Jobs Park Ranger Intern


$8 - $13/hour


Various County Parks

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This is a college internship program from May 15th through September 15th or as the intern schedule permits.

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.

 This position will assist the Park Rangers located at Arrowhead Park in Neola and Botna Bend Park located in Hancock, Iowa.

Essential Functions

Assist Park Ranger with the management of county parks including maintenance and public relations.
Register campers, collect user, camper and other miscellaneous fees and provide receipts of payment.  Prepare and collect fees for shelter rentals.
Perform routine ground maintenance in parks and assigned properties including, but not limited to mowing, trimming, pruning, and trash removal.
Perform road and trail maintenance duties such as blading and filing holes.
Perform routine building maintenance and clean and stock supplies in park facilities such as restrooms, shower houses, and shelters.
Assist Park Ranger with the development and presentation of educational programs, projects, and events that promote conservation ethics, and natural resource appreciation.
Assist Park Ranger with the supervision of seasonal staff and volunteers.
Patrol parks in vehicles and on foot to perform public relations through personal contacts with users, enforce laws, rules and regulations and warn those in violation. 

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

Must be eighteen (18) years old at the time of hire and attending or planning to attend college in the conservation/natural resource field.

Must have a valid driver's license and maintain it throughout the course of employment.  Must have a good driving record.   CPR and basic first aid certification is preferred.  

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