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Vegetation Management Aide

Posted 07/01/2020
County Story
Location Nevada ,Iowa
Salary $11.50/hour


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. This position will start  July 2020 and run through February 2021 depending on hours worked.

Category: Natural Resources

Department: Conservation


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 lands 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. 

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. 

E-VERIFY PROCESS:Story County participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered a position with Story County must complete Section 1 of Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity. Please be prepared to provide required documents on the first day of employment. For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 515-382-7200 or go to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at:

Physical & Environmental Characteristics: This work requires the regular exertion of up to 25 pounds of force, frequent exertion of up to 50 pounds of force and occasional exertion of up to 100 pounds of force; work regularly requires speaking or hearing and using hands to finger, handle or feel, frequently requires standing, walking, sitting, climbing or balancing and lifting and occasionally requires stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling, reaching with hands and arms, tasting or smelling and pushing or pulling; work requires distance vision, ability to adjust focus, depth perception, color perception and peripheral vision; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word and conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly or quickly; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels and to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound; work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, using of measuring devices, operating machines, operating motor vehicles or equipment and observing general surroundings and activities; work regularly requires working near moving mechanical parts and exposure to outdoor weather conditions, frequently requires working in high, precarious places, exposure to fumes or airborne particles and exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals and occasionally requires exposure to vibration exposure to bloodborne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment; work is generally in a loud noise location (e.g. grounds maintenance, heavy traffic). 

High school diploma or GED.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a current, valid driver's license. Opportunities to obtain a commercial pesticide applicator certification or a commercial driver's license may exist.

To Apply

A cover letter and resume must accompany the online application.

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