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NATURALIST JOB OPPORTUNITIES
PART TIME NATURALIST OPPORTUNITIES
IOWA COUNTY~ SUMMER INTERN
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 email@example.com
Applications are available at:
information or if you have questions, call Mary at (319) 655-8466 or
*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.*
DES MOINES COUNTY~ SEASONAL NATURALIST
DES MOINES COUNTY CONSERVATION
STARR’S CAVE NATURE CENTER
STARR’S CAVE ROAD
BURLINGTON, IOWA 52601
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
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.
First Aid and CPR certification, is preferred but
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
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES and DUTIES
develop, and teach summer camps for ages 3 – 14
Assist with the
operations and programs of Starr’s Cave Nature Center
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
training sessions as assigned by the Environmental Education Coordinator
Plan, develop, and teach at least one public program
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
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
communicate effectively in writing to people with a variety of age and
Willingness to learn
Sense of humor
Sincere love of the outdoors and desire to
communicate it to the public
Access to county vehicle for work-related travel
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).
considered for employment, applicant must submit a resume, cover letter
and two references to:
Starr’s Cave Nature Center
11627 Starr’s Cave Rd
Burlington, IA 52601
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
www.dmcconservation.com 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
SPRING ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION NATURALIST~ BOONE, IA
Job Title: Spring Environmental Education Naturalist
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
2. Conduct program in a fun, positive atmosphere.
3. Know emergency procedures and be able to demonstrate them.
Report specific problems or needs to supervisor or designated staff
5. Teaching value-based, leadership classes including team
building, low and high ropes, and climbing wall.
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.
Assist in developing new programming. Care and cleaning of birds of
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
2.Online New Employee Orientation (available
in the YMCA Training Program)
3. Online New Employee Safety
Orientation (available in the YMCA Training Program)
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)
American Red Cross Blood Borne Pathogens Training or equivalent training
approved by the YMCA (available in the YMCA Training Program)
Undergraduate degree in biology or related field.
8. Prior experience
teaching children and adults.
9. Current drivers license.
1. Enthusiasm, poise, leadership, and
2. Visual, auditory, and verbal ability to communicate
effectively with people and monitor property and activity
to perform light to moderate physical activity
4. Ability to adapt to
variety of working conditions
2.Good organizational skills
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
For more information or questions call Katherine Callen 515-432-7558 or
SUMMER CAMP COORDINATOR~ INDIAN CREEK NATURE CENTER
SUMMER CAMP COORDINATOR
POSITION TITLE: Summer Camp Coordinator
REPORTS TO: Naturalist and Director of Education
HOURS OF POSITION:
35-40 per week
STATUS: Seasonal, Hourly; May-August
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.
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
TO APPLY: Send cover letter, 3 references and your
resume to Emily Roediger,
cans be submitted until April 24th or until filled.
Director of Education
5300 Otis Road SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
(319) 362-0664 ext. 306
MISCELLANEOUS JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Education Outreach and Animal Ambassador Coordinator~ NMRA
Department: Education and Living
Reports to: Director of Education and Director of Living
Hiring Range: $30,000-$33,000 annually
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.
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.
• 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.
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
• Assist in scheduling, training, and mentoring education
team members in off-site education programming and exhibit
• Increase outreach programming exponentially from
year one to year three, creating a self-sustaining outreach program by
• 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.
• Assist in providing care and training for
• Train animals to meet the needs of associated
• 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.
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
• Ability to understand and follow routine verbal or
• 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.
• 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
• 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
To apply visit
and complete an application.
NATURALIST FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM~ MINNESOTA
Naturalist Fellowship Program
Dodge Nature Center
West St. Paul,
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
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
• 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
• $300 (before taxes) every two
• 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
knowledge of general natural history topics
• Ability to work a
twelve-month term, with responsibilities that include weekdays, evening
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.
but not required:
• Fluency in Spanish
• Experience working with
people from diverse backgrounds
• First Aid and CPR Certification
Send the following items to: Teresa Root,
Naturalist Fellowship Coordinator, 365 Marie Ave. West, West St. Paul,
MN 55118, or electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• completed questionnaire— available at
Application deadline is March 10, 2017 or until the positions
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
Applicants should apply on our website here:
They can also contact me directly with questions. Thank you.
Kevin Crosby, LEED AP BD+C
Parks & Resorts®
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