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NATURALIST JOB OPPORTUNITIES
DODGE NATURE CENTER~ MINNESOTA
If you are looking for an opportunity to gain practical experience as a naturalist, develop and improve your interpretive teaching techniques, and expand your knowledge of natural history, Dodge Nature Center is the setting for you. Dodge Nature Center is a non-profit organization operating a 462-acre nature preserve within the cities of West St. Paul and Cottage Grove, MN. We provide environmental education and outdoor education experiences for thousands of people each year through our school programs and public events. A fellowship at Dodge Nature Center will provide you with opportunities to work with diverse audiences of all ages and to teach a large variety of natural history, environmental, and agricultural topics.

Duration: September 8, 2015 through August 19, 2016

Responsibilities:
• Actively participate in weekly training seminars by taking part in discussions, natural history walks, and completing assignments
• Complete an independent study in a specific area of interest
• Learn and present environmental and agricultural education programs to children and adults
• Develop and implement fall, spring, and summer camps
• Present public programs and lead educational portion of birthday parties
• Lead after school and outreach programs
• Actively participate in seasonal special events, seasonal projects, animal handling and care, restoration programs, promotion, and maintenance of equipment and materials
• Attend and participate in staff trainings and meetings

Compensation:
• $300 (before taxes) every two weeks
• On-site housing with internet access
• Learn from professional naturalists and teachers
• Participate in training seminars
• Office workspace
• One-year membership to MNA (Minnesota Naturalist Association)

Requirements:
• B.A or B.S. degree, related field preferred
• Experience teaching or working with children
• Knowledge of natural history preferred
• High level of self-motivation, flexibility, enthusiasm, willingness to learn and perform a variety of duties
• Ability to live on-site in a co-ed housing environment with three other Naturalist Fellows
• Working knowledge of computer software including Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and Word
• Ability to work a twelve month term, with responsibilities that include weekdays, evening and weekends.

Physical requirements:
Work outdoors year-round in any kind of weather. Traverse hilly, natural terrain for up to four hours. Drive a vehicle. Work with live animals. Work in an office and use a computer, phone, and other office equipment. Lift and carry displays or equipment weighing up to 50 pounds. Work several hours at a time in barns with farm animals, hay and straw.

Preferred but not required:
• Fluency in Spanish or Hmong language
• Experience working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds
• First Aid and CPR Certification

Application Process:
Send the following items to: Diane Klinefelter, Director of Environmental Education, 365 Marie Ave. West, West St. Paul, MN 55118, or electronically to dklinefelter@dodgenaturecenter.org.
• cover letter
• résumé
• completed questionnaire—access at www.dodgenaturecenter.org
OR http://www.dodgenaturecenter.org/About/Career-Opportunities/


Application deadline is March 13, 2015.or until the positions are filled.

DES MOINES COUNTY CONSERVATION~ NATURALIST 
West Burlington, Iowa

The Naturalist is a permanent full time employee of Des Moines County Conservation that participates in the delivery of the department’s environmental education programs. Headquartered at Starr’s Cave Nature Center in Burlington, Iowa, the Naturalist provides interpretation, conservation education, outdoor recreation and public relations programs and develops associated written, audiovisual and display materials. The Naturalist also assists with the maintenance and operations of the nature center. Ideal candidate will have a combination of education and experience delivering interpretive programs to school groups and the public.

Starting annual wage of $32,000 plus benefits. Complete position description available at www.dmcconservation.com.

To apply: Submit cover letter and resume with references to Chris Lee, Executive Director, Des Moines County Conservation, 13700 Washington Road, West Burlington, IA 52655 or dmcconbd@dmcounty.com.

Deadline: Applications must be postmarked on or before March 6, 2015. Applicants receiving interviews will be notified by March 13. Selected applicant will be given offer of employment on or before March 20. Employment will begin on or after April 6, 2015 depending on selected applicant's availability.
 

 


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NATURALIST INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
INTERNATIONAL CRANE FOUNDATION~ BARABOO, WI
The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is seeking to fill 4 Interpretive Naturalist Internship positions in 2015.
 
Background:
ICF is a leader in the conservation of the world's 15 crane species and is dedicated to providing experience, knowledge, and inspiration to involve people in resolving threats to cranes and the ecosystems vital to their long-term survival. ICF's world headquarters is located in Baraboo, WI one hour north of Madison, WI. ICF is open to the public every day from April 15th to October 31st each year and all of the world’s 15 crane species are on live-display at our facility. These cranes, our interpretive tours, interactive exhibits, multimedia theater, and nature trails attract more than 25,000 visitors each season. In order to achieve our mission, the Communications and Education Department disseminates ICF’s message as widely as possible, both on-site and through outreach work, using the latest technologies available and by selling annual memberships to support ICF’s conservation initiatives. For more information, please visit our website at www.savingcranes.org
 
Description:
Interpretive Naturalist Interns will gain valuable hands-on experience working with the ICF Communications and Education Department and will:
· Develop and lead daily interpretive tours at ICF for visiting schools, community organizations, private groups, families, and the general public.
· Interact and assist the general public with the sale of admission tickets, gift shop merchandise, annual memberships, and overall ICF site orientation on a daily basis.
· Conduct duties associated with opening/closing the visitor center, exhibits, and gift shop on a daily basis.
· Achieve experience planning, designing, and evaluating interpretive programs and written materials.
· Learn about ICF project initiatives related to crane ecology, behavior, and husbandry; field conservation and ecology; and ecosystem restoration techniques and processes.
· Have the opportunity to volunteer with other departments and participate in job shadow experiences at ICF.
· Gain exposure to wildlife conservation methods and endangered species management.
· Meet and work with a variety of international colleagues and professional staff at ICF.
· Educate and inspire people of all ages and walks of life about the world’s 15 crane species and the ecosystems on which they depend.
· Assist in the completion of one or several projects related to the goals, work plan, and objectives of the ICF Communications and Education Department (e.g. help design and develop self-guided written or audio media; write, film and edit short films about ICF’s work; create, test, and evaluate interpretive programs; design interpretive wayside panels; organize and implement on-site events; or research policy related projects and initiatives, etc.)
 
The Interpretive Naturalist Internship begins March 2nd, 2015 and runs through November 20th, 2015. A $550/month stipend and comfortable on-site housing accommodations are provided at no charge. Applicants should be prepared to live in a co-ed communal living situation and be able to work outdoors everyday in all weather conditions found in Wisconsin. Interpretive Naturalist Interns will work weekends and usually have two consecutive days off during the work week. The ICF campus is located 10 miles from downtown Baraboo, WI. All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States at the time they apply. Candidates without a work visa must obtain one before they will be considered for an internship. ICF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Qualifications:
Two years of college or an equivalent practical experience; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to teach diverse audiences in a non-formal setting; aptitude to provide exceptional customer service; and be able to work cohesively as a member of the ICF team. Candidates should demonstrate a strong interest/background in the fields of interpretation, environmental education, conservation biology, ornithology, education, graphic design, film/documentary production, or other related fields.

Application Procedure:
Applicants should send a one page cover letter, resume (no more than two pages), and contact information for three references to: Mr. Cully Shelton, Interpretive Programs Manager (cshelton@savingcranes.org).
Positions are open until filled. The closing date for this job posting will be Friday, February 27th, 2015.

NATURALIST INTERN~ DES MOINES COUNTY CONSERVATION

Des Moines County Conservation has one Naturalist Intern position available for summer of 2015.

Position Description:
The Des Moines County Conservation Naturalist Intern program is designed to give students in the field of conservation/environmental education an opportunity to gain diverse work experience within the county Conservation system. Under the direct supervision of the Environmental Education Coordinator, the Naturalist Intern plans, develops, and presents environmental education, interpretation, conservation education, and outdoor recreation programs for youth summer camps; plans and presents programs to school groups and the public as necessary; develops written, audiovisual, and display materials; assists in directing the operations and programs of Starr’s Cave Nature Center and performs related work as the need is identified

Education, Qualification & Special Requirements:
Students who are pursuing a career in environmental education, interpretation, natural sciences, natural resources, outdoor education, or a related field generally fill this position. A sincere interest in conservation and environmental education is required.

Special requirements:
• Experience in public speaking
• First Aid and CPR certification is preferred but not mandatory
• A valid driver’s license and insurable under Des Moines County’s insurance program
• A willingness to work weekends, evenings, holidays, and irregular hours
• A willingness to wear prescribed uniforms

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES and DUTIES
• Plan, develop, and teach summer camps for ages 4 – 15
• Assist with the operations and programs of Starr’s Cave Nature Center
• Assist with the development and designing of interpretive and promotional displays for the nature center
• Assist with the promotional activities to stimulate public interest in the use of parks, including taking photos, brochure development, and speaking to the public
• Attend appropriate training sessions as assigned by the Environmental Education Coordinator
• Plan, develop, and teach at least one public program
• Complete one major project (e.g. design a brochure, build an interpretive trail, create a new exhibit, develop curriculum for a school program)

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, and SKILLS:

Knowledge of natural and cultural history and recreation:
• Basic field identification and natural history of local flora and fauna
• Ability to comprehend, analyze, interpret, and explain conservation laws, principles, and practices
• Program Development and Educational Skills
• Ability to plan and evaluate programs appropriate for the developmental ability and needs of the audience
• Ability to write program goals and objectives.
• Communication Skills
• Ability to communicate orally and effectively to groups and individuals in both formal and non-formal situations in one or more of the following areas: indoor and outdoor presentations, camp fires, trailside talks, classroom presentations, public meetings, and storytelling.
• Ability to communicate effectively in writing to people with a variety of age and educational abilities
• Administrative Skills
• Ability to work within a budget
• Ability to organize camp registration materials
• Ability to inventory supplies and obtain new supplies as needed

Personal Attributes
• Creativity
• Enthusiasm
• Initiative
• Flexibility
• Poise
• Willingness to learn and stay current in the field
• Sense of humor
• Sincere love of the outdoors and desire to communicate it to the public

WORK SCHEDULE, COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
The employment period is mid-May to mid-August (specific starting and ending dates somewhat flexible), up to 40 hours/week with no expectations of continued employment beyond those dates. Normal workweek is weekdays 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM though regular evening and/or weekend shifts will be required. Interns will be provided with uniforms and all necessary training. Starting pay is $8.50 - $9.50/hr. depending on qualifications.

TO APPLY:
To be considered for employment, applicant must submit a resume, cover letter and two references to:

Kent Rector
Environmental Education Manager
Des Moines County Conservation
Starr's Cave Nature Center
11627 Starr's Cave Rd.
Burlington, IA 52601

Hard copy applications are preferred but applications may be submitted electronically by sending an email with “Naturalist Intern Application” as the subject.

For more information call: (319) 753-5808 or email rectork@dmcounty.com

DEADLINE:
Applications must be postmarked on or before March 18, 2015. Applicants receiving interviews will be notified by March 20th and selected applicants will be given offers of employment on or before March 30.


NEAL SMITH NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
2015 Spring and Summer
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 are available in spring, summer and fall seasons. The spring internship will last from April to June, while the summer internship will be from June to August. 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 spring and summer internships, the following must be received by February 14, 2015: 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, 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: Megan Wandag, Visitor Services Specialist, Neal Smith NWR, P.O. Box 399, Prairie City, IA 50228 or megan_wandag@fws.gov.

For additional information, contact Megan Wandag at (515) 994-3400 or Megan_Wandag@fws.gov or go to www.fws.gov/refuge/neal_smith.

OUTDOOR PROGRAM INTERN- DOROTHY PECAUT NATURE CENTER
Woodbury County Conservation Board, Sioux City, Iowa
Description: This 12-week position will run approximately May 26 through August 16,
2015 and will offer opportunities to teach environmental education (EE) programs,
outdoor recreation programs, nature interpretation activities, and public information
activities. The outdoor program intern may assume assigned tasks of increasing
responsibility.

Duties:
Assist the staff naturalists with planning and conducting nature interpretation, outdoor
recreation and EE program activities for a wide range of audiences; plan and conduct
public education programs and special events; assist with center host duties as assigned;
assist with nature center exhibit maintenance and animal care; participate with publicity
and public informational activities as assigned; assist with summer day camps; maintain
working relationships with other employees and the public; and perform related tasks as
assigned.

Shift: The outdoor program intern will work no more than 40 hours per week
(non-routine including some weekends, evenings and holidays).
Qualifications: High School diploma or GED equivalent. The applicant must possess a
current, valid driver’s license; have the ability to get to and from the work-site and
transport any equipment (fishing poles, archery items, etc.); ability to be physically able
to work in environmentally rigorous situations (heat, humidity, steep terrain). Candidate
must pass physical and drug screening tests prior to employment for Woodbury
County.

Salary: $9.00 per hour

Deadline: Must be received by 4:30 p.m., Friday, February 27, 2015

To Apply: Request application from Human Resources Dept.—Rm 701, Woodbury
County Courthouse, 620 Douglas St., Sioux City, IA 51101. Phone: 712-258-0838.

A job application can be downloaded at
http://www.woodburyparks.com/employment.html

Please INCLUDE job application, resume, and cover letter in application and mail to
Human Resources Dept.—Rm 701, Woodbury County Courthouse, 620 Douglas St.,
Sioux City, IA 51101. ATTN: Conservation.
“An Equal Opportunity Employer”


SEASONAL NATURALIST JOB OPPORTUNITIES

 

SUMMER INTERNS~ WOODBURY COUNTY
Summer Naturalist/Habitat Management Interns (4 positions)
Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center
Woodbury County Conservation Board, Sioux City, Iowa

Description: Each 12-week position will run approximately May 26 through August 16,
2015 and will offer opportunities to actively participate in environmental education (EE),
public information, nature interpretation activities and habitat management. The summer
naturalist(s) may assume assigned tasks of increasing responsibility.

Duties:
Assist the staff naturalists with planning and conducting nature interpretation and EE
program activities for a wide range of audiences; plan and conduct summer day camps;
plan and conduct public education programs and special events; assist with nature center
exhibit maintenance and animal care; assist with habitat management such as prairie
shrub removal and trail work; participate with publicity and public informational
activities as assigned; assist with center host duties as assigned; maintain working
relationships with other employees and the public; and perform related tasks as assigned.

Shift: The summer naturalist(s) will work no more than 40 hours per work week
(non-routine including some weekends, evenings and holidays).

Qualifications: High School diploma or GED equivalent. The applicant must possess a
current, valid driver’s license; have the ability to get to and from the work-site; ability to
use hand and small power tools and be physically able to work in extreme
environmentally rigorous situations (heat, humidity, steep terrain). Candidate must pass
physical and drug screening tests prior to employment for Woodbury County.

Salary: $9.00 per hour

Deadline: Must be received by 4:30 p.m., Friday, February 27, 2015

To Apply: Request application from Human Resources Dept.—Rm 701, Woodbury
County Courthouse, 620 Douglas St., Sioux City, IA 51101. Phone: 712-258-0838.

A job application can be downloaded at
http://www.woodburyparks.com/employment.html

Please INCLUDE job application, resume, and cover letter in application and mail to
Human Resources Dept.—Rm 701, Woodbury County Courthouse, 620 Douglas St.,
Sioux City, IA 51101. ATTN: Conservation.
“An Equal Opportunity Employer”

 


MISCELLANEOUS JOB OPPORTUNITIES
AMERICORPS FORESTRY NATURAL RESOURCE AIDE~ STORY OR LEE COUNTY
Job– Quarter Time

Location State Forest Nursery, Story County, Ames, IA OR
State Forest Nursery, Lee County, Montrose, IA

Department 542-Natural Resources
Start Dates and
Length

Hours Start date of Approximately March 20th; 12 Week Term, 450 hours minimum (37.5 hours/week average).

8:00AM-4:30PM Mon-Fri (generally, may require some flexibility as needed)
Salary Minimum Living Allowance of $3,362 ($7.47/hour), Education Award of $1,493.
Housing not provided.

Job Description Work as part of the Forestry Bureau team to grow and provide conservation seedlings for the public. This includes performing a variety of semi-skilled and technical tasks.
Job duties:
• Collect seed in designated areas.
• Assist with planting, lifting, shipping and grading of seedlings.
• Help with recordkeeping and customer service.
• Recruit and organize volunteers, design and implement community service projects, or participate in local volunteer projects.
• Fulfill all required AmeriCorps program activities as outlined in the member handbook and contract.
• Complete other duties as assigned.

AmeriCorps Program Details and Requirements
Must complete 450 hours of service and either assist in organizing a volunteer project or participate in at least two projects. A living allowance of $3,362 is provided. An education award of $1,468 is granted at the conclusion of the term and is contingent upon fulfillment of at least 450 hours of service, completion of volunteer responsibilities, and fulfillment of other AmeriCorps program requirements. During service, qualified student loans may be deferred; interest accrued while loans are in deferment may be reimbursed after term completion. Members may use food assistance (EBT) if interested.
Minimum Qualifications • Interest in forestry, conservation or biological and environmental sciences desired.
• Ability to work alone and with others, under all weather conditions, and on weekends and evenings as necessary.
• Must be able and willing to travel and overnight throughout Iowa.
• Ability to withstand physically demanding work, including lifting, bending, and hauling.
• Ability to work with minimal supervision and demonstrate responsible behavior and attention to detail.
• Must be able to follow policy and cooperate with supervisors and co-workers.
• Exhibits honesty and integrity.
• Works and communicates with internal and external clients and customers to meet their needs in a polite, courteous and cooperative manner.
• Displays a high level of initiative, effort and commitment towards completing assignments efficiently.
• Aligns behavior with needs, priorities and goals of the organization.
• Familiarity with excel spreadsheets and PC usage.
• Must be available for all interviews and training as required.
• Must have a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
• Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

Post Close Date:
Final Date for Consideration is March 9th (NOTE: Applicant must commit at least one week prior to start date in order to ensure that necessary background/reference checks can be performed)

To Apply: To receive full consideration, please:
Mail a cover letter and resume to: Lee Goldsmith, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, State Forest Nursery, 2404 S. Duff Ave, Ames, IA 50010.
Resumes and Cover Letters may also be emailed to the email address listed below

Questions: Email Lee Goldsmith at Lee.Goldsmith@DNR.Iowa.Gov or call (515) 233-1161

HABITAT STEWARDSHIP INTERN~ wOODBURY COUNTY
Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center
Woodbury County Conservation Board, Sioux City, Iowa

Description: This 12-week position will run approximately May 26 through August 16,
2015 and will offer opportunities to actively participate in land stewardship and habitat
management activities in prairie and woodland environments.

Duties: Assist with conducting habitat management such as invasive species removal,
shrub removal, oak savanna and prairie restoration, and prairie planting; conduct mowing,
trimming and general park management tasks; assist with weeding, mulching, tree
trimming, and native landscaping projects; assist with trail maintenance and equipment
maintenance; assist with fence construction, repair and removal; maintain working
relationships with other employees and the public; and perform related tasks as assigned.

Shift: The Habitat Stewardship Intern will work no more than 40 hours per work week
(non-routine including some weekends, evenings and holidays).

Required Skills: Ability to work independently and in a group; possess a strong work
ethic and a sincere interest in preserving Iowa ecosystems; experience in safely operating
and maintaining mowers, motorized equipment such as All-Terrain Vehicles, power and
hand tools is helpful; ability to follow directions and learn new skills; general knowledge
and interest in outdoors and natural resources.

Qualifications: High School diploma or GED equivalent. The applicant must possess a
current, valid driver’s license; have reliable transportation and the ability to get to and
from different work-sites within a 45-mile radius of Sioux City; ability to routinely lift up
to 50 pounds; and be physically able to work in extreme environmentally rigorous
situations (heat, humidity, steep terrain). Candidate must pass physical and drug
screening tests prior to employment for Woodbury County.

Salary: $10.50 per hour

Deadline: Must be received by 4:30 p.m., Friday, February 27, 2015

To Apply: Request application from Human Resources Dept.—Rm 701, Woodbury
County Courthouse, 620 Douglas St., Sioux City, IA 51101. Phone: 712-258-0838.

A job application can be downloaded at
http://www.woodburyparks.com/employment.html
Please INCLUDE job application, resume, and cover letter in application and mail to
Human Resources Dept.—Rm 701, Woodbury County Courthouse, 620 Douglas St.,
Sioux City, IA 51101. ATTN: Conservation.
“An Equal Opportunity Employer”

IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES~ WETLAND NATURAL RESOURCE AIDE
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Section is seeking two summer wetland monitoring assistants. The assistants will work with wetland monitoring biologists to identify, measure, collect, and record various types of biological, chemical and physical data from wetlands and shallow lakes located in Iowa. The objectives of this project are to assess the ecological condition of these systems related to statewide initiatives to understand and improve water quality. Work will be performed primarily from late May to late August, with potentially flexible start / finish dates.

Duties will include the following related activities:
- Work in teams to perform rapid site evaluations of sites in Iowa.
- Assist with field sampling methods and the collection/processing of water, sediment and biological samples.
- Must be able to use, or learn to use, all equipment related to field sampling work including: 4WD trucks, trailers, ATV operation, boats, canoe, multi-parameter sampling probes, fish nets and any other related hand tools.
- Must be able to interpret maps and navigate in a rural landscape.
- Contact landowners to gain permission to access wetlands on private land.

Applicants must have a good understanding of basic wetland/shallow lake ecology, outdoor skills and be physically capable of, and willing to work long hours in the field under all types of weather conditions. Applicants must be able to perform moderate physical work such as carrying sampling equipment while walking through marshy areas, loading/unloading canoes, etc. After initial training, assistants will work in teams to obtain landowner permission and sample wetlands/shallow lakes. Sampling work will require overnight stays in north central Iowa and extensive travel throughout the sampling region most of the summer. Pay will be $12 per hour. Applicant must be willing to work as a team. Applicants must have a valid driver's license and allow their driving record to be screened upon hiring.

Employees will gain valuable work experience in the following ways: 1) learn methods and techniques related to wetland/shallow lake sampling, 2) gain first-hand knowledge of wetlands/shallow lakes and the issues that face them, 3) gain valuable experience communicating with the public and working in teams, 4) gain a working knowledge of numerous wetland/shallow lake and upland wildlife and plants species, as well as wetland/shallow lake fish and invertebrates.

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, February 20th, 2015

To apply, please send a resume that includes the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references, and a cover letter with available start and end dates, electronically or by mail to:

Brandon Harland - Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources
502 E. 9th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319
brandon.harland@dnr.iowa.gov
For questions call: (515) 725-8378

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is an EEO/AA EMPLOYER.

IOWA CONSERVATION EDUCATION COALITION~ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Executive Director is responsible for ensuring that the mission of ICEC is followed in all publications, programs and board activities. The Executive Director manages all ICEC daily operations, communications and helps to facilitate environmental literacy programming.

The Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership of ICEC according to the strategic direction set by the Board. The Executive Director reports directly to the Board. The Board Chairs will provide regular oversight, guidance and input. The following highlights, but is not limited to, the Executive Director responsibilities.

Position Responsibilities Include

Assisting Executive Board Members
• Assist Chair(s) in setting agendas and preparing quarterly board meetings
• Assist Treasurer in preparing financial reports
• Collect all agenda materials and send out communications to board with dates/time/locations of board meetings
• Provide quarterly reports to board of duties performed on behalf of ICEC

Financial Management
• Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on revenues and expenditures
• Conduct fundraising activities including research, identify grant sources, developing plans, writing proposals to increase funds of the organization
• Researches, prepares and manages current and future grants and contracts

Public Relations
• Write, edit and distribute quarterly newsletter via constant contact
• Organize, market and register annual conference
• Co-organize, market and register individuals for regional workshops
• Update Facebook and twitter, coordinate e-blasts
• Continually work to grow ICEC's membership and sponsorships
• Serve as primary contact for internal and external communications unless otherwise directed by board
• Attend and participate in regional and national environmental education groups such as; IAN, NAI, NAAEE, Region 7 EPA and MEEC

Salary |Hours|Location
• $875 per month
• 15-20 hours per week
• Home office space must be provided by Executive Director; phone and internet access is required
• ICEC will provide a laptop for this position- all job related work will be done on this device
• Mileage/hotel accommodations are reimbursed by ICEC for job related travel

For more information about this position please contact Linda Zaletel Iowaee@outlook.com

To apply for this position please send a resume and cover letter denoting your experience as it pertains to this specific position. For more information on ICEC please visit: www.iowaee.org

Application deadline April 15| Start date: Mid May

NATURAL ATTRACTIONS MANAGER~ RUSHMORE CAVE
The following information is meant to describe the position of Natural Attractions Manager at Rushmore Cave. This description should be used only to gain a basic understanding of the duties and responsibilities of the position. It is not intended to be a contract for the position nor even a complete list of duties.

This position will have responsibilities in three aspects of the business of Rushmore Cave. These are Cave Operations, Educational Programming and Administrative Duties. The following will provide a more detailed breakdown.

Cave Operations| When discussing responsibilities directly relating to the cave, duties can be broken down into three areas. The first is maintenance. A short list of examples of maintenance duties would be bulb replacement, tour route repair and general cleaning of all public spaces in the cave. The next area is conservation. The duties in this area will include on-going conservation efforts such as algae mitigation but will also call for an evaluation of current cave practices and creation of a plan to improve conservation efforts as the cave moves forward. Finally, the last area in the cave is development. Currently, Rushmore Cave has three projects at various stages of completion. We have begun the process of designing and replacing our lighting in the cave, we are currently working on a project that will make tours safer and more efficient and we are in the early stages of designing a new interpretive program for our guests.

Educational Programming| Each year Rushmore Cave spends considerable time and energy to educate guests and employees about the natural and local history of Rushmore Cave. This is done through employee training and during the tour process. At Rushmore Cave we would like expand our educational programming to create programs specifically directed at schools and other groups. Duties toward this end would be to create study materials, travel to local schools for on-site programs and conduct specialized tours and programs at Rushmore Cave.

Administrative Duties| The Natural Attractions Manager at Rushmore Cave also has administrative responsibilities. Chief among these responsibilities is the training of tour guides and adventure tour trip leaders. Other duties include an active part in the hiring process, maintaining staff programs dealing with incentives and discipline, and planning and carrying out employee events. Each manager must have the ability to open, close and operate the daily business.

Additional Duties| Additional duties include communicating with, and providing assistance to, other managers as necessary. There is also the possibility travel may be required for continuing education or to attend conferences and seminars.

Qualifications| Communication skills are a must. The manager will be expected to train new tour staff members and work seamlessly with other management staff. Good communication skills can make or break this position. A high level of intelligence and imagination are required for this position. The duties of the manager require someone adept at solving problems and creating new programs. The willingness and ability to do physical labor is important. In addition to planning and training, the manager will at times be required to put on work clothes and do physical labor such as scraping clay from the concrete steps in the cave. While this works requires no special skills it does require hard work. The manager must be able to work as part of a team. Our efforts at Rushmore Cave are largely collaborative. We all must be willing to work together to achieve a common goal. A sense of humor is a necessary part of this position. Providing a comfortable and fun work atmosphere is an important part of working at Rushmore Cave. Toward this goal the manager must be able to laugh and find joy in the work around them.

General Information| Rushmore Cave is currently open to guests from May 1st until the end of October
each year. During these months the job will consist of daily operational skills and staff training and
management. During the peak of this season which runs from Memorial Day Weekend until the first
week in August the manager will be expected to work 50-55 hours each week (that is five 10 hour shifts
with additional time to open and close each day). During the remainder of our open season the manager
will be expected to work 40-45 hours per week (that is five 8 hour shifts with additional time to open and
close each day). During the off-season the hours become more flexible. Maintenance, conservation and
developmental projects will be done during the off season.

This is a salaried position. The position includes paid health, vision, and dental insurance, paid vacation
time and other perks such as bonuses and a discount on retail goods.

Location| Rushmore Cave is located 5 miles east of Keystone or 10 miles west of Hermosa.

Additional Assets| • Management experience and skills
• Teaching experience
• Geological and speleological knowledge
• Experience working in and around caves
• Experience with conservation programs

Contact| Tom Hagen, Operating Owner
Rushmore Cave
13622 Hwy 40
Keystone, SD 57751
office 605.255.4467
tom@rushmorecave.com

             

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