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Job Opportunity: State Park Manager, Iowa

Jan 26, 2022

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has an opening for a Park Manager position that oversees Pottawattamie County at Lake Manawa State Park and the Wilson Island State Recreation Area. State Park Managers are charged with overseeing the daily operations of the park, ensuring the safety of park users, and promoting Iowa’s natural resources.


State Park Manager

Salary: $48,256.00 - $73,299.20 Annually

Location: Council Bluffs - 51501 - Pottawattamie County, IA

Job Type: Full-time

Agency: 542 Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Job Number: 22-02226

Closing: 2/8/2022 11:59 PM Central

LinkedIn Tag: #LI-POST

Point of Contact: Michelle Reinig, michelle.reinig@dnr.iowa.gov, 515.250.2222

Job Description

Only applicants who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meet all selective requirements (listed below) will be placed on the eligible list.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has an opening for a Park Manager position that oversees Pottawattamie County at Lake Manawa State Park and the Wilson Island State Recreation Area. State Park Managers are charged with overseeing the daily operations of the park, ensuring the safety of park users, and promoting Iowa’s natural resources. Specific job duties include:

Park Operations, Maintenance, and Administration:
Assists district supervisor with day-to-day administration of a state park. Instructs other park employees about tasks, distributes and balances their workload, and reviews completed work. Conducts interviews and hires temporary employees. Advertises and receives bids for contracts, including service agreements and rentals. Oversees revenue intake and ensures proper and accurate accounting of receipts. Oversees inventory of all state-owned property used in assigned area, including supplies, tools, and equipment.

A State Park Manager plans and performs park maintenance, preventative maintenance, and general construction to maintain the integrity of both facilities and equipment. Regularly inspects assigned property to ensure facilities and grounds are properly cared for and develops plans for facility management that includes facility replacement, repair, or removal. A State Park Manager maintains multiuse trails, natural areas, boat ramps and docks to ensure public safety and resource integrity. This includes regularly inspecting these areas, identifying management needs and preparing an organized approach to conservation and enhancement of these resources. A State Park Manager should coordinate and communicate management decisions with partners, area visitors, and the district supervisor. Completes monthly reports, planning documents, playground inspections, budgeting documents, and other reports as requested by the District Supervisor. Works to achieve the long-range goals of the resource management plan as approved. Ensures accessibility compliance of facility resources. Ensures general public and staff safety. Inspects concession operations. Provides safety training to temporary and seasonal staff.

Public Relations, Information and Education:
Makes public appearances to promote the state park system, recreational safety, and natural resource management. Responds to media as requested. Plays an active role in creating and implementing interpretive programs according to Interpretive Plan. Promotes, oversees, and interacts with volunteers as required. Interacts with the local Chamber of Commerce and other economic development groups that play a role in promoting the area. Coordinates with area stakeholder groups to promote park activities and maintain connections to surrounding communities.

Enforces Iowa DNR Administrative Rules related to parks, boating, and fishing. Patrols within assigned area to ensure visitor safety, security of state property and facilities, and orderliness within public-use areas as a six-month officer. Establishes law enforcement schedule to adequately cover assigned area. Assists park visitors with problems and requests for help. Attends regular training sessions on enforcement subjects to maintain knowledge of enforcement techniques. Completes paperwork related to enforcement including incident reports, citations, and other reports as required. Maintains law enforcement equipment such as radio and duty belt and is proficient with its use. This equipment is to be worn while on performing law enforcement duties. Keeps district supervisor apprised of situations
that arise in a timely manner.

Essential Functions
Manages parks by applying technical knowledge and experience.
Operates and maintains power tools and equipment commonly used to maintain buildings and landscapes.
Applies principles, theories and practices of parks and recreation and resource management.
Performs work both in office environments and outdoors in a variety of extreme weather conditions.
Trains other professional staff, technical workers, and volunteers to perform duties; develops and fosters teamwork.
Communicates verbally and in writing with DNR staff, management personnel, other state and federal agencies, groups with diverse audiences, other employees, and volunteers. Facilitate public meetings and presentations to diverse groups of stakeholders.
Performs work independently with minimal supervision and achieves consistent results. Ensures projects are organized, tracked and completed timely.
Carries heavy loads (40 lbs.+) across great distances and operates a wide variety of motor vehicles.
Uses PC-based software to complete work. Fiscal skills to administer budgets and track expenditures. Spreadsheet skills to create, modify and manipulate data.
Adjusts to changes, work pressures, or difficult situations. Demonstrates initiative, customer service and team orientation, and displays high standards of ethical conduct. Maintains regular attendance.

Critical Job Competencies

Position Specific Competencies: Accountability, Integrity, High Productivity, Communication Skills, Project Management, Team Player, Interpersonal Skills, Computer Skills, Self-Management, Customer Focus, Project Management and Technical Skills (park management, mechanical)

Applicants must meet requirements of DAS Selective Certification #914 Park Management, which requires a minimum of 12 semester hours, six months experience, or a combination of both in the area of park and recreation management. Applicants should attach a Resume/Cover Letter to the online application to aide in confirming that they meet this requirement.

Normal hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, but will have occasional evening/weekend work as needed and occasional in-state travel. Required to live within 30 miles of Lake Manawa State Park as outlined in DNR Park Bureau policy.

1. Drinking Water/Distribution Certification (must obtain within first year of hire)
2. Pesticide license (must obtain within first six months of hire)
3. Maintain/Obtain valid Iowa Driver’s license. (must obtain upon hire)
4. CPR/First Aide certification (must obtain within first six months of hire)
5. Chain Saw Safety Certification (must obtain within first year of hire)
6. Defensive Tactics training (must obtain within first year of hire)

The State’s total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are valued at about 30% of your total compensation.

For more information about DNR Employment Opportunities and position specific notices, please visit the DNR Employment website.

The State of Iowa is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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.

Applicants may attach a Resume/Cover Letter to the online application.

Selectives

450 Natural Resources
6 months’ experience, 12 semester hours, or a combination of both in one or in a combination of more than one of the following:

  • Ecology
  • Environmental planning
  • Soil conservation
  • Biological sciences
  • Waste water treatment
  • Forestry
  • Engineering related to natural resource areas (dams, sanitary engineers, etc.)
  • Outdoor recreation planning
  • Physical sciences
  • River basin planning
  • Geography
  • Wildlife management

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in park and outdoor recreation, natural resource management or biological sciences and 12 months work experience in park operation;

OR

employees with a current continuous experience in the state executive branch that includes experience equal to thirty-six months of full-time work as a Natural Resource Technician 1 or 2, or Park Ranger.

For additional information, please click on this link to view the job description. (Download PDF reader)

Additional Qualification Requirements

  • Certain designated positions in this job class require applicants to obtain the required Commercial Drivers' License and endorsements within a specified period of time as determined by the appointing authority at the time of hire.
  • Certain designated positions require the employee to be certified by the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship as a Pesticide Applicator within a specified period of time as determined by the appointing authority.
  • Certain designated positions require the employee to be certified in Water and Wastewater system operators within a specified period of time as determined by the appointing authority at the time of hire.
  • First Aide/CPR will be required within a specified period of time as determined by the appointing authority.
  • O.C. spray, handcuffing, and defensive tactics training will be required within a specified period of time as determined by the appointing authority.

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Agency

State of Iowa

Agency

542 Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Address

Wallace State Office Building
502 E 9th St, 4th Floor
Des Moines, Iowa, 50319

Website

http://www.iowadnr.gov/