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Wendling Quarries, Inc. Farm and Property Manager in De Witt, Iowa

Position Summary:

The Land, Farm, & Property Manager is responsible for managing the company’s land/lease holdings in accordance with the company’s stated mission, purpose, and values. The management of the real assets involves working within the framework of the Quarry Development Department in conjunction with the Executive, Financial, and the Operations branches of Wendling. The primary basis for this position is to establish and maintain personal relationships with a vast variety and number of people and entities including neighbors, regulators, farm tenants, employees and industry partners. Secondary responsibilities such as the financial analysis, organization and maintenance of records and the physical activities associated with property management fall within the regular duties of this job.

Who are we?

Wendling is a third-generation family owned and operated business that produces crushed stone, sand and gravel for individuals and businesses in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. an increasing portion of our business is in the process of recycled concrete and asphalt. We have a reputation of providing quality products and prompt service to our customers. Wendling shares a faithful commitment to each other, supporting each other, having fun and working together to support the communities where we live and work. Our mission is "to safely do everything we do better than anyone else" and we are committed to our core values of family, excellence and human potential. Our strategy is built around developing a highly-engaged, high-performing workforce and we take seriously the duty to give all of our employees the opportunity to become the best version of themselves.

Title: Land, Farm, & Property Manager

Department: Quarry Development / Mine Services

Reports To: Quarry Development Director

Location: Dewitt, Iowa

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Relationship Management: Establish and maintain relationships with lessors, neighbors, government officials, and other key stakeholders. Assist with public relations, which may include presentations, tours, and participation in industry associations and political organizations. (Approximately 25% of time is spent on this function)

  • Property Leasehold Management: Develop and maintain agreements and relationships for the company’s leased land holdings. Prepare legal instruments and work with the company’s CFO and legal consultants. (Approximately 25% of time is spent on this function)

  • Land Management (Owned Land): Overall management of the agricultural and timbered land, which includes working with farm tenants, USDA/FSA and NRCS offices, managing CRP contracts, timber harvesting, fencing and neighbor issues and the oversights of recreation use permits. Management of rental dwellings in conjunction with in-house maintenance department and external subcontractors. (Approximately 25% of time is spent on this function)

  • Zoning and Permitting: Lead the formulation of tactics and preparation of presentations for zoning and annexation cases. Manage internal and external communications associated with the establishment of new and expansion of existing sites. Work within the inter-departmental structure for the advancement of permitting related to quarry development, which may included wetland, archeological, and cultural surveys. Oversee bonding associated with zoning requirements. (Approximately 15% of time is spent on this function)

  • Property Tax Management: Oversee the management of the company’s property taxes. This duty includes working with several departments within the company, as well as county/city assessor’s offices. Map and delineate the use type for quarry parcels on an annual basis. (Approximately 5% of time is spent on this function)

  • Mine Licensing: Complete the annual IDALS Mines and Minerals Bureau reporting and maintain a relationship with State Mine Inspectors. (Approximately 5% of time is spent on this function)

Education Level

Bachelor's degree is preferred, but not required. A two-year AAS or equivalent, with minimum two years related experience and/or training in combination with good communication skills is also acceptable.

Education Major

Land Use Planning or Farm Management preferred

Direct Reports


Behavioral Requirements

Adherence to the company’s core values and associated behaviors

Business / Technical Knowledge

Computer Skills:

  • Microsoft Word

  • Excel

  • Power Point

  • Google Maps – Google Earth

Technical Skills:

  • Economic Analysis and Math

  • Reading and Writing – Technical and Legal

  • Oral Communications – Public Speaking

  • Basic Agricultural Practices

Personal Skills:

  • Ability to build and maintain strong working relationships

  • Ability to see what needs to be done and have the discipline to keep projects on schedule through completion

  • Self-motivation

  • Creative problem solving

  • High tolerance for change

  • Negotiations

    Competitive Benefits:

    We offer a competitive benefits package including Health, Dental, & Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Short Term Disability Insurance, Retirement Benefit, 401 K, Wellness Program, Flex Spending Plan, Profit Sharing, Paid Time Off, Holiday Pay and Employee Assistance Program.

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