The Great Plains Nature Center is a cooperative venture between the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, the City of Wichita Department of Park and Recreation, and the Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center. Its mission is to “provide opportunities for the public to investigate, understand, and develop an appreciation for the wildlife and the environment, while promoting sound stewardship of natural resources”.
Lead monitoring and restoration efforts on the East Fork Chisholm Creek in Chisholm Creek Park to make it a model of sustainability for native Kansas habitats. Teach high school students and other citizens about stewardship and conservation in their local community and watersheds of the Great Plains.
This position at the Great Plains Nature Center (GPNC) in Wichita, KS is part of the “Aquatic Education, Clean Up, and Restoration at the East Fork Chisholm Creek” grant funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The hired naturalist will coordinate grant activities with the assistance of existing GPNC staff and under supervision of FGPNC naturalist, Emily Davis.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
- Guide Wichita high school students on field trips in Chisholm Creek Park to collect and analyze water way samples, survey for fish and aquatic macroinvertebrates
- Compile collected data from field trips to keep participating high schools informed of project progress
- Use social media and temporary exhibits to educate the public about the impacts of litter on urban waterways
- Engage and involve local citizens in prevention and clean-up programs through bi-annual Work Day events
- Perform environmental education programs using a variety of audio-visual equipment in connection with interpretive and educational programming
- Remove invasive species in riparian zones to restore part of an urban wildlife area
- Assist GPNC staff in other mission related programs and events as necessary
- 18 years of age or older
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license
- Physically able to lift 50 pounds
- Work in inclement weather, such as heat, cold, rain, and/or snow
- Ability to work occasional evenings and Saturdays
- Experience working with youth in the outdoors
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing
- Ability to work in and around wooded areas and streams. All safety rules and regulations must be followed while working
- Ability to traverse uneven, rough, and slippery terrain and tolerate airborne environmental nuisances associated with local wildlife preservation
- Working knowledge of first aid methods and necessary safety precautions to be used in nature work
- Knowledge and appreciation of environmental education and interpretive nature programs
- Knowledge of watershed and creek ecology
- Basic knowledge of water monitoring techniques
- Preference will be given to those who have earned or are working toward a degree in biology, ecology, environmental education, education, nature resource management, or other related fields
- General knowledge of Kansas flora and fauna
Salary and Benefits:
- $31,500/year, paid monthly.
- $150/month for Healthcare Reimbursement Account
- FGPNC will match up to 3% of a Simple IRA if employee chooses to participate.
- One week of paid vacation after six months of employment
HOW TO APPLY
Send a cover letter and resume to Emily Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application Deadline: June 20th, 2021
Employment by the Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center will be offered to qualified applicants without discrimination as required by the non-discrimination statements of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, and the City of Wichita.
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