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Our Mission

To promote the wise use and care of natural resources for the benefit of the citizens of Lexington County

Today's Highlights

Bradford Pear Bounty
Tree Exchange Program

Bradford Pears are of native to the US and have been widely planted in South Carolina. While the blossoms are pretty, the trees have a pungent odor and often break during storms. Even worse the, these trees directly contribute to one of the worst invasive plant species in the Southeast - the callery pear.

Property owners are encouraged to exchange up to five Bradford Pear trees for an equal number of FREE healthy, native, young replacement trees, a one-for-one replacement.

A tree exchange will be hosted by the Lexington Soil & Water Conservation District, with cooperation with Clemson Extension Service and Dominion Energy. It will be held in Lexington on Saturday, December 10th, 2022. More information on the event location and registration will be forthcoming.

Participation Criteria

  • Pre-registration is required, once available

  • Only the property owner can register & get the trees

  • Any South Carolina resident can participate and take part in the program

  • Property owners are responsible for tree removal 

  • Take a photo of yourself with the cut tree (a selfie if you will) and bring it to the exchange event.

  • Replacement tress will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. IF your preferred replacement tree is not available at the time of distribution, you will be provided with a healthy alternative. Specific tree species cannot be reserved ahead of the event.



Beginning of Affiliate Membership Drive

For more information please visit our calendar


May 24, 2022 - Ag in the Classroom

Commissioner Padget read to six classes at Gilbert Elementary ranging for grades K - 5. Keeping kids engaged as the school year ends, but it's obvious her skill as a teacher haven't faded.

May 5, 2022 - Annual Banquet

We had a lovely turn out this year with over 100 guest. Shealy's once again made sure there was plenty of food to go around, with more than enough desserts for a second helping.

Open Position

Position Title:  Education Program Assistant – Part­ time (12-15 hrs./week)

Grade: 105

Position #: 002477


Salary: $13.95/Hour


Description: The Lexington Soil and Water Conservation District (LSWCD) is seeking an energetic, enthusiastic, and conservation-minded individual to fill the role of an Education Assistant working 12-15 hours/week.

Location: USDA Service Center-LSWCD 123 Park Road, Lexington SC 29072 with frequent offsite duties.


Primary Tasks:

  • Develop or utilize existing information/education resources, and other outreach materials for educational programs

  • Plan, organize and conduct educational programs in schools and for other organizations 

  • Assist with the development of a LSWCD volunteer program and opportunities for service

  • Coordinate and assist in conducting conservation outreach and education for LSWCD

  • Assist with the management and creating content for LSWCD’s social media presence

  • Document programs through photos, videos, and/or newsletter articles

  • Write a monthly education report and coordinate information with District Manager to be presented at monthly Board Meeting.


Required Qualifications:

  • Interest in conservation, natural resources, and/or environmental education

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Background in environmental sciences, natural resources management, education, public relations, and/or related fields

  • Stable transportation

  • Available for limited evening/weekend hours


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with children’s education, preferably in environmental science education and or naturalist programs. Prior In-classroom teacher, current undergraduate or graduate student with the ability to work with diverse populations in school settings or equivalent work experience

  • Have a Natural Resources, Biology, Education, or Agriculture background with 2 years Technical or 4 years College degree desired (not required) in one of the above fields

  • Demonstrates proficiency in communication skills and technology

  • Demonstrates ability to be an effective member of a team.


Compensation: $13.95/hour for up to 15 hours a week. Work-related travel will be reimbursed. 


Apply on-line at https://www.lex-co.com/Applications/HROnline/PUBLIC/VACANCYLISTING.ASPX

If you have any questions please contact John Oxner at 803-422-4718 or jolcswcd@gmail.com.