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Summer Naturalist Intern

Posted 01/02/2024
County Jones
Location Center Junction ,Iowa
Salary 15.44/hour
Deadline 02/22/2024


Essential Job Duties & Responsibilities:    Assist with and/or develop, organize, and present environmental education programs, field trip outings, and volunteer events for the public, civic and conservation groups, youth groups, daycares, and schools. Assist with Nature Center exhibit/display creation and maintenance. Assist with the maintenance and care of the Nature Center's live educational animals . Open and staff the Central Park Nature Center on rotating weekends during the summer months. Assist with habitat management practices such as interpretive pollinator garden care, prairie shrub/small tree removal, seed harvest, invasive species removal/control, and trail maintenance. Create press releases, social media posts, and flyers for upcoming educational programs and events. Attends mandatory safety training and staff meetings. Perform other related tasks and duties, as directed by the Naturalist or Executive Director.

General Knowledge, Skills and Ability Requirements:  Must be 18 or older to apply. Have a beginning knowledge of environmental themes and issues, outdoor skills, recreation programs, basic ecology, field identification, and natural history. Work outside in a variety of weather and terrain conditions, stand for prolonged periods of time, and lift 40 pounds. Must be professional, courteous, respectful, dependable, and trustworthy. Operate standard office equipment and related hardware and software; basic keyboard/typing skills, ability to maintain related records, reports and files; ability to prepare technical reports; and the ability to communicate ideas effectively and accurately (spelling/grammar) both orally and in writing in English. Can establish and maintain effective professional working relationships with community officials, co-workers, volunteers, program participants, and the public. Preference given to applicants with at least one year of college; preferably in a conservation, environmental science, education, or other related field. Have a valid driver's license and dependable mode of transportation. Employees will undergo post-offer, pre-employment background checks prior to employment.

This position could also be considered as a split position with the seasonal conservation aide positions (20 hrs per position for a 40 hour work week position.)

Beginning as early as May 6, 2024 and Ending as last as August 30, 2024 (beginning and end dates are flexible within the this timeframe)

Submit a Jones County application, cover letter, resume, and references to Jones County Conservation, Attn: Naturalist, 12515 Central Park Rd, Center Junction IA 52212 or email:  Contact Michele at (563) 487-3541 Extension 3 for additional information

18 years or older, a beginning knowledge of environmental themes, basic ecology, field identification and natural history, a valid driver's license

To Apply
Submit a Jones County application, cover letter, resume, references to Jones County Conservation, Attn: Naturalist, 12515 Central Park Rd, Center Junction IA 52212 or email:

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