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Conservation Director

Cedar Rapids, IA

Job Information:

Management Vacancy


SALARY RANGE:  Minimum - $83,608 ● Midpoint - $101,113 ● Maximum - $133,775

Chief Administrative Officer (Department Head) for the Conservation Department. Plans, coordinates, directs and oversees all aspects of the County Conservation Board Program and the department. The Conservation Director is responsible to the Conservation Board which sets policy and the director is charged with formulating and implementing Board policy to meet the mission and organizational goals established by the Board. Oversees administration of regular full-time staff. Has custody, control and management of all real property in the county conservation system. Prepares and administers a multi-million dollar budget.


  • Sets and oversees direction for the Conservation Department consisting of seven (7) separate work units by exercising general supervision over regular full-time staff, organizing, coordinating and assigning program areas of responsibility to staff, conducting monthly staff meetings to review work plans, progress of assigned work, and results.
  • Administers and develops policy by formulating, planning, and directing the County Conservation program with written and oral administrative policy in accordance with Board policy.
  • Drafts Board policy statements for approval and adoption by the Conservation Board. Prepares reports and recommendations for the Conservation Board by researching records, current industry standards, and contacts with other agencies in formulating recommendations to the Conservation Board on a wide range of problems, proposals, and/or other issues.
  • Oversees community outreach/public relations by organizing and facilitating meetings and maintaining public contacts and contacts with organizations and other county departments.
  • Handles personnel administration by reviewing and making final decisions regarding hires, terminations, and discipline actions; conducting negotiations for labor contract with the Conservation bargaining unit.
  • Manages budget and financial administration by obtaining budget requests from staff and preparing annual budget for presentation to the Conservation Board; maintaining and monitoring expenditures and budget activity.
  • Participates in statewide and national organizations to stay current in trends related to conservation, parks, trails and recreation. Monitors legislative activities and conveys Conservation Board positions to legislators at both the state and national level.
  • Oversees the land acquisition program of the Board by working with the Deputy Director, Natural Resources Manager, and Ecologist and Land Protection Specialist; assists in identifying potential willing sellers with land to add to the County Conservation Board Program, writing offers and acceptance agreements and negotiating land transactions.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in parks, conservation, natural resources or public administration required.
  • Five (5) years of experience in parks, conservation, natural resources management or administration and/or public administration position required. Prior experience supervising staff members required.
  • Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) or equivalent required; CPR and First Aid certification required.
  • Ability to read reports, memos, proposals, policy manuals, Code of Iowa, ordinances, agreements, rules and regulations.
  • Ability to prepare reports, memos, studies and other written materials that require Board consideration.
  • Ability to perform primarily budget-oriented math and land acquisition amortization.
  • Work is widely varied, involving analyzing and evaluating many complex and significant variables.
  • Supervises the Deputy Director, Resource Managers, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Operations Manager, Project Coordinator, and Natural Resources Manager.
  • Responsible for the overall management and/or program planning accountable to the Conservation Board. Requires comprehensive knowledge of methods and techniques of conservation, park operations and planning. Extensive knowledge of business and public administration needed.
  • Communicates with employees and staff regarding policies and procedures. Discusses and resolves problems, proposals, disputes, and complaints both internal and external. Meets with internal and external customers about park-related issues and maintains telephone contacts.
  • Subject to credit and criminal history review.
  • Valid Iowa Driver’s License required.
  • Must pass a County physical examination which includes a drug test after offer of employment.
  • Regular work attendance required.

DEADLINE:       Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Application Instructions:

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Posted 12/04/17

Job ID: 62682