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AmeriCorps 4-H Naturalist

Posted 01/24/2022
County Des Moines
Location Burlington ,Iowa


POSITION DESCRIPTION:   The individual in this position is an employee of AmeriCorps 4H that will perform duties for Des Moines County Conservation (DMCC), as set out in this document, under the direct supervision of the Environmental Education Coordinator. The individual plans, develops, and presents environmental education, interpretation, conservation education, and outdoor recreation programs for youth summer camps, school programs, afterschool programs, youth groups, and the public.  

Experience/Education: High School diploma or its equivalent. College coursework, college degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent experience preferred.  

Special requirements:

  • •         Experience in public speaking
  • •         Current First Aid and CPR certification (or willingness to obtain)
  • •         A valid driver’s license
  • •         Must be 18 or older
  • •         A willingness to work weekends, evenings, holidays, and irregular hours
  • •         A willingness to wear designated uniform attire  



  • •         Plan, develop, and teach daily environmental education afterschool programming for K-8 students in the PiECES Afterschool Program during the school year
  • •         Plan, develop, and teach 10 environmental education summer camp programs for ages 3-15
  • •         Develop 4 outreach activities to stimulate public interest in the use of DMCC’s parks
  • •         Run operations and programs for Starr’s Cave Nature Center (all nature center staff participate in operation and management activities) •         Attend appropriate training sessions as assigned by the Environmental Education Coordinator and AmeriCorps 4-H    


Knowledge of natural and cultural history and recreation:

  • •         Basic field identification and natural history of local flora and fauna
  • •         Ability to comprehend, analyze, interpret, and explain conservation laws, principles, and practices  


Program Development and

Educational Skills

  • •         Ability to plan and evaluate programs appropriate for the developmental ability and needs of the audience
  • •         Ability to write program goals and objectives with supervision from EE Coordinator  

Communication Skills

  • •         Ability to communicate orally and effectively to groups and individuals in both formal and non-formal situations in one or more of the following areas: indoor and outdoor presentations, campfires, trailside talks, classroom presentations, public meetings, and storytelling
  • •         Ability to communicate effectively in writing to people with a variety of ages and educational abilities
  • •         Maintain regular communication with local school and afterschool partners to promote and plan activities and programs  

Personal Attributes

  • •         Creative
  • •         Organized
  • •         Enthusiastic
  • •         Takes Initiative
  • •         Flexible
  • •         Team player
  • •         Willingness to learn
  • •         Ability to work within a budget
  • •         Sense of humor
  • •         Sincere love of the outdoors and desire to communicate it to the public, especially children  



The employment period is based on number of hours required by AmeriCorps 4H needing completion by August 2022. Specific starting and ending dates somewhat flexible, depending on schedule of applicant. No expectation of employment beyond that specified. Normal workweek is Monday through Friday 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM, however regular evening and weekend hours are required. Complete 300-900 hours of work over an 3-8-month period starting in March 2022 through August 2022 (Can be extended to November 30, 2022, if necessary).    

On-site, shared housing is available for this position. Details will be covered in interview if applicable.

To Apply Submit a resume, cover letter and two references to:  

Kelly Rundell Environmental Education Coordinator

Des Moines County Conservation

11627 Starr’s Cave Rd. Burlington, IA 52601    

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