Jerry Iles, The Ohio State University

Jerry IlesJerry has been employed for the past eighteen years with OSU Extension. Jerry has served as the South District Watershed Management Agent and the OSU South Centers Watershed Educator. Iles currently serves as the Fairfield County Director and Agriculture & Natural Resources Director with a focus on volunteer monitoring and watershed planning. Iles served as the lead Ohio Project Investigator on the regional Citizens Monitoring Bacteria project. This project consists of volunteers monitoring bacteria in Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa and Minnesota. In addition, Jerry has served as PI and project manager on over $700,000 in Ohio EPA and US Office of Surface Mining Appalachian Clean Streams grants to remediate acid mine drainage in southeast Ohio.

Prior to coming to OSU Jerry served as the Raccoon Creek Headwaters Project Coordinator and also with the Monday Creek Restoration Project. Both of these projects involved restoring acid mine damaged watersheds. Jerry has also served for the past 18 years as a trustee with the Hocking River Commission.

Iles has also provided leadership to OEPA approved Level 1 & 2 water quality monitoring programs. Jerry plans, coordinates and teaches at the Annual Ohio Watershed Leaders Conference. Jerry has provided multiple macroinvertebrate ID, water monitoring and watershed planning workshops throughout his career at Ohio State.

Previously Jerry was selected to serve on grant review panels with USDA – NIFA in Washington DC as well as district and statewide review panels with Ohio EPA.  Iles holds an M.S. in Environmental Planning and is a member of the American Planning Association.

Jerry Iles
County Director and OSU Extension Educator
Agriculture & Natural Resources
OSU Extension Fairfield County
Suite D, 831 College Avenue, Lancaster, OH 43130