Archive for October, 2011
MASON CITY, IOWA
Natural Resource Biologist – ROW Vegetation
|Immediate Supervisor: Natural Resource Manager-ROW Vegetation/Conservation Director|
|Shift: Normally 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday|
|Location: Cerro Gordo County – Lime Creek Nature Center, Mason City,Iowa|
|FLSA: Exempt/Non-Bargaining||Salary Range: $32,000 – $35,000/yr.|
|Approved by: Conservation Board||Date: 27 October 2011 (Posted)|
Summary: The general implementation of activities associated with all aspects of vegetation management within county secondary road right-of-ways (ROW)/agency managed property. Work activities focus on the continued maintenance and development of safe travel corridors for vehicles and biological management of desired vegetation types along those corridors.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Operate any equipment owned by the conservation board. Perform scheduled and non-scheduled routine equipment maintenance. Make minor repairs on equipment and facilities. Maintain efficient and effective maintenance, spraying & tree/brush removal records. Assist the Natural Resource Manager with accomplishing established ecologically oriented mgmt. goals for vegetation on county ROWs/agency managed property. Assist with control and removal of woody vegetation on ROW/agency managed property. Assist with conducting controlled burns on ROW/agency managed property. Assist with spraying of herbicides on ROW/agency managed property. Assist with seeding projects on cleaned, regraded and newly created ROW areas. Compile monthly and annual work activity reports for tasks completed. Perform any and all related work according to goals and objectives of ROW/agency programs, following departmental safety regulations. Assist with development and presentation of educational materials related to ROW/agency programs. Assist with production, harvest and processing of warm season native prairie plant seeds. Assist with continued inventory and data collection for prairie remnants, noxious weed areas and woody vegetation encroachment sites. Assist other full-time staff as specified by director.
The biologist may routinely work with temporary or part-time employees and occasionally may supervise a specific work project being performed.
Qualification Requirements: (see official job description)
Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in biological
sciences, wildlife management, or a closely related subject and a minimum of 1 year practical work experience in the above or a related field.
FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ACTUAL POSITION PLEASE CONTACT: FRED HEINZ/DIRECTOR CGCCB @ 641-423-5309. OR firstname.lastname@example.org
TO OBTAIN AN OFFICIAL APPLICATION & COMPLETE JOB DESCRIPTION PLEASE CONTACT: CERRO GORDO COUNTY PERSONNEL DEPT., @ 641-421-3075. OR email@example.com
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Monday the 28th of November @ 4:30pm.
Upper Iowa Alumnus Dano Grayson (Life Science 2010) has been spending the last couple of months conducting field biology work in Peru. Dano has been invovled in stydying the bird life in Peru, which is home to 1800 species of birds, by monitoring nests and mistnetting. Below, check out these amazing pictures of Peru taken by Dano Grayson.
During the last couple of weeks, students from Upper Iowa University have been helping the Iowa Department of Natural Resources with Electro-Shocking efforts of the states fisheries. Electro-shocking temporarily stuns wild fish so species can be identified and their population health assessed. All shocked fish are then returned to the water unharmed. Data from eletro-shocking helps guide management decisions.
During Upper Iowa University’s 2011 homecoming, students from the Division of Science and Math presented their research results at the third annual Student Poster Presentation Fair. Various research projects were on display at the new Student Union Building and there was a great turn-out. Thanks to all those who showed up.
Below is a link for an Americorp Position on conducting trail maintenance in Iowa State Parks.