Title:  IT Desktop Specialist


Requisition Id: 2828 

Salary: Starting at $54,552.00 

Salary Grade: S9 

Job Location:  Commission Headquarters (JEFFE1) 

Closing Date: December 21, 2023


Our Culture: The Missouri Department of Conservation supports a culture of trusted professionals that are dedicated to our mission, responsible stewards, and believe in One MDC. 


To learn more about the job, feel free to contact the hiring supervisor- Alyson M Peck at Alyson.Peck@mdc.mo.gov or at573 5224115x3631.  


Lack of post-secondary education will not be used as a sole basis denying consideration to any applicant. 




The IT Desktop Specialist serves as the system administrator and technical lead for the Agency-wide computer management system and all computer hardware configuration, as well as standards development. Perform cyber security incident follow-up, including investigation, mitigation, and security recommendations.

Essential Job Duties

  • Serve as the system administrator and technical lead for Agency-wide computer management system, including patch management, software distribution, and image creation and maintenance; serve as subject matter expert on other computer management system areas, including asset and life cycle management.  

  • Serve as technical lead for all computer hardware configuration and standards development, including assessing operating system and business requirements for long-term hardware configuration needs; serve as technical lead on selection of computer peripherals. 

  • Develop standards, policy, and strategy for all hardware and software elements. 

  • Perform endpoint cyber security incident follow-up, including investigation, resolution, and mitigation through collaboration with the IT Security Architect; make recommendations for computer endpoint security settings and configurations. 

  • Troubleshoot and resolve third-level technical issues involving computer hardware, software, networking, mobile devices, and application issues. 

Ancillary Job Duties

  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Education and Experience

  • Required qualifications to effectively perform the job. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered.
  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in computer science, computer information systems, or closely related field required.
  • 3–5 years related work experience required; 5–8 years desired.
  • CompTIA A+ certification required.
  • CompTIA Network+ and Security+ certification desired.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • May be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those knowledge, skills and abilities commonly associated with this position.
  • Understanding of computers, including use of Microsoft operating systems and products, IT services platforms (Ivanti), end-user software (Adobe, etc.), hardware technology (PCs, smartphones, networking, peripherals, etc.), and cyber security software.
  • Understanding of records management, including data collection and analysis, metadata creation, and database maintenance.
  • Understanding of human resources rules and policies.
  • Understanding of database programming, communications networking, and application development.
  • Technical skills, including equipment maintenance, selection, installation, repairs, design, and operation, as well as operation monitoring and quality control analysis.
  • Strong reading, writing, speaking, mathematical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong customer service and time management skills.
  • Interpersonal communication and collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, including project management and communication.

Work Environment

  • Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.
  • Every day, the position requires work in an office environment.
  • Once a month or more (but not every week), the position requires being in an enclosed vehicle or operating enclosed equipment (like a car).
  • Once a year or more (but not every month), the position requires working in remote locations or working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions.

Physical Abilities

  • Activities that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
  • Multi-tasking in an office environment, often sitting for long periods at a time.
  • Possessing and maintaining a valid Missouri driver’s license.
  • Stamina, auditory attention, speech clarity, and visual abilities.
  • Lifting up to 15 lbs. regularly; lifting over 50 lbs. rarely.


This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; an employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required.  The Missouri Department of Conservation reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.  Management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties, functions, and requirements.

Exemption Status/Special Notes

This position has been determined to be Nonexempt according to the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Employees must agree to accept compensatory time in lieu of cash payments in accordance with the Department's Compensatory Time Off and Overtime Policy. 

Salaried and hourly employees are expected to use a mobile device-cellular phone for Department business, as needed. 

MDC promotes a Tobacco-Free (smoke and smokeless) working environment.

The Department of Conservation will only hire United States citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States.  All new employees will be required to complete an "Employment Eligibility Verification" (Form I-9) and produce requested documentation after employment.

Candidates seeking initial employment or re-employment must submit to a drug screen following offer of employment.

All persons employed with the state of Missouri shall file all state income tax forms and pay all state income taxes owed.

Nearest Major Market: Jefferson City
Nearest Secondary Market: Columbia Missouri