Wildlife Management Specialist - Iowa

Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever

Webster County, Iowa

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Salary: $14.25 per hour
Deadline Aug 17, 2022

Work Location: Iowa DNR Prairie Resource Center (Webster County)

2820 Brushy Creek Rd. Lehigh, IA 50557

Application deadline: August 17, 2022

Salary: $14.25 per hour

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – 40 hours per week

Tentative Start Date: September 12, 2022

End Date: This is a one-year position

The position may be extended for an additional year pending funding and job performance.

JOB DESCRIPTION:  The primary responsibilities of the Wildlife Management Specialist at the Iowa DNR Prairie Resource Center are to assist the team with the production of local ecotype native grass and wildflower seed for Iowa’s public lands.  The person in this position must possess strong organization and communication skills and be able to express ideas orally and in writing.  The candidate must possess plant identification skills and lead others in the propagation, maintenance, and harvest of prairie species.  The person must be a leader capable of leading groups of volunteers, inmate workers, and other employees.  Candidates must possess the ability to operate independently with indirect supervision under general coordination and program guidelines.

Examples of typical job duties may include:

  • Assist with the planting, maintenance, and harvest of over 100 prairie species.
  • Identification and harvest of specific prairie species from prairie remnants across the state.
  • Identification and control of noxious weeds.
  • Assist with the training/direction of inmate workers, volunteers and other staff in the cleaning harvest and planting of native plant material.
  • Prescribed fire implementation on native grass and wildflower fields for seed production and harvest. This duty will require fire-line construction, fire-line holding, and mop-up activities.  Performance of these tasks will require the employee to follow the Iowa DNR Prescribed Fire Policy and periodically work under physically stressful and adverse conditions.  Proficiency in the use of basic wildland firefighting equipment will be needed.
  • Assist with seed propagation and care of native plants in the greenhouse.
  • General equipment and facility maintenance. These activities require the ability to use simple power equipment; drills, saws, hand tools, small mowers etc.
  • Safe operation of unit equipment such as tractor, combine, native grass drill, and seed cleaning equipment.
  • Participate in the writing/production of the biannual newsletter.


  • College graduate with a degree in wildlife biology, animal ecology, or another closely related natural resource field.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Able to travel on overnight duties.
  • Work with minimal supervision; demonstrate responsible behavior and attention to detail.
  • Must have a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
  • Able to work alone or as part of a team, with the public, in all conditions, on weekends, holidays, nights, and evenings as required.
  • Follow policy and cooperate with supervisors and co-workers.
  • Exhibits honesty and integrity.
  • Displays a high level of initiative, effort and commitment towards completing assignments efficiently.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  Must possess or be able to acquire a pesticide applicator’s license and S130-190 basic firefighter training certification. Special requirements shall be met within 90 days of hire if not currently possessed.


To Apply: Please combine your cover letter, resume and 3 references into 1 Word document or PDF file on the Recruitment website at www.pheasantsforever.org/jobs.

If you have additional questions, please contact Brian Hickman, Iowa DNR, brian.hickman@dnr.iowa.gov or 712-250-0518.

Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with disability, or any other category that may be protected by law.

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category Botany, General / Stewardship, Restoration, Wildlife
Tags Wildland Firefighter