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LEE County Conservation Board~ ASSISTANT Naturalist

The Lee County Conservation Board is seeking applications for the Assistant Naturalist position. This is a  fulltime position starting at 15.79/hr. plus benefits.  This position will work with the Naturalist to plan, develop and teach education programs, day camps, and related lessons to the public and schools.  Applicant must demonstrated ability to teach K-12 students about conservation topics, and outdoor activities.  Requires weekend and evening work; certification in or ability to obtain CPR and First Aid.  BA/BS in recreation/natural resources, environmental education, or related field, and 6 months teaching experience. Minimum of 2.5 years natural resource coursework is required and 6 months experience with a preference given to applicants with a 4 year degree. 

 Send cover letter, resume & 3 current references with phone numbers by April 7, 2014 to Mary Bulger, 2652 Highway 61, Montrose, IA 52639 or e-mail to



DES MOINES County Conservation Board~ Naturalist Internship

Des Moines County Conservation has one Naturalist Intern position available for summer of 2014.

Position Description:

The Des Moines County Conservation Naturalist Intern program is designed to give students in the field of conservation/environmental education an opportunity to gain diverse work experience within the county Conservation system. Under the direct supervision of the Environmental Education Coordinator, the Naturalist Intern 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; assists in directing the operations and programs of Starr’s Cave Nature Center and performs related work as the need is identified

Education, Qualification & Special Requirements:
Students who are pursuing a career in environmental education, interpretation, natural sciences, natural resources, outdoor education, or a related field generally fill this position. A sincere interest in conservation and environmental education is required.

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 4 – 15 
  • 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 
  • Ability to write program goals and objectives.
  • 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
  • Administrative Skills 
  • Ability to work within a budget 
  • Ability to organize camp registration materials 
  • Ability to inventory supplies and obtain new supplies as needed

Personal Attributes

  • Creativity 
  • Enthusiasm 
  • Initiative 
  • Flexibility 
  • Poise 
  • Willingness to learn and stay current in the field 
  • Sense of humor 
  • Sincere love of the outdoors and desire to communicate it to the public
The employment period is mid-May to mid-August (specific starting and ending dates somewhat flexible), up to 40 hours/week with no expectations of continued employment beyond those dates. Normal workweek is weekdays 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM though regular evening and/or weekend shifts will be required. Interns will be provided with uniforms and all necessary training. Starting pay is $8.50 - $9.50/hr. depending on qualifications.

To be considered for employment, applicant must submit a resume, cover letter and two references to:

Kent Rector, Environmental Education Manager 
Des Moines County Conservation 
Starr's Cave Nature Center
11627 Starr's Cave Rd. 
Burlington, IA 52601

Hard copy applications are preferred but applications may be submitted electronically by sending an 
email with “Naturalist Intern Application” as the subject.

For more information call: (319) 753-5808 or email

Applications must be postmarked on or before April 11, 2014. Applicants receiving interviews will be notified by April 18 and selected applicants will be given offers of employment on or before May 2.

DODGE NATURE CENTER sT PAUL mn~ Naturalist Internship
Summer Environmental Education Internship
Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul

June 5th to August 14th, 2014

The Dodge Nature Center is a non-profit organization operating a 320 acre nature preserve within the city of West Saint Paul that provides environmental education and outdoor experiences for thousands of people each year, primarily K-8th grade students.

• Plan and teach summer day camp programs
• Present environmental education units to various audiences
• Prepare instructional materials for environmental education program units and day camps
• Provide daily care for the reptile and amphibian collection
• Assist with seasonal projects

• Professional training and skill development
• Relevant, hands-on, diverse experience in environmental education
• Evaluation by professional staff
• Academic credit may be available through a coordinating institution
• Weekly stipend of $125 every week

• Knowledge and interest in natural history and environmental education
• Enthusiasm for working with children in an outdoor setting
• 2+ years of college coursework in environmental education or a related field
• Satisfactory result of a background check
• Applicant must be available 40 hours per week: Monday to Friday 7:30 -4
• Preferred but not required skills:
-experience working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds
-current First Aid and CPR certification

Physical Requirements:
• Work outdoors in any kind of weather
• Traverse hilly, natural terrain for up to four hours
• Lift up to 50 pounds
• Work several hours at a time in barns with farm animals, hay, and straw

Please send resume, three references, and cover letter expressing interest by April 25th to:

Mick Garrett - Day Camp Coordinator
Dodge Nature Center
365 Marie Avenue West
West St. Paul, MN

Phone: (651)-789-5229 FAX: (651)-455-2575
Email: Website:






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 parties
• 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.

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 or Hmong language
• Experience working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds
• First Aid and CPR Certification

Application Process:
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
• resume
• completed questionnaire-access at


Application deadline is March 21, 2014 or until the positions are filled.


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