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Conservation Aide

Posted 12/04/2023
County Story
Location Ames or Colo ,Iowa
Salary $13.75/hour


Summary Description

Multiple positions are available for the summer of 2024.  These positions will offer opportunities to gain knowledge and experience in natural resource management and plant identification, equipment operation, and park facility and grounds maintenance.  The positions start May 13, 2024, and end approximately August 23, 2024. Positions are based at McFarland Park in Ames or at Hickory Grove Park in Colo. Work is performed under the moderate supervision of the Operations Supervisor.   

Hours will average 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday (may include some weekends and holidays if needed).

Breakdown of Available Positions:
     Park Operations: 

  • McFarland and Hickory Grove Park: park management and maintenance
     Natural Resources:
  • Hickory Grove Park: natural resource management and restoration

Job Duties/Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Performs work such as mowing, string trimming, chainsaw operation, litter control, general carpentry, trail maintenance, prairie and forest restoration and invasive species removal. 
  • Reports and assists in repairing safety hazards. 
  • Offers assistance and information to the public. 
  • Assists staff with area monitoring. 
  • Maintains working relationships with other employees and the public.
  • Attends mandatory safety training and staff meetings.
  • Performs related tasks as assigned. 
Work will involve the operation of UTVs, mowers/trimmers, chainsaws, truck/trailers, tractors, and power tools. 


Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a current, valid driver's license. Natural Resource Conservation Aides must have the ability to obtain a pesticide applicator's certification within the first month of employment. 
Employees will undergo post-offer, pre-employment background checks and drug screening.
Mandatory safety training is scheduled for Monday, May 13, 2024. 
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 
General knowledge of the common practices, tools, terminology and safety precautions of building, park and equipment maintenance;  knowledge of the use and characteristics of common building and park equipment and tools including but not limited to trucks, tractors, mowers, brush chippers, chain saws, firefighting equipment, and power tools; ability to operate standard office equipment and related hardware and software; ability to learn specialized software related to department needs; ability to learn specialized equipment related to business needs;  ability to follow oral and written instructions;  ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and the general public.
Additional Information: 
A cover letter and resume must accompany the online application.  

High school diploma or GED; some college coursework in Natural Resources or a related field is preferred.

To Apply
A cover letter and resume must accompany the online application.

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