Leadership, Maintenance Facilities, Operations, Parks
Under the general supervision of the Natural Resources Manager, provides technical and program support to PCC field operations; assess park lands and prescribes ecological (habitat, flora, fauna, water, etc.) protection plans; guides Polk County Conservation land use management and capital improvement planning efforts and related duties for protecting Polk County parks which includes natural areas, trails, greenways, recreational facilities, wildlife and recreational areas. Coordinates higher education collaborations, research opportunities and identifies alternative funding options. The primary role of this position is to develop strategies that balance the conservation priorities in the county with the recreational needs of the public and to be the force that preserves and protects Polk County's diversified ecosystems.
1. Participates in the planning, coordination and implementation of conservation, preservation and restoration work regarding Polk County Conservation's various ecosystems.
2. Collects and analyzes data to determine the best course of action for conservation, preservation and/or restoration of parklands including preparation of land management policies for Board consideration.
3. Participates in specialized natural resource restoration projects such as: prescribed fire burns, timber stand improvement, wildlife habitat improvement, fishery habitat, reforestation, prairie rehabilitation, wetland restoration, enhancing nature trails, hazardous material handling and pesticide applications.
4. Inspects parks and related areas to identify needs/impacts of environmental health, inventory of diversified plant and animal species; and analyzes boundary watershed and land use issues.
5. Coordinates and manages PCC's crop rental and hay ground operations, wetland mitigation banks and water quality testing.
6. Inspects grounds, habitats and archeological data, to identify environmental conditions for review of plans and specifications to protect PCC's natural resources and archeological areas; ensures compliance with local, state, and federal environmental safety/health regulations.
7. Serves as liaison between professional resource management agencies, higher education institute collaboration and research opportunities and serve as a resource for botanical and biological requests. Coordinates research, inventories involving parkland flora and fauna and develops land use management plans.
8. Leverages conservation planning both within the organization and among regional stakeholders.
9. Performs related duties as required
Considerable knowledge of the principles/techniques used in park/natural resource management and restoration of diverse ecosystems.
Considerable knowledge of state, federal, and local laws/regulations pertaining to conservation/natural resource management.
Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives.
Knowledge of the materials, methods, practices, and equipment used in the maintenance, repair, and care of plants and animals.
Knowledge of occupational hazards/safety precautions pertaining to park maintenance and natural resources restoration activities.
Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
Ability to identify key partnerships, cultivate relationships with other governmental and non-governmental entities.
Ability to identify significant land acquisitions to preserve and protect unique ecosystems or current PCC managed land.
Ability to develop relationships with adjacent property owners, higher education providers, research entities and negotiate resolutions for land, services and cooperative planning.
Ability to maintain accurate records, prepare clear and concise reports and make formal presentations to stakeholders.
Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.
Ability to walk/stand for prolonged periods on uneven surfaces in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
Ability to obtain/maintain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Iowa.
Ability to obtain a Pesticide Applicator license.
Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans.
A criminal background check is required.
Ability to maintain an Iowa driver license.
Internal Number: C20-06
About Polk County Conservation Board
The Polk County Conservation Board’s mission is to provide the citizens of Polk County with quality outdoor recreation, conservation education, and long term protection of Polk County’s natural heritage.
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