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Posted 05/28/2021
County O'Brien
Location Peterson ,Iowa
Salary $58,000 - $69,372 with full benefits
Deadline 07/09/2021


The O'Brien County Conservation Board is hiring a Director that is under the supervision of the O'Brien County Conservation Board members, serves as the chief executive officer, and is responsible to plan, coordinate, direct, and oversee all aspects of the County Conservation Board program and department.  The Director oversees the administration of the Conservation Board staff.  The Director manages all property in the conservation system, according to Iowa Code Chapter 350.  The Board prefers the Director serves as a peace officer for O'Brien County owned and managed properties (Iowa Law Enforcement certification or willingness to obtain certification within one year of employment).

The O'Brien County Conservation Board offers a diverse outdoor recreation program providing a variety of program activities.  The Board operates and maintains 942 acres located throughout O'Brien County.  The Conservation Board maintains forty-nine (49) buildings, one (1) nature center, and four (4) campgrounds.

Duties and Responsibilities:

- Administers Conservation Board activities

- Prepares and maintains the Conservation Board budget, minutes of all Conservation Board meetings.

- Prepares and maintains Conservation Board bills, meeting agendas, board meeting preparation and financial reports.

- Responsible for monthly monitoring of Conservation Board budget and sees that expenditures do not exceed the approved fiscal year budget.

- Supervises staff (Assistant Director, Operation's Supervisor, Park Rangers, Naturalist and part-time help).

- Provides information to the public and public relations programs.

- Responsible for law enforcement activities in County parks; conducts routine patrol of parks and storm watch, if appointed as law enforcement officer.

- Writes and completes grant applications for Conservation Board projects; supervises the project and maintains all records required.

- Responsible to make sure the Conservation Board meets all county, city, state, and federal policies and statutes.

- Sees that all Conservation Board employees meet mandatory training requirements.

- Maintain records of licenses and certifications of all Conservation Board employees, including law enforcement certification.

- Responsible for enforcing park rules and regulations.

- Director works with staff on park maintenance as needed.

- Director assists staff in prairie grass/forb establishment, prairie maintenance, seed harvest and prescribed burns.

- Director supervises construction projects.

- Director attends meetings as required to represent the Conservation Board.

- Director purchases equipment and supplies within the Conservation Board.

- Responsible to organize and conduct Iowa Hunter Safety classes.

- The Director maintains the O'Brien County Conservation Board's website and webpage.

*These duties are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive.  Other duties may be required by the O'Brien County Conservation Board members.

Skills and Abilities:

- Must have excellent public speaking skills.

- Must have excellent communication skills.

- Must have excellent supervisory skills & ability to manage staff successfully.

- Must have knowledge in administration skills, budget management, financial record keeping, public relations, and knowledge pertaining to the operation and maintenance of equipment.

- Must have knowledge of natural resource management in areas of wildlife, fisheries, prairie management, forestry, and parks. 

- Must have basic field identification and natural history of native plants and animals in Iowa.

- Must have knowledge to efficiently use the following computer programs: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Power Point, Microsoft Outlook, Adobe Acrobat and the accounting program Quick Books.

Special Requirements:

- Have or obtain a valid Iowa driver's license and insurable under County liability coverage.

- Have or obtain certification of successful completion of CPR training.

- Have or obtain certification in basic first aid.

- Have or obtain S130/S190 Wildland fire certification.

- Have or obtain Iowa Hunters Education Instructor certification.

- Have or obtain commercial pesticide applicators license.

- Successful candidate will be required to pass a post-offer physical, drug screen, and background check.

Law enforcement certification is preferred.  The following is required for a law enforcement appointment:

- Applicant must be a U.S. citizen

- Must become a resident of Iowa upon appointment.

- Must never have been convicted of a felony.

- Must comply with the minimum Iowa Peace Officers requirements established by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and Chapter 80 of the Iowa Code for Peace Officers.

- Must be at least 21 years of age and not exceed age 65 on date of appointment.

Application Process:

Please visit our website at to obtain a copy of the full job description and application.  Please send or drop off completed application form, resume and cover letter to the O’Brien County Conservation Board Attention: Board Chairman, at 4931 Yellow Avenue, Peterson, IA 51047. Applications will be accepted through June 17, 2021.

Bachelor's degree in natural resources or a related field is required (or acceptable amount of experience in lieu of degree). Iowa Law Enforcement certification or willingness to obtain is preferred. Three years of experience in natural resources.

To Apply
Please send or drop off completed application form, resume and cover letter to the O’Brien County Conservation Board Attention: Board Chairman, at 4931 Yellow Avenue, Peterson, IA 51047. Applications will be accepted through July 9, 2021.

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