link to the Ohio Forestry Association ( http://www.ohioforest.org/) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry ( http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/)
  • The District assists local government with the Storm Water and Sediment Control Regulations and Ohio’s General Storm Water National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).
  • Soil Testing-analysis and results provided
  • Water Testing - analysis and interpretation of results with recommendations provided



We'll work with your schedule.


1495 W. Longview AvenueSuite 205BOntario, OH 44906



  • Interactive/Social Media/SEO
  • Graphic Design / Print
  • Administrative Support
  • Data Entry
  • Copy Writing / Copy Editing
  • Microsoft Office Suite




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 15
  • Orientation or Training
  • Varies
  • Proper clothing for all volunteer activities. Access to the internet for monitoring activities

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