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Posted 03/04/2020
County Dickinson
Location Milford ,Iowa
Salary $40,000 - $42,000 with standard county benefits


Primary Duties:

It is the primary responsibility of the Dickinson County IRVM program to perform the following duties on the East side of the county to Highway 71 an annual basis.   

Perform control of noxious weeds on the designated area of the county. 

Decisions as beginning and ending of spraying/removal, prescribed fire determination and implementation, and preservation of native plant communities within the county rights of ways will be performed on an annual work basis.

The Roadside full time employees will conduct all spraying activities. 

This will include both herbicide applications of noxious weeds, invasive plants, and foliar brush spraying. 

The seasonal staff will be responsible for applying Tordon RTU to cut stumps. 

The use of Tordon will still be over seen by the IRVM. This will document daily spray records for both brush and noxious weeds. 

Records of chemical purchased for the fiscal year.  It will also give a yearly report to the County Conservation Director and Supervisors of chemical usage and how much progress was made in the county on vegetation management. 

The second responsibility:

 Oo develop a map and prioritize planting on the west half of the county to spray and plant 3% of the ROWS, including cleanouts. 

This will include the management of these ROWS in the following years including mowing and prescribed fire.  This includes site preparation needed to ensure proper planting conditions, which include walking the site for hazards.

Oats, annual rye and winter wheat may be used as cover crops if necessary to hold the soil in place.

Wil use several methods of seeding, hydro-seeding, drilling, broadcast seeding, and hand seeding

The third responsibility:

Iis removing of brush in the ROWS, these duties would be when the wind is too high for spraying and unable to do management practices on other ROWS. 

All tree/brush cutting will be performed and overseen by the IRVM. 

If a tree, or trees, is too large to safety remove them, and then it will be the engineer’s responsibility to remove them with larger equipment.

Francis Sites/LID practices duties for the County  The Dickinson County Conservation Board is responsible for maintenance of plants such as weed management, prairie management, and live tree removal.  Prairie management will consist of mowing, trimming, spraying, planting and burning of the areas along with prevention of woody vegetation from growing with in the easement areas.Conservation Board representative will report any concerns on structural issues, blocking of drainage pipes out of the structure or sediment concerns. Conservation Board is not responsible financially to investigate the solutions or to fix the issues but may upon approval of the Conservation Board take on the responsibility to coordinate the efforts and request proper compensation for time, equipment and materials basis at a minimum.Conservation Board representative will report to the Board of Supervisors any Easement issues from surrounding land owners, but it not responsible for enforcing the easement or easement boundaries from adjoining property owners.  Easement encroachments include but are not limited to subscribe mowing management by those other than conservation board staff or their contractors, non approved drainage from adjoining land that may cause erosion or stabilization issues, building structures, hard landscaping materials, grade modification materials, filling, excavating, access limiting actions that prohibit management equipment or personnel from managing the prairie, wetland efficiently and safely.  Any easement encroachment that is not enforced and resolved by the City of Spirit Lake and/or the Dickinson County Supervisors within 12 months will allow the Dickinson County Conservation Board to terminate this agreement with a 30 day written notice.Conservation Board representative will perform an annual overall inspection of the operation of the drawdown structures and the emergency overflow spillways for the 100-year storm event.  Conservation Board representative will provide annually a written review of the inspection and the structure’s condition to the Board of Supervisors.The Conservation Department will provide an estimated annual budget for anticipated services at each annual budget preparation.  The Board of Supervisors is responsible financially and will provide for adequate funding or compensation for the maintenance or repairs of all structures. Working the tube hill or any other duties assigned by the Director

A minimum of a bachelor’s degree with major coursework in natural resources, outdoor recreation, education or other applicable field. A strong mix of academics and pertinent work experience is preferred.

To Apply
Submit cover letter and resume with references to Lee Sorenson, Executive Director
Dickinson County Nature Center
22785 Nature Center Road
Okoboji, IA 51360
or via email to

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