Interpretive Student Aides are currently enrolled high school and college students who work alongside Naturalist staff to provide interpretive programs and public information in a park visitor center and surrounding parklands. These paid positions are designed for students considering a career in interpretation, environmental education, natural history, cultural history, or park professions while supplementing their current coursework in natural science and/or cultural history. In addition to gaining natural and cultural history information relating to parks, students will develop interpretive skills in this training position.
Assists Naturalist staff by performing a variety of duties such as providing public interpretive and educational programs (snake talks, farm tours, youth programming, mine tours, history talks, etc.), feeding and caring for animals and fish, handling cash and merchandise, or light horticulture tasks. Performing public information duties such as greeting the public, answering the phone, stocking brochures, and otherwise assisting the public while they are in the visitor center. Maintaining bulletin boards and displays, assisting with accession program, and assisting with research or out in the park. Additionally, may perform other minor duties as are needed at the centers such as running errands, performing minor custodial duties, etc.
Interpretive Student Aide I: Equivalent to the completion of the tenth grade, 16 years of age or older.
Interpretive Student Aide II: Completion of 3 semester units of college level natural science, cultural history, or other academic course work compatible with placement.
Both I and II:
Must be in current student status.
Must possess a valid California Driver License.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
General knowledge of natural science/cultural history, ability to impart such knowledge to visitors and users, ability to perform receptionist duties effectively and harmoniously, and to perform basic clerical duties. Some presentation experience is desirable.
Step A - $12.03/hour
Step B - $12.41/hour
Step A - $14.00/hour
Step B - $15.56/hour
After one calendar year, (no less than 800 hours worked) if job performance has progressed, the Aide is awarded a salary step increase.
The Interpretive Student Aide position is a 2-4 year training program. Aides must maintain student status during the entire period of the training program. This is a year-round position; the Aides generally works part-time during the school year and may work full-time during school breaks, up to a maximum of 40 hours a week. Aides will be limited to working 900 hours between July 1 through June 30 of each year. Aides are required to wear uniforms and work irregular hours, including weekends and holidays, as needed.
Those applications meeting minimum qualifications will be retained for the calendar year (January 1 - December 31) and will be used to fill any vacancies that occur during the current year. Aides work at the following Interpretive Centers: Tilden Nature Area and the Botanic Garden in Berkeley; Coyote Hills or Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont; Crab Cove in Alameda; Black Diamond Mines in Antioch; Del Valle in Livermore; Garin Regional Park in Hayward; Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol; Big Break Visitor at the Delta Center, Oakley, and the Mobile Education Outreach based out of Alameda.
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