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NATURALIST JOB OPPORTUNITIES
EE NATURALIST~ BOONE, IOWA

Job Title: Environmental Education Naturalist
Starting Wage/ Salary: $300.00/week
Location: Boone, Iowa

Overview
The Y Camp of the Des Moines River Valley is hiring naturalists for the resident outdoor education program. This position is seasonal part-time/ variable hours. This position is open until February 13th , 2017 or until filled.

Responsibilities
1. Demonstrate and teach activities.
2. Conduct program in a fun, positive atmosphere.
3. Know emergency procedures and be able to demonstrate them.
4. Report specific problems or needs to supervisor or designated staff person.
5. Teaching value-based, leadership classes including team building, low and high ropes, and climbing wall.
6. Teaching value-based, environmental education programs for schools and general public. Grades 4-8 participate in residential programming including ecology, geology, birds, history, survival, and evening programs.
7. Assist in developing new programming. Care and cleaning of birds of prey.
8. Other duties as assigned. Perform additional duties as assigned by supervisor or designated staff person.
9. Demonstrate and support the objectives of the Association as embodied in the mission statement and values.

Qualifications
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
1. Ability to read, write, and perform simple mathematical functions
2.Online New Employee Orientation (available in the YMCA Training Program)
3. Online New Employee Safety Orientation (available in the YMCA Training Program)
4.Y Leaders Orientation (available in the YMCA Training Program)
5. American Red Cross CPR-PR/AED/First Aid Certifications or equivalent certifications approved by the YMCA (available in the YMCA Training Program)
6. American Red Cross Blood Borne Pathogens Training or equivalent training approved by the YMCA (available in the YMCA Training Program)
7. Undergraduate degree in biology or related field.
8. Prior experience teaching children and adults.
9. Current drivers license.

PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:
1. Enthusiasm, poise, leadership, and flexibility.
2. Visual, auditory, and verbal ability to communicate effectively with people and monitor property and activity
3. Ability to perform light to moderate physical activity
4. Ability to adapt to variety of working conditions

JOB REQUIREMENTS:
1.Good communication skills
2.Good organizational skills
3.Ability to maintain control of area even when distracted by noise or activity
4.Ability to teach/train participants.
5.Ability to work with diverse groups of people
6.Ability to work with minimal supervision
7.Attend trainings and/or courses as required by the YMCA

Apply at: https://careers-dmymca.icims.com/jobs/1695/environmental-education-naturalist/job

For more information or questions call Kite Callen 515-432-7557 or e-mail katherine.callen@dmymca.org

NATURALIST~ LEE COUNTY

Lee County Conservation is seeking applications for a Naturalist. This is a permanent, full-time position starting at 35,859.20 plus benefits.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
 Work with the Environmental Education Coordinator / Naturalist to develop and present educational and recreational programs to the public and schools.
 Answer public inquiries regarding a variety of natural history and natural science topics.
 Provide assistance with newsletter.
 Help promote the department and its activities through the website, social media, and other forms of publicity.
 Be available for occasional weekend and evening work as needed.

Qualifications:
 BA/BS in recreation, natural resources, environmental education, or related field.
 Minimum of six months teaching experience.
 Demonstrated ability to teach PreK-12 students and the public about conservation topics and outdoor activities.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
 A basic understanding of ecological principles.
 Familiarity with and the ability to teach a variety of recreational activities.
 Knowledge of environmental issues and concerns and the ability to interpret these for the public.
 The skills to communicate effectively both written and orally.
 Knowledge of traditional and non-traditional techniques and goals used in the field of environmental education.
 Familiarity with the goals behind the Next Generation Science Standards, as well as new ideas on engaging citizens, young and old, with the natural environment.

Lee County Conservation strives to be an innovative and collaborative education program. We live in a time where youth and adults need more than just information about nature; they need to be inspired and reconnected to it if they are going to care about it. If you are that unique individual with a passion for teaching, with a love of the world around them, a sense of humor, an ability to connect with audiences of all ages, and full of fresh ideas, then you will probably be a great fit here.

Send a county application form (available at leecounty.org), cover letter, resume, and three current references with phone numbers to Clay Steele, Lee County Conservation, 2652 Highway 61, Montrose, IA 52639 or by email to csteele@leecounty.org. Position open until filled. Posted on 12/13/2016.

 

EE COORDINATOR-NATURALIST~DICKINSON COUNTY
JOB TITLE: Environmental Education Coordinator/Naturalist
FLSA: Non-Exempt
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
DATE APPROVED:
SALARY: $42,000-$50,000
OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Job Summary:
Under supervision of Executive Director, supervises educational activities and educational staff in the performance of environmental awareness curriculum.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Leads and assists in the development of environmental education (E.E.) programs for schools that meet Iowa Core Standards, youth and adult groups and the general public.
2. Supervises environmental education (E.E.) staff for the Conservation Board to provide learning opportunities to the public on environmental issues.
3. Assist with hiring E.E. staff, providing job training, assigning work duties and schedules, and evaluating work performance.
4. Establishes work priorities and schedules in order to accomplish department goals and objectives by reviewing Conservation Board directives, evaluating resources and communicating instructions and assignments to E.E. staff.
5. Prepares budget in order to assist in budgetary decision-making by making cost projections, estimating staff wages, determining costs of supplies, materials and equipment for environmental services.
6. Responsible for establishing effective working relationships with groups, organizations, general public, and colleagues.
7. Develop and implement procedures for property integration into the overall E.E. program.
8. Works with Executive Director and Staff to schedule events in or on building and grounds.
9. Assists with fundraising and grant writing for E.E. programs.
10. Performs other job related activities as requested by Executive Director.
11. Responsible for promotion of the Conservation Board’s environmental education program to schools and civic groups.
12. Responsible for developing educational materials such as handouts and posters.
13. Attend meetings to voice Conservation Board views on environmental issues.
14. Assists with fundraising activities for E.E. projects.

Additional Responsibilities:
The essential duties and responsibilities are not to be construed as a complete statement of all duties performed. Employee will be required to perform other job related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
1. Knowledge of personnel management practices as related to selection and compensation.
2. Ability to comprehend, analyzes, interpret and explain conservation laws, principles and practices.
3. Knowledge of accounting as related to maintaining a departmental budget.
4. Ability to supervise and control the work of subordinate staff.
5. Knowledge of procurement, administration and accounting of private, state and federal grant sources.
6. Ability to maintain working relationships with elected officials and with the general public.
7. Knowledge of educational principals, teaching methods, learning styles and trends.
8. Ability to write program goals and objectives.
9. Ability to plan and evaluate programs appropriate for the developmental abilities and needs of program participants and how to integrate awareness, knowledge, attitudes, skill and participation into programs.
10. Knowledge of school curricula and how to integrate interpretive and environmental programs with them.
11. Ability to handle visitor complaints or emergency situations courteously and responsively and to be tolerant and respectful of differing opinions.
12. Knowledge of avenues of communication utilizing types of media such as newspapers, radio, television and internet.
13. Ability to understand the fundamentals of building mechanics and janitorial needs.
14. Knowledge of natural and cultural history with ability to identify native plants and animals and history.
15. Knowledge of general outdoor recreation skills such as canoeing, backpacking, orienteering, archery, hunting or hiking.
16. Knowledge of organizations concerned with conservation education and natural history.
17. Ability to plan and evaluate programs appropriate for the developmental abilities and needs of specific audiences.
18. Knowledge of management of one or more natural resources including fisheries, wildlife, forestry, agronomy, grasslands and aquatic ecosystems.
19. Ability to comprehend, analyzes, interpret and explain conservation laws, principals and practices.
20. Ability of prepare news releases, fliers, bulletin boards and other basic publicity.
21. Ability to operate computers, audiovisual, photographic and other equipment necessary for program delivery.
22. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with groups, organizations, the general public and colleagues.
23. Any other job duties that are requested by the Director.

Special Qualifications:
Graduation from an accredited four year college with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a professional discipline related to education, business administration, economics, communications, or finance and experience equal to two years of full time work in an E.E., governmental or non-profit facility.
Physical Abilities:
1. Lift, carry, push and/or pull items weighing up to 50 pounds.
2. Able to clearly exchange information in person and on the telephone
3. Able to read a variety of materials via a variety of sources.
4. Possess dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard.
5. Able to stand, sit, kneel and/or crouch for extended periods of time while working.
6. Climb a stepstool/ladder to reach above shoulder for placement of materials weighing up to 20 pounds.

Working Conditions:
A variety of work in indoor and outdoor settings, including exposure to extremes in temperature and humidity.

To Apply Send completed Dickinson County Application http://dickinsoncountyconservationboard.com/employment-application/ cover letter and resume to Lee Sorenson 2279 170th, Okoboji, IA 51355 or email to Lsorenson@co.dickinson.ia.us


Posted 12-20-2016


PART TIME NATURALIST OPPORTUNITIES
 


ASSISTANT NATURALIST OPPORTUNITIES

 

 


NATURALIST INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Pottawattamie County Conservation~ Naturalist Intern
POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY – CONSERVATION BOARD
JOB DESCRIPTION
POSITION TITLE: Naturalist Intern (College Internship)
REPORTS TO: Operations Supervisor, Naturalists
SUPERVISES: -----

PURPOSE OF POSITION: This is a college internship program from
May 1st through August 31st or as the intern schedule permits.
Responsible for assisting in development and presentation of all aspects of the interpretive program including, but not limited to summer camps, general public programs, school programs, special events, county fairs and parades.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Assist Naturalists in planning and presenting programs to various groups and individuals including, but not limited to schools, summer camp, special events and the general public.
Staff reception desk at Hitchcock Nature Center to serve as an ambassador of Hitchcock Nature Center and Pottawattamie County Conservation by greeting visitors, answering phones, keeping brochures stocked & updated, and checking out equipment (e.g. Trailcasts, adventure packs, snowshoes, GPS units, etc).
Assume responsibility for completing daily tasks on checklists for welcome desk when volunteers are not present.
Spot clean exhibits and entry area as well as oversee kids’ exhibit area regularly.
Monitor restrooms & notify ranger on duty if need attention.
Assist with monitoring cleanliness of Loess Hills Lodge and spot cleaning of facility as needed or as directed by Program Manager.
Assist with programs and general administrative support as needed.
Assist with new projects and perform other tasks as assigned.
Perform other duties as directed or as the situation dictates.


ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND ABILITY:
General knowledge of or experience working in the field of education, environmental education/interpretation, biological ecology or environmental studies, natural resources, or wildlife biology.

Previous experience working with children preferred.
General knowledge of and ability to assist in planning and participating in outdoor activities in all types of weather (e.g. heat, cold, rain, etc).
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Ability to understand and follow both oral and written instructions.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and good rapport with individuals of all ages including supervisors, colleagues, children, and the general public.

ESSENTIAL EDCATION, CERTIFICATION, AND/OR LICENSES:
Must be eighteen (18) years old at the time of hire and attending or planning to attend college in the conservation/education field.
Must possess a valid driver’s license at the time of hire, and maintain it throughout the course of employment.
Certification in first aid is desirable.

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS:
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Attendance at work is an essential function of this position. Work is performed indoors and outdoors and requires a considerable amount of physical activity, including extended periods of sitting, standing, kneeling, bending, crouching, reaching, stooping and climbing. Duties require the ability to walk for extended periods of time and the incumbent must have the ability to maneuver over rough terrain, climb steep banks and maneuver over ditches and uneven ground found in hiking. An incumbent must have the ability to tolerate outdoor weather conditions for extended periods of time and must be able to work in direct sunlight. An incumbent must have the ability to swim, canoe, and cross-country ski . An incumbent must also have the ability to transport themselves to and from various locations throughout the County and surrounding jurisdictions.


Duties also require the ability to tolerate an indoor and outdoor work environment that includes contact with dirt, dust, noxious odors, poor lighting, confined spaces, electrical hazardous, hazardous chemicals, vibrations, dampness, wetness, and inclement weather conditions. An incumbent must have the ability to frequently lift, push, pull and/or carry equipment, supplies and other materials weighing up to 25 lbs., and to occasionally lift, push, pull and/or carry equipment, supplies and other materials weighing up to 50 lbs. An incumbent must also possess the hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to use hands and arms to reach, finger, handle, grasp, and feel, and operate the following: vehicles, computers, hand and power tools, and any other pieces of equipment that are used to perform the essential functions of the job.

Work hours may occasionally be required before or after business hours. Noise level can be moderate to intense. Vision abilities, correctable to normal ranges, include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. Communication abilities include the ability to talk and hear within normal ranges.

Work requires interaction with children, and the general public and may be stressful when meeting deadlines.

Salary: Hourly Rate will be $10.00 - $12.00 per hour depending on experience.

Location: Hitchcock Nature Center, 27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek, IA 51542

To Apply: Applications are being accepted online at www.pottcounty.com employment section. Please attach a resume and cover letter to the application packet. Application review will begin on January 31, 2017, and the application process will remain open until the position is filled.

For more information call (712) 328-5638 or visit our web site at www.pottcoconservation.com. EOE


SEASONAL NATURALIST JOB OPPORTUNITIES

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

Description: Each 12-week position will run approximately May 30 through August 18, 2017 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 environmental education 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: $9.50 per hour
Deadline: Must be received by 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

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 https://www.woodburycountyiowa.gov/departments/human-resources.
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”

SOUTH DAKOTA GAME, FISH & PARKS
Enjoy the great outdoors with us this summer as a member of the Game, Fish and Parks' team!

We're now taking applications for internships and summer jobs in a variety of positions across the state.

Apply today or pass on this email if you know someone who's got what it takes. Applications are taken until Feb. 10 for internships; Feb. 28 for seasonal positions. Most positions run mid-May through Labor Day.

For the complete job listing, descriptions, and to apply, visit the State of South Dakota employment website or contact any South Dakota Job Service office.

Internships
• park management
• conservation officer
• public relations
• fisheries management
• habitat management
• wildlife technician
• wildlife research
• historic archives
• park planning
• facility and grounds
• naturalist/programming
• engineering

Seasonal positions
• general maintenance
• entrance station attendant
• maintenance worker
• campground attendant
• law enforcement
• heavy equipment operator
• naturalist/programmer
• habitat technician
• fisheries technician
• wildlife game technician

Most listings have multiple positions available.

posted 1/24/2017


DES MOINES COUNTY~ SEASONAL NATURALIST 
DES MOINES COUNTY CONSERVATION
STARR’S CAVE NATURE CENTER
11627 STARR’S CAVE ROAD
BURLINGTON, IOWA 52601
SEASONAL NATURALIST INTERNSHIP

POSITION DESCRIPTION SUMMARY:
The individual in this position will perform duties for Des Moines County Conservation, as set out in this document, under the direct supervision of the Environmental Education Coordinator. The individual 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. This individual assists in directing the operations and programs of Starr’s Cave Nature Center. This individual performs related work as the need is identified. The purpose of this internship is to help individuals gain experience in the field of environmental education and interpretation, and to fulfill any obligation set forth from that individual’s college requirement.

EDUCATION, QUALIFICATIONS, & SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
The individual in this position should, at a minimum, have completed two years in a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in general education, environmental education, interpretation, natural sciences, natural resources, outdoor education, or a related field.

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 3 – 14
 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

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
Personal Attributes
 Creativity
 Enthusiasm
 Initiative
 Flexibility
 Willingness to learn
 Sense of humor
 Sincere love of the outdoors and desire to communicate it to the public

BENEFITS
 Uniform shirts provided
 Access to county vehicle for work-related travel
 $9.00/hour
 Insurance coverage while on the job

STIPEND
Stipend will be $9.00/hr

WORK SCHEDULE
Performs duties on an average of 40 hours per week for approximately a 13-week period. The employment period begins the latter part of May and lasts through mid-August (specific starting and ending dates somewhat flexible, depending on school schedule of applicant).

TO APPLY:
To be considered for employment, applicant must submit a resume, cover letter and two references to:
Kent Rector
Starr’s Cave Nature Center
11627 Starr’s Cave Rd
Burlington, IA 52601

Applications may also be submitted electronically by sending an e-mail with “Naturalist Intern Application” as the subject line to: rectork@dmcounty.com.

For more information call: (319) 753-5808 or e-mail the address above. You may also visit www.dmcconservation.com to find out more about our organization.

DEADLINE:
Applications must be postmarked on or before April 1, 2017. Applicants receiving interviews will be notified by April 10 and the selected applicant will be given an offer of employment on or before May 1.
 

 


MISCELLANEOUS JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Education Outreach and Animal Ambassador Coordinator~ NMRA
Full-time/Part-time: Full-time
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt
Department: Education and Living Collections
Reports to: Director of Education and Director of Living Collections
Hiring Range: $30,000-$33,000 annually

The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium seeks a professional level team member to oversee the expansion of our off-site educational programs and acclimate/train our education animals that will serve as educational ambassadors. Well qualified candidates must be energetic, flexible, and resourceful, with an entrepreneurial attitude to create and present exciting programs for broad audiences.
This position requires a positive attitude and willingness to have fun, a high level of energy and motivation, and the ability to work both independently and as an effective team member. The successful candidate should be equally comfortable working with people and animals.

Primary Duties

General
• Provide an exceptional and educational experience for all those the Dubuque County Historical Society and the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium serve.
• Present the museum positively by maintaining clean and presentable work areas.
• Provide accurate information to museum clientele.

Education
• Develop, recruit, and present public and school outreach programs on a variety of environmental and topics including, but not limited to: science, conservation, interpretation, and the rivers of America.
• Coordinate education outreach contracts with the Sales and Marketing Department.
• Assist in scheduling, training, and mentoring education team members in off-site education programming and exhibit interpretation.
• Increase outreach programming exponentially from year one to year three, creating a self-sustaining outreach program by year four.
• Assist when applicable in developing, coordinating, instructing, and implementing on-site education programs, events, and activities including classes, camps, overnight adventures, youth volunteer programs, behind the scenes tours, and special events.

Living Collections
• Assist in providing care and training for animal ambassadors.
• Train animals to meet the needs of associated programs.
• Assist in collection planning and animal program development to ensure the animal ambassador collection meets the needs of the organization.

Experience
• Bachelor’s degree with major coursework in animal ecology, biology, education, environmental education, zoology, or a related field with a willingness to develop historical interpretation skills.
• Knowledge of education principles and an understanding of the process of learning and teaching.
• Knowledge of and experience with a wide range of operant conditioning techniques on multiple taxa of animals.
• Experience handling a wide range of animals commonly employed in live animal programs.
• Ability to develop and present formal and informal interpretive programs featuring small and medium sized live animals (including amphibians, birds, invertebrates, mammals, and reptiles) and the use of historical artifacts and replicas.
• Ability to recognize symptoms of stress in various animal species.
• Ability to operate a computer and Microsoft Office suite.
• Ability to understand and follow routine verbal or written instruction.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with a diverse audience including, but not limited to: fellow employees, visitors, and children of various ages.
• Ability to interact with NMRMA clientele courteously and offer proper attention at all times in a welcoming manner. Excellent customer service skills are required.
• Ability to adapt quickly, be flexible in any scenario, and demonstrate considerable patience while leading and supervising program participants including groups of children and adults on a daily basis.

Additional Requirements:

• Must be flexible with scheduling and able to work some evenings, weekends, overnights, and holidays.
• Must be willing to travel – sometimes overnight – to deliver outreach programming.
• Must be able to stand for long periods of time, walk long distances, and work inside and outdoors in any weather.
• Must be comfortable around water.
• Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
• Must have a valid driver’s license, good driving record, and reliable transportation.
• Must have the ability to hold a Wisconsin, Illinois, or Iowa resident fishing license or the ability to hold a temporary non-resident Iowa fishing license.
• Must be certified in First Aid, CPR, and Small Craft Safety (training will be offered).
• Mental applications utilizing memory for details, emotional stability, and creative problem solving skills are required.
• Final candidates will be subject to a background check.

To apply visit http://www.mississippirivermuseum.com/employment_jobs.cfm and complete an application.

YMCA GREATER DEs MOINES
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Des Moines Y Camp

POSITION TITLE: Program Director – Outdoor Education
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
FLSA CLASSIFICATION: Exempt
CLASSIFICATION: Full-Time

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Please apply online by clicking on the following link: https://careers-dmymca.icims.com/jobs/1711/outdoor-education-program-director/job    (You can also go to our main YMCA Website, click the “Work At the Y” link, and then go to “Career Opportunities.”)


Operating within the policies, procedures, and practices of the YMCA of Greater Des Moines, this position is responsible for developing, organizing and implementing assigned programs. This position supervises staff, volunteers and may manage community and vendor agreements and relationships.


This full-time, exempt position offers a very competitive benefits package, including health/dental plans, life insurance, free YMCA membership, first-rate YMCA retirement plan, & more! The pay range is $31,500-$35,000.

This position is located at our Des Moines YMCA Camp in Boone, Iowa.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
1) PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT/MANAGMENT
1. Create, develop and implement new programs.
2. Manage assigned program areas and activities, ensuring programs comply with all applicable
YMCA standards and methods of operation an continually strive to attain the highest possible
level of quality.
3. Expand participation in assigned programs.
4. Evaluate and review all aspects of assigned programs to ensure consistent quality and safety.
5. Assistant in management and delivery of other program areas and activities as assigned.

2) PROMOTION MANAGEMENT
1. Assist in the development and distribution of materials to market and promote programs.
2. Conduct marketing and promotion for assigned programs.
3. Coordinate with corporate staff to ensure all marketing meets the standards and requirements
of the association.

3) FISCAL MANAGEMENT
1. Prepare and submit required budget planning and management information for program area(s).
2. Monitor assigned budget to ensure revenue and expenses are consistent with approved budget
plan.
3. Prepare and submit all required financial information and reports.

4) HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
1. Determine staffing needs of assigned program area(s) within YMCA guidelines and procedures.
2. Assist in recruiting process and manage selection process as determined by guidelines and
procedures.
3. Conduct required orientation and training for assigned staff.
4. Manage, supervise, and evaluate assigned staff to ensure satisfactory job performance.
5. Manage and maintain staffing to cover all areas of assigned program(s).
6. Ensure applicable staff development opportunities are taken by assigned staff.
7. Prepare and submit payroll paperwork and time/attendance information as required by YMCA
policies and procedures and in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

5) MEMBER SERVICE/COMMUNITY RELATIONS
1. Manage member and community resources to effectively and efficiently coordinate services.
2. Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with community organizations.
3. Serve as a YMCA representative, both within the organization and outside the organization.
4. Demonstrate and support the objectives of the organization as embodied in the mission
statement and values.

6) OTHER
1. Assist in organization’s financial development efforts, including the annual fund raising
campaign.
2. Plan, prepare and organize special events as required.
3. Serve on organization and community committees and teams as required.

KEY REQUIREMENTS:
• Mission and Community Oriented – ability to model and teach YMCA values; champion inclusion activities, strategies and initiatives; ensure high-level services that differentiate YMCA from other providers; provide volunteers with orientation, training, development and recognition

• People Oriented – ability to empathetically listen and communicate for understanding when negotiating and dealing with conflict; build relationships to create small communities; effectively tailor communications to appropriate audience; provide staff with feedback, coaching, guidance and support

• Results Oriented – ability to hold staff accountable for high-quality results using a formal process to measure progress; conduct prototypes to support the launching of program and activities; provide others with framework for making decisions; develop, plan and manage best practices through engagement of team; cultivate relationships to support fundraising; effectively create and manage budgets

• Personal Development Oriented – ability to utilize non-threatening methods to address sensitive issues and inappropriate behavior or performance; share new insights; facilitate change; model adaptability and an awareness of the impact of change

• Ethical Behavior – ability to understand ethical behavior and business practices, and ensure that own behavior and the behavior of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization; maintain a work ethic that holds a high standard to organizational accountability

• General Experience and Abilities - ability to demonstrate understanding of program development and management; effective and efficient time management; demonstrate capacity for managing and leading people; excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal and coaching skills, and organizational skills; ability to overcome resistance to leadership and take unpopular stands when necessary; ability to exemplify a “Y-Voice” that demonstrates determination, genuine concern, welcoming attitude, hopefulness and a nurturing spirit

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
1) Bachelor’s Degree in related field or equivalent
2) One to two years related program development and management experience
3) American Red Cross CPR-PR/AED/First Aid Certifications or equivalent certifications
approved by the YMCA (available upon hire)
4) American Red Cross Blood Borne Pathogens Training or equivalent training approved by the YMCA (available upon hire)
5) Y Leaders Orientation Session (available upon hire)
6) Demonstrated computer skills in a Microsoft Windows environment
7) Ability to play guitar and effectively lead musical activities is preferred.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
While performing the responsibilities of this position, the employee is required to talk, hear, sit, stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, lift up to ten pounds of weight, climb or balance, to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and use their hands and fingers, to handle or feel. Vision abilities required by this job includes close and distance vision, and may at times require peripheral vision.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and vehicles. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud. This position works in many different work environments, including both indoor and outdoor spaces. This position works a non-traditional work week which frequently requires evening, weekend, and additional hours to accommodate management of program activities and representation of the organization at events.

DISCLAIMER
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this job. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

VISITOR SERVICES/EE~ NEAL SMITH WILDLIFE REFUGE
Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
2017 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 5,600 acres, most of which has been returned to prairie. Bison and elk roam an 800 acre enclosure and white-tail deer, badgers, coyotes, owls, songbirds, and many other animals wander throughout the Refuge. Hundreds of plants make up the prairie landscape and create an ever-changing kaleidoscope of color. Interns will have a fantastic opportunity to explore this endangered ecosystem.

Duties: Interns will assist staff in a diversity of projects including, but not limited to: environmental education, curriculum development, interpretive program development and presentation, interpretive poster design, maintaining and staffing the Visitor Center, planning and facilitating special events, and limited trail maintenance.

Benefits: The internships will generally run 9 - 12 weeks, working 40 hours per week. Internships are currently being offered for Spring 2017 (April – June) & Summer 2017 (June – August). Interns will receive a stipend of $3600 to $4800, or $10 per hour, 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. Candidates must also currently live in the United States. 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 10, 2017: 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: Brianna Patrick, Visitor Services Specialist, via email to Brianna_patrick@fws.gov.

For additional information, contact Brianna Patrick at (515) 994-3400 or Brianna_Patrick@fws.gov or go to www.fws.gov/refuge/neal_smith.

VEGETATION MANAGEMENT INTERN~ NEAL SMITH WILDLIFE REFUGE
Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge 2017 Vegetation Management Internships

Friends of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge are sponsoring several internships at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge for 2017. Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is a unique ecological restoration project featuring endangered tallgrass prairie and oak savanna ecosystems. The Refuge is located 18 miles east of Des Moines, near Prairie City, Iowa. Since its inception in 1990, the 5600-acre Refuge has become a home to hundreds of prairie plant species; re-introduced bison, elk, and regal fritillary butterflies; rare grassland birds; and a plethora of undesirable weedy and/or invasive non-native and native species. Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Duties: Refuge Vegetation Management Interns will be an important part of the prairie and savanna restoration work. Duties will include locating, mapping, monitoring and controlling weedy and/or invasive species. Control methods will typically include mechanical and chemical means. However, fall interns may be involved in prescribed fire control activities, if they acquire required training and pass medical and physical fitness standards.

Benefits: The internship can vary from 9 - 12 weeks in length, with interns needed from May through November. The intern will receive an educational stipend of $3600 to $4800 for 9-12 weeks of work. Housing will not be provided, but nearby housing is available for rent. Refuge staff will work with students to fulfill internship credit requirements at individual universities. Interested non-students are also eligible to apply.

Qualifications: Internships are available to any qualified person 18 years or older with a valid driver’s license. Refuge Vegetation Management Interns must have an interest in native plants and a desire to learn about prairie and savanna ecosystems and restoration. You must enjoy working outdoors and be willing to do physical work outside during hot, humid weather and other discomforts of working in nature. Refuge Vegetation Management interns must be an Iowa certified pesticide applicator prior to employment (pass Core and Category 2 or 6 tests). Interns will be expected to learn and practice the safe operation and maintenance of brush mowers, brush cutters, backpack pesticide sprayers and other tools of the trade. Also important is an interest in prairie restoration and reconstruction, enthusiasm, and a good work ethic. Other desirable skills include native plant identification, GPS, problem solving, communication, and teamwork.

To Apply: Submit the following: 1) a one-page cover letter describing why you would like to participate in this internship program and what you hope to gain from this experience, including dates you are available, 2) a detailed resume noting education, experience, and skills, including 3 references and their phone numbers, and 3) a letter of recommendation written by an educator or employer.

For Refuge Vegetation Management Internships, information should be mailed to: Richard Hager, Wildlife Refuge Specialist, Neal Smith NWR, P.O. Box 399, Prairie City, IA 50228. Intern applications including letters of recommendation must be received by February 10, 2017.

For additional information visit http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Neal_Smith/ or http://www.tallgrass.org or contact Richard Hager at (515) 994-3400.

BIOLOGY INTERN~ NEAL SMITH WILDLIFE REFUGE
Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
2017 Biology Internships

Do you have a passion for prairie? Opportunities are available to gain experience and contribute to one of the world’s premier tallgrass prairie reconstruction sites! The Friends of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge are sponsoring several Biology internships at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge for 2017. Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is a unique ecological restoration project featuring endangered tallgrass prairie and oak savanna ecosystems. Located 20 miles east of Des Moines, Iowa, it is one of the first large-scale prairie reconstruction projects ever attempted. Since its inception in 1990, the 5600-acre Refuge has become a home to hundreds of prairie plant species; re-introduced bison, elk, and regal fritillary butterflies; rare grassland birds; and many other species dependent on large areas of prairie or grassland. Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Duties: Biology interns will be a crucial part of monitoring and performing prairie and savanna restoration work, including monitoring plants and possibly wildlife, propagating plants in a greenhouse, planting seedling prairie plants, hand-harvesting seeds of native prairie plants, and data entry and management.
Benefits: Internships will run 9 - 12 weeks each. Timing of internship is flexible, with positions available spring, summer, and fall. Each intern will receive a stipend of $3600 to $4800 for 9-12 weeks. Housing will not be provided, but nearby housing is available for rent. Refuge staff will work with students to fulfill internship credit requirements at individual universities. Non-students are also eligible to apply.
Qualifications: Any qualified person 18 years or older with a valid driver’s license is eligible for an internship. Biology interns must have an interest in native plants and a strong desire to learn about prairie and savanna ecosystems and restoration. Experience identifying prairie plants is strongly preferred. Must enjoy working outdoors and be willing to walk through dense, tall grass, do physical work outside during hot, humid weather, and tolerate stinging and biting bugs and plants and other discomforts of working in nature. Most important are sincere interest, enthusiasm, and a good work ethic. Other desirable skills for Biology interns include experience in greenhouse propagation, GPS, computer skills, writing skills, and research field experience.

To Apply: Submit the following: 1) a one-page cover letter highlighting your qualifications and describing why you would like to participate in this internship program and what you hope to gain from this experience. Please include dates you are available; 2) a detailed resume noting education, experience, and skills, including 3 references and their contact information; and 3) a letter of recommendation written by an educator or employer.

For Biology Internships, information should be mailed to: Karen Viste-Sparkman, Wildlife Biologist, Neal Smith NWR, P. O. Box 399, Prairie City, IA 50228. Applications received via email or fax will not be considered.

Intern applications including letters of recommendation must be postmarked by February 10, 2017.

For additional information visit http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Neal_Smith/or http://www.tallgrass.org/ or contact Karen Viste-Sparkman at (515) 994-3400.

BIOLOGY INTERN~ NEAL SMITH WILDLIFE REFUGE
Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
2017 Native Plant Propagation Internship

Do you have a passion for plants? Opportunities are available to gain experience and contribute to the refuge’s People for Pollinators program! The Friends of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge are sponsoring a Native Plant Propagation internship at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge for 2017. Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is a unique ecological restoration project featuring endangered tallgrass prairie and oak savanna ecosystems. Located 20 miles east of Des Moines, Iowa, it is one of the first large-scale prairie reconstruction projects ever attempted. The People for Pollinators program promotes habitat for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators in urban and rural communities. We partner with local organizations and provide native plants and seeds to community gardens in Central Iowa. The local partners plant and maintain the gardens to provide food and shelter for pollinators throughout the year. Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Duties: The Native Plant Propagation intern will be a crucial part of the People for
Pollinators program. Duties are centered on propagating plants in a greenhouse
including sowing seeds, transplanting seedlings, S:\Biology\photos\2016_06_23
caring for greenhouse plants, and maintaining records of greenhouse plants. Other duties may include seed
collection, seed cleaning, packaging and storing seed, developing outreach materials related to prairie plants
and pollinators, and other tasks.

Benefits: The internship will run 9 - 12 weeks. Timing of internship is spring, ideally March through June, but
dates are negotiable. The intern will receive a stipend of $3600 to $4800 for 9-12 weeks. Housing will not be
provided, but nearby housing is available for rent. Refuge staff will work with students to fulfill internship credit
requirements at individual universities. Non-students are also eligible to apply.

Qualifications: Any qualified person 18 years or older with a valid driver’s license is eligible for an internship.
Native Plant Propagation interns must have a strong interest in native plants and plant propagation. Experience
working in a greenhouse setting is preferred, but on-the-job training will be provided. Most important are
sincere interest, enthusiasm, and a good work ethic.

To Apply: Submit the following: 1) a one-page cover letter highlighting your qualifications and describing why
you would like to participate in this internship program and what you hope to gain from this experience. Please
include dates you are available; 2) a detailed resume noting education, experience, and skills, including 3
references and their contact information; and 3) a letter of recommendation written by an educator or
employer.

For Native Plant Propagation Internships, information should be mailed to: Karen Viste-Sparkman,
Wildlife Biologist, Neal Smith NWR, P. O. Box 399, Prairie City, IA 50228. Applications received via email or fax
will not be considered.

Intern applications including letters of recommendation must be postmarked by February 10, 2017.

For additional information visit http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Neal_Smith/or http://www.tallgrass.org/ or contact
Karen Viste-Sparkman at (515) 994-3400.

HABITAT STEWARDSHIP INTERN~ WOODBURY COUNTY
Habitat Stewardship Intern
Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center
Woodbury County Conservation Board, Sioux City, Iowa

Description: This 12-week position will run approximately May 30 through August 18, 2017 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: $11.00 per hour
Deadline: Must be received by 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

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 https://www.woodburycountyiowa.gov/departments/human-resources.
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”

NATURALIST FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM~ MINNESOTA
Naturalist Fellowship Program
Dodge Nature Center
West St. Paul, MN

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, Mendota Heights, 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 5, 2017 through August 17, 2018

Responsibilities:
• 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 afterschool and outreach programs
• Assist with care and feeding of educational and farm animals
• Participate in weekly training seminars by taking part in discussions, educational and natural history activities, and completing assignments
• Complete an independent study in a specific area of interest
• Participate in seasonal special events, seasonal projects, restoration activities, 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
• Office workspace
• One-year membership in the Minnesota Naturalist Association

Requirements:
• B.A or B.S. degree, related field preferred
• Experience teaching or working with children
• 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
• Basic knowledge of general natural history topics
• 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
• Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds
• First Aid and CPR Certification

Application Process:
Send the following items to: Teresa Root, Naturalist Fellowship Coordinator, 365 Marie Ave. West, West St. Paul, MN 55118, or electronically to troot@dodgenaturecenter.org.
• cover letter
• résumé
• completed questionnaire— available at www.dodgenaturecenter.org
OR http://www.dodgenaturecenter.org/About/Career-Opportunities/


Application deadline is March 10, 2017 or until the positions are filled.

MOUNT RUSHMORE
I am a Sustainability Manager for Xanterra Parks & Resorts, the company that operates the restaurant and gift shop at Mount Rushmore. I’m hiring a “Sustainability Specialist” to help me with all of Xanterra’s exciting sustainability projects at Mt. Rushmore. This is a temporary position starting sometime between now and May and continuing through December. It would be great for a recent or upcoming graduate looking to get a lot of good experience before moving into a permanent sustainability position. Do you know of any students at BHSU that might be interested in and a good fit for this position? If so, please forward this on to them.

Applicants should apply on our website here: https://careers-xanterra.icims.com/jobs/12299/2017-sustainability-specialist/job. They can also contact me directly with questions. Thank you.

Kevin Crosby, LEED AP BD+C
Sustainability Manager

Xanterra Parks & Resorts®
Rocky Mountain National Park &
Mt. Rushmore National Memorial
13000 Hwy 244, Bldg 81
Keystone, SD 57751
kcrosby@xanterra.com | mtrushmorenationalmemorial.com
P 605 574 2515 x138 | F 605 574 2495

             

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