Androscoggin Valley SWCD hiring administrative assistant

LEWISTON: The Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors (an equal opportunity employer and program provider) is looking for a part time Administrative Assistant who is interested in a career that focuses on the conservation of the natural resources in both Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties. Compensation package will be negotiated and based upon the candidate’s education and experience. The purpose for this opening is to train and prepare a person for the position of District Manager.

This position requires some college work, experience and willingness to learn work aspects in office management, accounting, planning/program development, and customer service/outreach. Funding resource research and grant writing experience is mandatory. Good written and oral skills, problem-solving and organizational skills are needed and must possess the ability to work well both independently and with others. Comfort in working on four to five projects/tasks in the same day will be a great bonus.

Some tasks will require the use of a reliable personal vehicle and candidate will need a valid State of Maine driver’s license and automobile insurance. Mileage is reimbursable at an established rate.

See the job description at Submit a resume, four references, proposed wage level and samples of successful grant proposals via email to: or mail to: Position Search Committee, Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, 254 Goddard Road, Lewiston, ME 04240.

Farm Pond Walk and Talk Workshop

A morning of farm pond construction and maintenance tips will be held Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 8:30 A.M until noon. The session will start at the Topsham Fire Hall at 1 Main Street then move to the Bisson Farm at 116 Meadow Road in Topsham. After a time of classroom instruction, participants will go to the farm pond and discuss management practices. Refreshments will be available during the classroom portion.

Pre-registration is required by September 21. The cost is $7.50 per person or $10.00 per couple and $11.00 each after September 15. The registration fee must be sent with the workshop registration form and will offset the cost of morning refreshments provided. Notify Jane Heikkinen at 207-753-9400 ext 400 or email her at if special accommodations are needed. The walk to the pond will not be handicap accessible.

The FARM POND Walk and Talk is being sponsored by the Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, hosted by the Topsham Fire Department and the Bisson Farm Family in Topsham and facilitated by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Engineer Candi Gilpatric. AVSWCD is an equal opportunity employer and program provider. This program will offer a relaxed, informal training opportunity, new pond construction tips, ideas for pond maintenance, helps for planning pond use, view of two farm ponds, practices used and an interactive learning experience with a question and answer time.

Invasive Forest Insect Outreach Volunteer Training


Lewiston, Maine April 1, 2015: People interested in learning how to recognize invasive tree pests, and who are interested in protecting our natural resources and people working in the wood products industry should attend this training at the USDA Service Center at 254 Goddard Road in Lewiston, which is being offered in partnership by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry with Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District. The purpose for this workshop is to train people to recognize, report and to spread awareness about the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the emerald ash borer (EAB), and hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) and other invasive tree pests. Participants will learn how to disseminate information to the public to help spread awareness. The workshop will begin at 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $5.00 per person to cover the costs for lunch. Pre-registration is required and must be received no later than March 25. No refunds are given without a notice given by March 27. In case of inclement weather the event will be held on April 8, same place and time. FMI and to register contact Jane Heikkinen at (207-753-9400 ext 400 or email to
Invasive Tree Pests pose a serious threats to the trees and forests of Maine. The best defense for our trees and forests is early detection by people who work with trees, those who enjoy the outdoors, and those involved in community education. The Forest Pest Outreach Project will provide materials and guidance for volunteers. Training topics will include: potential impact of ALB, EAB, HWA in the State of Maine; current management activities; identification and life cycles; how to recognize these pests and their damage; how to report a suspect insect; other invasive forest pests; sharing what you have learned; host tree identification; and community response planning. Continuing education credits from the Board of Pesticide and SAF will be offered.