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NATURALIST JOB OPPORTUNITIES
POSITION: Nature Center Director/Naturalist
PAY RANGE: $55,203 –
$65,728 – Exempt salaried position
DEADLINE: 5:00 PM Friday, June
Application and additional information available at
INTERVIEW: We anticipate conducting
interviews during the week of June 27, 2016
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.
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.
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
(C) Any combination of education and experience which
demonstrates the knowledge and experience to perform the work.
(A) Previous administrative
and supervisory experience.
(B) Previous teaching experience.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Works under the general supervision of the Park and Recreation Director.
full and part-time staff, special interest instructors, seasonal
employees and volunteers.
Essential Duties and
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.
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
Performs related work as required.
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.
Direct, manage, facilitate and work
with staff, volunteers and community on all special events, classes and
Serve as backup with feeding animals.
Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
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
(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.
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.
(A) Should be eligible for
certification by the Association of Interpretive Naturalists.
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
including word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software; copy
machine; fax machine; calculator; phone.
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
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.
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 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.
level in the work environment is usually quiet.
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.
PART TIME NATURALIST OPPORTUNITIES
MISCELLANEOUS JOB OPPORTUNITIES
LAKEFIELD, MINNESOTA~ DIRECTOR
935 North Highway 86
Lakefield, MN 56150
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
START DATE: Position begins Summer/Fall, 2016.
Applications accepted starting March until a suitable candidate is
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• Excellent communication skills in writing and oral
• 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
• Experience in planning, organizing, and supervising
programs, events and projects such as capital campaigns
in Microsoft Office
• Familiarity with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop,
database programs and website management helpful.
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
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to
PEBC ED Search Team, PO Box 429, Lakefield, MN 56150.
call 507-662-5064 or email