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Summer Naturalist Intern - Iowa County Conservation, Ladora, Iowa

Description: This position will run approximately April through August (negotiable) and will offer opportunities to actively participate in environmental education, interpretation, visitor services, and natural resource management. The position is 40 hours per week.

Duties: Develop and present educational programs, assist with summer camps, design and construct nature center displays, assist with educational animal care, write articles for the county conservation newsletter, assist with resource management, and other duties as assigned. Some night and weekend hours will be required.

Qualifications: Either be enrolled in or have a degree in natural resources, environmental education, interpretation, parks and recreation, conservation, environmental studies, or a related field. The applicant must also possess a valid driver’s license, have the ability to get to and from the work site, use hand and small power tools, and be physically able to work in extreme conditions (heat, humidity, steep terrain, etc.).

Compensation: This position will have a bi-weekly stipend of $640+ dependent on experience and education.
Application Procedure: This position will be open until filled, Applicants should send a completed application, current resume, three references, and a cover letter email to

Applications are available at:

For more information or if you have questions, call Mary at (319) 655-8466 or email

*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.*

POSTED 3/14/2017



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.

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

 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 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

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

Stipend will be $9.00/hr

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 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:

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

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.


Job Title: Spring Environmental Education Naturalist
Starting Wage/ Salary: $300.00/week
Location: Boone, Iowa
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 March 28th, 2017 or until filled.
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.
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.
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
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:
For more information or questions call Katherine Callen 515-432-7558 or e-mail


POSITION TITLE: Summer Camp Coordinator
REPORTS TO: Naturalist and Director of Education
HOURS OF POSITION: 35-40 per week
STATUS: Seasonal, Hourly; May-August
SALARY: $8.50 an hour
DATE REVISED: February 2017

GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION: Work with Nature Center naturalists to oversee and lead Creek Camp. Prepares materials and curriculum prior to camp. Ensures adequate facilities are set-up ahead of program and torn-down and clean-up afterwards. Summer camp coordinators will grain valuable practical experience in program development and leadership.

*Assists and leads Creek Camp activities for children ages 4 to 12 years old. Prepares materials, sets up facilities, and cleans up from program as required.

*Help develop camp curriculum. Will assist and lead in the development of day to day activities and curriculum development for a variety of camp themes.

*Assist in camp management. Help set rules and boundaries for campers alongside coworkers.

*Set up tent and other gear needed for overnight campouts at the Nature Center. Help prepare dinner and breakfast for campers.

*Responsible for before and after wraparound care for campers.

*Perform first aid if needed. Follow all policies and procedures set by the Nature Center. Ensure the safety of each camper.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES: Energetic, professional demeanor, positive attitude and motivation. Experience and passion working with children outdoors. Basic knowledge of ecology, biology, and local plants and animals. Good communication and leadership skills are a must. Adept at identifying and solving problems. Ability to share and teach information. Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds unassisted. Ability to stand, walk, sit, kneel, balance, climb, operate hands tools, work in a variety of weather conditions, and have the ability to follow written and oral instructions.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Eighteen years or older with a high school diploma required. Love of working with and teaching children in the outdoors. Previous summer camp experience preferred. Natural resource, biology, and/or environmental education knowledge preferred. Ability to pass a background check. First aid and CPR certified (can be completed upon hiring).

TO APPLY: Send cover letter, 3 references and your resume to Emily Roediger, Applications cans be submitted until April 24th or until filled.

Erin Roghaar
Director of Education

5300 Otis Road SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
(319) 362-0664 ext. 306

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

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 and complete an application.

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

• 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

• $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

• 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
• cover letter
• résumé
• completed questionnaire— available at

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

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: 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 |
P 605 574 2515 x138 | F 605 574 2495


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