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Vegetation Management Biologist

Posted 02/13/2024
County Story
Location Nevada ,Iowa
Salary $63,596.22 - $92,106.29 Annually
Deadline 03/10/2024


Job Duties/Responsibilities

  • Develops, plans, and administers a program to control problem vegetation in rights-of-way and drainage districts.
  • Preserves and restores natural prairie lands.
  • Maintains required records.
  • Supervises and participates in planting and maintaining native and introduced grass and flower communities in newly grades, cleaned out, or otherwise disturbed sites on county rights-of-way and other county open spaces.
  • Prepares and administers vegetation management budget.
  • Participates as a member of the Conservation management team, including participating in strategic/operational planning, budget development and management, problem identification and resolution, and recommending and implementing strategies to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery of services and programming.
  • Oversees maintenance and record keeping on all program equipment, vehicles, and facilities.
  • Oversees and provides technical support for the rental of conservation planting equipment.
  • Cooperates with universities and other agencies in conducting research and analyzing data to determine trends in roadside vegetation and wildlife and to help facilitate vegetation management decision.
  • Networks with support groups and external agencies to implement good stewardship practices and program goals.
  • Submits periodic program reports to the Conservation Board, County Engineer, and Board of Supervisors.
  • Conducts outreach programs and in-service training related to vegetation management.
  • May serve as Story County Weed Commissioner.
  • Prepares grant applications.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.



  • Knowledge of natural resources conservation principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of the common practices, tools, terminology, and safety precautions of park, weed, right-of-way, and equipment maintenance.
  • Knowledge of the flora and fauna of Iowa.
  • Knowledge of pesticides and their use related to vegetation management.
  • Knowledge of Iowa’s Drainage District system.
  • Knowledge of budget management principles.
  • Skill in the use of computers and job-related software programs.
  • Skill in the analysis of data and in the development of vegetation management plans based on that data.
  • Skill in the operation of a variety of grounds management equipment.
  • Skill in developing and implementing conservation programs and services.
  • Skill in communicating complex ideas both orally and in writing.
  • Skill in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with county officials, community partners, staff, and the general public.


See job announcement on Story County website.

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