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Brown's Woods Grand Re-Opening on October 7

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Join Polk County Conservation and partners to celebrate the new hiking trails and features inside the Brown’s Woods urban forest preserve. Festivities will take place on Wednesday, October 7th, from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Ribbon cutting and remarks are at 5:00 p.m.
•Explore the new trail system on a guided hike led by a Polk County Conservation naturalist.
•Visit the Birding 101 exhibit to learn about what birds migrate through and live in the woods.
•Pull out your Smartphone and go on a geocache scavenger hunt in search of hidden treasures.
•Learn about volunteer restoration efforts happening in the park.
•Enjoy free food and beverages while supplies last.
Passage of the Polk County Water and Land Legacy bond referendum allowed Polk County Conservation to move forward with many priority projects such as this one in Brown’s Woods. This project was designed to improve access and use of Brown’s Woods. Lighting and improved visibility will now provide increased safety for park users and neighbors. A new parking lot will now handle both vehicular and bus parking and provide safe access for school children. New amenities include a modern toilet, water fountain, and additional trails. Expanded natural surface trails now provide access
to an under-used portion of the park. Accessible parking and access to the Southwest Connector trail system will provide additional opportunities for paved trail users.
This project is in partnership with the City of West Des Moines, Polk County Public Works, and Polk County Conservation.

Parks Superintendent Job Posting

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Parks Superintendent

Polk County Conservation Board

Granger, Iowa

Salary: $61,658-$81,094

The Parks Superintendent manages and directs the day-to-day operations of the Polk County Conservation parks, law enforcement, recreational facilities, trails, greenways, wildlife and recreational areas. This person must be a strong leader, work well in a team environment and a dedicated conservationist. Duties include: planning, supervising and coordinating operations of the manicured portion of Polk County's park system (beach, cabins, campgrounds, shelters, trails, security, park use permits, etc.); participates within the management team in comprehensive county-wide conservation planning: including outdoor recreation, natural resource management, land and water management, wildlife and fishery programs, and supervising professional and technical employees.

Located in central Iowa, Polk County Conservation Board (PCCB) manages over 20 park and wildlife areas that are visited by more than 1.4 million people each year. These public areas cover more than 14,000  acres including 45 miles of paved multi-use recreational trails and 40 miles of soft trails.

The Parks Superintendent will be actively involved with the work of staff and volunteers involved in law enforcement, public safety, maintenance, and recreational and educational programming services (hunter safety classes) provided to the public.  This position establishes overall operating standards for law enforcement consistent with the Polk County Conservation Board’s mission/strategic plans.  Ability to work a flexible work schedule including evenings, weekends, and holidays is required.  Excellent public relations and communication skills are required. This position is a member of the Conservation Agency's management team participating in strategic and operational planning to increase operational efficiency for park services.

Apply online at http://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/hr/job-opportunities/

Application deadline is Sunday, November 1, 2015, 11:59 p.m. CST

Plant Some Shade with the Great Outdoors Foundation and MidAmerican Energy

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Residential customers of MidAmerican Energy Company can reduce future energy use, landscape their homes and green up their communities this fall through the Plant Some Shade® program. Plant Some Shade enables MidAmerican Energy’s residential customers to purchase up to two landscaping trees for $30 each. Trees are sold on a preordered, first-come, first-served basis. Pickup will be available from 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. on October 10th in the south parking lot of the Hoover State Office Building in Des Moines. Click here for ordering information.

Contact Us

Administration Office
11407 NW Jester Park Drive
Granger, IA 50109

P: (515) 323-5300
F: (515) 323-5354

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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