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Environmental Educator

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TITLE: Environmental Educator
CATEGORY: Part-time

SUMMARY:
The Environmental Educator is responsible for instructing nature programming and leading groups. The Environmental Educator is a part-time employee whose hours vary and are based on when programs and groups take place, but will not exceed 20 hours in a given week. Work pace is moderate to active depending on the task required. The position of Environmental Educator requires the ability to work in active pace (30 lbs or more).

QUALIFICATIONS:
The Environmental Educator should have a Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation, science, education or a related field; or at least 1 year of experience in a nature education and/or Parks and Recreation related position. The Environmental Educator must have experience in educating nature-based programs as well as working with Microsoft computer programs. Experience with Vermont Systems, Inc. (VSI) RecTrac preferred.

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:
The Environmental Educator is under the supervision of the Nature Program Coordinator.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:                                                                                                        

  • Instruct and facilitate programs for preschool age through adult participants.
  • Lead and facilitate groups both in-house and outreach.
  • Create lesson plans for programs including supply list.
  • Prepare space for programs and groups and reset space back to original state following programs and groups.
  • Care for and handle live animals including but not limited to feeding and habitat cleaning. Animals include insects, reptiles and amphibians.
  • Maintain cleanliness of facility.
  • Purchase supplies for program and special event operations when necessary.
  • Learn and work within registration software system including, but not limited to processing program registrations and rentals and entering programs and households.
  • Knowledge of Park District policies and procedures.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


DESIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND TRAITS:

  • Knowledge of a variety of nature-based topics.
  • Ability to lead and instruct programs and groups.
  • Knowledge of and ability to care for a variety of live animals.
  • Flexibility regarding scheduling hours of work.
  • Excellent customer service skills, (internal and external customers).
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to successfully use the secondary electronic devices: copy machine, laminator and label maker.
  • Work well with all departments and personalities.


MARGINAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Have a basic knowledge of all programs, special events, and memberships; or know how and where to obtain the information.
  • Assist all employees of the Park District as needed.


PSYCHOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS:
The Environmental Educator may feel added pressure from the volume of calls, walk in requests, questions about programs, time management. The Environmental Educator must remain calm and continually share Park District information with patrons. The Environmental Educator must be a good problem solver, and continually develop creative responses to problems.

PHYSIOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS:
The Environmental Educator must be able to bend, stoop, lift items weighing up to 30 pounds, turn, sit, and stand for short or extended periods of time. The Environmental Educator may be working with flammable materials for building campfires.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS:
The Environmental Educator may be exposed to elements when performing outdoor functions. Most activities are performed indoors or outdoors; these conditions may include lighting and extreme temperatures.  

COGNITIVE CONSIDERATIONS:
The Environmental Educator must exhibit good problem solving ability and good judgment in keeping with the mission of the Park District.
The Environmental Educator must be in compliance with the loss prevention and safety policies of the Park District.

Contact: Kate Johns, Nature Program Coordinator, kate@obtpd.org