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Trails/Natural Resources Technician

Posted 02/11/2020
County Story
Location Ames ,Iowa
Salary $38,480.00 - $40,851.20 Annually
Deadline 03/08/2020

Summary Description

Performs intermediate semiskilled work maintaining and enhancing trails and conservation properties, inspecting trails and performing trail maintenance, improvements, and assists with special projects; performs natural resource work, and related work as apparent or assigned. Work is performed under the regular supervision of the Park Rangers.

Job Duties/Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Plans and performs trail maintenance, repairs and improvements and coordinates with field staff to accomplish objectives.
  • Monitors all SCCB owned and managed trail conditions and inspects them for safety.
  • Uses GPS/GIS equipment for trail mapping; installs and maintains trail signage and mapping.
  • Attends Trails Advisory Committee meetings and helps manage the program to accomplish SCCB's trail goals.
  • Promotes SCCB trails through events and outreach.
  • Operates and provides general maintenance associated with trail and natural resource equipment.
  • Identifies native plants and implements management techniques.
  • Identifies local invasive species issues and implements management techniques.
  • Performs vegetation management including but not limited to planting, mowing, pruning, cutting, implementing timber stand improvements; uses chemical herbicides/pesticides and plans and conducts prescribed burns.
  • Attends meetings, conferences, and workshops in trail safety standards, trends in trail management and vegetation management operations.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Thorough knowledge of the common practices, tools, terminology, general maintenance standards and safety precautions of trails and natural resource equipment; thorough knowledge of the use and characteristics of common trail equipment and tools including but not limited to trucks, tractors, skid steers, UTV's, mowers, brush chippers, chain saws,firefighting equipment, and power tools; ability to maintain applicable records of service; ability to operate standard office equipment and related hardware and software; ability to learn specialized software related to department needs; ability to learn specialized equipment related to organizational needs; ability to work from sketches, drawings, plans or specifications; ability to follow oral and written instructions; ability to estimate needed materials and time required for various jobs; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and the general public.




Bachelor's degree with coursework in conservation or related field and moderate experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Resume, Cover Letter, and 3 References must be included in application in order to be considered. 

Special Requirements

  • Applicable position, department, organization and professional training will be provided and must be completed upon hire and on an ongoing basis. 
  • Pesticide applicator license Category  6 and 1A within six months of hire.
  • Valid class A commercial driver's license with airbrake endorsement in the State of Iowa within six months of hire.
  • Valid certification for completion of NWCG S130 and S190 within six months of hire.

Bachelor's degree with coursework in conservation or related field and moderate experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

To Apply
Online application required.

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