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Vegetation Management Aide

Posted 01/12/2022
County Story
Location Nevada ,Iowa
Salary $13/hour
Deadline 02/06/2022


Summary Description
Performs technical work planting native vegetation, conducting prescribed burns, controlling brush, mowing, applying herbicide, and related work as apparent or assigned. Work is performed under the moderate supervision of the Vegetation Management Biologist and Vegetation Management Specialist.

Two positions are available for the summer of 2022. The positions offer opportunities to assist in implementing Story County's Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management program. Major emphasis is on native vegetation management, reconstruction and restoration of roadsides, prairie remnants, open ditches and natural areas. Assigned tasks will also utilize the latest trends in natural resource and vegetation management focusing on invasive species and brush control. The positions start May 16, 2022 and end approximately August 19, 2022. Early spring and/or fall employment opportunities may be available for qualified candidates.

Hours will average 40 hours per week. The standard week week is Monday - Friday. Work hours may vary depending on weather conditions and some evening or early morning work may be necessary.

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.

Eliminates sight hazards in ROW.
Seeds ROW plantings with hydroseeder and installation of other erosion control materials.
Seeds ROW plantings and natural areas with drill or broadcast seeder.
Controls noxious weeds and brush with chemical spray units.
Mows ROW, natural areas, and private land to control invasive weeds and brush.
Performs prescribed fire in ROW and in natural areas.
Performs drainage district management with chainsaws and heavy equipment.
Harvests prairie in seed nurseries using combines.
Composes records for IRVM operations.
Performs maintenance and minor repairs of vehicles, tractors, mowers, drills and other equipment.
Performs upkeep of facility buildings and grounds.
Education and Experience
High school diploma or GED.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
General knowledge of herbicide labels, chainsaws and brush chippers, various sprayers, UTV, power hand tools, tractors, PTO driven rotary mowers, hydraulic driven boon mowers, firefighting skid units, and hydroseeders; general knowledge of repair manuals, equipment operation manuals, maps, and parts schematics; general knowledge of vehicle maintenance reports, sprayer calibrations, Arc map/Arc catalog, and Beacon GIS; ability to create and 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 business needs; ability to work from sketches, drawings, plans or specifications; ability to follow oral and written instructions; ability to ID different plants; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and the general public.

Additional Information:
A cover letter and resume must accompany the online application.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a current, valid driver's license. Applicants with a desire to understand and recognize Iowa's natives flora and fauna are preferred. Applicants must have the ability to obtain a category 6 pesticide applicator certification within the first two weeks of employment. Opportunities to obtain additional pesticide certifications or a commercial driver's license may exist.
Employees will undergo post-offer, pre-employment background checks and drug screening.
Mandatory safety training is scheduled for Monday, May 16, 2022.

To Apply
Submit online application with resume and cover letter

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