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ASSISTANT NATURALIST~ HENRRY COUNTY

Description: Permanent, full-time position, assists the Naturalist in organizing, developing, and coordinating a quality environmental educational program to the residents of Henry County, as well as, assisting in the development and promotion of the department through its websites and social media.

Education and Certifications:
 Graduation from an accredited college, with a minimum of a two-year degree in a related field of study, AND one-year experience in professional conservation, education, or natural science work or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

 Must hold a valid Driver’s License and be insurable under Henry County’s insurance policy.

 Successful Pre-employment Screening required.

Salary: $35,736 plus excellent benefits.

To Apply: Submit a completed Henry County Job Application (available at: www.henrycountyiowa.us/jobopenings.htm)
and resume to:
John Pullis, Director
Henry County Conservation Department
2593 Nature Center Drive
Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641

Deadline: December 16, 2016


JOB SUMMARY:
Assists the Naturalist in organizing, developing, and coordinating a quality environmental educational program to the residents of Henry County, as well as, assisting in the development and promotion of the department through its websites and social media.

PRIMARY FUNCTIONS:
Researches, develops, prepares and presents programs, speeches and special events to various groups including school classes (preschool through college), teacher in-services, sporting organizations, local civic and service clubs, churches and youth groups.
Conducts research and develops and designs written educational materials and displays concerning conservation; assists with construction of displays.

Researches and writes articles for a conservation newsletter; assists with design and layout; assists with the writing of other promotional brochures, news releases and information flyers.

Answers the phone answering questions, referring to appropriate persons or organization or taking messages; takes reservations for shelters, meeting room, and cabins.

Sorts invoices and prepares claims for Board approval, collects and deposits all incoming fees, maintains an up-to-date inventory of equipment and facilities.

Assists in the management of the Outdoor Classroom.

SECONDARY FUNCTIONS:
Keeps department office and nature center open; greets visitors to the nature center and answers questions.

May act as Board Secretary, takes and types the minutes.

Performs other related duties as required.

MATERIAL AND EQUPMENT USED:
Pickup Truck or Van Power Tools General Office Equipment
Audiovisual Equipment Housekeeping Equipment

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIRED:
Education and Experience:
Graduation from college, with a minimum of a two-year degree in a related field of study, AND one-year experience in professional conservation, education, or natural science work or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Successful Pre-Employment Screening required.

LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS:
Iowa Hunter Safety Instructor
Valid Driver’s License and insurable under the Henry County insurance policy.
CPR Certification

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of:
Current conservation principles and practices.
Trees, shrubs, flowers, fish, reptiles, birds, and other wildlife common of Henry County.
Current literature, trends, and developments in the fields of education and conservation.
Geology, soils, and other natural sciences.

Ability to:
Give informal talks and formal presentations regarding conservation to groups of all ages.
Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
Interpret and effectively apply Henry County Conservation Board policy, procedure, rules and regulations relative to conservation education.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and the general public.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL ABILITIES:
Substantial amount of physical effort and manual dexterity required to climb/descend ladders, constant standing and walking, often on ungraded terrain.
Physical ability to lift medium articles, sometimes weighing up to 50 pounds maximum and carrying of objects weighing up to 50 pounds; pushing and/or pulling object weighing up to 50 pounds maximum.
Good vision is required, either uncorrected or corrected through the use of lens.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
Works primarily in an office environment, however, time is spent outside exposed to temperature extremes, dirt, dust, noise, etc.
Work is performed in a normal office environment, with some exposure to outdoor temperatures and driving a vehicle in moderate to heavy traffic.
Some exposure to hazardous situations which involve exposure to heavy machinery, hazardous chemicals, power tools, or wild animals.
Working time may require irregular hours and shift times.

This class specification should not be interpreted as all inclusive. It is intended to identify the major responsibilities and requirements of this job. The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in the specification.


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WATERSHED MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY PROJECT COORDINATOR~ BENTON COUNTY
Position Opening Announcement
Watershed Management Authority Project Coordinator
Middle Cedar WMA

Announcement Date: November 29
Application Closing Date: December 23
Anticipated Date of Hire: January 16, 2017

Benton County seeks a self-motivated, experienced Watershed Project Coordinator to oversee development and execute implementation of the Middle Cedar watershed management plan. The primary objectives of the project are flood mitigation and improved water quality within the Middle Cedar River watershed. Additionally, the plan will address areas of environmental concern that include but are not limited to nutrient loading, sedimentation, and other hydrologic, soil conservation and water quality issues for the Middle Cedar Watershed Management Authority (WMA). The ideal candidate will have experience in watershed planning and/or project management, an ability to interpret scientific concepts clearly and proficiently, and a demonstrated capacity to work with diverse stakeholder groups, including local public officials, NGOs, landowners, farmers, businesses, and the general public.

Position Summary:
The project coordinator will serve as the primary point of contact for the Iowa Watershed Approach (IWA) program in Benton County. The multi-faceted nature of this program will require that the successful candidate have a diverse skill set and the ability to coordinate multiple activities with overlapping deadlines. The successful candidate should be well-versed in watershed planning and management concepts, have the technical capacity to interpret water resource data and information, and strong communication skills.

The employee will oversee the development of a watershed management plan for the WMA, manage and coordinate the implementation of the watershed management plan including flood resiliency conservation projects and associated conservation planning, information and education outreach programs, and other related activities essential to the IWA (Iowa Watershed Approach), the WMA and its membership. The project coordinator will be closely involved with overseeing a variety of activities. Specific tasks include:
• Stakeholder engagement: The project coordinator will, in many respects, be the face of the Middle Cedar WMA. In order for the program to be successful, there must be support from all levels of watershed stakeholders but especially participating governmental entities that constitute the Middle Cedar WMA and landowners within the targeted Middle Cedar sub watersheds. The project coordinator will research, plan, and implement an information and education outreach program to raise awareness and encourage participation in the implementation of proven practices. This effort should incorporate water monitoring data, information on best management practices, and utilize new and existing information available from a variety of sources. Examples of expected activities include informational meetings, field days, newsletters and local media coverage, workshops, and recognitions for active participants.
• Development of a watershed management plan: The project coordinator will oversee the development of a watershed management plan for the Middle Cedar watershed that meets the core objectives of flood mitigation and improved water quality. The project coordinator will collaborate with partners and contractors to devise a comprehensive watershed management plan in a timely fashion that is relevant to the Middle Cedar WMA and has a life expectancy far beyond the five year sunset of the IWA.
• Implementation of the watershed management plan: The project coordinator will coordinate the implementation of the watershed management plan. These duties will include stakeholder engagement, coordinating water quality monitoring, and assisting with the implementation of best management practices designed to increase flood resilience in the project area. The coordinator will work one-on-one with landowners, tenants, and other decision makers to facilitate adoption and implementation of the practices and structures identified in the watershed management plan. The coordinator will assist applicants in navigating through the process of acquiring cost-share assistance through the IWA program.
• Project evaluation: The coordinator will evaluate project activities on an ongoing basis, working with local partners and stakeholders to prioritize current and future project activities. Use current technology and tools, such as GIS, to identify resource needs and identify innovative solutions. Utilize monitoring and measurement techniques to evaluate progress toward meeting project goals and implementation of solutions. Assist the WMA in identifying other flood reduction and water quality funding sources and assist in applying for funds through those programs.
• Overall project coordination: The IWA program will have multiple activities on-going throughout the five-year program. The coordinator will collaborate with appropriate agencies, groups, and individuals that can affect the success of the implementation of the plan. The coordinator will plan and lead group meetings as well as one-on-one meetings with project sponsors, WMA members, local cooperators, and various WMA stakeholders. The project coordinator will organize and publicize meetings and will maintain a clear understanding of project timelines and budgets. The coordinator will be the point of contact for IWA program partners, as well as contractors and consultants hired to develop and implement the watershed plan.
• Project Reporting and Administration: The coordinator will provide administrative support and manage the implementation of the plan. The coordinator will also work with WMA advisory groups and board members to complete annual plans of operations and budgets for the watershed plan. They will assist with completing and submitting all required financial and progress reporting documents in accordance with IEDA and HUD contract requirements and deadlines.

Applicant Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated professional with strong communication skills and an ability to take the initiative on watershed planning and implementation of conservation projects. The Coordinator will need to be flexible and willing to take on new tasks and responsibilities as program opportunities evolve. The position requires a conscientious, responsible individual. The Coordinator must have knowledge of ecosystem and watershed concepts, watershed planning, water resource issues, flood mitigation programs and strategies, and watershed improvement practices. Some experience with habitat restoration or agricultural conservation practices, volunteer management, community engagement, environmental education, and/or outreach is also required. The Coordinator must be able to communicate clearly and effectively with a broad range of individuals. The position requires a college degree in Environmental Science or Planning, or a related discipline, and relevant job experience in the watershed management field. A working knowledge of basic state and federal agricultural conservation programs is preferred.

Position Information:
This is a full-time position that will be in effect over the five-year span of the Iowa Watershed Approach program. The successful applicant will be governed under the Benton County Employee Handbook and housed at the East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Primary work hours will be Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. However, early morning, evening and weekend work, with occasional overnight trips, will be regularly required throughout the year to meet with local leaders, landowners, and boards of political subdivisions, watershed committees, conservation districts, interested stakeholders, various state and federal agencies, and to attend trainings. The successful applicant must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to use a personal vehicle for travel.

Compensation and Benefits:
• Starting Salary: $42,500-$55,000
• Starting pay is commensurate with education, experience and skills.
• Flexible work schedule.
• Supportive communities and partner organizations.
• Reimbursement for mileage and travel expenses.
• Individual or Family health insurance plan.
• Paid vacation and accrued sick leave each pay period.

Application Process:

• To apply, please submit each of the following via email to Benton County, Attention: Benton County Auditor
o cover letter
o resume
o preferred salary
o writing sample
o three professional references
• The writing sample should be from a newsletter, press release or other outreach piece, or a technical report on relevant environmental issues. If not available, another piece may be submitted that conveys the applicant’s ability to clearly interpret the natural world to the general public.

• Submit all four pieces together no later than December 23, 2016 to:
Haley Rippel
hrippel@co.benton.ia.us
111 East 4th Street
Vinton, Iowa 52352

Benton County does not discriminate against any qualified employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial status, physical or mental disability. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, or familial status.


VISITOR SERVICES/EE~ NEAL SMITH WILDLIFE REFUGE
Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
2017 Spring and Summer
Visitor Services/Environmental
Education Internship

Location: Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is located 20 miles east of Des Moines, Iowa. The Refuge consists of 5,600 acres, most of which has been returned to prairie. Bison and elk roam an 800 acre enclosure and white-tail deer, badgers, coyotes, owls, songbirds, and many other animals wander throughout the Refuge. Hundreds of plants make up the prairie landscape and create an ever-changing kaleidoscope of color. Interns will have a fantastic opportunity to explore this endangered ecosystem.
Duties: Interns will assist staff in a diversity of projects including, but not limited to: environmental education, curriculum development, interpretive program development and presentation, interpretive poster design, maintaining and staffing the Visitor Center, planning and facilitating special events, and limited trail maintenance.
Benefits: The internships will generally run 9 - 12 weeks, working 40 hours per week. Internships are currently being offered for Spring 2017 (April – June) & Summer 2017 (June – August). Interns will receive a stipend of $3600 to $4800, or $10 per hour, for 9-12 weeks respectively. Refuge staff will work with students to fulfill internship credit requirements at individual universities, including assigning independent projects. Housing is not provided. There are several rental opportunities in the local area.
Qualifications: Anyone interested in applying should be able to work independently or in small groups, have excellent verbal/writing skills, and have a background in environmental education, interpretation or a related field. Candidates must also currently live in the United States. Basic computer skills and a valid driver’s license are required.
To Apply: For spring and summer internships, the following must be received by February 10, 2017: 1) a one-page cover letter describing personal background and interests, 2) a detailed resume noting education, experience, skills, and including three references and their phone numbers 3) unofficial college transcripts, 4) a letter of recommendation including the name, affiliation, address, telephone, and email address of the person writing the letter.

Information should be sent to: Brianna Patrick, Visitor Services Specialist, via email to Brianna_patrick@fws.gov.

For additional information, contact Brianna Patrick at (515) 994-3400 or Brianna_Patrick@fws.gov or go to www.fws.gov/refuge/neal_smith.
VEGETATION MANAGEMENT INTERN~ NEAL SMITH WILDLIFE REFUGE
Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge 2017 Vegetation Management Internships

Friends of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge are sponsoring several internships at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge for 2017. Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is a unique ecological restoration project featuring endangered tallgrass prairie and oak savanna ecosystems. The Refuge is located 18 miles east of Des Moines, near Prairie City, Iowa. Since its inception in 1990, the 5600-acre Refuge has become a home to hundreds of prairie plant species; re-introduced bison, elk, and regal fritillary butterflies; rare grassland birds; and a plethora of undesirable weedy and/or invasive non-native and native species. Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Duties: Refuge Vegetation Management Interns will be an important part of the prairie and savanna restoration work. Duties will include locating, mapping, monitoring and controlling weedy and/or invasive species. Control methods will typically include mechanical and chemical means. However, fall interns may be involved in prescribed fire control activities, if they acquire required training and pass medical and physical fitness standards.
Benefits: The internship can vary from 9 - 12 weeks in length, with interns needed from May through November. The intern will receive an educational stipend of $3600 to $4800 for 9-12 weeks of work. Housing will not be provided, but nearby housing is available for rent. Refuge staff will work with students to fulfill internship credit requirements at individual universities. Interested non-students are also eligible to apply.
Qualifications: Internships are available to any qualified person 18 years or older with a valid driver’s license. Refuge Vegetation Management Interns must have an interest in native plants and a desire to learn about prairie and savanna ecosystems and restoration. You must enjoy working outdoors and be willing to do physical work outside during hot, humid weather and other discomforts of working in nature. Refuge Vegetation Management interns must be an Iowa certified pesticide applicator prior to employment (pass Core and Category 2 or 6 tests). Interns will be expected to learn and practice the safe operation and maintenance of brush mowers, brush cutters, backpack pesticide sprayers and other tools of the trade. Also important is an interest in prairie restoration and reconstruction, enthusiasm, and a good work ethic. Other desirable skills include native plant identification, GPS, problem solving, communication, and teamwork.

To Apply: Submit the following: 1) a one-page cover letter describing why you would like to participate in this internship program and what you hope to gain from this experience, including dates you are available, 2) a detailed resume noting education, experience, and skills, including 3 references and their phone numbers, and 3) a letter of recommendation written by an educator or employer.

For Refuge Vegetation Management Internships, information should be mailed to: Richard Hager, Wildlife Refuge Specialist, Neal Smith NWR, P.O. Box 399, Prairie City, IA 50228. Intern applications including letters of recommendation must be received by February 10, 2017.

For additional information visit http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Neal_Smith/ or http://www.tallgrass.org or contact Richard Hager at (515) 994-3400.
BIOLOGY INTERN~ NEAL SMITH WILDLIFE REFUGE
Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
2017 Biology Internships

Do you have a passion for prairie? Opportunities are available to gain experience and contribute to one of the world’s premier tallgrass prairie reconstruction sites! The Friends of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge are sponsoring several Biology internships at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge for 2017. Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is a unique ecological restoration project featuring endangered tallgrass prairie and oak savanna ecosystems. Located 20 miles east of Des Moines, Iowa, it is one of the first large-scale prairie reconstruction projects ever attempted. Since its inception in 1990, the 5600-acre Refuge has become a home to hundreds of prairie plant species; re-introduced bison, elk, and regal fritillary butterflies; rare grassland birds; and many other species dependent on large areas of prairie or grassland. Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Duties: Biology interns will be a crucial part of monitoring and performing prairie and savanna restoration work, including monitoring plants and possibly wildlife, propagating plants in a greenhouse, planting seedling prairie plants, hand-harvesting seeds of native prairie plants, and data entry and management.
Benefits: Internships will run 9 - 12 weeks each. Timing of internship is flexible, with positions available spring, summer, and fall. Each intern will receive a stipend of $3600 to $4800 for 9-12 weeks. Housing will not be provided, but nearby housing is available for rent. Refuge staff will work with students to fulfill internship credit requirements at individual universities. Non-students are also eligible to apply.
Qualifications: Any qualified person 18 years or older with a valid driver’s license is eligible for an internship. Biology interns must have an interest in native plants and a strong desire to learn about prairie and savanna ecosystems and restoration. Experience identifying prairie plants is strongly preferred. Must enjoy working outdoors and be willing to walk through dense, tall grass, do physical work outside during hot, humid weather, and tolerate stinging and biting bugs and plants and other discomforts of working in nature. Most important are sincere interest, enthusiasm, and a good work ethic. Other desirable skills for Biology interns include experience in greenhouse propagation, GPS, computer skills, writing skills, and research field experience.

To Apply: Submit the following: 1) a one-page cover letter highlighting your qualifications and describing why you would like to participate in this internship program and what you hope to gain from this experience. Please include dates you are available; 2) a detailed resume noting education, experience, and skills, including 3 references and their contact information; and 3) a letter of recommendation written by an educator or employer.

For Biology Internships, information should be mailed to: Karen Viste-Sparkman, Wildlife Biologist, Neal Smith NWR, P. O. Box 399, Prairie City, IA 50228. Applications received via email or fax will not be considered.

Intern applications including letters of recommendation must be postmarked by February 10, 2017.

For additional information visit http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Neal_Smith/or http://www.tallgrass.org/ or contact Karen Viste-Sparkman at (515) 994-3400.
BIOLOGY INTERN~ NEAL SMITH WILDLIFE REFUGE
Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
2017 Native Plant Propagation Internship

Do you have a passion for plants? Opportunities are available to gain experience and contribute to the refuge’s People for Pollinators program! The Friends of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge are sponsoring a Native Plant Propagation internship at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge for 2017. Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is a unique ecological restoration project featuring endangered tallgrass prairie and oak savanna ecosystems. Located 20 miles east of Des Moines, Iowa, it is one of the first large-scale prairie reconstruction projects ever attempted. The People for Pollinators program promotes habitat for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators in urban and rural communities. We partner with local organizations and provide native plants and seeds to community gardens in Central Iowa. The local partners plant and maintain the gardens to provide food and shelter for pollinators throughout the year. Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Duties: The Native Plant Propagation intern will be a crucial part of the People for
Pollinators program. Duties are centered on propagating plants in a greenhouse
including sowing seeds, transplanting seedlings, S:\Biology\photos\2016_06_23
caring for greenhouse plants, and maintaining records of greenhouse plants. Other duties may include seed
collection, seed cleaning, packaging and storing seed, developing outreach materials related to prairie plants
and pollinators, and other tasks.
Benefits: The internship will run 9 - 12 weeks. Timing of internship is spring, ideally March through June, but
dates are negotiable. The intern will receive a stipend of $3600 to $4800 for 9-12 weeks. Housing will not be
provided, but nearby housing is available for rent. Refuge staff will work with students to fulfill internship credit
requirements at individual universities. Non-students are also eligible to apply.
Qualifications: Any qualified person 18 years or older with a valid driver’s license is eligible for an internship.
Native Plant Propagation interns must have a strong interest in native plants and plant propagation. Experience
working in a greenhouse setting is preferred, but on-the-job training will be provided. Most important are
sincere interest, enthusiasm, and a good work ethic.

To Apply: Submit the following: 1) a one-page cover letter highlighting your qualifications and describing why
you would like to participate in this internship program and what you hope to gain from this experience. Please
include dates you are available; 2) a detailed resume noting education, experience, and skills, including 3
references and their contact information; and 3) a letter of recommendation written by an educator or
employer.

For Native Plant Propagation Internships, information should be mailed to: Karen Viste-Sparkman,
Wildlife Biologist, Neal Smith NWR, P. O. Box 399, Prairie City, IA 50228. Applications received via email or fax
will not be considered.

Intern applications including letters of recommendation must be postmarked by February 10, 2017.

For additional information visit http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Neal_Smith/or http://www.tallgrass.org/ or contact
Karen Viste-Sparkman at (515) 994-3400.

             

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