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Ranger/Tech


Posted 04/13/2023
County Wright
Location Clarion ,Iowa
Salary $50-$70k depending on qualifications


Description

CONSERVATION PARK RANGER/TECH

Under the general supervision of the Director, provides visitor services, resource and wildlife protection, building and grounds maintenance, fee collection, law and safety enforcement, educational and recreational programming, public relations, and related duties for the Wright County  portfolio of properties  which includes natural areas, trails, recreational facilities, wildlife, and recreational areas. 

Types of Work: Participates in the planning, coordination, and scheduling of work and participates in the day-to-day maintenance, repair, and care of park grounds, trails, natural areas, wildlife, and recreational areas;  participates in  conservation, recreation, education, and natural resource activities; may direct the work of volunteers and seasonal staff. Inspects facilities and premises to identify maintenance needs and safety hazards; reviews work for compliance with work standards; ensures compliance with federal, state, and local safety and health regulations.Answers questions and provides information to the public on park services; informs the public and employees of park rules and regulations and ensures compliance; assists visitors with campsite registration. Collects fees from users of park facilities; ensures proper and accurate accounting of receipts.

Participates in natural resource projects such as prescribed fire burns, timber stand improvement, wildlife habitat improvement, fishery habitat, reforestation, prairie rehabilitation, wetland restoration, enhancing nature trails, hazardous material handling, and pesticide applications. Patrols park and related areas enforcing laws and regulations pertaining to the operation of county parks; issues summons, and may arrest persons abusing facilities or violating state, county, or local laws and regulations; may counsel, advise, or detain individuals whose actions endanger persons and/or property; cooperates and coordinates with local law enforcement agency activities; keeps management apprised of activities. Prepares various forms, reports, case files, and investigative and follow-ups on criminal activity. May be required to appear and testify in court. Responds to situations, including emergencies, involving public safety and protection of public property; administers CPR/AED and first aid as necessary; implements procedures to ensure a safe park environment and security of public property.

Participates in the routine care and maintenance of equipment used in the park operations, including but not limited to tractors, snow plows, mowers, and chainsaws. etc. Participates in the planning, development, and implementation of various park public relations programs, including recreational and educational opportunities, talks on flora, fauna, hunter safety, matters of historical interest, etc.; makes presentations to public groups to promote conservation practices. Performs related duties as required.  

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of the principles and techniques used in parks/natural resource management. Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations pertaining to conservation/natural resource management. Knowledge of security and law enforcement practices pertaining to the protection of persons/public property. Knowledge of the materials, methods, practices, and equipment used in the maintenance, repair, and care of park buildings, grounds, and equipment. Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions pertaining to park maintenance and grounds keeping activities. Ability to inspect buildings, premises, and other facilities to identify hazards and determine appropriate maintenance requirements. Ability to enforce park rules and regulations.Ability to maintain accurate records and prepare clear and concise reports. Ability to safely operate various tools, materials, and equipment necessary for proper park maintenance.  Ability to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations, making decisions, and resolving disputes with diplomacy, tact, and persuasion.Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Ability to consistently demonstrate professionalism, courtesy, and tact in interactions with members of the public. Ability to direct, instruct, and coordinate the work of staff involved in park operations. Ability to establish/maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, representatives of other organizations, volunteers, contract staff, and the general public.  Ability to assist and interact effectively with non-English speaking visitors.  Ability to walk and stand for prolonged periods and walk and/or run on uneven surfaces. Ability to perform heavy manual labor in inclement weather and lift/carry up to 60 lbs.

 Training and Experience preferred: Graduation from an accredited two-year college or university with a degree in park management, natural resource management, outdoor recreation, or a related field and Two years experience in the management of a public park, or any equivalent combination of training and experience which will have provided the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform required tasks.

Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Certification preferred or able to obtain. 

Other requirements: Completion of  Pesticide Applicator Certification within six months of hire. Completion of CPR/AED and First Aid within six months of hire.  A criminal background check is required.   MMPI test is required.  A valid State of Iowa driver’s license is required, Class A CDL preferred or obtainable within 1 year of employment.

Pre-employment physical, back ground check and drug screen is required prior to the final offer of employment.

The first round of applications will be reviewed and selected applicants will be asked  to attend a testing session of ILEA required physical tests on Sat, May 13, 2023, time and location to be determined.  Applicants that pass the physical testing will  be given the POST test immediately following physical testing.  Applicants that score above minimums on POST test will then have an interview time set for the following week. Certified applicants will not be required to do the physical testing but must take the POST test or have a valid test score that is within the time limit margin of 1 year. 

 

 



Qualifications
Preferred qualifications: a 2 yr degree in park management, natural resource management, outdoor recreation, or a related field, with relevant experience, may substitute relevant work history for education. ILEA certified or able to become certified.

To Apply
Contact the Wright County Conservation Board, 515-532-3185 or erector@wrightco.iowa.gov for further questions. Applicants must send cover letter and resume to : Wright County Conservation Board, 1768 Obrien Ave, Clarion, Iowa 50525 or above email.

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