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Posted 05/14/2021
County Greene
Location Jefferson ,Iowa
Salary $52,000-59,000
Deadline 06/15/2021


Under general direction of the conservation board, develops, directs and evaluates the administrative, recreational and educational services, operations and maintenance, capital development and improvement programs for the board. Serves as Chief Administrative Officer. Supervises designated personnel.

Essential functions and responsibilities.

The following duties are typical for this position. Other duties may be required or assigned:

-          Be on call 24 hours per day to handle or consult on major problems and work a flexible schedule as needed.

-          Coordinating, directing and organizing the human, physical and financial resources of the department to efficiently and effectively accomplish the maintenance, improvement and development of county park and conservation areas and educational programs.

-          Supervises management staff and exercises responsibility for all other department employees.

-          Responsible for hiring and discipline of all departmental employees.

-          Review and document employee performance in relation to county and department goals and expectations.

-          Oversees enforcement of park rules, state and local laws and ordinances.

-          Communicates effectively and tactfully with the public, both individually and in groups.

-          Recommends appointment of department peace officers and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies.

-          Develops, recommends, and manages annual department budgets in a fiscally responsible manner.

-          Develops long range plans and makes recommendations concerning acquisitions, development and purchases.

-          Writes, coordinates and administers grants and supplemental funds to assist department programs.

-          Maintains effective working relationships with staff; other county departments; local, state and federal agencies; and private organizations.

-          Researches and prepares a variety of reports.

-          Verifies and approves all departmental payrolls, claims and expenditures.

-          Prepares the agenda for each board meeting and assists the chairman in the functions of the meeting.

-          Maintains certifications and keeps current on trends and developments in areas of responsibility.

-          Develops specifications, secures bids and negotiates contracts.

-          Ability to skillfully and safely operate and maintain a variety of heavy equipment, vehicles and power tools and performs and directs maintenance duties on county areas.

-          Travel required for training and conference related to position of Director.   Non-essential functions and responsibilities:

-          Ability to understand the natural resource and recreation needs of the community and formulate recommendations for the acquisition and development of public resource lands, facilities and programs to meet those needs.

-          Knowledge of all policies, methods, procedures and regulations of the conservation board as well as state laws.

-          Knowledge of material, methods and techniques utilized in construction and maintenance activities.

-          Knowledge of the principles and practices of public and business administration, supervision and management technique.

-          Thorough knowledge of current literature, trends and developments in the fields of conservation, parks and recreation.

-          Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

-          Ability to develop long range plans, organize work schedules and direct subordinates.

-          Knowledge of  Microsoft Office computer skills.

-          Ability to use tact in handling delicate and sensitive public relation problems.

-          Ability to analyze and evaluate the opinions of the public and special interest groups.

-          Ability to make financial determinations on budgets and expenditures.

-          Skill necessary to objectively evaluate board programs, operations and facilities.

-          Satisfactory driving record and possession of a valid Iowa driver’s license, possibly CDL.

-          Basic First Aid and CPR certification and Pesticide Applicator certification.

-          Must successfully pass a background check, physical examination and Iowa DOT drug screen.

-          Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.

-          Knowledge of basic bookkeeping principles.

-          Conduct and appearance in good keeping with a professional image.

-          Physical ability to work with hands, to stand for extended periods, to perform routine heavy manual labor (50 to 85 pounds of dead lifting).

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in a natural resource or outdoor recreation related field. Five years of management or administrative experience in the conservation field.

To Apply
Submit cover letter, application & resume to Dan Towers at or mail to 114 N Chestnut St. Jefferson, IA 50129. For questions call 515-386-5674.

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