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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.
 

 

 


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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

DES MOINES Y-CAMP~ BOONE, IA
Environmental Education Naturalist
Des Moines Y-Camp, Boone, Iowa

Three (3) full time, temporary positions Mar-May working primarily with students 4th through 6th grade. Includes working some evenings and weekends.

Qualifications:
Undergraduate degree in biology or related field.
Prior experience teaching children and adults.
Enthusiasm, poise, leadership, and flexibility.
Current drivers' license.
CPR and First Aid certification (or willing to obtain in the first month of work).

Duties:
Teaching value-based, environmental education programs for schools and
general public. Grades 4-6 participate in residential programming
including ecology, geology, birds, history, survival, and evening programs.
Hosting and programming group camping weekends.
Assist in developing new programming.
Care and cleaning of birds of prey.
Other duties as assigned.

Compensation:
$60/day
On-site housing.

Application: Cover letter, resume, 3 references

Contact: Mike Havlik, YCAMP 1192 166th Drive, Boone, IA 50036
(515) 432-7558

Filing Date: January, 2015 Position starts March 23

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
 

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”

MUSEUM NATURALIST/CURATOR~ WISCONSIN
JOB TITLE: Museum Naturalist/Curator
CLASSIFICATION: Full Time, Salaried
REPORTS TO: Museum Director
Job Description:
The Museum Naturalist/Curator position requires curiosity, active engagement with projects, professionalism, independent initiative, effective communication skills with children and adults, and a desire to work with animals. The primary roles of the Naturalist/Curator are to educate the public about the environment and natural history of Northwestern Wisconsin; foster a commitment to the protection of the natural environment; care for the Museum’s education raptors, herps, and other living collections; manage the Museum’s collections including accessioning and cataloging, maintaining a computer database, storage, maintenance and environmental control and monitoring; and facilitate the growth and long-term care of live and mounted collections. The Naturalist/Curator will also coordinate the Junior Naturalist program.
Responsibilities include animal care, teaching, public speaking, writing, giving scientific and ecological demonstrations, and handling public relations and administrative tasks. The Naturalist/Curator will work in a variety of environments, including the Museum, local school classrooms, and outdoors on nature trails, rivers, lakes and various locations within the Chequamegon National Forest. This position requires the ability to physically engage students and Museum visitors in indoor and outdoor activities throughout all seasons of the year.

Responsibilities:
 Facilitate care of Museum collections, including monitoring environmental controls, specimen quality, preservation methods, and cataloging.
 Facilitate care of the Museum’s education raptors, including maintaining current permits, feeding, and training both animals and volunteer caregivers and educators.
 Facilitate care and educational use of the Museum’s living reptile, amphibian and insect collections.
 Interpret the Museum’s collections and exhibits (indoors and out) to Museum visitors.
 Coordinate the Junior Naturalist day camp program. It is held Tuesdays and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for six weeks in the summer.
 Supervise summer naturalist interns as they lead the Junior Naturalist program.
 Plan and carry out educational programs and create auxiliary materials related to the Museum’s collections and educational goals for groups of all ages.
 Implement citizen science research projects (Christmas Bird Count, Annual Crane Count, etc.)
 Provide information about Museum programs and topics of regional environmental interest.
 Answer visitors’ questions related to the environment and natural history.
 Welcome, greet, and interact with Museum visitors.
 Plan, schedule, and teach in the Museum Mobile Program designed for outreach to area schools.
 Co-plan the Museum Calendar of Events.
 Implement docent training to enhance the experience of Museum visitors.
 Care for the Museum’s outdoor classroom. Recruit and train volunteers to carry out maintenance.
 Contribute to the Museum Newsletter, write articles and serve as photographer when needed.
 Monitor collections-related sections of the Museum’s website, including responding to questions submitted to the site.
 Monitor and maintain, with the help of interns and volunteers, the Forest Lodge Nature Trail. Maintain a partnership with the U.S. Forest System as it relates to this trail.
 Assist in creating and maintaining area trail maps and Museum brochures and coordinating with Museum partners to ensure communication materials (websites, brochures, etc.) are linked.
 Uphold the Best Standards and Practices for Museum Education.
 Participate in opportunities for growth in the field of environmental education and natural history museum evolving trends.
 Write natural history essays for the Northwoods Natural History Page and Visitor Guide.
Successful candidate will possess:
 Animal care and training skills.
 Strong organizational skills.
 Supervisory experience.
 Desire to be active and engaged in the community.
 Enthusiasm for meeting new people and welcoming visitors.
 Ability to work despite interruptions.
 Commitment to meeting deadlines.
 Experience teaching groups of children, and proficiency in behavior management.
 Up-to-date computer skills.
This position has the following professional requirements:
 Bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences or Outdoor Education; Master’s degree preferred.
 2 to 5 years teaching in formal or informal environments.
 Familiarity with the dynamics of a formal education setting.
 Experience working with raptors (Certification as Raptor Educator a plus).
 Natural History Collections Curator experience and skills or the willingness to learn them.

Salary and Benefits:
The Cable Natural History Museum offers salary commensurate with experience and responsibilities of this position.
Health stipend and a Simple IRA Plan are also offered. Temporary housing for the successful candidate and his/her family
is available in a Museum owned property, the Jackson Burke House, for the first 8 weeks of employment. Long term
housing may be available through rental agreement. We welcome the candidate to view our website at
www.cablemuseum.org and to check out our wonderful community and natural surroundings at www.cable4fun.com.

Application Process:
Send or email a complete resume, a letter describing why you believe you have the skills and experience to be a
successful, effective Museum Naturalist/Curator, a one-page natural history writing sample, and three references with
phone numbers and address to:

Deb Malesevich-Nelson
Museum Director
Cable Natural History Museum
P. O. Box 416
Cable, WI 54821
deb@cablemuseum.org

Application deadline: January 31, 2015

The Museum will notify you by email when your application has been received.
Position decisions will be communicated when filled.
Successful candidate will begin active employment as soon as possible.
 

             

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