Cass County Conservation District Board of Directors Election
To all residents of the Cass County Conservation District, this notification supersedes the Election notice printed on 10/15/2022 and includes important corrected candidate information. Notice is hereby given that on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, between the hours of 5:30pm-8:00pm at the Cassopolis VFW a District Board of Directors Election will be held.
The election is being held to fill new terms for two (2) Board of Director positions. (2) 4-year term position candidates include Alexander M. Bozymowski Jr. and Byron (Burne) Miller.
The election will be conducted during the District Annual Meeting being held on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, from 5:30pm-8:00pm at the Cassopolis VFW, 131 S. Broadway Street, Cassopolis, MI 49031. The Annual Meeting agenda includes highlights of conservation activities in fiscal year 2022, announcement of conservation awards, presentations by the Cassopolis FFA chapter and the US EPA Region 5 Water Division, along with the district annual report.
Voting is open to Cass County residents only. Absentee ballots are available at the Conservation District located at 1127 E. State St., Cassopolis, MI weekdays 8:00am-4:30pm except Federal Holidays. Eligible voters are individuals of legal age who can demonstrate residency in Cass County, Michigan via one (1) piece of identification. For more information call (269) 445-8641 extension 5.
This notice and the original 10/15/22 notice meet the requirements of Conservation District Law. Cass County Conservation District is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.
Karen Nelson Chairperson of the Board of Directors Cass County Conservation District
On Tuesday, November 29th, 2022, the Cass County Conservation District will be hosting their annual meeting at the Cassopolis VFW, at 131 S Broadway St, Cassopolis, MI, 49031. The event will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 in the evening. An election will be held at this time to fill new terms for two positions on the Cass County Conservation District Board of Directors. Each position on the board will be a four year term. Voting is open to all Cass County residents with a proof of residency such as a legal ID card. Absentee ballots will be available at the Conservation District office, located at 1127 East State St, Cassopolis, MI, 49031.
Presentations will be given by the local FFA chapter, as well as Micah Bennett, with the US Environmental Protection Agency – Region 5 Water Division – Watershed and Wetlands Branch. The district’s annual report and program highlights will be presented, along with several honorary awards to community members, to highlight their exceptional work in agriculture and conservation. Dinner will be provided, and a silent auction will be held.
The District Board is calling a Special Meeting to discuss personnel concerns on Friday, November 4, 2022 at 10am. The meeting will be held at the USDA Service Center conference room located at 1127 E. State Street, Cassopolis, MI 49031. Contact the District at [email protected] or 269-845-8393 for ZOOM link instructions or questions/concerns.
District Administrator Cass County Conservation District
The Cass County Conservation District is seeking a District Administrator to join our team of natural resource and environmental protection professionals. The primary function of this position is to provide program oversight, grant management, and records maintenance to support District activities, workflow, and financial operations.
The District Administrator will work from our Cassopolis office, located at 1127 E. State Street, Cassopolis, MI 49031. Due to COVID-19, staff presently split work between home and office. The District Administrator is a part-time position, working 28-32 hours per week with a full time option available per financial/program changes. While the majority of the workload is administrative and performed in an office setting, some fieldwork is required. The District Administrator takes direction and reports to the District Chair and Board of Directors while working cooperatively with all staff. For position summary and responsibilities please visit position description for details.
The December newsletter was mailed USPS to our mailing list and is available to view online here. Be sure to check out the 2021 Annual Conservation Award recipients and District Board candidate information.
Hope to see you at the Annual Meeting & Election on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 from 3:00pm-6:30pm at the Cass County Council on Aging 60525 Decatur Rd, Cassopolis, MI 4903.
For the official business side of the Cass County Board of Director Annual Meeting (election results) join us in person or via zoom at 6:15pm.
Please contact us at 269-445-8641 x 5 with your mailing information if you would like to be added to our mailing list.
Nominating Petitions – Due by Thursday, October 7, 2021, 4:30pm
Cass County Conservation District is currently accepting nominations for conservation-minded county residents to serve on the Board of Directors.
The Election will be held at the
Annual Meeting Scheduled for Tuesday, December 7, 2021 to fill new terms for three (3) Board of Director positions
(Terms are not limited; 2 positions will be 4-year terms and 1 will be a partial term of 2-years.)
The Conservation District Board consists of a total of five (5) Directors.
As locally elected public officials, Directors are responsible for the overall operation and management of the district, while the staff carry out the day-to-day activities. Board members develop and implement policy for staff as well as guide the district in conservation and stewardship activities to best serve our county’s future and strive to fulfill our mission to protect and enhance Cass County’s natural resources. Blank nominating petitions are available at the Cass County Conservation District Office at 1127 E. State Street, Cassopolis, 49031 or here on our website: Full 4-year term position; Partial 2-year term position
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We are accepting applications through October 9 for the full time MAEAP Technician position.
Position Description MAEAP Program Technician
Location: This position is located at: Cass County Conservation District (CCCD), 1127 East State Street, Cassopolis, MI 49031
Application Deadline: October 9, 2020 Starting Date: November 1, 2020
POSITION OBJECTIVE:To oversee and implement all aspects of the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) in Cass County. This is a grant-funded position with intentions for annual grant renewal.
This position will deliver the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program through on-farm technical assistance, using farm specific risk assessments, education, and conservation plan development. The Technician coordinates local, state, and federal agency resources to help clients implement practices that reduce identified environmental risks and progress toward MAEAP verification.
RELATIONSHIPS: The Technician is supervised by, and reports to, the CCCD Administrator. The Technician works with the CCCD Board and several partner organizations (i.e. Farm Bureau, Southwest Michigan College, DNR) in developing priorities for the program.
Coordinates all aspects of the county’s MAEAP and is fully familiar with, and adheres to, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) grant agreement and guidelines for conducting the program at the local level.
Provides timely reports and updates to the CCCD Board of Directors. Completes and submits regular reports to MDARD. Maintains and secures accurate administrative and financial records and a well-organized filing system for those records.
Promotes Farm*A*Syst, Crop*A*Syst, Livestock*A*Syst, Forest, Wetlands & Habitats Systems *A*Syst, Clean Sweep, Greenhouse*A*Syst, best management practices to prevent soil erosion and protect water quality, invasive species awareness, and other stewardship practices through displays, newsletter articles, Facebook posts, group presentations, demonstrations, news releases and any other creative means.
Conducts Farm*A*Syst, Crop*A*Syst, Livestock*A*Syst, FWH Systems *A*Syst and Greenhouse*A*Syst assessments. Works with MDARD to complete system verifications.
Assists landowners in developing emergency management plans for their farmsteads. Promotes the use of emergency planning, and other activities identified by the local advisory Environmental Assurance Team. Attends Cass County Office Emergency Management Planning meetings.
Coordinate annual field day and community water testing event as required by MDARD.
Participates in occasional trainings and meetings which require overnight lodging.
Assist with office and other programs as needed: Annual meeting, tree sale, newsletters, walk-in customers, answering telephones, special event booths, and anything else not specifically listed yet deemed appropriate for district or office work.
Develop a weekly work schedule in consultation with the District Administrator.
Assist and promote, through public relations, the district’s events.
Conduct prepared presentations on soil and water conservation topics as requested.
Prepare news articles of local interest and about general conservation subjects including notices of demonstrations and workshops.
Other duties as assigned.
Education: A minimum of a B.S. degree in agriculture, animal, crop, environmental, agronomy, natural resources management, dairy and/or soil science; or horticulture.
Experience: A minimum of two years of experience in agricultural or natural resources fieldwork. Experience working with field crops, dairy and/or livestock preferred.
Training in site planning, and/or nutrient, fuel and pest management desired.
Ability to interpret print materials, soil/water testing results, and government policies for clients.
Experience working with specialty crops, forest management, or on-farm food safety beneficial.
Operate a standard PC workstation and effectively use Windows-based software.
Excellent organizational, management, written and verbal communication skills.
Exhibit excellent social and interpersonal skills.
Work cooperatively with other district personnel and with other agencies.
Must be able to work efficiently outdoors in varying conditions and rough terrain.
Maintain a valid driver’s license.
Must be able to pass a Federal Background Security Check.
Salary: $16.50 -$20.00/hour, dependent on qualifications.
Benefits Include: health insurance stipend, compensated annual and sick leave. Mileage reimbursement for business related use of personal vehicle.
Send cover letter, resume and list of 3 references to:
Cass County Conservation District 1127 E. State Street Cassopolis, MI 49031 Attn: Korie Blyveis or email [email protected]
Cass County Conservation District is an equal opportunity employer and provider