Nature Educator


The Oakbrook Terrace Park District is seeking a Nature Educator for its Nature Center programs. Please see below regarding hours, pay rate, job responsibilities, and qualifications. 

CATEGORY: Part-time

SALARY RANGE: $14 per hour

SUMMARY: The Nature Educator is responsible for instructing nature programming based on already developed curriculum. The Nature Educator is a part-time employee whose hours may vary based on when programs take place but will not exceed 12 hours in a week. Regularity of days of the week in which shifts take place can be arranged. Work pace is moderate to active depending on the task required. The position of Nature Educator requires the ability to work in active pace. 

QUALIFICATIONS: The Nature Educator should have at least 1 year of experience facilitating nature-based programs at a learning center, museum or like institution. A comfort level handling live animals like reptiles and invertebrates is a must. The Nature Educator must possess a working knowledge of Microsoft computer programs to execute their position’s requirements. 

COVID-19 Policy: Given the significant risks that COVID-19 presents, and to help maintain the health of all individuals on agency property or participating in agency programs, the Park District requires all employees to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Alternatively, employees that decline vaccination for medical, religious, or personal reasons must complete weekly COVID-19 testing.

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

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:                                                                                                        
1. Facilitate programs for early childhood and school-age participants.
2. Lead and facilitate field trips and other groups in-house when scheduled.
3. Prepare space for programs and groups and reset space back to original state following programs and groups.
4. Care for and handle live animals including but not limited to feeding and habitat cleaning. Animals include insects, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
5. Maintain general cleanliness of facility.
6. Knowledge and execution of Park District policies and procedures.
7. Perform other duties as assigned.

1. Knowledge of a variety of nature-based topics.
2. Confidence in speaking to large and small groups of varied ages and abilities. 
3. Ability to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for young children, while maintaining classroom control.
4. Knowledge of and ability to care for a variety of live animals.
5. Excellent communication and customer service skills.
6. Ability to work independently.
7. Work well with all departments and personalities.

1. Have a basic knowledge of all programs, special events, and memberships; or know how and where to obtain the information. 
2. Ability to use basic office devices such as copy machine, laminator, label maker, etc.
3. Assist all employees of the Park District as needed. 

PSYCHOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS: The Nature Educator may feel added pressure when facilitating programs to varied groups of patrons including, but not limited to large school groups, pre-verbal children, and those with special needs. The Nature Educator must be patient and a good problem solver, responding creatively and productively to issues and challenges. The Nature Educator is expected to treat all animals in our living collection with care and respect. 

PHYSIOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS: The Nature Educator must be able to bend, stoop, lift items weighing up to 30 pounds, turn, sit, stand for short or extended periods of time, and walk distances of up to one mile. The Nature Educator must be able to perform duties outside in inclement weather and extreme temperatures. The Nature Educator may be working with flammable materials for building campfires.

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

COGNITIVE CONSIDERATIONS: The Nature Educator must possess good communication skills and be willing to respond to emails and other messages from Park District staff in a timely manner. The Nature Educator must exhibit good judgment in keeping with the mission of the Park District. 

The Nature Educator must comply with the loss prevention and safety policies of the Park District.