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Park Technician

Posted 01/24/2020
County Poweshiek
Location Montezuma ,Iowa
Salary $35,000 - $40,000
Deadline 02/15/2020


Position: Park Technician                                 Reports to: Director                      Department: Conservation                  

General Summary:   A Full-Time/Non-exempt Position, this employee is responsible for park maintenance at Diamond Lake, and natural resource management on county wildlife areas.  Under general supervision of the Director, this employee plans, develops, and coordinates resource management plans and implementation on all county conservation areas, and assists with the maintenance of the park facilities,  with camper registration, and park patrol.   Weekend, holiday, and evening work will be required.    

A.        Essential Functions  (may include, but not limited to the following):  

1.  Develops and coordinates resource management plans and implementation on all county conservation areas, and coordinates field operations with the Director and other County Conservation Staff.  

2.   Assists with the Board’s safety programs, equipment inspections, and coordination of training for all department personnel.  

3.    Assists in the department purchasing functions, including cost analysis of materials and supplies for all field operations.  

4.    Supervises and participates in the maintenance of park facilities to ensure they are kept in a clean and sanitary condition.  Will remove and dispose of trash on all county conservation areas.  

5.   Supervises and participates in capital improvement projects, including land acquisition and development, and new construction of recreational facilities.  

6.   Maintains and operates large and small equipment, including all department owned vehicles, tractors and implements, commercial mowers, no-till drills, tree planters, tree spade, chain saws, pruners, and a wide variety of power hand tools.  

7.  Assists with prairie grass establishment, maintenance, seed harvest, and prescribed burns.  Acquiring an S-130 and S-190 certification will be strongly recommended.  

8.  Participates in fish and wildlife management on public and private lands including: general forestry practices, tree planting, weed control, pruning, culling trees, tree identification, planting food plots, wood duck nesting structures, Canada goose round-ups, bluebird nest structures, fisheries monitoring, creel clerking, and construction of fish habitat.  

9.   Patrols the campgrounds at Diamond Lake, and enforces the Conservation Board’s rules and regulations.  Collects fees for use of park facilities, keeps records of receipts, requisitions supplies and equipment, and prepares reports as required.  

10.    Provides a safe environment for park users, and administers First Aid in case of accidents.  

11.   Maintains daily diary, including job site, functions and hours.  Maintains records of vehicle and equipment maintenance, pesticide/herbicide applications, scientific collections, and employee training.  

12.    Operates personal computers, spread sheets, desk-top publishing applications, Pictometry, PowerPoint applications, digital cameras, scanners, etc.  

13.   Will help maintain and further develop the county’s web site and will provide written media for the local papers and social media sites pertaining to environmental topics, programs, and activities of the County Conservation.  

14.   Will participate in continuing education programs, keeping current with new developments in the conservation field and continuing professional growth.  

15.    Will work with local conservation groups, chapters, or associations in Poweshiek County.  Creating partnerships with these groups to continually improve our county’s natural resources on public and private land.  

16.    Will research and write grants to supplement the county conservation budget for various conservation related projects.   Will help maintain and clean office areas, shop areas, and the meeting facilities (Foster Center).

B.         Physical Demands  - Walking, standing, lifting, carrying, bending, climbing, seeing, and able to use hands to manipulate tools is all required in the maintenance operation of the parks.  Driving pickups and tractors with manual transmissions, hearing, and speaking to communicate with the public and other staff members will be required.  

C.         Cognitive Demands  - Ability to think for one's self in order to carry out the maintenance operations in a safe and efficient manner, and able to think and act professionally in situations dealing with emergencies or enforcing park rules and regulations.  Knowledge of various natural resources fields, such as wildlife, fisheries, forestry and park management, and able to apply that knowledge for practical use in the field, and able to communicate that information to help educate the public.  

D.         Work Environment and Equipment -  Most of the work outside can be in all types of weather (rain, sun, wind, snow).  Operating noisy equipment such as tractors, mowers, small engines, and power tools will be common.  Work in maintenance shops operating saws, drills, welder, torches and a variety of other power and hand tools will also be common.  Types of equipment commonly used would include self-propelled commercial mowers, grass trimmers, chain saws, tractors with loaders, oxygen/acetylene torches, all types of hand and power tools, pickups, dump trucks tree spades, tree planters, tree bars, drip torches, rotary mowers, native grass seed drills, jon boat and motors; equipment trailers, 3 pt. blades,  disc, harrows, ATV, hand sprayer; 3 pt. post auger; personal computers, spread sheets, desk-top publishing applications, ArcView GIS, PowerPoint applications, digital cameras, scanners, copy machines, telephones, calculators, MS word programs, and MS excel programs.  

E.         Supervision of Others - This individual will help supervise seasonal workers, volunteers, and community service workers.  

F.         Entry Qualifications Minimum requirement - completion of an Associate’s degree related to the conservation field or a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in wildlife biology, natural resources,  park management, or related field, and two years’ experience in the natural resource management field.  

Individual must possess a valid driver’s license, and must possess or acquire an Iowa pesticide applicators license and CDL.   All applicants must be U.S. citizens and must become residents of Iowa upon appointment, and be able to obtain a valid Iowa Driver’s license.  Must be at least 21 years of age but not more than 65 years of age, on date of appointment, and cannot have a criminal record.     


1. Marginal functions of this position that are incidental to the performance of the fundamental job duties have been excluded from our job descriptions.  

2.  All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.  

3.  This job description in no way states or implies that the description includes every duty to be performed by the employee occupying the position.  Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job related duties requested by the Conservation Board or Director.  This individual is required to pass a pre-employment physical, drug screen, and complete a Job Placement Assessment (JPA).  


Minimum requirement - completion of an Associate’s degree related to the conservation field and two years’ experience in the natural resource management field.

To Apply
Send cover letter, resume, and three references to Mark Vavroch, Director, Poweshiek County Conservation Board, P.O. Box 666, Montezuma, Iowa, 50171 or

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