Deputy Conservation Director

Application Deadline: Monday, August 30, 2021, 4:30pm Central Time. Expired!

Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position.

Job Title: Deputy Conservation Director

Closing Date/Time: Monday, 8/30/2021, 4:30 pm

Salary: $80,849.60 to $111,467.00 per year

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Davenport, Iowa

Job Summary

Under limited supervision of the Conservation Director, the Deputy Conservation Director supervises all daily aspects of park development, personnel administration and management, construction, maintenance, security, law enforcement, and all visitor related recreational activates necessary for a safe and enjoyable environment within the park system. Must be able to meet Iowa Certified Peace Officer hiring requirements, and may be required to obtain Iowa Peace Officer Certification.

$80,849.60 - $93,766.40 to start based on qualifications.

Job Responsibilities

Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Supervises the daily operation and maintenance of all of all Conservation Board properties. Initiates, prepares, implements, and enforces administrative procedures, methods, reports, and policies for the efficient operation; manages the day-to-day affairs; develops mission and strategies; monitors revenue generating operations for the Parks.

Plans large projects and works with Park Managers to schedule large maintenance, repair, and construction activities; assists engineering consultants with preparing bid documents for large construction projects, capital improvements, or repairs which require outside contractors; coordinates and monitors work of outside contractors to ensure the timeliness and quality of the finished project; maintains communication between department staff and outside contractors or consultants during construction projects; reports progress to the Conservation Director.

Participates in the selection and hire of regular and seasonal staff; monitors performance and conducts performance appraisals; trains staff; authorizes leave time and overtime; implements counseling and corrective or disciplinary action up to suspension.

Assists Park Managers and staff of primary parks in identifying daily shift labor, material, and equipment resources to meet parks and recreation needs; monitors operation of waste treatment plant that handles sewage from West Lake Park; monitors operation of Olympic sized swimming pool, water slide, and spray pad at Scott County Park.

Plans and supervises the installation, inspection, repair, and replacement of recreational facilities and equipment to include playground equipment, campgrounds, picnic shelters, fishing and boating docks, and other specialized maintenance aspects associated with swimming pools, beachfront, and paddle boat rental concessions.

Assists the Director in developing and programming the Department's 5-Year Capital Improvement plan and administration of an annual operating budget to include designing performance indicators, planning new budgets, and monitoring fiscal responsibility efforts; researches and pursues grant opportunities and prepares related applications.

Oversees all Park Ranger activities within the park system; ensures staff obtain training as required by Iowa Law Enforcement Academy; ensures proper patrol and security of all sites is accomplished by Ranger Staff.

Plans and supervises specialized natural resource projects to include fire burns, timber stand improvement, wildlife habitat improvement, fishery habitat, reforestation, prairie rehabilitation, wetland restoration, nature trail and public access enhancements, implementation of erosion control methods, hazardous material handling, and pesticide application.

Monitors and coordinates inventory maintenance and supply expenditures among all cost centers; organizes the replacement, preventive maintenance, and repair of all inventory, park equipment, facilities and vehicles; coordinates those efforts with other department locations.

Manages public relations activities of the department; responds to public inquiries and complaints and takes appropriate action.

Acts on behalf of the Director in his or her absence; performs special projects at the Director's direction.

Demonstrates the ability to exemplify, by his/her actions, the County PRIDE philosophy.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Standards for Initial Consideration

Education, Training, and Experience Guidelines:
Bachelor's degree with major coursework in conservation, natural resources, outdoor recreation or a related natural science required. Four (4) years of supervisory experience with emphasis in outdoor recreation. Four (4) years of experience in managing construction/maintenance and preventive maintenance of similar facilities and equipment. Current certification in law enforcement preferred, or must be able to meet Iowa Certified Peace Officer hiring requirements.

Knowledge of:
Budget administration.

Applicable local, State, and Federal laws, codes, regulations, and ordinances.

Project management practices and methods.

Work safety policies, procedures, and practices.

General office policies, procedures, and equipment.

Parks, recreation, and conservation programs, activities, and equipment.

Law enforcement practices and procedures.

General construction practices and principles.

Water and sever systems operations and permitting.

Skill in:
Developing, managing, and implementing department-wide budgets.

Operating parks and recreation tools, equipment, and machinery.

Providing effective supervision, leadership, and direction to assigned staff.

Safely handle a firearm.

Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships.

Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.

Supplemental Information

License and Certification Requirements
Must possess a valid class C Iowa driver's license.
Must maintain a First Aid, CPR, and AED certification.
Must currently possess or have the ability to obtain Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Peace Officer certification.

Physical Demands and Working Environment:
Work is performed in a standard office environment and in the field; while in the field may be exposed to extreme weather conditions, potential physical harm, hazardous chemicals, and potentially dangerous tools, equipment, and machinery.


The following is a summary of benefits provided to non-union County employees. Benefits for employees covered under a collective bargaining agreement may vary somewhat depending on specific contract provisions.