Jobs Park Ranger Intern - Hitchcock Nature Center/Narrows River Park
$11 - $13/hour
Hitchcock Nature Center; 27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek
Pottawattamie County Conservation is announcing the hiring of a Park Ranger Intern for Hitchcock Nature Center located in Honey Creek, Iowa, and Narrows River Park located in Council Bluffs, Iowa!
This is a college internship program that runs from May 15th through September 15th or as the intern schedule permits.
Application review will begin on January 26, 2023 and the position will remain open until filled. Please attach both a resume and a cover letter with your application.
An individual in this position is 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 at both Hitchcock Nature Center in Honey Creek, Iowa and Narrows River Park in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
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.
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.
Perform other functions as directed or as the situation dictates.
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 have a valid driver’s license and maintain it throughout the course of employment. Must have a good driving record.
The incumbent cannot have been convicted of a felony in the past 2 years.
CPR and basic first aid certification is preferred.Must be at least 18 years of age and attending or planning to attend college in the conservation /natural resource field.
I have been blessed to work with a great group of people. Not only on our IT team, but also my co-workers across the county. I am partial to the IT group since we work so closely together. They definitely exhibit a "team" philosophy helping each other out and stepping in when needed. It is fun coming to work and awaiting the day's topic of discussion. Very entertaining and lighthearted. Each day is definitely a new day. ;-)
4 Years with Pottawattamie County