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Posted 11/25/2018
County Wapello
Location Ottumwa ,Iowa
Salary $50,000 - $55,000
Deadline 01/18/2019



Must have knowledge of conservation principles; knowledge of theories and practices related to fish and wildlife management, forestry, landscape architecture, recreation planning and programming, knowledge of the organizational structure, functions, procedures and regulatory requirements of state, federal and local natural resource agencies. Knowledge of personnel administration, supervision methods and public relation principles; knowledge of management agreements and contracts related to conservation programs, thorough knowledge of management techniques and principles, long-range planning concepts and their practical applications. Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, other public officials other Serves as chief administrative officer to the Wapello County Conservation Board and provides responsible managerial and supervisory work in the operation and administration of all county conservation areas, recreational and natural resource programs.  Performs related work as required.  For purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) the Director should be classified as an “Executive Employee”. 


Organizes, plans, develops and implements a comprehensive, county-wide conservation program including outdoor recreation, land and water management, wildlife and fishery programs, recreational areas management and interpretive education programs. Participates in the planning, design, location, construction and maintenance of county recreation areas, conservation areas and facilities. Oversees and carries out the acquisition program, land surveys and associated real estate functions of the county conservation land acquisition program.  Acts as chief consultant to the Conservation Board on conservation/recreation practices, techniques and new programs.  Represents the Board on matters relating to natural resource management before other political and associated internal and external bodies. Recommends staff positions to the Conservation Board. Supervised support staff and serves as personnel director, responsible for developing personnel guidelines and improving employee growth.  Provides orientation for staff and Board Members re. Personnel Policies,  Job Descriptions and Chain of Command/Communication. Investigates and attempts to secure outside funding through grants, donations and other sources of revenue to accomplish programs. Oversees all public relations programs and acts as liaison and spokesman to the media, other governmental agencies and civic organizations. In cooperation with the budget committee prepares and presents an annual budget to the Conservation Board. Authorizes all purchases of supplies, equipment and services as approved by the Board. May function in field operations at positions below level depending on program needs and time available. Serves at the pleasure of the Conservation Board. Serves as liaison between the Board and Staff. Conducts orientation programs for all new staff and board members as dictated by policy and the Code of Iowa. Ability to handle visitor complaints or emergency situations courteously and responsively, ability to be tolerant and respectful to differing opinions.


- Generous County Benefit Package

- Housing could be made available, and is negotiable



Graduation from an accredited four-year college with major course work in public administration, resource management or related field and experience in administering a comprehensive conservation program or any equivalent combination of experience.

To Apply
E-mail (only) cover letter, resume to include 3 references to:
John Utter, Board Chair at the following e-mail address: (Questions may also be directed to this email address)

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