Looking to Hire Immediately- Barry Conservation District Administrator

Position Details: Full-time position. May include evenings and weekends. Compensation: $25,000-$29,000 annually depending on experience, with the possibility of advancement. Benefits: paid federal holidays, vacation, and personal time off.

Job Description: The Administrator is responsible for the District’s consistent achievement of its financial goals, as well as providing support for the day-to-day operations of the District.

The administrator will:
•Assist with district publications and communications, both print and digital
•Coordinate requests for District assistance with local landowners and partners
•Assist with preparing an annual plan of work
•Assist with preparing five-year resource needs assessments and reports
•Compile background information and financial reports as needed
•Maintain accurate financial records and performs basic accounting procedures
•Plan, implement, and revise the fiscal year budget with the Executive Director
•Assist with other bookkeeping duties as assigned

Qualifications:

The successful candidate must meet the following qualifications:
•A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in natural resource, business, and/or education-related fields
•Clear, concise communication skills
•Working understanding of basic natural resource principles
•Computer skills including Office and Acrobat
•Ability to manage complex projects independently
•Efficiency in organizing and completing multiple tasks.
•The Administrator must be bondable and must pass a Federal Security Background Investigation

Preferred, but not required:
•Experience with basic accounting principles and practices
•Budget management experience
•Quickbooks experience

Send .pdf versions of a one-page cover letter and one-page resume to sarah.nelson@macd.org. Applicants who do not follow these instructions will not be considered for employment.

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Now accepting bids for native grass seed mixes

The Barry Conservation District is now accepting bids for two grass seed mixes. Seed bids should be submitted by email by March 30th at 4:00pm.

Please see the BID PACKAGE for more details.

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Faces of Conservation

Join us for an evening of fun as we get to know the many different groups working in conservation in Barry County! $15 admission includes hors d’oevres. A special conservation brew will be available at an additional charge.

Register and pay online ahead of time at: https://squareup.com/store/facesofconservation

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Office reopened

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Temporary Office Closure

Due to the government shutdown, our office is closed until further notice. We will be available for assistance remotely and at an alternate location. Please email sarah.nelson@macd.org in lieu of calling. Thank-you for your understanding.

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Seeking District Administrator

The Barry Conservation District is seeking a dynamic Administrator to provide support to the programs and staff that promote responsible natural resource and land use management in Barry County.

This individual should have strong communication skills and excellent personal presence. The Administrator is responsible for the District’s consistent achievement of its financial goals as well as many aspects of the day-to-day operations of the District. Qualified applicants should possess a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in natural resources, business, education or a related field, and must pass a background check.

See the position description for more information: Administrator Position Description

Please send .pdf versions of a one-page resume and a one-page cover letter to sarah.nelson@macd.org.

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NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
BARRY CONSERVATION DISTRICT

To all the residents of Barry County, notice is hereby given that on the 16th day of February, 2018, between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Walldorff Brewpub and Bistro Ballroom, 105 E State St, Hastings, MI, 49058, an annual meeting and directors’ election will be held.

As of the 2nd day of January, 2018, being forty-five (45) days prior to the date of the annual meeting, absentee ballots will be available for voting in this election by writing or calling the Barry Conservation District Office, located at 1611 S. Hanover, Suite 105, Hastings (the Secretary of State Building), phone (269) 908-4135, during regular business hours of the District which are between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. All absentee ballots must be returned by 3:30 p.m. on the 15th day of February, 2018.

Residents are individuals of legal age who can demonstrate residency in the Conservation District via one (1) piece of identification. Notice is also hereby given that in this election, two board seats, each with a term of four (4) years, will be filled. Candidates eligible for election by the completion and filing of a nominating petition are as follows: Bill Sowle and George Cullers

The Agenda for the Annual Meeting is as follows:
5:15 – Registration/Open House with staff
5:30 – Call to Order (Election Open)
5:35 – Annual Report and Awards (Election Closed)
6:15 – Public Comment (3-minute limit)
– Directors Comments
– Election Results
6:30 – Adjournment

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District seeks board members

Two positions on the Barry Conservation District Board of Directors will be up for election at the February 16, 2018 Annual Meeting. Each position is a four-year term, with the candidate elected serving through Spring 2022.

District seats are non-partisan. Eligible candidates are residents of Barry County who are 18 years of age or older and can show proof of residency with one identification card. Additionally, a candidate must complete a nominating petition by obtaining signatures from five Barry County residents age 18 or older. Nominating petitions are now available at the Barry Conservation District Office, 1611 S. Hanover, Suite 105, Hastings (Secretary of State building).

All petitions must be completed and submitted to the District Office by Monday, December 18th, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

The Barry Conservation District Board regularly meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 8:00 a.m. in the Emergency Dispatch Conference Room in Hastings. The next scheduled meeting is Wednesday, January 3, 2018. All meetings are open to the public.

For more information about the Barry Conservation District and Board of Directors, please see the following pages:
About BCD
Board Meeting Schedule
Programs and Services

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Bids re-opened for prescribed burns and invasive species management- due January 15th!

Barry Conservation District has re-written re-opened bid packages for two habitat-related contracts. The first request is for invasive species control work; the second contract is for prescribed burns. Please see the bid package documents below for more information and to submit a bid.

ADDENDUM (12/6/17): Please note the following addendum for the burn request for bids: the contract term end date should be October 2019 rather than October 2018.

Request For Bids Burn Services v2
ADDENDUM Burnsv2
Request For Bids Invasive Species Management Services v2

Contact Sarah Nelson at sarah.nelson@macd.org or 269.908.4135 with any questions not answered within the bid documents.

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Now accepting tree removal bids- Deadline extended to December 4th!

Barry Conservation District is now accepting bids for tree removal services on 8.5 acres of evergreen plantations (scotch pine, Austrian pine, blue spruce, etc) and associated hardwoods in Rutland Twp. The work includes brush removal, stump grinding, chipping and hauling away the large tree material, and final site grading. In short, the site must be left in a condition that is able to be planted with a no-till drill. Work must be completed by early March 2018.

Please see the bid package documents below for more information and to submit a bid. Contact Sarah Nelson at sarah.nelson@macd.org or 269.908.4135 with any questions.

Modified Request for Bids, Tree Removal Services

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