Parks Naturalist Specialist

  • City of Jacksonville
  • Jacksonville, Florida, United States
  • Apr 06, 2017
Full time Biology/Ecology Communication/Public Outreach Environmental Education/Interpretation Natural Resources Wildlife/Endangered Species

Job Description

This is professional work in the implementation of wildlife plans and fostering the appreciation of the natural resources in the city's park system. The work requires knowledge of the techniques, methods and procedures used in wildlife monitoring and in researching, designing and planning natural history programs. Contacts require skills in understanding, influencing and communicating with others which are important in conducting, training, and providing services to participants. The work is performed following substantially diversified procedures and specialized standards with latitude permitted in considering which among many procedures should be followed and in what sequence and involves differing situations requiring the use of judgment in searching for solutions or new applications. The work is performed indoors and outdoors where there are some risks and hazards associated with wildlife activities, but they are known, predictable and controllable. Work hours are flexible and require the employee to work holidays and weekends. Operates a motor vehicle, all-terrain vehicles, hand tools, camera and computer utilizing word processing, email, spreadsheet, database and image editing software. The physical demands are moderate and include walking, climbing and lifting or moving objects weighing up to 50 pounds. The work is performed under limited supervision where the work assignments are subject to established procedures, practices, precedents, methods, techniques, and well-defined policies; the worker plans and organizes the work and determines priorities; and the work is reviewed, usually after the fact, in terms of quality, accuracy, volume, timeliness, and adherence to established methods, standards, and policies.

Examples of Work

  • Oversees wildlife resource monitoring such as the Shorebird Management Plan and the Sea Turtle Management Plan.
  • Provides outreach, public contact and promotes positive park relations to inform visitors of wildlife sensitivities and biological dynamics of the park.
  • Provides environmental education programs at Huguenot and other division parks.
  • Leads groups on walks to identify plants, animals, birds, fish and insects, and explains relationship to one to another.
  • Enforces park rules as it relates to wildlife infractions.
  • Designs exhibits, trail booklets, and displays to depict natural history and resources of each park.
  • May direct and coordinate the work of volunteers or lower level employees on assigned projects.
  • Assists with the preparation of status and annual reports to other governmental and grant agencies.
  • Assists in maintaining the safety and curb appeal of the park.
  • Participates in a prescribed fire crew on division/city properties.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in the City of Jacksonville Core Competencies.
  • Performs related work as required.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge in biological sciences, including environmental protection practices, wildlife identification, and environmental planning terminology.
  • Knowledge of Florida ecosystems, flora and fauna.
  • Knowledge of data collection and interpretation techniques.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State and local government environmental laws, regulations and ordinances.
  • Ability to assess environmental quality and potential impacts.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to make presentations before groups.
  • Ability to promote good public relations.
  • Ability to collect technical data and prepare reports.
  • Ability to keep accurate records.
  • Ability to operate a computer utilizing word processing, email, spreadsheet, database and image editing software.
  • Ability to operate a camera, motor vehicle, ATV's and hand tools. 

Open Requirements/Supplemental Information: 

  • A four(4) year combination of education, training and professional experience in biology, ecology, natural resource management or related natural sciences experience.


  • FL Class E Driver's License is required prior to appointment and must be maintained. 
  • City of Jacksonville Public Driver Certification must qualify for prior to appointment, obtain and maintain during employment.

Preferred Certifications are Certified Park and Recreation Professional, FL Master Naturalist and/or NAI - Certified Interpretative Guide, and Red Card Certification for Prescribed Burning.

Closing Date/Time:Mon. 04/10/17 11:59 PM Eastern Time

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Government- Local/Regional


$14.15 - $17.69 Hourly $29,434.68 - $36,793.32 Annually