Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Wapello, IA, USA
Only applicants who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meet all selective requirements (listed below) will be placed on the eligible list.
Interested applicants are highly encouraged to upload a cover letter and resume to the attachments section on their application for this position. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has two job vacancies for a Natural Resource Technician 1 position, within the Wildlife Bureau, located in Kellerton, IA and Wapello, IA. The primary job responsibilities for this position include: Habitat Management: Oversee implementation of management plans to restore and maintain quality wildlife habitats for Wildlife Management Areas. Complete all phases of grass/forb seedlings and prairie restoration and management including planting recommendations, site preparation, planting, maintenance, controlled burning, and competition control; restoring wetlands including topographical surveys, soils analysis, design of small sites, contract supervision, and actual construction; monitoring and manipulating seasonal water levels within wetlands to maintain desired wetland habitat conditions during nesting, brood-rearing, and migration; completing tree plantings and forest stand improvement practices; planting and managing wildlife food plantings with equipment, herbicide, and tillage; monitoring habitat leases; and controlling weeds. Facility Development and Maintenance : Repair and maintain all WMU facilities, including buildings, signs, parking lots, roads, bridges, culverts, dikes, water control structures, boat ramps, and fences. Monitor and repair boundary signs and fences, grade roads and place rock, repair and service farm equipment, renovate dikes and access roads with earth movers and backhoes, and replace water control structures. Responsible for facilities construction. Recommend locations and specifications for facilities. Construct new facilities including ID signs, boundary fences, roads, parking lots, and boat ramps by using heavy equipment operation and supervising contractors. Project Administration: Assist the NRT2 with preparing reports, records, and documents. Provide daily oversight, leadership, and direction to temporary staff. Instruct staff on safe work practices and procedures. Communicate personnel problems to biologist and supervisor. Notify biologist and supervisor of station emergencies, property damage, or personal injuries. Attend and participate in all required district and statewide meetings, share and exchange technical expertise. Record equipment use, repair, and service schedules and recommend equipment budget. Record work activities and work product records. Keep banding records. Assist with purchasing, bids, and contract supervision. Attend professional and departmental training. Participate in informational and educational activities such as programs for local schools and presentations at department meetings. Population Management: Utilize a weapon in compliance with the State of Iowa's Violence-Free Workplace Policy and related waivers, including taking all requisite training and conforming to written handling procedures for weapons. Trap and band wood ducks, Canada geese, mourning doves, and other animals as part of ongoing population monitoring efforts and research projects. Conduct annual deer counts, roadside game bird surveys, weekly waterfowl counts during fall migration, mid-winter waterfowl counts, and other surveys of both game and non-game species and habitats. Dispatch injured or wounded animals when a law enforcement officer is not readily available; dispatch feral or dangerous animals when a law enforcement officer is not readily available or as assigned; conduct demonstrations utilizing the weapon; collect samples; conduct research on diseased animals and/or plants; and clear brush to access remote areas. Key Abilities and Skills Comprehends and applies department, state, and other laws, rules, and regulations relating to wildlife resources management. Performs wildlife management tasks in all weather conditions and terrains across the state to restore wetlands, construct facilities, manage water levels, and complete and manage plantings. Coordinates with work team to accomplish wildlife management activities. Communicates effectively both in writing and verbally. Uses PC-based software at a moderate level (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access, and various wildlife programs) Safely operates and maintains motor vehicles, outboard motors, boats, trailers, and other wildlife equipment. Critical Job Competencies Accountability, Integrity, High Productivity, Customer Focus, Team Player, Interpersonal Skills, Communication Skills, Computer Skills, Self-Management, Technical Skills (wildlife management) Applicants must meet the minimum requirements for a Natural Resource Technician 1 based on education, experience and special requirements, or an acceptable combination thereof, as established by the Iowa Department of Administrative Services. Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain certification for licensing as a Public Pesticide Applicator within 6 months of employment. Candidates must meet requirements of DAS Selective Certification: #901 - Wildlife Biology. The DNR seeks to hire individuals who wish to support our mission, which is to conserve and enhance our natural resources in cooperation with individuals and organization, to improve the quality of life in Iowa and ensure a legacy for future generations. The starting salary for new state (Executive Branch) employees will be at the base of the pay range. This position offers a competitive salary schedule and benefit package. The State of Iowa is an EEO/AA Employer.
901 Wildlife Biology
6 months' experience, 12 semester hours, or a combination of both.
Minimum Qualification Requirements
The equivalent of two years of full time experience involving facilities maintenance in plumbing, electrical, and/or heating and cooling, or semi-skilled or technical work in a biological, horticultural, conservation, or natural resources program;
ORan equivalent combination of education and experience substituting 30 semester hours of college level course work in a biological or natural resources program for the required experience. For additional information, please click on this link to view the job description (Download PDF reader) .