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Operations Supervisor / Park Ranger

Posted 10/25/2021
County Henry
Location Mt. Pleasant ,Iowa
Salary Salary commensurate with background and experience and includes a generous benefit package.
Deadline 10/29/2021



  • Supervises and assists in the development and maintenance of wildlife areas, campgrounds, and facilities.  Operate a variety of equipment to perform construction, maintenance and repair work in parks, park areas, campground, and facilities.


  • Supervises development, maintenance of wildlife areas; performs timber management duties; prairie and field fire management duties; maintains boat ramps and boundary fences, installs wood duck nesting boxes and fish habitat; maintenance of campground and facilities:  controls vegetation; grades roads and parking lot leading to recreation areas and campgrounds; assists with care and maintenance of live animal displays.    
  • Supervises and assists in all aspects of construction and repair of buildings and outdoor facilities.   
  • Supervises and instructs seasonal employees and volunteers   
  • Purchases and picks up lumber, hardware, chemicals, tools, etc. as needed.   
  • Will assist private landowners with wildlife habitat improvements per NRCS and FSA recommendations. Will assist with tree and native grass plantings as needed.   
  • Will be responsible for maintaining all department tree planters and native grasses drill. Will work with director to coordinate the rental of both pieces of equipment to the public.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Trucks, Tractors, Mowers, Power Tools, Hand Tools, Chain Saw, Heavy Equipment, Farm Equipment


Education and Experience:   

  • Bachelor of Science degree in the natural sciences from an accredited four-year college or university or equivalent education, experience and/or training.   
  • One year experience in wildlife, conservation, or natural science work.  


  • Certified Peace Officer or the ability to be certified in accordance with Iowa Law Enforcement Academy standards.   
  • CPR and First Aid Certification   
  • Valid Driver’s License and insurable under Henry County insurance policy. 
  • Hunter Education Instructor Certified   
  • Pesticide Applicator Certified     
  • Prescribed Fire Certification  


Knowledge of: 

  • Park, park areas, wildlife and building maintenance methods and procedures.   
  • Supervisory principles and techniques.   
  • Plumbing, painting, masonry, electrical and carpentry work.   
  • Tools, material, equipment and practices of parks, park areas, wildlife, and building maintenance and repair work.   
  • Skill in the use of heavy equipment, power tools and hand tools.  

Ability to: 

  • Perform wildlife maintenance work.   
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and the general public.   
  • Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.   
  • Assign and supervise the work of seasonal employees and volunteers.  


  • Substantial amount of physical effort and manual dexterity required to climb/descend ladders, constant standing, and walking, often on ungraded terrain.   
  • Heavy mobility: duties are usually performed by frequent walking and/or standing, kneeling, or squatting relieved by lesser periods of sitting or operating a vehicle.   
  • Good vision is required, either uncorrected or corrected through the use of lens.   
  • Physical ability to lift light article, sometimes weighing up to 50 pounds maximum and carrying an object weighing up to 50 pounds; pushing and/or pulling objects weighing up to 50 pounds maximum.  


  • Frequent exposure to dirt, dust, extremes of temperature, and noxious fumes and odors.   
  • Some exposure to hazardous situations which involve exposure to heavy machinery, hazardous chemicals, power tools, or wild animals.  
  • Willingness to work weekends, holidays, irregular hours, and night shifts.  

This class specification should not be interpreted as all inclusive.  It is intended to identify the major responsibilities and requirements of this job.  The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in the specification.

Must possess a bachelor’s degree in natural resources, outdoor recreation, or a related natural science field and/or 4 years of progressively responsible experience in natural resource management; OR any equivalent combination of education, training,

To Apply
Application forms are available at the Conservation Office, 2593 Nature Center Drive, Mt. Pleasant or on the Henry County website (

Send complete application, cover letter, and resume’ to Caleb Waters on or before 4:30pm

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