Soil and Water

We are hiring a Conservation District Laborer

Orleans County Soil & Water Conservation District is seeking an enthusiastic, self-motivated laborer to assist with the technical aspects of our County-wide natural resources program.

Minimum Qualifications: Must Possess a valid NYS Driver’s License during employment.  Must be 18 years of age or older.  Must be physically fit and be able to lift and carry 50 pounds and walk in rough, uneven terrain under sometimes unfavorable conditions including high heat, humidity, rain, etc. Knowledge of Environmental Conservation or related field, knowledgeable and fluent with programs including Microsoft Office, Publisher, Excel, Word, and GIS.  Able to work independently and diligently.  Able to speak with landowners, farmers, etc in a professional and educated manner.

Salary $16/hr.
Interested candidates should provide resume with references and cover letter to the District Manager, Katie Sommerfeldt at  For questions call the SWCD office at 585-589-5959 x5 or email  Resumes must be received by May 26, 2023.


Mission Statement:

Orleans County Soil and Water Conservation Districts mission is to use the delivery of science-based, locally-directed, technical and educational assistance to protect and enhance the health, safety and general welfare of the Orleans County residents through the conservation of soil, water, air, plant and animal resources. Soil and Water Conservation Districts were formed in all of New York’s counties in the 1940s as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s attempt to promote on-farm conservation practices through the Soil Conservation Service (now Natural Resources Conservation Service). In more recent years, County SWCD’s have formed a strong partnership with the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets. SWCDs are primarily funded by counties but also receive support from NYS as well as grants from the state, federal, and private programs. SWCDs perform important work benefiting Lake Ontario’s water quality.

Hours of Operation:  Monday through Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Katie Sommerfeldt, Manager 
Orleans County Soil and Water 
446 West Avenue Albion, NY 14411 
Phone:  (585) 589-5959 Ext. 5 
Fax:  (855)347-7122


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