Candidate will provide interpretive and educational programs in natural history to various groups such as schools, scouts, general public and summer youth campers. Conducts research in various subject matters and upon approval of senior staff, will present the material in programs and camps. Respond to visitor, telephone, and staff inquiries concerning natural history and conservation matters. Greets visitors, provides interpretive program information, promotes positive public relations for the nature center programs and encourages public appreciation for the natural environment. Will provide care, enrichment, training, and maintain health of live amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, and birds of prey.
This is a full-time career position with benefits as a Park Naturalist II.
Works in indoor or outdoor settings. Work is scheduled weekends, evenings, and holidays (with flexibility to change schedule according to nature center's needs). Exposed to inclement weather and outdoor hazards.
Examples of Important Duties:
Plans, develops, and conducts nature programs to diverse audiences in varied settings (camps, special events, school groups, general public)
Experience working with children
Experience in creating and conducting environmental education lessons
Maryland natural history knowledge
Willingness to work outside
Experience training raptors (at least 2 years), relying solely on principles of positive reinforcement within operant conditioning, focusing on husbandry behaviors and programming for the general public
Willingness to work with animals and maintain care of live animals (reptiles, amphibians, insects, fish) while upholding established animal welfare practices
Excellent customer service skills
Superior communication skills
Experience supervising volunteers, including but not limited to, all aspects of navigating the volunteer database system, recruiting, interviewing, and managing volunteers. The volunteer program will be a primary responsibility for this position.
Team player; promotes a positive work environment
CPR/First Aid certification (or ability to obtain one during first 6 months of hire)
Ability to pass FBI and MD Background checks as well as a CPS (Child Protective Services) check
Valid driver's license
Bilingual-Spanish as second language preferred
Bachelor's degree in Natural, Life, or Physical science or related field; and two years of park naturalist experience; or
An equivalent combination of education and experience.