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Naturalist Intern

Posted 01/11/2023
County Tama
Location Toledo ,Iowa
Salary $13.00/hour
Deadline 03/31/2023


SUMMARY: This Naturalist Intern position will assist the Head Naturalist with organizing, developing, and coordinating a quality environmental educational program to the residents of Tama County. They will also assist in the development and promotion of the department through its website and social media pages. This position may qualify as part of a college internship program through the summer camping season or as the intern schedule permits.  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: include the following. Other duties may be assigned. Researches, develops, prepares, and presents programs, speeches and special events to various groups including; school classes (preschool through senior citizens), teacher in-services, sporting organizations, local civic and service clubs, churches, and youth groups. Researches, designs, and builds educational conservation displays with supportive materials. Researches and writes articles for our conservation newsletter. Assists with the development of promotional brochures, news releases and information flyers. Greet people entering the building, answering any questions, providing directions and alerting staff when someone is there to meet or visit them. Answer phone calls, manage calls by routing them to the proper people or taking messages. Takes reservations for shelters rentals and Nature Center rentals. Assists with issuing membership permits for our Izaak Walton Shooting Sports Facility. Assists in the management of the Outdoor Classroom. Assist the Naturalist to provide care for all animals used for educational purposes. This also includes scheduling volunteers and or staff to care for the animals during weekends and holidays. Assist the Naturalist to promote programs and upcoming events. Assist the Naturalist in cleaning the Nature Center facility. Opens the Diorama Room Exhibit, provide tours, and answer any questions people may have of the Exhibit. Perform other functions as directed or as the situation dictates.    

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  


  • Must be attending or planning to attend college in the conservation /natural resource field.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Valid Driver’s License (upon hire)
  • Must have a good driving record
  • Must be able to pass a background check.  

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, technical procedures or governmental regulations. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from the general public.  


  •  Microsoft Windows and Office, email, and other basic computer resources.  


  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize job activities to achieve maximum overall results.
  • Ability to perform basic cleaning maintenance.
  • Ability to provide informative and professional assistance when working with the public, customers and County personnel.
  • Ability to work with others in the attainment of department duties and County goals.
  • Demonstration of good oral and written communication and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of wildlife protection, Law Enforcement and Conservation.
  • Ability to interact with individuals of all ages and backgrounds.  

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and use hands to grasp, handle or feel. Also required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, push or pull, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds and occasionally exert up to 50 pounds of force to move objects.    

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee is subject to outside environmental conditions including; working in cold and extreme heat.    

TO APPLY: Apply online at:    

 Send completed application, resume, 3 references, and cover letter to:

Tammy Wise

Human Resources Admin

Stephen Mayne

Conservation Director

211 W. State St. Toledo, IA 52342

Fax: (641) 484-8636  

 For questions regarding the Naturalist Intern position, contact:

Stephen Mayne, Conservation Director

2283 Park Rd, Toledo, IA 52342

Office: 641-484-2231   

Applications due by 3:30pm, Friday, March 31st at 3:30pm.

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