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Benton County Iowa

Park Ranger


Date Posted: 1/3/2022
Department: Conservation
Type of Employment: Full-Time

Job Title: South Unit Park Ranger
Salary: $43,000.00-$50,000.00
Department: Benton County Conservation
Reports To: Director
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Supervises: Seasonal Staff and Volunteers


SUMMARY
This Park Ranger position is responsible for park operations and safety of park visitors, wildlife, and facilities. This position also helps provide campers and park users with a positive experience while visiting the county parks. Expected split of time: 25% law enforcement and 75% land management and park maintenance. Position based out of Hannen Lake Park.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 
1. Performs park duties such as collecting camping registrations and fees.
2. Performs safety checks for all park facilities, including playgrounds, walkways, trails, buildings and grounds areas.
3. Researches funding sources and writes grants that help improve the quality of our parks.
4. Performs maintenance duties including, but not limited to, cleaning facilities, repairing park facilities as needed, routinely servicing equipment and vehicles.
5. Takes responsibility for opening and closing all assigned county conservation areas.
6. Manage properties independently and works with staff to accomplish conservation goals.
7. Supervises seasonal workers including, but not limited to, assigning, checking and planning the work of seasonal staff and volunteers. 
8. Educates part-time staff on the proper and safe use of equipment and ensures policies are followed. 
9. Plans major park projects to ensure proper staffing and deadlines are set.
10. Enforces all Local, State, and Federal laws pertaining to the operation of parks within Benton County Conservation owned areas.
11. Answers emergency calls and provides law enforcement support by patrolling the parks to ensure safety of the park visitors, wildlife, and facilities.
12. Work weekends during summer recreation season and as needed.    
13. Regular work attendance is required.  
14. Preference given to those living within 30 minutes of Hannen Lake Park after hire.
15. Performs other duties as assigned.  


QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE 
2-year or 4-year (college or technical school) and 1-year conservation experience.
REQUIRED UPON HIRE or WITHIN ONE YEAR THEREAFTER
- Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Certification (preferred upon hire) (https://ileatraining.org/default.aspx/MenuItemID/239/MenuGroup/Home.htm)
- Valid driver’s license (upon hire)
- Class A CDL 
- Pesticide Applicator’s License 
- CPR and first aid certification


LANGUAGE SKILLS 
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations. Ability to successfully write reports for the conservation board, business correspondence and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and the general public. 


TECHNICAL SKILLS 
- Microsoft Windows and Office, email, and other basic computer resources. 
- GIS/GPS equipment
- Other tools and equipment used in natural resource management.
 
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES 
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team. 
- Ability to multi-task and prioritize job activities to achieve maximum overall results.
- Ability to develop and maintain positive interpersonal relationships internally and with external contacts.
- Ability to operate equipment such as drills, saws, lawn mowers, utility tractors, weed trimmers and chainsaws. 
- Ability to perform basic equipment maintenance. 
- Ability to work on basic construction needs.
- Ability to provide informative and professional assistance when working with the public, customers and county personnel. 
- Ability to supervise assigned personnel in performance of their duties such that performance exceeds or meets expectations.
- Ability to work with others in the attainment of department duties and county goals. 
- Demonstration of good oral and written communication and organizational skills.
- Knowledge of wildlife protection, Law Enforcement, and conservation.
- Ability to interact with individuals of all ages and backgrounds. 


PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and use hands to grasp, handle or feel. Also required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, push or pull, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds and occasionally exert up to 50 pounds of force to move objects. 


WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This worker is subject to outside environmental conditions year around. This worker is subject to extreme cold and extreme heat. The worker is subject to noise and hazards including moving mechanical parts, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to high heat or exposure to chemicals; conditions that may include fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gasses or poor ventilation; oils.
Applicants must be familiar with the requirements to enter and successfully complete or have already completed the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (https://ileatraining.org/default.aspx/MenuItemID/239/MenuGroup/Home.htm)


TO APPLY
Apply online at www.bentoncountyia.gov 
Must include: completed application, resume, 3 references, and cover letter
Applications due by 3:30pm, Friday, February 4th, 2022


QUESTIONS
Contact Shelby Williams, Director, at [email protected]