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The Department of Natural Resources has one (1) openings at Banner Shooting Range and two (2) openings at Olofson Shooting Range for Range Safety Officers. This position works under the general direction of the Chief Range Safety Officer/Range Manager and the Shooting Sports Coordinator and performs a variety of tasks ensuring the safe and efficient operation of the shooting ranges.
For more information and how to apply:
IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
Job Title: Range Safety Officer, Conservation and Recreation Division
Starting Pay: $13.12 per Hour
Locations: Banner Shooting Range, Indianola, IA – 1 Vacancies
Olofson Shooting Range, Polk City, IA – 2 Vacancies
Hours: Variable, rotating schedule:
Weekdays: 11:00AM to 5:00PM
Weekends: 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Special Events/Programs: Occasional Evenings
Limit of 779 hours per fiscal year
The Department of Natural Resources has one (1) openings at Banner Shooting Range and two (2) openings at Olofson Shooting Range for Range Safety Officers. This position works under the general direction of the Chief Range Safety Officer/Range Manager and the Shooting Sports Coordinator and performs a variety of tasks ensuring the safe and efficient operation of the shooting ranges. Additional responsibilities include:
ABILITIES AND SKILLS:
Knowledge of safe handling and use of firearms; ability to use PC based software at a basic level; ability to operate cash register and reconcile daily and weekly financial reports; excellent organizational skills; excellent oral communication skills; ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, other DNR staff, state and federal agencies; ability to read and interpret rules and regulations; ability to gather, assemble, analyze facts, draw conclusions and develop solutions to organizational/program problems; capacity to adjust to change, work pressures or difficult situations without undue stress; ability to work independently; must demonstrate initiative, a customer service and team orientation and display high standards of ethical conduct; ability to become certified as a range safety officer, first aid, and CPR; position requires regular attendance as scheduled and occasionally on-call.
Accountability, Customer Focus, Computer Skills, Common Sense, Communication Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Integrity, High Productivity, Team Player, Technical Skills – Shooting Sports
HOW TO APPLY:
Interested applicants must send a cover letter and resume that outlines your experience and qualifications as related to the position to: Chris Van Gorp, Department of Natural Resources, 502 East 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319 or email them to Chris.VanGorp@dnr.iowa.gov. For more information about this position, please contact Chris Van Gorp, Shooting Sports and Range Coordinator, at 515-313-8048 or via email at Chris.VanGorp@dnr.iowa.gov.
Please ensure to indicate in your cover letter if you have a preference of which location you would like to work at - Banner Shooting Range (Indianola) or Olofson Shooting Range (Polk City).
Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. Interviews will be conducted with selected applicants that have met the minimum qualifications.
The State of Iowa is an EEO/AA EMPLOYER
Banner Shooting Range (Warren County)
13796 Elk Horn St, Lincoln, IA 50652
Banner Range is a multi-use shooting facility that offers a safe, clean shooting environment for handguns, rifles and shotguns. The range is staffed with professional certified range safety officers during all operating hours. The shooting range is located between Des Moines and Indianola on US Highway 65/69 in Warren County. The Banner Shooting Range telephone number is 515-961-6408 for a recorded message that provides an updated list of range hours. You may also email the range at BannerRange@dnr.iowa.gov and a range representative will respond to you. (Download the Banner Shooting Range brochure for more information.
Banner Shooting Range is closed: January 1st (New Year's Day), Easter Sunday, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, December 24th and December 25th.
*All new shooters must be checked in at least 45 minutes prior to closing time. The range will close at closing time or sunset (whichever is earlier). You can find a copy of the local sunset table in your Iowa DNR Hunting & Trapping Regulations. Please call ahead for potential weather related closings.
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Bays Branch Shooting Range (Guthrie County)
190th Street, Panora, Iowa 50216
Bays Branch Wildlife Management Area - Map
Brushy Creek Shooting Range (Webster County)
Two ranges are located at Brushy Creek State Recreational Area. One is south of the park office approximately 1/2 mile North of County Road D-46. The other is a trap range located in the northern section of the park. It can be reached by taking 250th from County Road P-73, then turn right on Taylor Ave. Both are located East of Lehigh in Webster County.
Charles "Butch" Olofson Shooting Range (Opening September 14, 2017)
The Butch Olofson Shooting Range has been completely renovated with the addition of a new building, archery ranges and more. A new classroom for hunting and firearm education activities will be open to a variety of audiences. Shooters of all skill levels are welcome to hone their shooting skills at the four ranges.
Hawkeye Wildlife Shooting Range (Johnson County)
2200 Amana Rd NW, Swisher, Iowa 52338** Range safety officer on site during peak hours.
Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area - Map
Hull Shooting Range (Mahaska County)
Located 4 miles West of Oskaloosa on State Highway 92.
Hull Wildlife Management Area - Map
Ocheyedan Shooting Range (Clay County)
West 4th Street, Ocheyedan, Iowa 51354
Ocheyedan Wildlife Management Area - Map
Oyens Shooting Range (Plymouth County)
13594 K64, Le Mars, Iowa 51031
Located 2.5 miles North of Oyens on County Road K-64 in Plymouth County.
Pine Ridge Shooting Range (Hardin County)
31458 Co Rd D35, Steamboat Rock, Iowa 50672
Located 1 mile West of Steamboat Rock on the west bank of the Iowa River off of County Road S-56. Located in Pine Ridge county park (Hardin County Conservation).
Princeton Shooting Range (Scott County)
286th Avenue, Princeton, Iowa 52768
Princeton Wildlife Management Area - Map
Spring Run Shooting Range (Dickinson County)
Located 3 miles East of Spirit Lake on Highway 9, 2.5 miles South on 280th Avenue.Spring Run Complex Wildlife Management Area - Map
The Iowa Scholastic Clay Target Program
(SCTP) is a team-based youth development program that uses the clay target sports of trap, skeet, and sporting clays to instill life skills such as discipline, safety, teamwork, ethics, mental focus, self-discipline, and self-confidence in Iowa's youth.
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources created the Shooting Sports Program Grant in 2012 to encourage the development and improvement of shooting ranges throughout Iowa. The grant program supports the Department’s Hunter Education Program, encourages hunters to become more proficient with firearms and archery equipment, promotes safe hunting and shooting practices, provides Iowa residents with safe shooting areas and supports law enforcement training.
The Department provides grant funds annually as available from the Trust Fund (license sales) and federal dollars (Pittman/Robertson Act); granting or denying funds is at the discretion of the Department. All partnerships, leases, and cooperative ventures entered into are granted according to law and to the rules and regulations of the Department and the Natural Resource Commission.
Shooting Range Grant Program Goals: (1) Developing ranges in areas of the state where the need for public shooting facilities is greatest; (2) Providing an environment for public enjoyment and expansion of the shooting sports that emphasizes safety, hunter and shooter education, firearms and archery public safety training, plus recruitment of junior shooters; (3) Ensuring all ranges are operated in a safe, sound manner that promotes environmental stewardship and positive community relations.
The DNR will not be accepting Grant Applications in 2017.
Chapter 56 - Shooting Sports Grant Program