Thu, Apr 9, 2020
Benton County Iowa

River Parks Intern

Date Posted: 2/14/2020
Department: Conservation
Type of Employment: Part-Time


Job Title: River Parks Internship
Department: Conservation
Reports To: River Parks Ranger
The River Parks Internship offers an exciting opportunity for those interested in gaining experience in
the field of Ecosystem Management. This position was created by the Benton County Conservation
Department with two goals in mind. The first is to offer professional development to those working
toward full-time employment in this competitive field. The second is to have the successful applicant
apply their skills to help further the goals of the Conservation Department. The River Parks System is
made up of over 757 acres that are managed by the county’s Conservation Department. The River Parks
Intern will work under the direction of the River Parks Ranger to accomplish work related to these areas.
Additionally, the successful applicant will be tasked with honing skills and acquiring certifications that
are a necessity in the field of Ecosystem Management. Assuming that the applicant has not attained
them prior to employment, the following skills and certifications will be sought: CDL, Pesticide
Applicators License (Categories 1A and 6), Prescribed Fire Training (S130, S190, S290), Native Plant
Identification, General Equipment Maintenance and Use.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
• Attend work regularly at the designated place and time.
• Routine maintenance of department equipment and facilities.
• Present public programs on flora, fauna and other natural resources of BCCB Areas to various
age groups.
• Assist with special projects such as newsletters, prescribed burns, and field staff.
• Attend meetings and training sessions, represent the Conservation Board as requested.
• Keep informed on matters relating to the Conservation Board's policy and Director's
administrative directives.
• Perform all work duties and activities in accordance with County policies, procedures, and safety
• Other duties as assigned by River Parks Ranger.
Park Management:
• Maintain River Parks grounds through mowing and utilizing tools such as string trimmers and
• Clean and maintain River Parks facilities.
• Collect user fees, distribute maps and brochures.
• Meet, understand, and assist the general public.
• Answer questions and provide visitor assistance relating to BCCB, facilities, flora, fauna and
other natural resources of the areas.
• Provide for the safety of River Parks visitors and administer first aid in case of injury.
• Perform maintenance in areas as assigned.
• Open and close River parks.
Land Management:
• Plant and maintain native grass/forb and tree communities within the River Parks System.
• Inventory and document plant communities and trends within River Parks.
• Manage River Parks prairie remnants to improve diversity and promote their continued health.
• Conduct brush and tree removal in the River Parks System.
• Participate in prescribed burning operations in Benton County Parks.
• Aid the River Parks Ranger in controlling noxious weeds in Benton County parks.
Professional Development:
• Acquire Class A or B CDL with Air Brake Endorsement
• Acquire Pesticide Applicators License in Categories 1A (Agriculture) and 6 (Right-of-Way)
• Acquire Wild Land Fire Training Certifications (S-130, S-190, S-290)
• Acquire CPR and First Aid Certification
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
essential functions.
Education and/or Experience:
Applicant is required to be enrolled in or graduated from an educational program related to natural
resource management.
Other Skills and Abilities:
• Ability to utilize Microsoft Office Programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher).
• Demonstration of strong organization skills
• Demonstration of good oral and written communication skills
• Basic knowledge of native and introduced plant species including identification
• Ability to work well with the public and private sectors on diverse roadside projects
• Basic knowledge of wildlife management and conservation practices
• Ability to operate and maintain power equipment
• Ability to multi-task and prioritize job activities to achieve maximum results
Language Skills:
Ability to read a limited number of two-and three-syllable words and to recognize similarities and
differences between words and between series of numbers. Ability to print and speak simple sentences.
Physical Demands:
The physical demands 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. While performing the duties of
this job the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand;
walk; use hands to finger, grasp, handle or feel; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, push or pull
and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds,
occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds and occasionally exert up to 50 pounds of force to move
objects. The visual requirements for this position are similar to those classified as machine operations.
This is a minimum standard for use with those whose work deals with machines such as lathes, drill
presses, power saws and mills where the seeing job is at or within arm’s reach. Also, mechanics and
skilled tradespeople and those who do work of a non-repetitive nature such as carpenters, technicians,
service people, plumbers, painters, mechanics, etc.
Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee
encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This worker is subject to
outside environmental conditions year around. This worker is subject to extreme cold and extreme heat.
The worker is subject to noise and hazards including moving mechanical parts, electrical current,
working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to high heat or exposure to chemicals; conditions that
may include fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gasses or poor ventilation; oils.