Job opportunities: IEDA and Prairie Rivers of Iowa

State of Iowa, Iowa Economic Development Authority – Energy Project Manager

The Iowa Economic Development Authority has an immediate opening for an Energy Project Manager on the Energy Team within the Community Development Division at the Authority. Candidate will assist in the development of the state energy plan for Iowa. Candidate will also assist in the implementation of the annual Department of Energy (DOE) formula grant and other energy initiatives for the Authority.

Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major coursework in research, planning, economics, public relations, and experience equal to two years of full-time work that involved responsibility for interpreting laws, rules and regulations, and/or securing compliance with them; or compiling and evaluating statistical, historical, economic, business, financial, or technical related or program data; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience substituting one year of the above required experience for each year (thirty semester or equivalent hours) of the required education. Experience with developing plans, conducting research, knowledge of energy initatives, and interpreting federal energy programming, helpful.

Some travel throughout Iowa may be required. Position will be housed in Des Moines at the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Salary range is $48,464.00 – $75,192.00.

Send cover letter and resume by May 15, 2015 to: Melissa.Harshbarger@iowa.gov


Prairie Rivers of Iowa – Watershed Coordinator

The watershed coordinator will be responsible for implementing a watershed management plan for the Squaw Creek Watershed. The coordinator will work closely with government agencies, non-profits, producers and individual citizens in the watershed community in a manner that is inclusive of all stakeholders.

Required Qualifications:
• MS degree in environmental sciences, water resources, planning, or a related natural resource management field (or BS plus three years experience)
• Ability to effectively coordinate and manage a complex multi-organizational project
• Training and/or experience in organizational development, communications, consensus building, facilitation, and leadership skills
• Experience in grant writing
• Excellent writing, presentation, and public relations skills
• Working knowledge of watershed issues, non-point source pollution remediation strategies, and watershed management
• Ability to work independently, establishes work priorities, and manages time effectively.
• Proficiency in the use of MS Word and Excel, and ability to learn new computer applications.
• Understanding of geographic information systems (GIS) and their use in watershed planning
• Valid driver’s license and reliable personal transportation
• Ability to work effectively with individuals, groups, and units of government

Salary and Position Details:
The Watershed Coordinator will report to Penny Brown Huber, Executive Director of Prairie Rivers of Iowa. This will be a full-time salaried position. Travel will be compensated at $.56/mile or by use of a leased vehicle. The position’s salary range is between $40,000 and $50,000 per year commensurate with experience. The position will (1) entail some weekend and evening work commitments, and (2) will be based on a yearly contract established from the starting date and ending one year or 365 days later. The position is currently funded for over three years and more funding will be sought to continue the position beyond that time.

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To Apply:
Send a resume, letter of interest, and names and contact information for three references to Penny Brown Huber, Executive Director, Prairie Rivers of Iowa, 2402 South Duff Avenue, Ames, IA 50010 or by email at: pbrownhuber@prrcd.org. Anticipate interviews beginning the week of May 4, 2015. Position will be open until filled.

Prairie Rivers of Iowa – Garden Coordinator

Prairie Rivers of Iowa is seeking a Garden Coordinator to assist with implementation of their Central Iowa Garden Project. The project is focused on improving the health of citizens’ in Boone, Story and Hardin Counties through a collaborative effort around establishing food gardens at schools and workplaces. Alongside the implementation of these new gardens, workshops focused on gardening and healthy eating will be conducted.

Position Description: The Garden Coordinator will work under the direction of the Central Iowa Local Foods Coordinator and Executive Director to help facilitate the implementation and management of new gardens and assist with workshop development and execution.

Desired Experience:

  • Preference for individuals who have Agronomy, Horticulture or other related education or experience
  • Prior research and materials development experience
  • Strong written and oral skills, including public speaking skills
  • Knowledge of and skills in gardening, health and nutrition
  • Knowledge of and interest in institutional gardening, food systems, and community health and development
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations, different age groups and backgrounds
  • Capability to work independently and be flexible
  • Good organizational and time management skills

The Garden Coordinator position is part-time, 16-24 hours/week, flexible hours. Position is seasonal May 2015 -October 2016.

This is a paid position ($8.25/hr.) with possibility for credit hours if currently a student.

Interested applicants can submit a resume and cover letter to Penny Brown-Huber, Executive Director, at pbrownhuber@prrcd.org. Interviews will be ongoing until the position is filled.

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