Working in a temporary part-time capacity under the general direction of the Park Ranger Naturalist, provides environmental education through nature programs, large events, and roving interpretation in the parks system.
Major Tasks, Duties, and Responsibilities
(must be at least 21 years of age)
Provides formal and informal environmental education to park visitors, neighbors and area schools in order to foster stewardship and a sense of community. Responsible for planning, researching, preparing materials for, and conducting interpretive programs for adults and children
Organizes various outreach events and programs intended to educate park users and residents about park ecosystems and wildlife, history, stewardship, community gardening and other topics, and occasionally leads volunteer groups on projects.
Effectively responds to emergencies and coordinates response with West Metro, Lakewood Police and other responding agencies. Provides first aid and rescue within training and ability.
Performs basic visitor center duties and natural resources management duties as needed or as assigned, including pass sales, marketing, wildlife management and trail maintenance.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Implements nature programs to the public.
Works closely with volunteers on nature based activities.
Receives general supervision from the Park Ranger Naturalist.
May provide guidance to and/or direct the work of volunteers.
A bachelor's degree, or course work leading to a degree, in a natural resources related field is preferred.
Previous experience as a park naturalist, or similar position, is highly preferred. Other park, recreation or natural resources experience will be considered.
Valid driver's license, with good driving record.
Valid CPR, AED and First Aid certification (will be provided if not already held). Certifications must be completed within 2 months of hire date.
First responder or higher certification, and red card are preferred.
KSA's and Physical/Mental Reqs
OTHER KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Must possess the physical ability to perform outdoor programs.
Knowledge of natural resources base with the various facilities. Knowledge of basic natural history of species within the facility.
Ability to work with taxidermy animals, skulls, pelts, and live animals occasionally.
Excellent public relations skills.
Ability to work with limited supervision in difficult and occasionally stressful situations.
Ability to demonstrate leadership skills.
Ability to work independently and as a team member.
Basic computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office and RecTrac 3.1 preferred.
Basic swimming ability is required.
Background check required.
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