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POSITION: Nature Center Director/Naturalist

PAY RANGE: $55,203 – $65,728 – Exempt salaried position

DEADLINE: 5:00 PM Friday, June 17, 2016

Application and additional information available at

INTERVIEW: We anticipate conducting interviews during the week of June 27, 2016

This position performs supervisory administrative work involving all aspects of the Nature Center. Work involves the management and development of all phases of the Nature Center, including development of physical surroundings, training of staff and planning and implementing environmental, conservation and outdoor education type programs for all ages that are of interest to the community.

Direct, manage, facilitate and work with staff, volunteers and community on all special events, classes and programs.

Supervises the planning, design and construction of facilities. Prepares and recommends long-range and immediate plans for better utilization.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:
(A) A bachelor’s degree in natural resource management, biological science with an emphasis or specialized training in environmental education and nature interpretation. Desired coursework or related experience in ornithology, plant taxonomy, mammalogy, aquatic insects, astronomy, geology and other natural history related courses; and,

(B) Two years’ experience in nature center management or related area.

(C) Any combination of education and experience which demonstrates the knowledge and experience to perform the work.

Desired Qualifications
(A) Previous administrative and supervisory experience.

(B) Previous teaching experience.


Supervision Received
Works under the general supervision of the Park and Recreation Director.

Supervision Exercised
Supervises specialists, full and part-time staff, special interest instructors, seasonal employees and volunteers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Develop plans, organize, implement, evaluate and oversees all of the environmental education activities and exhibits. Leads environmental education and nature interpretation programs for all ages.

Recommends, organizes, assigns and trains full, part-time, volunteer staff and interns.

Establishes coordination and cooperation with other levels of government; city, county, state and federal.

Determines and administers budget needs from various public and private sources. Actively pursues additional funding from various public and private sources.

Supervises the planning, design and construction of facilities. Prepares and recommends long-range and immediate plans for better utilization.

Assist in development of policies, procedures and standards; implement for efficient and effective operation. Assures compliance with established policies and procedures.

Promotes the Nature Center through all existing media.

Prepares, issues, and maintains records of activities and services.

Sets hours of operation and enforces safety and operating rules and regulations for staff and visitors.

Performs related work as required.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Peripheral Duties

Direct, manage, facilitate and work with staff, volunteers and community on all special events, classes and programs.

Serve as backup with feeding animals.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
(A) Thorough knowledge of all aspects of environmental, conservation and outdoor education. Ability to apply knowledge and provide instruction to all age groups.

(B) Ability to train and supervise subordinate personnel; Ability to communicate and teach citizens; Ability to exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and in making decisions;

(C) Ability to plan, organize, coordinate and implement resource management programs, practices and procedures; Ability to coordinate, analyze and utilize a variety of reports and records; Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with staff, city employees, volunteers, Friends of the Nature Center, community groups, members of the media, the public and other agencies.

(D) Knowledge of personnel management, principles and practices of office management, work organization and supervision.

(E) Knowledge of federal and state laws governing display of exhibits in interpretive center and ability to obtain necessary licensures and permits.

(F) Knowledge of the DED, Oak Wilt and other aspects of the Minnesota shade tree program.

(G) Knowledge of public safety hazards and precaution necessary for the safe public use of the Nature Center.

(H) Ability to plan and develop a long range plans.

Special Requirements
(A) Should be eligible for certification by the Association of Interpretive Naturalists.

(B) May be required to obtain a Minnesota Department of Agriculture Chemical Inspectors License as well as a DED – Oak Wilt Inspectors Certificate.

(C) Will be required to know and be able to implement the City’s Disaster Plan that relates to the Park and Recreation Departments.

Tools and Equipment Used
Personal computer, including word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software; copy machine; fax machine; calculator; phone.

Physical Demands
The physical demands 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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

The job description does not constitute and 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.


















935 North Highway 86
Lakefield, MN 56150

Regional Nature Center Executive Director
The Prairie Ecology Bus Center (PEBC) is seeking an enthusiastic, energetic individual to lead a growing environmental education center serving pre-K through adult audiences. The PEBC is a regional, non-profit environmental education program serving 20+ counties in SW Minnesota and northern Iowa. It’s home to a very unique program in North America - the Ecology Bus – a mobile classroom and nature center. The Executive Director (ED) oversees PEBC and is responsible for implementing the PEBC’s overall strategic direction, leadership, fundraising, staffing, supervision, and administration of educational programming and outreach services. This is a full-time, permanent position requiring a diverse schedule that may include occasional evenings and weekends in addition to weekday business hours.

START DATE: Position begins Summer/Fall, 2016. Applications accepted starting March until a suitable candidate is hired.

• Directs and supervises nature center facilities and programs.
• Works to fulfill the mission of the nature center.
• Supervises and coordinates a working team of staff professionals and volunteers.
• Oversees environmental education and outreach programming in conjunction with Program Coordinator.
• Maintains a high level of professional customer service for program participants, members, volunteers and the public.
• Hires and trains new staff
• Manages operating budget and seeks innovative funding for special programs, projects and general operations including writing grants and administering grant-funded projects.
• Performs administrative duties, writes reports, directs strategic and long-range planning.
• Responsible for public relations and member communications, including newsletters, website and social media content, press releases and development of articles.
• Develops and maintains cooperative working relationships with a variety of organizations and partners.
• Promotes public interest in the facility and programs.
• Evaluates employees, procedures and programs.
• Ensures facilities, equipment and vehicles are well maintained.

• BA/BS Degree in Environmental Education (EE) or related field
• Excellent communication skills in writing and oral communications.
• Able to obtain a Class B CDL license within 4 months of start date (training provided).

• Master’s Degree in Environmental Education, Nature Center Administration or related field
• 5 years successful experience in management at a nature center or related non-profit organization including 2 years of successful teaching EE or related field.
• Experience in planning, organizing, and supervising programs, events and projects such as capital campaigns
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office
• Familiarity with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, database programs and website management helpful.

Salary & Benefits $45,000-$60,000/yr, commensurate with education and experience including paid vacation and health benefits. The PEBC offers a fun atmosphere, welcoming community and great satisfaction in being part of environmental education in MN! Southern Minnesota offers a high quality of life with easy access to urban areas and diverse outdoor recreation opportunities.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to PEBC ED Search Team, PO Box 429, Lakefield, MN 56150.
For questions, call 507-662-5064 or email


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