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NATURALIST


Posted 03/03/2021
County Polk
Location GRANGER ,Iowa
Salary $59,182-$77,723
Deadline 03/22/2021


Description

Illustrative Examples of Duties:

  1. Designs, develops and conducts conservation education, outdoor recreational and interpretive programs and activities for schools, special populations, senior groups, youth groups, civic groups, and general public; plans and implements age specific educational programs and activities related to natural resource management, ecology, recreation, cultural heritage, and other environmental topics.
  2. Assists with the operation, maintenance, and staffing of the Outdoor Recreation and Wellness Center rentals and programs.
  3. Assists with maintenance and construction of indoor and outdoor exhibits, including live animal displays.
  4. Writes and designs brochures, newsletters, power point programs, informational displays, and other educational resource materials; promotes programs through social media.
  5. Assists with the development of funding for the Environmental Education program, including grant writing.
  6. Assists in the preparation of reports, budgets, and long range program planning.
  7. Performs related duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of trends in conservation and environmental education.
  • Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of conservation, ecology, and related subjects including local flora and fauna.
  • Basic knowledge of social media platforms and web-based software services and applications.
  • Skill in public speaking.
  • Ability to integrate environmental education goals and objectives with current trends in educational methods and curriculum deliver.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to present information effectively to a variety of different audiences.
  • Ability to operate personal computer, utilize social media and web-based software services and applications, such as Word, Excel, Power Point, and In-Design, and operate audio-visual equipment effectively.
  • Ability to develop long range goals and objectives.
  • Ability to schedule and implement multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, colleagues, volunteers, representatives of other organizations, and the general public.
  • Ability to interpret and apply department rules and policies.
  • Ability to frequently lift up to 40 pounds.
  • Ability to safely operate and maintain a variety of small tools and equipment.
  • Ability to work a non-standard work week, including evenings, weekends, and some holidays.
  • Ability to work in a variety of weather conditions and walk and/or stand for prolonged periods.

Special Requirements:

  • A criminal background check is required.
  • A drug screen is required prior to final offer of employment.
  • Candidate must pass a post-employment offer physical examination and physical capacity testing to ensure candidate meets the essential physical requirements of the position.
  • CPR/AED and First Aid training and certification is required within six months of hire.
  • A valid State of Iowa chauffeur’s license is required.


Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in environmental education, natural science, recreation, ecology, or related field, and
• Two years of experience in development and presentation of environmental or

To Apply
Please apply online at: https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/human-resources/

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