Soil & Water Conservation District

29 Liberty Street, Suite #3
Batavia, NY 14020

Phone: (585) 343-2362 ext. 5

Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month at 1 pm
at USDA Bld., 29 Liberty Street, Ste. #3, Batavia, N.Y.

Department Description

The Genesee County Board of Supervisors created the district in 1944 to "conserve soil resources and control and prevent soil erosion." This was done according to state law known as the Soil Conservation Districts Law. A 1964 amendment to the state law added "water" and the title became the Soil and Water Conservation Districts Law. Another amendment in 1989 added language regarding water quality improvement and abatement of non-point sources of water pollution. In 1989 the Genesee County Legislature designated the district as "the local planning, management, and implementing agency responsible for 1) erosion and sediment control on potential non-point sources such as streambanks, construction sites, forestry, mined land, road banks, urban sources and agriculture; 2) stormwater runoff; 3) fertilizer and pesticide management; 4) agricultural waste."


It is the mission of the Genesee County Soil and Water Conservation District to work directly with county landowners to provide for the conservation of soil and water resources, improvement of water quality, and prevention of floodwater and sediment damages, thereby protecting the natural resource base and promoting health, safety, and general welfare of the county residents.

                                                       SWCD Staff Directory

District Manager  Molly S. Cassatt
Field Manager Jared Elliott
Clerk/Treasurer Jodi Chamberlain
Senior Technician Bob Berkemeier - PT
Conservation Technician  Tim Welch

                                                 SWCD Board of Directors

Chairman Rochelle Stein
Vice-Chairman Ted Konieczka
Legislature Rochelle Stein
Legislature Gregg Torrey
Farm Bureau Rep Ted Konieczka
Grange Rep Dennis Phelps
At-Large Rep Marirose Ethington

District Opening

Position Announcement


Executive Secretary to the Genesee Co. SWCD Board of Directors


General Statement of Duties

The Secretary is appointed by the Board of Directors of the Genesee County Soil & Water Conservation District (hereafter referred to as the District). The Secretary works under the supervision and guidance of the District Manager, primarily as District Treasurer. The Secretary’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to: reception, clerical, treasury, secretarial, administrative, outreach, and financial functions. Work, including related tasks as required, is performed independently or as a member of a team as duties and activities dictate. Of special concern is the keeping of complete, accurate, and systematic accounting of all fiscal affairs of the District. This is a full-time position, hours of operation are, but are not limited to: Monday – Friday, 8am-4:30pm.


  • Secretary to the District’s Board of Directors, the District Manager, and all District Employees and aligned personnel;

  • Treasurer and fiscal officer [financial manager] for the District;

  • Financial management includes bookkeeping, vouchering, budgeting, time records, payroll, employee benefits, accounts receivable and accounts payable, insurances, banking and up-to-date accounting of all monies received and expended by the District;

  • Office administration includes reception, clerical, secretarial, and purchasing duties, as well as management and maintenance of files and complex records;

  • Serves as Benefits Administrator; manages NYS Employees Retirement System and Health Insurance benefit for all employees;

  • Assist in grant development and administration;

  • Editor of the District newsletter [using Microsoft Publisher];

  • Compile the District’s Annual Treasurer’s Report;

  • Special events coordination;

  • Assist District Board Members, District Manager, District Technicians, and the NRCS officer as needed;

  • Participate in professional development;

  • Related work as required


Minimum Qualifications

  1. High School Diploma or equivalency and three years of experience in maintaining financial records, office procedures, and general office work;


  2. Graduate of an accredited or registered college or business school with emphasis on accounting, bookkeeping, personnel, office skills;


  3. Any combination of training and experiences as defined by A and B above.

Part-time experience will be prorated as appropriate.


Preferred Experience

  • Experience with QuickBooks

  • Competency with computers and Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, or PowerPoint

  • Working knowledge of public funding

  • Pleasing personality

  • Knowledge of or experience with agricultural practices is a plus


Special Requirements

  • Valid NYS driver’s license upon appointment

  • Ability to pass a federal background check

Hiring salary will be based on candidate’s qualifications, starting hourly range is $13-$16/hour. 


It is the policy of the Genesee County Soil & Water Conservation District to provide employment without discrimination because of age, race, color, creed, national origin, gender, disability or marital status.


Please submit your resume and contact for references no later than 4p.m.           March 30th, 2017 to the

 Genesee County SWCD Office, 29 Liberty St., Suite #3, Batavia, NY 14020, OR electronically to


                               Water Quality Coordinating Committee

Genesee County's Water Quality Coordinating Committee had its start in 1988 as an advisory group to the Soil and Water Conservation District. The purpose of the committee was to provide direction for the District's water quality program and coordinate activities of member organizations.

In 1991, the committee began meeting as the Genesee County Water Quality Coordinating Committee and began work on a Water Quality Strategy for Genesee County. The strategy was completed in 1992 and revised in 2000.

The committee's function or general objectives, as identified in the strategy were to:

  1. Gather and prioritize facts on county water resources.
  2. Discern the best methods to educate people as to their responsibilities to maintain or enhance water quality and availability.
  3. Provide guidelines for governments or community groups to use in protecting their water resources.
  4. Identify funding sources and agencies or organizations to carry out water quality management projects.
  5. Prepare an annual report of the committee activities and member agency and organization work toward maintaining or enhancing water quality and availability.

The water quality meetings are held of the second Wednesday, four times a year - January, April, July, and October.



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