The Eastern Kern County Resource Conservation District (EKCRCD) has a vacancy on its board and is seeking a new director. If you are interested in conserving natural resources, improving the environment, and are ready to give back to your community, this might be your chance to get involved.
The EKCRCD is a Special District of Kern County that was formed in 1953 and comprises the portion of the county east of the Sierras and bounded to the north by the Inyo county line, to the south by the Rosamond Hills area, and to the east by the San Bernardino county line. It receives a small portion of Kern County property tax dollars, but also periodically applies for and receives grant funding from the state or federal governments or non-profit organizations. It is governed by a board of 7 directors who meet monthly. All of the directors are volunteers. The district has one half-time administrative assistant, and the board takes an active role in the creation and implementation of programs. This not-for-profit group’s mission is to help “people to conserve, improve, and sustain the natural resources, environment, and economy of Eastern Kern County.”
In 2017 the district was awarded a grant from the California Department of Conservation and used the funds to sponsor a series of nine educational presentations/workshops; hold two drought tolerant plant – sales; install a California Irrigation Management Information System station at NAWS-China Lake; upgrade and add publications to its website; and in partnership with Quail Forever, provide and install signage at wildlife guzzlers. Past projects include starting, in partnership with the BLM, the Sand Canyon Environmental Education Program, tree planting at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds, auto recycling, and Coordinated Resource Management Planning for Flood Management in the IWV.
Each fall the District holds an annual drought tolerant plant – sale. In partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, EKCRCD sponsors a poster contest for elementary school children and participates in the Petroglyph Festival.
The term of office of director is four years, ending November 2022. Qualifications for appointment are that an applicant must be an owner of land or a designated agent of a landowner in the district, must reside in the district, and be a registered voter in the district (Public Resources Code, Section 9352). If you reside in but do not own land within the district, you may serve as an associate director. Associate directors cannot vote but may serve on committees. After two years associate directors are eligible to become directors.
If you would like to apply, as soon as possible please email a letter of interest containing your name, address, telephone number, resume of work and educational experience demonstrating an interest in soil and water conservation, a brief statement of other qualifications, and a statement that you possess the statutory qualifications described above to (redacted). Alternatively, you may mail a letter to Kathleen Krause, Kern County Clerk, 1115 Truxtun Ave., 5th Floor, Bakersfield, CA 93301, or to Eastern Kern Co. RCD, 300 S. Richmond Rd., Ridgecrest, 93555.