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Reports to: Executive Director
Supervises: Interns and Volunteers

At will position appointed by and reporting to the Executive Director. Plans, develops, coordinates, and
presents environmental education and interpretive programs for schools and other youth groups, adults, and
the general public in order to create a more environmentally literate citizenry.

• Develops lesson plans, curricula, and related educational materials for use in educating the public and
targeted groups about nature, conservation, and the environment. Target groups include, but are not limited
to: youth groups, schools, civic clubs, volunteer organizations, senior citizens, people with disabilities,
camps and general public.
• Schedules programs and activities, and maintains records of activities, dates, times, and groups served. Also
schedules programs and activities conducted by intern staff.
• Educates teachers and other educators and youth leaders in areas pertaining to teaching styles, nature,
conservation practices, and the environment. Presents at, and hosts, educator workshops.
•Writes program goals and objectives. Constantly evaluates the attainment of specific objectives key to
reaching the desired goals of environmental education. Reports evaluations to the Executive Director, and
responds to feedback.
• Acquires and reads relevant publications, attends conferences and workshops, and maintains a standard of
professionalism as outlined by the Iowa Association of Naturalists.
• Develops printed materials and educational displays including articles, news releases, pamphlets, brochures,
handouts, quarterly newsletter, videos, A-V programs, interpretive displays/exhibits, signs, and self-guided
trails. Maintains live animal exhibits.
• Represents the Conservation Board with good public relations efforts, plans and implements fund-raising and
grant writing relative to the environmental education program.
• Enlists, coordinates, and supervises interns, volunteers, and coordinates the use of paid/contracted speakers.
• Assists other staff members in caring for live animals in exhibits, implementing habitat management, and
general maintenance.

INCIDENTAL JOB DUTIES: Any other duties as assigned or required by the Executive Director
The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities, or be able to explain and
demonstrate that the individual can safely perform the essential functions of the job, with or without
reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skill and abilities.
• Proficient in the use of computers, A-V equipment, cameras, and other media-related tools.
• Ability to demonstrate outdoor skills such as canoeing, camping, fishing, hiking, snowshoeing, archery, etc.
• Familiarity with arts relevant to nature interpretation, with a certain degree of proficiency in arts and crafts.
• Capacity to use various hand and carpentry tools.
• Capacity to use feet and legs to walk, fingers and hands to grasp various objects.
• Requires creativity, enthusiasm, good judgement, initiative, flexibility, poise, sense of humor, willingness to
grow professionally and stay current in the field.
• Ability to establish and evaluate long and short-term goals; advanced knowledge of nature field ID, ecology,
conservation principles and practices, outdoor skills, and the environment.

• Ability to understand, analyze, interpret, and explain conservation laws, principles, and practices both verbally
and in writing.
• Ability to develop curricula using, and understanding of, teaching methods and learning styles.
• Ability to relate to and speak effectively to all age groups and target audiences.
• Ability to speak in panel and committee discussions and speak before audiences with poise, voice control, and
confidence using correct English.
• Ability to write using proper format, punctuations, grammar, and spelling.
• Ability to apply problem solving skills to define problems, collect and analyze data, establish facts, and draw

Education and Training:
Bachelor’s Degree with major coursework in environmental education, natural resources, biology or a related field.

Work Experience:
Emphasis given to past work experience as an interpretive naturalist, school teacher, or within a similar capacity
with a minimum of two years successful completion of an accredited internship or interpretive experience.
Required licenses, registrations and certifications:
Possession of a valid State of Iowa Driver’s license, CPR/First Aid and Wilderness First Aid training a plus. Ability
to maintain professional development as defined by the Iowa Association of Naturalists.

Work is performed about equally indoors and outdoors, and requires a considerable amount of physical activity
including walking, standing, kneeling, bending, crouching, reaching, stooping and climbing, as well as outdoor
activities such as canoeing and backpacking. The incumbent will also be required to maneuver rough terrain on
foot, is subject to work in extreme environmental conditions. May be in contact with dust, dirt, chemicals, noise
and severe weather conditions (extreme hot, cold, snow, ice, wind, rain, and flood). Exposure to outdoor elements
such as mosquitoes, ticks, and various plants, pollens, and fungi. Work requires extensive interaction with the
general public and governmental agencies and may be stressful when meeting deadlines and making abrupt
changes in priorities. This is a physically demanding position requiring the ability to lift at least 50 pounds on a
frequent basis and to use considerable force frequently to move objects.

Generally 40 hours per week during a seven (7) day period. May be required to work additional hours on weekends
or during the week or to change hours with minimal notice because of operational needs.

SALARY: $38,000 to $42,000.00. FLSA Status Non-Exempt. County full-time benefits package included.
O APPLY: Send a Benton County application, resume, cover letter and at least three references to: Karen Phelps,
Executive Director, Benton County Conservation, 5718 20th Ave., Drive, Vinton, IA 52349.

For an application go to

Deadline: 4:30 p.m., August 5, 2016. Position open until filled.

Benton County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and
encourage prospective employees and position incumbents to discuss accommodations with the Employer.







POSITION: A seasonal conservation education internship at the Lime Creek Nature Center in Mason City, Iowa.

EMPLOYMENT PERIOD: 24 weeks, starting in September 2016 and ending in February of 2017 (specific starting and ending dates somewhat flexible, depending on schedule of applicant). 40hrs./week (non-routine week, Mon. - Sun.).

SALARY: $10.61/hr with no benefits.

DESCRIPTION: Intern will assist Conservation Education Manager in carrying out environmental education programming for the Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board and Lime Creek Nature Center. Major duties include providing programs and field trips for a variety of audiences; creating and improving displays and bulletin boards in the Lime Creek Nature Center; and writing articles and press releases. Other special projects include one major project for the nature center, water quality monitoring, resource management activities, and professional workshop opportunities. Interns will receive valuable practical experience and continuing education during employment. Since 1995, twenty of our conservation education interns have received full-time employment in conservation.

QUALIFICATIONS: Either be enrolled in or have a degree in one of the following fields: natural resources, wildlife biology, environmental education/interpretation, or general biology or ecology/environmental studies.

REQUIREMENTS: The ability to effectively apply knowledge and common sense to solve problems and/or achieve work objectives; ability to routinely stand, walk, sit, kneel, stoop, balance, climb and operate power hand tools; ability to work outdoors in extreme weather conditions and be exposed to dust, fumes and loud noises; ability to routinely lift 50 lbs.; ability to follow written and oral instructions; possess a valid Iowa drivers license and maintain an acceptable driving record. Cerro Gordo County is a pre-employment physical and drug screening employer.

TO APPLY: To be considered for employment, individual must submit an official Cerro Gordo County Job Application Form to: Mary Ermer, Office Manager, Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board, 3501 Lime Creek Road, Mason City, Iowa 50401. For more information and/or to request an application & job description, call (641) 423-5309.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received on or before Friday, July 22, 2016 or can be dropped off at the Lime Creek Nature Center by 4:00 pm on 7/22/16.


2016 Fall Visitor Services & Environmental Education Internship

Location: Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is located 20 miles east of Des Moines, Iowa. The Refuge consists of 5600 acres, 3000 of which has been returned to prairie. Bison and elk roam an 800 acre enclosure, while white-tail deer, mink, coyotes, owls and numerous songbirds also wander throughout the Refuge. The hundreds of plants that make up the prairie landscape create an ever-changing kaleidoscope of color. Interns will have a fantastic opportunity to explore this endangered ecosystem.

Duties: Interns will assist Neal Smith NWR staff in a diversity of Visitor Services projects including: environmental education, curriculum development, program presentations, Partner School Program development, staffing the Visitor Center information desk, assistance with public special events, and trail maintenance.

Benefits: The internship will generally run 9 - 12 weeks, working 40 hours a week, and is available in spring, summer and fall seasons. The fall internship will last from late August or early September through November. The intern will receive a stipend of $3600 to $4800 for 9-12 weeks respectively. Refuge staff will work with students to fulfill internship credit requirements at individual universities, including assigning independent projects. Housing is not provided. There are several rental opportunities in the local area.

Qualifications: Anyone interested in applying should be able to work independently or in small groups, have excellent verbal/writing skills, and have a background in environmental education, interpretation or a related field. Basic computer skills and a valid driver’s license are required.

To Apply: For the fall internship, the following must be received by July 30, 2016: 1) a one-page cover letter describing personal background and interests, 2) a detailed resume noting education, experience, skills, and including three references and their phone numbers, 3) unofficial college transcripts, and 4) a letter of recommendation including the name, affiliation, address, telephone, and email address of the person writing the letter.

Information should be sent to: Brianna Patrick, Visitor Services Specialist, Neal Smith NWR, P.O. Box 399, Prairie City, IA 50228 or
For additional information, contact Brianna Patrick at (515) 994-3400 or or go to













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