Interpretive Naturalist at Plum Creek Nature Center
INTERPRETIVE NATURALIST – PART TIME
The Forest Preserve District of Will County is accepting resumes for one part-time Interpretive Naturalist at Plum Creek Nature Center in Beecher, Illinois. This position is primarily responsible for presenting programs and delivering interpretive services at Plum Creek Nature Center.
See the attached Position Opening outlining the position duties, education, training, experience, physical/mental requirements, and necessary special requirements. Resumes will be accepted until Friday, June 3, 2022.
Application Procedure: Send a cover letter and resume to:
Donna Suca, Director of Human Resources
Forest Preserve District of Will County
17540 W. Laraway Road
Joliet, Illinois 60433
The Forest Preserve District of Will County does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, or disability. In offering employment opportunities to the public, the Forest Preserve District will make reasonable modifications to ensure that all people have an equal opportunity. To request this document in large print, audio, or Braille, contact the Superintendent of Public Affairs, Sugar Creek Administration Center, 17540 W. Laraway Road, Joliet, IL 60433; firstname.lastname@example.org; 815.722.9383 (voice); 800.526.0844 (TDD). Requests should be made at least 48 hours in advance. While the Forest Preserve District of Will County will make every effort to meet requests in a timely fashion, some requests may take longer than others to fulfill. Persons believing that they have been discriminated against by the Forest Preserve District of Will County may file a complaint alleging discrimination with the Forest Preserve District or the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of the Interior, www.doi.gov
FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT OF WILL COUNTY
Under direction of the Facility Supervisor, perform programming and visitor services via interpretation of both natural and cultural history of the area at Forest Preserve visitor facilities. Develop, organize, and implement interpretive and recreational programs, activities, exhibits, and events at their respective facility.
Develop and present education programming for schools and youth groups, K-12.
Develop and present public recreational, historical, and natural history programs.
Develop first-person historical characters appropriate for natural and cultural history-based programs, especially character portrayal for the Great Lakes Fur Trade era – at Isle a la Cache Museum only.
Under direction of Facility Supervisor, plan, budget, and develop Facility-Based Events or other District-wide events.
Create, plan and develop facility exhibits including concept, basic design, text writing, images, and fabrication and ability to work with professional designers/fabricators.
Participate in community outreach events.
Staff visitor facility on weekends, weekdays, and evenings as required and provide on the floor interpretation and programming.
Responsible for facilities, equipment, inventory, cash operations, and visitor safety.
Perform basic informational services for visitors.
Issue permits and other transaction services provided at the facilities for visitors/customers.
Serve on work groups to develop departmental or District-wide projects.
Ability to work independently with minimal direction
Excellent organizational skills and communication skills both orally and written
Excellent initiative and ability to strategically plan and create proposals
Excellent understanding of educational philosophies, the EE community and the field of interpretation
Experience creating budgets and managing project contracts
Ability to work days, evenings, and weekends as required to perform job duties
Proficient with computers for generating documents and emails, operating reservation system (ActiveNet)
Ability to operate office equipment: Point of Sale, printer, phone
Excellent customer service skills
Effective communication skills, both orally and in written form
Ability to maintain sensitive personal information in a professional secure manner
Ability to maintain accurate records and data reports
Proficient in math
Minimum requirements include:
Bachelor’s Degree or higher in outdoor education, education, interpretation, or biological sciences or related field.
Two years experience at an interpretive visitor facility, living history museum, or historic site.
Two years experience developing first-person historical programs (Isle a la Cache Museum only).
Working knowledge of education and interpretive teaching methods.
Highly motivated, positive, and energetic.
Ability to work well in a team setting, and demonstrate follow-through, good judgement, and decision making, especially while serving the public.
Ability to communicate in a friendly, respectful, and professional manner with the public both orally and written.
Comfortable handling live animals on occasion such as turtles and snakes.
Experience with operating and maintaining a POS system/cash register.
Must possess and maintain a current and valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Requires work out – of- doors in the preserves on and off trail. Weekend, weekday, and weeknight hours not to exceed 940 hours annually. Must be able to hike, bike, and canoe/kayak for extended periods of time.
Manual Dexterity: Work requires ability to lift on occasion up to 50 lbs.
Physical Effort: Work requires ability to move between sitting, standing, and walking for 6-8 hours
Working Conditions: Occasional exposure to moderately disagreeable weather in the preserves on and off trail.
Pay Range: Grade 9
Minimum Salary: $21.15/hour
Job Type : Part-time
Education Level : Bachelors Degree
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