Jobs Park Ranger Intern


$8 - $13/hour


Hitchcock Nature Center; 27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek

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Dates:  Program runs May 15th through September 15th or as the intern schedule permits.
Description:  Responsible for assisting Park Rangers with the management of assigned County parks and/or properties in accordance with Conservation Board policies, state laws, and standard conservation practices.  Duties include but not limited to; supervision of other seasonal staff and volunteers, collection of fees, public safety, public relations, planning of events, light construction, park maintenance, environmental education, and other duties as required.  Job duties require a considerable amount of physical activity, including walking, standing, kneeling, crouching, reaching, stooping and climbing.

Essential Functions

Essential Knowledge, Experience, and Ability

General knowledge of and/or ability to learn principles of conservation, wildlife, and fish management and natural resource preservation.   General knowledge of the care and safe operation of both manual and power tools and equipment used in maintenance and repair tasks.   General knowledge of routine maintenance and repair to equipment, grounds, and facilities.   General knowledge of various outdoor recreational activities, such as boating, hiking, camping, fishing and canoeing.   Ability to understand and follow both oral and written instructions.   Ability to accurately prepare and maintain basic departmental records and reports.   Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, fellow employees, various civic organizations, and the general public.    

Essential Education, Certification, and/or Licenses

Qualifications:  Must be at least 18 years of age and attending or planning to attend college in the conservation / natural resource field.  Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. Certification in first aid is preferred.   Other:  Non-standard workweek that will include holidays, evenings and weekends. Professionalism and good public relations are essential, as is time management. Internships may qualify for college credit.  Job performance evaluations will be completed.  

I chose to work for Pottawattamie County because I knew it could be a place where I could spend the rest of my career.  They provide great benefits and are very competitive with wages.

Matt, Jail Maintenance Worker II
Buildings and Grounds
4 Years with Pottawattamie County