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Park Ranger

Posted 02/07/2019
County Carroll
Location Carroll ,Iowa
Deadline 03/15/2019


Job Description

Position: Park Ranger                                                                                                    Department: Conservation

FLSA: Non-Exempt                                                                                                          Reports To: Executive Director



Under general supervision, serves as a Peace Officer under provisions of Chapter 350 of the Code of Iowa.  Provides law enforcement services for lands managed by the Carroll County Conservation Board (CCCB).  Perform routine patrol duties including the enforcement of laws, rules, regulations, maintaining good public relations and provide direction and information.  Provide general maintenance of park grounds, facilities, and equipment.  Participate in general construction and natural resource management projects on CCCB lands.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

The following duties are normal for this position.  They are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

Enforce the laws and regulations pertaining to the operation of CCCB managed areas and issue citations and/or warnings to violators. 

Perform scheduled and non-scheduled patrol duties.

Collect user fees as required.

Answer questions relating to CCCB facilities, parks, rules and regulations.

Provide for the safety of visitors and administer first aid/CPR as necessary.

Investigate acts of vandalism and theft of public property.

Keep informed on matters relating to Conservation Board policies and procedures.

Perform all work in accordance with County policies, procedures and safety practices.

Perform routine and emergency maintenance as needed.

Perform natural resource management work as needed on CCCB lands.

Attend meetings and training as necessary to maintain certifications.

Operate and maintain machinery, tools and equipment used in the maintenance and repair of facilities and grounds.

Provide occasional supervision of seasonal, part-time or community service workers.

Perform facility cleaning and maintenance duties as required.

Ability and willingness to assist with Environmental Education programming including hunter education.


Enforce laws and regulations while maintaining effective public relations.

Represent CCCB and Carroll County in a professional, responsible and trustworthy manner.

Maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors and other departments or agencies.

Communicate effectively, both verbally and written, to individuals and groups in formal and informal situations.

Knowledge of principles and practices of park management.

Knowledge of laws, rules and regulations necessary in performance of law enforcement duties including, fish and game, traffic, State Park laws, County Ordinances and CCCB rules and regulations.

Work with minimal supervision.

Organize and prioritize multiple responsibilities.

Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Perform moderate manual labor for extended periods of time.

Work outdoors in all types of weather.

Operate automotive and law enforcement equipment including patrol unit, police radios and emergency equipment.

Repair and maintain shelters, restrooms, shower houses, cabins, electrical boxes, plumbing and sewers.

Plant and maintain food plots, native grasses and tree plantings through drilling, planting, broadcasting, mowing, burning and spraying.

Repair, inspect and service equipment such as, vehicles, tractors, mowers, chainsaws, dump trucks, trimmers.

Operate office equipment including computers.

Plan, assign and assist in the supervision of seasonal employees.

Handle moderate levels of stress, meet deadlines and solve problems appropriate to the position.

Stand, sit, climb, balance, squat, kneel, bend, twist, crawl and reach.

Occasionally lift, carry, push and/or pull 75-100 pounds.

Have sufficient vision which permits long periods of observation and adequate performance of duties.

Have sufficient dexterity to operate tools and equipment.

Have sufficient mobility to complete field work as assigned.

Ability to work various shifts including nights, weekends and holidays as scheduled.

Minimum Education and Training:

Four (4) year degree in natural resource related field or a Two (2) year degree in a natural resource related field with an equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform required duties.

Special Requirements and Training: 

Must be an ILEA certified peace officer or have the ability to obtain ILEA peace officer certification within one year of hire.  Class “A” Commercial Driver’s License or ability to obtain.  Commercial Pesticide Applicators License (Category 6) or ability to obtain.  Valid Driver’s License and be insurable under County liability insurance.

Housing: Park Ranger housing is provided at Swan Lake State Park.  All utilities (electricity, water and gas) are provided.  Phone, internet or television service is provided by the employee.  All changes to the residence must be authorized by the Director.  

Patrol Vehicle: A patrol vehicle, fully equipped with necessary emergency equipment including police radio, computer, lights and siren, is provided for each Park Ranger.  

Duty Equipment: The Conservation Board will supply the Park Ranger with the following duty equipment: 9mm handgun with duty ammunition, appropriate duty belt and accessories, asp, mace, extra magazines, handcuffs, Taser and a bullet proof vest.  Ammunition for qualification will be provided also.

 Questions can be directed to Jason Christensen, Director


phone: 712-792-4614

Four (4) year degree in a natural resource field or two (2) year degree with experience and qualifications necessary to perform required duties of the position.

To Apply
Send or Email Resume and Cover Letter to:

Jason Christensen, Director
Carroll County Conservation Board
22676 Swan Lake Drive
Carroll, IA 51401

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