Iowa DNR seeks Construction Technician for trail operations and crew work

December 1, 2011

Deadline: December 20, 2011

Conservation and Recreation Division, Parks Bureau

Location: Big Creek State Park, Polk City, Iowa
Hours: Variable with extensive travel (overnight travel including weekends)

JOB DESCRIPTION: This position serves as an in-field specialist for the operations, design and implementation of trail and trail crew work and for program equipment and building maintenance. Candidate will provide leadership and training to full time and seasonal crew members.


Provides on-site supervision for the AmeriCorps Trail Crew. Coordinates daily operations of the crew including work and work site assignments, housing, camping arrangements and AmeriCorps program requirements. Delegates work assignments to crew members.
Effectively communicates expectations, provides structure, coordinates tasks and executes follow through with program administrators.
Serves as a lead worker for AmeriCorps members, crew leaders, temporary employees and/or volunteers. Assists program lead with hiring
Participates in project planning and design work, and implements construction. Operates and maintains program equipment and buildings. Provides written and verbal reports as requested. Documents work. Manufactures biodiesel for program use.
Skilled in sustainable trail design, mechanics, carpentry, landscaping, masonry, heavy equipment operation and materials estimating.
Must have the ability to obtain a Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDL) within 2 months of hire
Projects include construction and maintenance of trails, overlooks, erosion control structures, wildlife viewing areas, retaining walls, playgrounds, concrete sidewalks, sidewalks, restoration of historic structures, implementation of prairie burn plans. Assists program lead with project planning. Inspects the work of others.


Must be technically knowledgeable and competent in sustainable soft trail maintenance and construction and have the ability to operate and maintain power tools and equipment commonly used to maintain buildings and landscapes. Must be capable of training professional staff, technical workers, and volunteers; ability to work in an office environment, but is primarily expected to work outdoors in a variety of extreme weather conditions. Ability to coordinate work activity for between four and 24 semi-skilled or unskilled AmeriCorps members. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with crew, DNR staff, management personnel and other state and federal agencies; ability to work independently with consistent results and minimal supervision; Must be able to carry heavy loads (40 lbs.+) for substantial distances and operate a wide variety of motor vehicles. Ability to travel statewide, with weekly overnight travel including some weekends; must maintain a valid Iowa driver’s license and have valid CDL or the the ability to become certified within 2 months . Ability to use PC based software at a moderate level; ability to develop and foster teamwork; ability to assess progress toward the achievement of performance goals; capacity to adjust to change, work pressures and difficult situations without undue stress; must demonstrate initiative, a customer service and team orientation and display high standards of ethical conduct; position is full-time and as such, requires regular attendance.


Leadership, communication, and technical competencies in equipment operation and trail related construction techniques are critical. Successful candidate will also exhibit flexibility, accountibility, integrity, high productivity, and demonstrate precision and follow through. He or she will be a team player and will exhibit a passion for the work.


Applicants must meet the minimum requirements for a Construction Technician based on education, experience and special requirements, or an acceptable combination thereof, as established by the Department of Administrative Services. Selectives: N/A

Step 1: Interested applicants must submit a State of Iowa application form for this position by the close of business on December 20, 2011. Application forms are available from the Iowa Department of Administrative Services’ (DAS) web page at, from any Workforce Development Center, or at the DAS-HRE office in Des Moines. Completed applications must be submitted through the DAS web page or faxed to DAS at 515-281-7970. You must include the job title and job vacancy number on all applications.

Step 2: In addition, please send a resume and a cover letter that outlines your experience as related to the position via email to or by mail to:

DNR Hiring Coordinator
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
502 E 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319

Please be precise when outlining your experience as related to the position and any selective(s) noted. Please submit the resume and cover letter by the closing date. For more information about this position, contact Whitney Davis, Trails Program Coordinator, at 515-281-8959 or by email at

***The starting salary for new state employees is expected to be at the base of the pay range***

The State of Iowa is an EEO/AA EMPLOYER

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