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Posted 03/27/2019
County Washington
Location Ainsworth ,Iowa
Salary $45,000-$50,000
Deadline 04/12/2019





Name:                                                                                     Department:  Conservation Board

Title:  Ranger/Technician                                                       FLSA:  Non-Exempt

Hire Date:                                                                              Reports To:  Executive Director


Minimum Requirements:

            Valid Iowa Class A CDL Driver’s License       Age 18 or older                                                            Background check required                             Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Certification

            Ability to obtain Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s License

            Ability to obtain S130 & S190 Wildland Fire Training Certification (for prescribed burns)


On a full-time basis, provides for the maintenance and security of facilities and premises owned and maintained by the Washington County Conservation Board (WCCB). Enforces Board policies and rules, operates and maintains equipment and various tools used in maintenance and repair functions. Assists in the maintenance of department records and in public relations functions.


The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Directs and/or participates in the maintenance and repair activities in WCCB-managed recreation areas: assures that facilities and grounds are properly cared for, regularly inspects and patrols assigned property, assigns tasks to other employees, and reviews completed work.

Enforces the laws of the State of Iowa to ensure the safety of WCCB-managed property and the general public: makes arrests for crimes committed in the assigned areas, assists visitors or other law enforcement officers when needed, and appears in court when necessary. Responds to written or telephone requests from the general public for information or assistance on numerous conservation topics to assist them with problems or questions they may encounter and to clarify or explain WCCB rules.

Oversees revenue intake from area user fees to assure proper and accurate accounting of receipts. Establishes and maintains a uniform collection system, and reviews the system to ensure that it is operating efficiently.

Makes presentations to a variety of pubic groups to promote sound conservation practices.

Oversees inventory of assigned recreation areas to ensure proper accounting of all WCCB-owned property and adequate amounts of all supplies; accounts for all tools and equipment assigned to areas, orders supplies as necessary, and checks in supplies upon receipt.

Patrols assigned areas in order to protect them.

Provides inputs into the maintenance and development of WCCB lands or facilities.

Provides first aid assistance to area visitors to assure their safety.


Must be currently certified by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy or eligible for enrollment, including meeting all standards, or the achievement of graduation from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy certification within 18 months of employment is a condition of continued employment. A partial list of standards follows:

  1. Background investigation and evaluation (including fingerprint searches) for substance abuse or arrest and conviction records that indicate an individual could not serve effectively as a peace officer;

  2. Physical examination to determine an individual is free from conditions which may adversely affect the performance of duties;

  3. Vision exam requiring uncorrected vision of not less and 20/100 in both eyes, correctable to 20/20, and normal color vision;

  4. Hearing exam showing normal hearing in both ears; and

  5. Battery of psychological exams to determine that the minimum standards for mental fitness required for a law enforcement officer are met.

Have or obtain a Class A CDL within 1 year of hiring, and maintain as a condition of continued employment.

Have or obtain a Commercial Chemical Applicators License in the categories of forestry, roadside, and aquatics within one year of hire.

Have or obtain certification for conducting prescribed burns in WCCB-managed properties within 18 months of hire.


Knowledge of the policies, procedures, and regulations of the WCCB.

Knowledge of the principles and practices of facilities management.

Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of equipment and tools used in parks work.

Knowledge of the safety precautions necessary in the performance of duties.

Knowledge of the laws and regulations of the WCCB and the effective enforcement of them.

Knowledge of general conservation principles and practices used by the WCCB.

Knowledge of water, hunter, snowmobile, etc., safety practices.

Knowledge of basic first aid practices and their applications.

Ability to use tact, courtesy, and sound judgment in handling emergencies and delicate and sensitive matters, and in dealing with the public.

Ability to plan and organize work and to oversee the work of parks personnel, inmates, community service workers, and volunteers.

Ability to express ideas effectively, both in oral communication with other employees and park visitors, and in written reports of parks activities.

Ability to inspect assigned facilities and equipment to determine what repairs or service are necessary and where improvements can be made.

Ability to detect violations of the law and to take proper action when laws are broken.

Ability to remain on-call 24 hours a day to deal with disturbances in camping areas, assist with accidents, etc. Will work irregular hours, including weekends and holidays.

Ability to work outdoors under any type of weather condition, and to withstand physically demanding work, such as lifting, bending, or hauling.

Displays high standards of ethical conduct.  Exhibits honesty and integrity. 

Works and communicates in a polite, courteous, and cooperative manner. Committed to quality service.

Displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment toward completing assignments efficiently. Works with minimal supervision. Demonstrates responsible behavior and attention to detail.

Responds appropriately to supervision.  Makes an effort to follow policy and cooperate with supervisors.

Aligns behavior with needs, priorities, and goals of the organization.

Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity. Fosters commitment and team spirit.

Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information. Listens to others and responds appropriately.

Maintains certification as a peace officer with the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.

Resides in Washington County.

Operates and maintains machinery, tools, and equipment used in the maintenance/repair of facilities and premises.

Provides program information to the public regarding timber and forestry management, wildlife habitat and related conservation issues through periodic newsletter articles, meetings, and related media sources.

Provides supervision of and technical services to all part-time and seasonal employees, as well as students, volunteers, and community service workers (as needed).

Maintains time sheets, expenditure reports, invoices, forms, drawings, design plans, permits, grant applications, inventory records, and related operational documents.




Physical Requirements

Considerable field work is involved in this position, which includes: maintenance of trucks, tractors, mowers, augers, tree planters, trailers, tree trimmers, chain saws, boats, motors, sprayers, various power saws, power painting equipment, etc. Lifting and carrying heavy objects is required (occasionally 60 pounds or more).  Regularly uses a variety of hand and power tools in various trade functions required to maintain facilities.  Requires regular movements of fingers and hands in grasping objects, regular use of feet and legs in various operations, and regular movement of arms and torso in driving and operating various equipment.

Mathematical Ability

Proficient in basic arithmetic skills (addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication).

Language Ability & Interpersonal Communication

Applies knowledge of relevant statutes and board policies to situations encountered in work.  Ability to interact effectively with the general public, part-time employees, governmental officials, landowners, and farmers.  Ability to operate office equipment including computer literacy.  Skill in the operation of vehicles, equipment, and tools used in maintenance and repair tasks.

Environmental Adaptability

Regular exposure to temperature extremes according to the season of year.  Regular exposure to occupational hazards involved in operating a variety of mechanical equipment, hand and power tools in various maintenance/repair functions.


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