Positions Available: Natural Resources Technicians

DSCN7869These are unique opportunities to explore some of the most beautiful and remote natural lands in the Driftless Region of Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois while helping to conserve a Federally Endangered species.  Positions also an opportunity to work with INHF while partnering with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Natural Resources Technicians will assist the USFWS with monitoring of the Federally Endangered Iowa Pleistocene Snail (Discus macclintocki). Continue reading

Position Available: Blufflands Field Assistant

The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 6, 2015.

INHF is seeking a passionate, well-organized self-starter to help accomplish more protection and stewardship. The Blufflands Field Assistant (BFA) works directly with the Blufflands Director to carry-out and further develop INHF’s protection and stewardship activities in Northeastern Iowa. The Bluffland program’s operational base is located in Decorah, Iowa. This is a new, non-exempt, full-time, temporary (8 month) position.

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Job duties include:

  • Assist with all aspects of natural area stewardship including prescribed fire, invasive species control, woodland management and prairie management.
  • Train, supervise and ensure the safety of the 4-person Bluffland Land Stewardship Intern crew.
  • Supervise for-hire stewardship crews and contractors.
  • Coordinate and lead volunteers.
  • Assist with all aspects of conservation easement monitoring including landowner contact, monitoring and reporting.
  • Complete annual site inspections and reporting of INHF-owned properties.
  • Maintain and repair stewardship equipment.
  • Assist in stewardship and project administration including documentation, research, grant reporting, creating maps, drafting management plans and creating baseline data reports.

Required education/skills:

  • Baccalaureate degree in natural resource management, animal ecology, wildlife biology, botany, forestry, environmental sciences or a related field.
  • Knowledge and field experience with natural area restoration and management.
  • Experience in the identification of native and non-native flora and fauna.
  • Experience operating and maintain power equipment including chainsaws, brush cutters, ATVs and tractors.
  • Experience using herbicides and application equipment.
  • Experience with prescribed fire (S130/S190 certification preferred).
  • Ability to work long hours in adverse weather conditions and difficult terrain.
  • Well-developed interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to lead and work with a broad range of people with different skill sets, backgrounds and personalities.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • General understanding of agricultural practices and issues.
  • General understanding of voluntary land protection methods.
  • Ability to budget time and resources among multiple demands.

How to apply:

Application should include the following:

  1. Cover letter explaining how your skill-set and experience fits the position and how you would make a valuable addition to INHF.
  2. Resume.
  3. List of three references and their contact information.

Send your completed application either electronically (PDF or Word format) or by mail to:

Brian Fankhauser
Bluffland Director
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
802 Fair Street
Decorah, IA 52101

Reminder: The deadline is Feb. 6, 2015.


Position Available: Communications Specialist


The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is seeking an enthusiastic and talented communicator to be our Communications Specialist. Among other tasks, this exempt, full-time position assists our Communications Director with media, including social media, our quarterly magazine, member email and other duties. The Communications Specialist is also responsible for the planning, selection, budgeting and implementation of a package of annual events, maintenance and upgrades for INHF’s website and distribution for our photographic wall calendar. The Specialist reports to the Communications Director and supervises our communication intern on select tasks.

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Visit our staff on RAGBRAI

This year during RAGBRAI, a few INHF staff members will be riding the whole RAGBRAI route, making media visits and holding events along the way to promote the Iowa by Trail app launch that will take place at the RAGBRAI Expo. In each overnight town, INHF staffers will hold app demonstrations, provide limited edition Iowa By Trail memorabilia for purchase and be available for any trail-related discussions!

Meet the staff that you will have the opportunity to meet July 20th through the 26th to learn how to use the app, help us spread the word, and learn all the great spots to explore after RAGBRAI is over! Continue reading