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NATURALIST JOB OPPORTUNITIES
PART TIME NATURALIST OPPORTUNITIES
Louisa County Conservation Board~ Naturalist Internship
Description: Spring/Summer position under the
supervision of the county
naturalists. Position based out of the office in Wapello, IA. This
position can start as early as April and end in August. Starting and
dates are flexible. 40 hour work week with some weekend, evening, and
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The following
duties are normal for
this position, but other duties may be required and/or assigned as
. Assist with planning, promoting and presenting conservation,
recreation and environmental education programs to the general public,
schools and other groups
. Assist in designing interpretive and promotional displays and
. Assist with the board's summer recreation, day camps, and other
. Facilitate programs on the Langwood High Ropes Challenge Course.
. Assist with park maintenance as needed.
. Assist other board staff as needed and directed by the naturalist
and executive director.
Salary: $8.50 - $10 per hour based on experience. No
benefits, no housing
Entry Level Requirements: A student currently enrolled
in a two or four-year college or university program with major
coursework in natural or physical science, education or park and
recreation management. One year of experience in natural resource
management or education desirable. Additional experience in public
speaking, human resources and planning helpful. Valid
motor vehicle operators' license required. Must be able to obtain a
Class D-3 chauffer's license. Ability and willingness to be trained as a
facilitator on the high ropes challenge course required (this requires
climbing 40' telephone poles and belaying participants from the ground).
To Apply: Email a resume and cover letter to Katie
Hammond, Executive Director at
Deadline: March 15 or until position is filled.
MISCELLANEOUS JOB OPPORTUNITIES
HABITAT STEWARDSHIP INTERN~ DOROTHY PECAUT NATURE CENTER, SIOUX CITY
Woodbury County Conservation Board, Sioux City, Iowa
Description: This 12-week position will run approximately
May 27 through August 16, 2014 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
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: 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: $10.50 per hour
Deadline: Must be received by 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 3,
To Apply: Phone: 712-258-0838. A job application can be
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:
“An Equal Opportunity Employer”
INTERN~ DOROTHY PECAUT NATURE CENTER, SIOUX CITY
Woodbury County Conservation Board, Sioux City, Iowa
The Woodbury County Conservation Board is partnering with the Iowa
Department of Natural Resources to implement natural resource based
outdoor skills programs for families and youth within our community.
Programs will focus on aquatic education, fishing, hunting related
activities, archery and shooting sports. Programs may include boating
safety, wildlife identification and many more with approval from the
We are seeking a candidate to teach these outdoor skills to families,
youth groups and others in this region of Iowa during May-Sept. 2014.
Candidate is responsible to schedule, create, conduct, evaluate and
report on all programs. Candidate is responsible for getting to and from
all job sites and transporting any equipment (fishing poles, archery
items, etc.) required to teach outdoor skills topics. Mileage will not
If hired the candidate agrees to the following:
1. Become trained in department outdoor skills programs. Training will
be provided by the department free of charge.
2. Complete & submit program reports (form will be provided) for each
outreach event and/or program given to the department no later than the
5th day of the following month.
3. Submit a monthly program summary (form will be provided), invoice for
hours worked, and a list of upcoming outdoor skills programs/events for
the upcoming month to the department no later than the 5th day of each
4. Submit a final grant report to the department no later than October
5. Maintain working relationships with other employees and the public;
and perform related tasks as assigned. 6. Candidate must pass physical
and drug screening tests prior to employment for Woodbury County.
Shift: 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 a reliable vehicle
and the ability to get to and from various work-sites; be physically
able to work in extreme environmentally rigorous situations (heat,
humidity, steep terrain).
Salary: $10.00 per hour
Deadline: Must be received by 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, 2014
To Apply: For application contact the Woodbury County Conservation
4500 Sioux River Road, Sioux City, IA 51109-1657. Phone: 712-258-0838.
A job application can be downloaded from the county website via this
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”
Dodge Nature Center – Naturalist Fellowship Program
Description: 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 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.
• 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
• Lead after school and outreach programs
• Actively participate in seasonal special events, seasonal projects,
animal handling and care, restoration programs, promotion, and
maintenance of equipment and materials
• Attend and participate in staff trainings and meetings
• Actively participate in weekly training seminars by taking part in
discussions, natural history walks, and completing assignments
• Complete an independent study in a specific area of interest
• Stipend of $300 every two weeks
• On-site housing with internet access
• Learn from professional naturalists and teachers
• Participate in training seminars
• Office workspace
• One-year membership to MNA (Minnesota Naturalist Association)
• B.A or B.S. degree, related field preferred
• Experience teaching or working with children
• Knowledge of natural history preferred
• 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
• Working knowledge of computer software including Microsoft Outlook,
Excel, and Word
• Ability to work a twelve month term, with responsibilities that
include weekdays, evening and weekends.
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 or Hmong language
• Experience working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds
• First Aid and CPR Certification
Send the following items to: Diane Klinefelter, Director of
Environmental Education, 365 Marie Ave. West; West St. Paul, MN 55118,
or by fax to 651-455-2575, or electronically to
• cover letter
• completed questionnaire-access at www.dodgenaturecenter.org
Application deadline is March 21, 2014 or until the positions are