PURPOSE OF JOB: Integral to enhancing the guest experience at the Nature Center, the Nature Center Programs Coordinator oversees the public programs and spaces at the Nature Center. The Nature Center Programs Coordinator ensures the showcasing and usage of natural, educational, and human resources of the Nature Center to provide high-quality educational programs, experiences, and exhibits for visitors, meeting the Conservancy’s mission.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Ensures daily operations of the Nature Center visitor programs, including all exhibits and onsite education programs for Nature Center guests.
• Oversees the development and implementation of all nature center programs including daily onsite programs, pre-k programs, and special programmatic events.
• Incorporates organization strategic priorities into Nature Center programs and overall guest experience.
• Collaborates to oversee the Education Internship program including recruitment, hiring, supervising, training, and evaluating.
• Assists in development and management of budgets for the Nature Center programs.
• Oversees the nature center team interns and volunteers, including Nature Center and Nature Trail volunteers, and works with volunteer coordinators to train and supervise these volunteer groups on content and delivery of education programs.
• Supports strategic interpretive planning for Nature Center exhibits and visitor spaces.
• Collaborates with Guest Services department on Nature Center operations and special programmatic events.
• Collaborates with Volunteer Coordinator on the management of Nature Center volunteers.
• Collaborates with Marketing department on Nature Center promotional materials, interpretive signage, and exhibit creation.
• Coordinates with Naturalists on Nature Center program creation, delivery, and evaluation.
• Supports service learning students participating in Nature Center activities
• Develops and/or enhances indoor and outdoor education and interpretive exhibits
• Assists with grant proposal development, grant project management, and grant reports
• Monitors visitor flow patterns and feedback and adjusts/improves visitor experience and interpretation as needed
• Delivers excellent customer service, internally and externally.
• Assists with ambassador animal husbandry and aquarium exhibit maintenance including trouble shooting and emergency procedures, as needed.
• Participates in organizational special events outside of the department.
• Participates in professional associations. certifications related to environmental education, museums, nature centers, interpretation or live collections.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Strong commitment to environmental education and the conservation of Florida’s natural environment.
• Bachelors’ degree in ecology, science, education, or related field.
• Minimum three years of related experience, with science/ecology background and experience; teaching experience and public engagement experience preferred.
• Ability to conceptualize, design, and implement programs, projects, and activities related to the mission of the organization.
• Experience in developing and delivering informal science education curriculum/ programs.
• Experience supervising and training volunteers and interns.
• Knowledge or willingness to learn about local ecosystems and natural history of Southwest Florida.
• Experience and ability to responsibly handle live animal ambassadors for educational programs.
• Knowledge and experience in the care/husbandry of aquaria/vivaria, aquatic/marine and terestrial life; fish, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, and birds, etc. preferred
• Ability to work effectively as a team member.
• Ability to independently multi-task to complete departmental projects.
• Experience working with external contractors on exhibit design and production desirable.
• Strong organization, communication, time management, and leadership skills.
• Proficient with all Microsoft Office programs
The above statements describe the general qualifications required to perform the job and the general nature and level of work performed - not a complete list of duties - additional responsibilities may be assigned by management.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
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.
• Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
• Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
• Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Willingness to work outside and conduct programs in the evenings, weekends, and holidays in sometimes hot, humid andbuggy conditions.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
• Current Certification in CPR, First Aid, and Life Saving, or ability to obtain.
• Valid driver’s license and good driving record.