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Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) Field Coordinator - With limited supervision, the Environmental Specialist Sr. is responsible to lead and coordinate the activities of the CREP team relating to landowner relations program.

  • Coordinate sufficient landowner enrollments to utilize program funds, coordinate the support of enrolled landowners with contact and information needed during wetland site design and construction, and as possible maintain a “waiting list” of landowners seeking enrollment pending future program funding. 
  • Coordination of all landowner’s communications from the initial potential site visit through surveying, design, easement negotiation, construction, and post-construction site operation.   Coordinate as necessary to facilitate water quality monitoring of sites.  Coordinate landowner follow-up after construction to assist with site operation, water level management and wetland and buffer plant management.
  • Serve as liaison between the program, CREP field specialists, landowners, professional service providers and contractors, county offices, ISU research personnel and others.
  • Concept, develop, and issue publicity and outreach materials describing the program, mission and accomplishments.  Make group presentations as required to represent the program.
  • Oversee and coordinate with selected vendor for employment and management of CREP field specialists.  Assure performance by vendor and employees.  Monitor billings for personnel costs and expense reimbursement.
  • Perform additional CREP field coordination duties as deemed necessary and as assigned.

Division of Soil Conservation Water Resources Bureau Programs – Provide administrative and technical support.  Work with agency partners and others for deployment and implementation of programs. 

  • Serve as coordinator for the Iowa Wetland Landscape Initiative Program.
  • Serve as IDALS liaison with Iowa State University for In-Field and Off-Site Water and Nutrient Research Project.
  • Serve as IDALS liaison to Iowa DNR Wetland Program Plan Committee.
  • Provide GIS assistance for CREP, Water Quality Initiative, and other DSC programs.

Water Quality Initiative (WQI) Program Support – Provide technical support for implementation of the Nutrient Reduction Strategy and WQI.  Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Function as a team with other WQI staff.  This includes review and assessment of all individual projects, development of technical recommendations for projects in collaboration with other agency and research technical personnel, formulation of statewide strategies for technical training and professional development of project coordinators, development of overall program evaluations and recommendations for program improvements and development of information outreach and educational presentations to support watershed protection and improvement.
  • With guidance from WQI Coordinator, work with projects to incorporate edge-of-field conservation practices, including wetlands, bioreactors, and saturated buffers.  Facilitate use of existing programs and agreements for increased adoption of these practices within WQI demonstration projects and IDALS initiatives.
  • Assist in development and collection of program metrics and information on WQI project deliverables.  Work with partners in projects and other government agencies to collectively generate information on measurable progress achieved in the WQI.
  • Assist IDALS staff and WQI project coordinators in the development and collection of WQI success stories and public outreach efforts.


Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in a Natural Science and three years of full time professional scientific experience in an environmental program in the areas of water supply, waste water, animal feeding operations, hazardous substances, radiation, sewage treatment, solid waste, geology, flood plain, air pollution, dam safety, or underground storage tanks.

For additional ways to qualify, please click on this link to view the job description and minimum qualifications.

Additional Qualifications

In addition to applying through the Department of Administrative Services -HRE, please submit a cover letter and resume to Gloria Stinson, HR Associate, IDALS Personnel Bureau, Wallace Building, Des Moines, IA  50319; or fax 515-281-8503; or email

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To Apply:

Submit a completed Iowa Department of Administrative Services - Human Resources Enterprise (DAS-HRE) application form by the closing date. To complete an electronic application form, click on “Apply for Job Vacancy(s)” button.  You may also mail an application form to: Iowa Department of Administrative Services - Human Resources Enterprise, Hoover State Office Building, 1305 East Walnut, Des Moines, IA 50319-0150 or fax your application to (515) 281-7970.




Mailing Address: IDALS,  Wallace State Office Building,   502 E. 9th Street,  Des Moines, IA 50319:     PH: 515-281-5321
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