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Conservation Technician


Posted 06/23/2022
County Wapello
Location Bloomfield ,Iowa
Salary $42,000-$43,000


Description
  Conservation Technician

1.      Definition

  • Works under the general supervision of the Operation Supervisor. Worker will be directly involved in land management involving area natural resources. Will need to understand ecological principles and be proficient in the operation and maintenance of equipment used in maintaining WCCB facilities and property.
  • For the purpose of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) the Conservation Technician will be classified as a “Non-Executive Employee”. 
  •   At times, required to work non-standard work week that may include nights, weekends, holidays and overtime.

2.      Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists in developing area management plans while having the expertise and knowledge to effectively implement plans. Ability to carry out “best management practices” dependent on existing conditions and circumstances.
  • Assists in planning, developing, and managing habitat improvement projects that include prairie restoration, savanna management, woodland management, and wetland management.
  • Assists in area maintenance work such as but not limited to: repair of buildings, tables, fireplaces, developed grounds, boat docks, roads, parking lots, multiple-use trails/interpretive trail systems, restrooms, boundary fences, signage, landscaping, and erosion control structures.
  •  Operates a large variety of equipment such as trucks, tractors, skid loaders, mowers, brush cutters, chain saws, fire-fighting equipment, power tools, attrition mills, and fan mills.
  •  Operates appropriate equipment to carry out brush and weed control. Uses hand tools and power tools on projects.
  •   Keeps current in safety and maintenance operations through attendance at meetings, conferences, and workshops.
  • Instructs seasonal staff in the safe and correct use of motorized equipment and power tools on projects.
  •  Plants trees, shrubs, and other herbaceous plants on public and private property using equipment and techniques applicable to the site.
  • Conducts prescribed burns on public and private property.
  • Assists other staff with preparing and performing special projects and programs.
  • Assists with display development projects at Pioneer Ridge Nature Center.
  • Routinely meets with the pubic providing information on areas, programs, rules, and regulations. Able to collect necessary fees for park services. Provides assistance and other services as required.
  • Provides for the safety of park and area users and administers first aid in case of accidents.
  • Works closely with local law enforcement agencies to enforce laws and regulations pertaining to the operation of county recreation areas.
  • Assists in maintaining use records, maintenance records, management records, and preparing reports.
  • Assists in the upkeep of existing facilities including routine cleaning and organization of county equipment.
  • Must be able to supervise and train seasonal workers, community service workers and volunteers.
  •  Assists in evaluating changes in recreation user groups and offering program changes and recommendations to accommodate changing public needs.
  • Shall perform other duties as instructed by the Director.
  • Employee serves at will of Wapello County Conservation Board.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all skills, effort, responsibilities and working conditions required of people assigned to this job.

 

3.      Knowledge, Ability, and Skills:

  •  Working knowledge in the management of forests, prairies, savannas, and wetlands. Must keep current on recent research in order to apply best management practices to a wide range of environmental management challenges.
  • Knowledgeable of plant and animal communities. Must be able to identify common plants, animals, birds, and animals and understand their basic habitat and spatial requirements.
  • Must be able to recognize and identify non-native invasive plant species and apply methods of control.
  • Basic knowledge of computers.
  • Knowledgeable in the operation of heavy equipment, gas-powered equipment, and hand tools to accomplish management objectives.
  • Knowledgeable in basic construction, electrical and plumbing techniques.
  • Knowledgeable in basic repair of vehicles, equipment, and small tools.
  • Able to communicate positively and effectively with the public and staff both orally and in writing on a wide range of environmental issues and county conservation programs.
  • Have the knowledge, dedication, and desire to develop and implement conservation programs that benefit Wapello County resources and citizens.
  • Have basic knowledge of government programs impacting public and private land management.
  • Have basic knowledge of state laws and regulations pertaining to all public property.
  • Able to enforce regulations as required.
  • Able to prioritize, plan, assign, and supervise work of seasonal employees.
  • Able to help plan major/minor projects impacting WCCB facilities and properties.
  • Able to use independent judgement to solve problems associated with maintenance 


Qualifications
High school diploma or equivalent required. Associate degree in a natural resource related field is acceptable, or one to three years of experience in related field, or the equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required

To Apply
Submit cover letter and resume to rtebbs@wapellocounty.org, or mail in resume and cover letter to
1339 HWY 63
Bloomfield, IA 52537


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