Josh Stai, English River WMA Technician conducting a prescribed burn

Get to Know Josh Stai


In March, the English River WMA added to their staff, meet Josh Stai.  Josh will serve as the watershed technician for the English River WMA, and assist Jody Bailey (English River WMA Project Coordinator), with education, outreach, and development of public and private cost-share partnerships.  The English River WMA covers, Iowa, Johnson, Keokuk, Poweshiek and Washington Counties.

Josh’s education includes an Associate of Applied Science in Parks and Natural Resources from Kirkwood Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management from Columbia Southern University.  His professional experiences includes employment with Kirkwood Community College as a natural resources specialist and as an adjunct instructor; multiple seasons with the Johnson County Conservation Board; and as a seasonal  Park Ranger at Coralville Lake.

Josh is married and has two wonderful teenage daughters, and they reside in Kalona, IA.


We caught up Josh to discuss his position:


Q: Where did you work before you took this position?

A: Kirkwood Community College – Conservation Grounds Worker/Adjunct Instructor

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in this position?

A: To spend as much of the grant cost share dollars as we can, by installing as many soil and water BMPs on the ground as possible!

Q: How did you hear about the opening and what was appealing about the position?

A: After interviewing for a position with a different agency, an individual on that interview panel encouraged me to apply for a new technician position that was going to be posted soon. Once I heard the job description of the new technician position, I became much more interested in the technician position because of the exciting opportunities that I could be involved with. It also made it easier to like the technician opportunity because the project’s office is located in my home town!

Q: Is there anything you would like to tell the English River WMA and IWA partners?

A: I am very excited to be apart of the ERWMA and looking forward to meeting all of you!

Q: What is a hobby of yours?

A: I really enjoy working on and restoring old muscle cars.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: A Sand County Almanac

Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: Easily- Godfather’s taco pizza!

Q: Where would you like to go that you’ve never been?

A: I think it would be an amazing adventure to do a cultural history tour of Israel or Japan



The English River near Williamsburg, Iowa.

Kalona WMA to Meet

English River running through woodlands

Fly Like an Eagle Over the English River Watershed


Mark Kennett, English River WMA board member and of Kennett Ag Services, recently invited us to traverse the meandering English River by air. The video starts at the confluence of the English River and the Iowa River and runs west toward Grinnell. Special thanks to pilot Norm Robbins with Iowa Helicopter for the ride!

English River running through woodlands

English River Watershed Planning Services – Request for Proposals!

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For further information and to view the full proposal, please visit:


English River running through woodlands

Job Opening: English River Watershed Project Coordinator

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The City of Kalona seeks a self-motivated, experienced Watershed Project Coordinator to develop and implement the English River watershed management plan, project reporting, education and outreach. The primary objectives of the project are flood mitigation and improved water quality within the English River watershed. Applications due February 8th!