Park Ranger Position – Full Time

Job Description: The Palo Alto County Conservation Board has an opening for a full time professional Park Ranger position. The person in this position is under the supervision of the Executive Director and works closely with the Operations Supervisor. Primary responsibilities include assisting with: the general maintenance of county parks, wildlife habitat improvement, tree planting, prairie management; the upkeep and maintenance of equipment, buildings, roads, grounds, boat ramps, roads, trails, signs, boundary fences, shelters, and pesticide application. Other duties include, but not limited to, overseeing the campground, helping with recreational programs, enforcing Conservation Board rules and regulations, and promoting good public relations. The applicant must be able to operate a wide variety of equipment and have basic knowledge and skills in construction, plumbing, electrical, and carpentry. The applicant shall have the ability to prioritize, organize and carry out work assignments.  Must possess the ability to perform manual labor outside in any weather conditions.  Must be willing to work nights, weekends and holidays including irregular hours and varied shifts.  Performs other duties, as needed or assigned.  Must obtain a Pesticide Applicator’s License from the State of Iowa and obtain CPR certification within a time frame established by the Board.  The employee must be able to work with other staff and seasonal employees.  Applicant must possess a current valid driver’s license and maintain an acceptable driving record.

Other Requirements:  Ability to routinely stand, walk, sit, kneel, stoop, balance, climb and operate all hand and power tools for an extended period of time. Have the ability to work under all types of weather conditions and withstand rigorous physical work. Have the ability to stand, walk, sit, kneel, stoop, balance, climb and routinely lift, carry, push, and or pull up to 75 -100 pounds.  Handle moderate levels of stress, meet deadlines and solve problems appropriate to the position.  Ability to work without supervision.

Qualifications:  A minimum of a 2 year degree in a natural resource field and two year of work experience is preferred or work experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position.
Beneficial Qualifications:  I.L.E.A. certified.
Salary: $34,000 – $38,000 depending on qualifications and experience.
To Apply: Submit the online application, a resume, and cover letter by noon on February 11, 2019 to: Palo Alto County Conservation Board, Attn: Mary Barrick, P.O. Box 417, Ruthven, Iowa 51358.


Print and complete the application form and send or email with a cover letter and resume to:

Palo Alto County Conservation Board
Attn:  Mary Barrick, Director
P.O. Box 417
Ruthven, Iowa 51358