The Outdoor Experiences Specialist (Naturalist) supports the efforts of Outdoor Experiences staff and mission by leading programs, making some independent decisions, performing office work, directing volunteers, and other related functions. The Specialist may be focused on outdoor education, outdoor recreation, historical interpretation, or facility/program support.
Provides outdoor recreation and/or educational programs that serve to enhance Cleveland Metroparks conservation, education and outdoor recreation mission and to promote environmental education and stewardship.
Plans and presents quality outdoor recreation and environmental education programs within the park district and at off-site locations.
Establishes program goals and objectives in cooperation with Manager.
Participates in special events or projects as assigned.
Assists in evaluating programs, offers recommendations for improvement and actively participates in revision of programs.
Demonstrated organizational skills including verbal communication, problem solving, and conflict management.
Drives Park District vehicles to transport equipment as required.
Assists in maintaining and prepping equipment and program materials.
Evaluation of this position may also be based on occasional performance of the following other functions:
Keeps direct supervisor promptly informed of key/significant issues or concerns.
Carries out duties and responsibilities in a safe and efficient manner to maintain a safe work environment and surrounding area for oneself, co-workers and public. Responds to hazardous situations and/or potentially unsafe conditions by taking corrective action as capable and promptly notifying supervisory personnel.
Inspects and performs light maintenance.
Performs related duties as assigned or apparent.
$10.00 - $13.00 per hour
Bachelor's degree with specialization in environmental education, outdoor recreation, natural resources, history, or related discipline from an accredited college or university. Demonstrated experience in planning and implementing educational programs required; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.
Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license under the laws of the State of Ohio. Must obtain and maintain a current first aid/CPR certification.
Willing and able to engage diverse audiences in outdoor education or recreation.
Extensive knowledge of the natural history of the local region.
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders, including employees and the general public.
Ability to speak and write clearly, concisely and persuasively using correct grammar, spelling and punctuation with ability to communicate one-on-one or in group settings.
Ability to perform work with a high degree of accuracy and organization.
Ability to work cooperatively with others.
Ability to perform with considerable independence and initiative.
Candidates are subject to a background check/fingerprinting
Work Schedule: Must be able to work weekends, holidays and evenings, as needed. This position will average 20 hours per week. It will include a Sunday shift. Up to 1200 hours per year.
Filing Deadline: Position open until filled