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Posted 11/04/2019
County Montgomery
Location Red Oak ,Iowa
Salary $16.83 - $21.65 per hour
Deadline 01/01/2020





Department:      Conservation


Title:                     Naturalist                                                                        FLSA:                  Non-Exempt


Date:                    October 23, 2019                                                                          Reports to:                 Director




The person in this position plans, develops, coordinates and presents environmental education and interpretive programs for schools, youth and adult groups, and the general public; develops related written, audiovisual, and display materials; and performs related duties as required in order to educate the public on the importance of the environment and encourage their participation in program goals and objectives.  




The following duties are normal for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.


The Naturalist works closely with all teachers in all grade levels in the Montgomery County District.        Environmental education programs that meet the Iowa Core Standards will be scheduled in every classroom several   times a year and the Naturalist will also schedule yearly field trips to Anderson Conservation Area.


 Develops lesson plans and related educational materials using existing resource materials and own experience for use in promoting and presenting environmental education and interpretive programs for schools, youth and adult groups, and the general public to promote positive attitudes toward the environment and to provide basic ecological knowledge; evaluates the attainment of specific programs in reaching desired goals and objectives.


 Acquires and reads relevant publications, attends conferences and workshops to acquire familiarity with and capability to deliver services and program activities.


               Creates, plans and implements day camps and workshops.


Works closely with youth groups, civic organizations and schools to represent the Board and promote awareness of environmental and conservation issues and practices.


Acquires necessary licenses and permits to keep live and preserved specimens of animals; preserves specimens; builds feeders and various displays used in educational programs.


Knowledge of and ability to provide proper care of live animals for educational purposes.  Has responsibility of keeping live animal room clean and organized.


Responsible for the majority of scheduling of the Wolfe Nature Center as well as assist in janitorial work at the nature center.


Ability to communicate effectively in writing to people of various ages and educational abilities.


Shall keep the Director informed of all activities being planned and performed.





Ability to express oneself clearly and persuasively, both orally and in writing; ability to operate a computer.  Non-standard work week. Must be able to work flexible hours and days, with some weekend and evening hours.  Bachelor’s degree in education, environmental education, nature interpretation, environmental science or related field preferred.




Certification in first aid and CPR; experience in teaching and computer skills; certification as Hunter Education Instructor, Furharvester Education, Bowhunter Education, and Fish IOWA!  Some or all of these should be possessed.




Physical Requirements


Proficient in the use of audio-visual equipment and computer literacy, able to operate motor vehicle with valid driver’s license.  May be required to operate small tractors and tow a trailer.


Cognitive demands


Requires creativity, enthusiasm, initiative, flexibility, poise, sense of humor, and a willingness to grow and stay current in the field.  Have the ability to establish and evaluate short and long term goals.  Requires knowledge of basic identification and natural history of native plants and animals, ecological principles, environmental organizations and agencies, and management of several of the following natural resources:  fisheries, wildlife, forestry, agronomy, prairies and aquatic ecosystems, plants, insects, etc.  Requires ability to comprehend, analyze, interpret and explain conservation laws, principles and practices, and to write program goals and objectives.  Knowledge in such program areas as canoeing, backpacking, biking, hiking, archery, firearms safety, hunting, and trapping. 


Language Ability and Interpersonal Communications


Applies principles of leadership, teaching, and reinforcement to perform tasks.  Proficient in the use of principles and practices involved with curriculum planning.  Ability to relate and speak effectively with all age levels.  Skilled in the use of graphic arts.  Knowledge regarding various environmental issues and current developments.  Requires ability to participate in various panel discussions, speak before audiences with poise, voice control and confidence using correct English and well-modulated voice.  The ability to write reports and develop educational materials using proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar.  Develop and interpret materials and instructions in written, oral, and diagrammatic or schedule form. 


Environmental Adaptability


Normally not exposed to significant occupational hazards which would cause bodily injury.  This person must be able to work outdoors in all seasons of the year. 


Application procedure


Applicants must successfully pass pre-employment screenings including drug, background and physical.  Interested individuals are required to submit a resume with cover letter to or dropped off at the Auditor’s office in the Montgomery County Courthouse by January 1st, 2020.  The position will begin on April 6th, 2020 and will include training with the current Naturalist until June 1st, 2020 at which time the individual will take over the position.  The hourly pay range is $16.83 - $21.65 based on experience and includes full county benefits as well as a $300.00 yearly clothing allowance.

Background in teaching or environmental education. Bachelor's degree in education, environmental education, nature interpretation, environmental science or related field preferred.

To Apply
Submit resume with cover letter to or drop off at the Auditor's office in the Montgomery County Courthouse.

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