The Naturalist I (Education Specialist) is a temporary full-time grant funded position at the Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek Reservation. The Naturalist I (Education Specialist) plans, develops and implements Outdoor Experiences programs to increase the public's environmental awareness and concern for the conservation, preservation, and management of local watersheds and their plant and animal communities through interpretation education, and stewardship activities.
Naturalist I is a temporary position that is grant funded by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and is currently funded through 12/31/2019.
Proposes, plans, develops and implements innovative watershed programs emphasizing the natural, historical and cultural aspects of Cleveland Metroparks in support of the mission of conservation, education and outdoor recreation in support of the centers mission to improve the health of urban watersheds: Coordinates programs held at assigned reservations and off-site locations, and may include but are not limited to:
special interest groups
general public programs
interpretation of onsite storm water control features and in-field restoration effortssustainability initiatives; programs in support of Outdoor Experiences and other divisions within the Park District.
Communicates watershed science through natural and cultural history, outdoor education, environmental and park-related information to the communities we serve and co-workers, peers and volunteers: Maintains up to date understanding of the Park District's rules and regulations, strategic plans, land acquisitions, and relationships of divisions; designs and co-leads programs that mutually benefit outdoor education, recreation, natural resources, and other Park District divisions; communicates information through personal contact, telephone, Internet, employee portal, park publications, social media, other written information, and the media by utilizing the individual's strengths/talents in, but not limited to:
field and/or laboratory skills
curriculum development and delivery
social media communication
coordinating workshops and activities
original artwork and photographs
Researches, designs, reviews, and maintains interpretive exhibits and displays in nature centers: Implements graphic arts and design elements for use in temporary exhibits; implements graphic arts and multimedia elements for design of effective educational exhibits and basic signage; researches and designs creative new temporary or permanent exhibits based on thematic relevance to nature center and interpretive goals.
Assists with wild animal care (reptiles, amphibians, and fish) for animals housed in naturally reflective exhibits, and the care and enhancement of nature center outdoor wildflower gardens: Researches and designs creative new temporary or permanent exhibits based on thematic relevance to nature center and interpretive goals. Maintain the appearance of temporary and permanent exhibits, including animal care; completes regular hygienic maintenance of enclosures, proper handling, and veterinary care ordering and stocking and offering food items, security and protection of wild animals featured in exhibits; oversees maintenance and beautification of entryway gardens to offer visitors a welcoming experience.
Researches, writes, develops and reviews written interpretive materials: Writes content, publishes, and monitors social media educational posts (e.g. Cleveland Metroparks Facebook page and Emerald Necklace newsletter articles;) prepares maps and location guides (publications); designs and publishes brochures, handouts, signage, and rack cards; enhances and edits photo files; prepares and packages files for outsource printing or in-house press printing.
Participates in environmental research and special projects specific to each nature center/reservation that utilize an individual's strengths/talents: Organizes observations, prepares reports, and communicates findings effectively to the Center Manager and Natural Resources division; completes special projects including ecosystem restoration, biomonitoring, stream monitoring, and monitoring of spring migration of amphibians.
Reviews program feedback and visitor input to continually improve programming: Gathers and reviews feedback via online program evaluation surveys provided to teachers, camp coordinators, camp counselors, home-school parents, and adults in attendance of public programming; researches new and creative opportunities for enhancing experiences of visitors and program attendees by monitoring journals, magazines, newsletters, organizational websites for new and exciting program ideas to weave into the curricula.
Participates in field training and related assignments: Attends in-services, conferences and workshops locally, within the state and out of state; serves as guest speaker for other organizations.
Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in watershed/coastal management, natural resources, biology (aquatic/field biology emphasis), environmental education, environmental studies, natural history/cultural interpretation, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Minimum of three years of experience in informal science education, classroom education, field exposure including wildlife contact. Watershed experience preferable.
Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license under the laws of the State of Ohio. Must be certified as an interpretive guide ("Certified Interpretive Guide - CIG" by the National Association of Interpretation, or obtain certification during employment.
Knowledge of state and local regulations as they relate to environmental management, urban design, engineering, and/or policy.
Enjoys interacting with and serving the public.
Ability to organize and effectively manage a diversity of program services
Ability to convey and instill a solid philosophy of outdoor education and recreation to employees and park visitors
Clear understanding of the relationship between people and the environment.
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.
Management skills and strong business acumen, including problem solving, vision, ability to manage multiple programs and meet deadlines, collaboration, leadership, decision making and ability to analyze diverse facts and develop clear and concise reports and recommendations.
Ability to work cooperatively with others.
Proficiency in software programs including all Microsoft Office programs.
Mature professional attitude and considerable discretion, including ability to manage confidential information.
Ability to perform with considerable independence and initiative.
Must be available to work a variable schedule, including weekdays, weekends, occasional evenings and holidays.
Must be non-smoker/tobacco user.
Filing Deadline: Open Until Filled