Mark Vavroch, Executive Director
Mark has been a full time employee since April 1987. He began his employment with the Board as a park ranger and later was hired as director in 1990. Mark is responsible for the day to day operation of the County Conservation Department, as well as, preparing budgets, making recommendations to the Board, writing grants, and helping maintain and develop all county areas. Mark received a B.S. in Forestry with an emphasis in Outdoor Recreation from Iowa State University. Mark and his family enjoy watching school athletic events, watching college football, fishing and walking Bella (their lab).
Corey has been a full time employee since May 2003. His duties include patrolling and maintaining all county areas with a special emphasis on managing and developing the county’s wildlife areas. Corey loves the diversity of the job, everyday is a little different. Corey received an Associate of Science Degree from Kirkwood Community College. During his spare time, Corey and his wife enjoy boating, camping, snowmobiling, and spending time with their families.
Emily Klein, Resource Manager / Naturalist
Emily has been a full time employee since May 2016. Her duties include maintaining all county areas and teaching environmental education programs. Emily enjoys sharing her love of the outdoors with others. Emily received a B.S. in Agriculture Education, Science Communication option from Iowa State University and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Environmental Education from Florida Atlantic University. Emily and her family enjoy traveling, camping, biking, downhill skiing, hunting, kayaking, and swimming in the farm pond.
Junior Simpson, Campground Host
Junior has been a member of the summer seasonal staff since March 2011. His duties include answering camper’s questions, maintaining all county areas, and training seasonal staff. Junior is retired from a career at Kinze Manufacturing and is from Hartwick, IA.
Heath is a 2018 Summer Seasonal Park Ranger at Diamond Lake. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Northern Iowa. Heath lives in Grinnell, IA and also works as a Financial Specialist for Jensen Optometrists managing all payroll duties and financial reporting. Heath enjoys biking, hiking backcountry trails, reading and traveling with his wife.
Aaron Ohlsen, Seasonal Park Ranger
Aaron is a 2018 Summer Seasonal Park Ranger at Diamond Lake. He has an Associate of Science degree in Parks and Natural Resources from Kirkwood Community College and is planning to graduate in May of 2019 with his Bachelor of Science degree in Conservation Management with a Minor in Criminal Justice from Upper Iowa University. He is from Kellogg, IA. Aaron enjoys fly fishing, boating with his father at Rock Creek State Park, and hopes to secure a full time position as a park ranger or conservation technician after graduation from college.
Conservation Board Members
Conservation Board Meetings
The Poweshiek County Conservation Board will have one meeting each month. Usually, the Board will meet the Tuesday preceding the second Thursday of the month at the Foster Center, which is located at the south entrance to Diamond Lake. The public is always welcome to attend.
Diamond Lake Park
4896 Stagecoach Road
P.O. Box 666
Montezuma, IA 50171