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Naturalist

Job type:Agricultural, Food, and Natural Resources

Description:

Facilitate and lead environmental education programs for audiences of all ages and demographics. Exercises exceptional organizational skills and customer service skills. Demonstrated problem-solving ability.  Represents ICNC in a positive manner.

  • Develops, coordinates and leads, assists or supervises public education programs for adults, school and group field trips, scouting programs, preschool programs, and other programs for a variety of ages and demographics.  Writes curriculum, sets up and tears down as appropriate. Evaluates programs.
  • Collects program fees, oversee volunteer-led programs, and unlocks and secures building appropriately.
  • Assists in the recruitment, training, and management of volunteers, both individually and as a group. Uses volunteers effectively to manage and implement programs. Regularly and appropriately recognizes volunteers for their service.
  • Attends and assists with leading, coordinating and, facilitating all special event programs as directed.
  • Assists with exhibit development and production, and educational displays, both on-site and within the community.
  • Serves as Nature Center representative in community forums as requested.
  • Attends Board of Directors meetings, and/or submits reports, as requested.
  • Assists in writing grants for educational programs, as needed.
  • Assists with all other tasks as directed including trail work, facilities maintenance, restoration projects, front desk coverage, Creekside Shop sales, mailings, etc.
  • Reviews, evaluates and modifies existing and proposed procedures in conjunction with supervisor, recommends appropriate changes.

Starting salary:
$29,000-$35,000 a year

Company benefits:
Health and dental insurance allowance, vision insurance, life insurance, retirement (403b) match, flexible scheduling, unlimited vacation time, one free rental of Amazing Space per year, additional discounted rentals of Amazing Space, Creekside Shop discount, free use of ICNC kayaks and canoes, free firewood.

High school courses important to the position:
An interest and affinity for the outdoors, the environment, or environmental issues.

Training, certifications, or degree needed to qualify for the position:
Bachelor?s degree in Biology, Natural Resources, or in a related field or equivalent of 2 years work experience required. Must have valid driver?s license.

Specific skills that your business recognizes as fundamental to employment (life skills):
Represents ICNC in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current staff, customers, volunteers, suppliers, and the community. Creative and energetic with strong public and human relations abilities, professional appearance, positive attitude and motivation. Support of organizational goals and mission. Demonstrated working knowledge of environmental education principles, curriculum development, personal computers, and media equipment. Understands principles of volunteer management. Able to work outdoors in good and inclement weather to accomplish program goals. Highly developed public speaking and presentation skills. Flexibility to work weekends and evenings and to perform other functions of office staff. Excellent writing & communication skills. Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds unassisted.

Advancement opportunities in the company:
Naturalists have the ability to lead projects and special events as assigned based on their experience, skills, and desire. All staff at Indian Creek Nature Center are involved in leadership at some capacity.

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