Nature Center Assistant
Hourly wage negotiable, 40 hours/week

Be able to start in early April. Must possess valid driver’s license at the time of hire and maintain it throughout the course of employment.

To apply
E-mail cover letter, resume and county application to Lee Sorenson at

Essential functions:

-Increase advancement and awareness of Dickinson County Conservation by supporting its mission, encouraging visitation, membership and positive visitor experiences

– Provide marketing/promotional support for all county parks and areas in general as well as specific amenities within Dickinson County.

– Maintain the county conservation website, working with the county IT department

– Design, layout, and edit conservation publications, such as brochures, signs and posters

– Collaborate with staff to support all program promotion

– Develop and distribute press releases

– Maintain list of media contacts, including all social media.

– Oversee and direct or prepare and send calendar announcements

– Staff visitor services desk at the Dickinson County Nature Center to serve as ambassador of mission by greeting visitors, answering phones, monitoring materials (e.g. brochure rack stocked, equipment check out, such as snowshoes, GPS units), and assisting with gift shop inventory

– Assume responsibility for completing daily tasks on visitor services checklist when volunteers are not present, including spot cleaning of exhibits and entry area, and monitoring restrooms

– Initiate, train, and supervise volunteers. Actively support culture of volunteerism through recruitment, recognition and retention

– Manage and guide all activities related to the membership program

– Assist with programs and animal care as needed

– Assist with new projects and perform other tasks as assigned by the Conservation Director

– Perform other duties as assigned or as the situation dictates

Essential knowledge, skills and abilities:

– Flexibility required as position requires working with the general public as well as volunteers and experiencing variations in work environment

– Works well independently as well as part of team

– Excellent oral and written communication skills

– Ability to communicate tactfully and courteously with others as well as ability to communicate orally and effectively to groups and individuals in both formal and informal situations.

– Desktop publishing experience is required (PC-based Adobe Photoshop, MS Publisher and. or Illustrator desirable)

– Adeptness with existing and new forms of social media and related technology (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Blogger, etc.)

– Knowledge of general office procedures including ability to operate personal computer, printer, cash register, etc.

– Proven organizational, project management and human relations skills

– Acquire knowledge of and/or ability to learn organizational mission and objectives in order to serve as ambassador of Dickinson County Conservation

– The nature of this position will require the person to work irregular hours and have a flexible schedule based on the weekly volunteer schedule. This includes working weekends and occasional evenings.

– Ability to get to and from job site in all types of weather conditions

– Ability to understand and follow both oral and written instructions

– Ability to accurately prepare and maintain basic departmental records and reports

– Ability to convey enthusiasm about the volunteer program

– Develop strategies to convert visitors to members and to minimize attrition

– Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, fellow employees, various organizations and the general public.

– Ability to perform accurate mathematical calculations, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, using a calculator, ten-key adding machine or manually.

– Ability to post numerical data accurately

– Ability to perform job duties with thoroughness, accuracy and attention to detail

Essential physical demands and typical working conditions
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Attendance at work is an essential function of this position. Work is generally performed in the Dickinson County Nature Center; however incumbent may have to assist with outdoor programs, which may require hiking. Position requires a considerable amount of physical activity while assisting with outdoor programs, including extended periods of sitting, standing, kneeling, bending, crouching, reaching, stooping and climbing. Duties may require the ability to walk for extended periods of time and the incumbent must have the ability to maneuver over uneven ground. An incumbent must also have the ability to transport themselves to and from various locations throughout the county parks and surrounding jurisdictions. Duties also require the ability to tolerate an indoor and outdoor work environment that includes contact with dirt, dust and sun exposure. An incumbent must have the ability to frequently lift, push, pull and/or carry equipment, supplies and other materials weighing up to 10 lbs., and to occasionally lift, push, pull and/or carry equipment, supplies and other materials weighing up to 25 lbs. An incumbent must also possess the hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to use hands and arms to reach, finger, handle, grasp, and feel, and operate the following: vehicles, computers, and any other pieces of equipment that are used to perform the essential functions of the job. Work hours may occasionally be required before or after business hours. Vision abilities, correctable to normal ranges, include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. Communication abilities include the ability to talk and hear within normal ranges. Work requires interaction with the general public and may be stressful when dealing with time constraints. Under supervision of the Conservation Director, performs a range of office and administrative assistant duties to assure flow and continuity in daily operations of all aspects of the Conservation Board.


Naturalist Intern
Hourly wage negotiable, 40 hours/week

Either be enrolled in or have a degree in parks & recreation, wildlife biology, ecology, natural resource management or a related field of study. Have an interest in educating youth and adults about our natural world. Relevant experience may be considered.

 General Description

Working under the direction of the Environmental Education Coordinator and Naturalist the successful candidate will assist, develop, and present Environmental education and interpretative programs to the public.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

– Assists with the development of environmental education and interpretive programs for youth and adult groups and the general public.

– Provides support for achieving goals and objectives as established but Environmental Education Staff

– Responsible for developing educational materials such as handouts, posters, and other educational materials.

– Assists with all aspects of activities and events occurring with Environmental Education staff

– Assist with maintenance of E.E building and grounds

– Assist with feeding and daily care of all education animals

– Performs other job-related activities as requested by Environmental Education Staff

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

–     Willingness to research and learn about the natural history of the area and ability to identify the native plants and animals of the area. 2)      General knowledge of outdoor recreation such as hiking, biking, kayaking, and orienteering.

–      Ability to prepare basic lesson plans and educational materials

–      Ability to operate computers, audiovisual, photographic and other equipment necessary for program delivery.

–     Willing and able to manage the front desk and facilities independently on Saturdays.

Physical Abilities

–     Lift, carry, push and/or pull items weighing up to 50 pounds.

–      Hear and speak to exchange information in person or over the telephone

–      See to read a variety of materials

–      Possess dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard

–      Ability to sit and/or stand for extended periods of time

Working Conditions

The successful candidate will be ready and able to work in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings, including exposure to extremes in temperatures and humidity.

To apply
Please send Dickinson County application, resume and three references to


Natural Resource Aide
$15 per hour, 40 hours/week

– Must be 18 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license

– Possess basic knowledge of Iowa ecosystems, plants, and animals

– Possess (or obtain within 30 days of start date) Iowa Dept. of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certification in category 6

Duties & Responsibilities

Duties include, but aren’t limited to:

– Assist with all aspects of ecological restoration and management of prairie, wetlands, and oak savanna through prescribed fire, herbicide application, tree and shrub removal, and other tasks as assigned

– Assist with park, facility, and equipment maintenance, cleaning, and repairs

– Assist with all aspects of the integrated roadside vegetation management program

– Assist with trail maintenance on hard surface and undeveloped trails

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

– Possess an interest in conserving local ecosystems

– Possess the ability to walk, stand, kneel, crouch, reach, stoop, and climb to accomplish tasks

– Possess the basic ability to operate mowers, farm equipment and highway and off-road vehicles

– Possess the basic ability to safely operate power tools, chain saws, and weed eaters

– Possess the ability to work without direct supervision

– Possess the ability to regularly lift 50 lbs.

– Possess the ability to communicate effectively with peers and the public

– Possess the ability to work in difficult weather conditions when necessary

– Possess a willingness to learn on the job

This is a seasonal position under the supervision of the Natural Resource Manager. Some weekend and holiday work rotation may be required. Failure to perform duties may result in termination.

To Apply

Send a completed Dickinson County Application, cover letter and resume by e-mail to


Trails mower
$15 per hour/40 hours/week

-Mow along Dickinson County Trails

-Flexible hours, weather dependent



  1. Richard on February 29, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Has trails mowing position been filled yet?

    • kiley on March 2, 2020 at 12:18 pm

      It is still open as of March 2.

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