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NATURALIST JOB OPPORTUNITIES
NATURALIST~ BENTON COUNTY
Reports to: Executive Director
Supervises: Interns and Volunteers
At will position appointed by and reporting to
the Executive Director. Plans, develops, coordinates, and
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.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
• 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
to: youth groups, schools, civic clubs, volunteer
organizations, senior citizens, people with disabilities,
• 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.
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,
responds to feedback.
• Acquires and reads relevant
publications, attends conferences and workshops, and maintains a
professionalism as outlined by the Iowa Association of
• Develops printed materials and educational displays
including articles, news releases, pamphlets, brochures,
quarterly newsletter, videos, A-V programs, interpretive
displays/exhibits, signs, and self-guided
trails. Maintains live
• Represents the Conservation Board with good public
relations efforts, plans and implements fund-raising and
writing relative to the environmental education program.
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
INCIDENTAL JOB DUTIES: Any other duties as
assigned or required by the Executive Director
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND
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
• 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
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.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND
ABILITIES REQUIRED CONTINUED:
• Ability to understand, analyze,
interpret, and explain conservation laws, principles, and practices both
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
• 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.
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
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
professional development as defined by the Iowa Association of
Work is performed about equally
indoors and outdoors, and requires a considerable amount of physical
including walking, standing, kneeling, bending, crouching,
reaching, stooping and climbing, as well as outdoor
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,
and severe weather conditions (extreme hot, cold, snow, ice,
wind, rain, and flood). Exposure to outdoor elements
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.
HOURS OF WORK:
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
p.m., August 5, 2016. Position open until filled.
is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the
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.
PART TIME NATURALIST OPPORTUNITIES
CONSERVATION EDUCATION INTERN~ CERRO GORDO COUNTY
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.).
$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.
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 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.
|NEAL SMITH NATIONAL
WILDLIFE REFUGE~ PRAIRIE CITY
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
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
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
Information should be sent
to: Brianna Patrick, Visitor Services Specialist, Neal Smith NWR, P.O.
Box 399, Prairie City, IA 50228 or
information, contact Brianna Patrick at (515) 994-3400 or
Brianna_Patrick@fws.gov or go to
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