Naturalist (Park Explorers)
Job Details
Experienced
Hayward Area Recreation District (HARD) - Hayward, CA
Hourly
$22.05 - $29.77 Hourly
Camps

Do you enjoy working outside with children? Are you able to speak confidently in front of groups? Do you have familiarity with environmental education or interpretive techniques?

The Park Explorers Summer Camp program is seeking outdoor educators with interpretive experience to lead camps in our parks. The primary responsibility of this position is creating and leading interpretive programs highlighting nature in park settings while providing excellent customer service to parents and care-givers of our participants. 

The ideal candidate will enjoy igniting a sense of curiosity for nature. Training will be provided. This is a seasonal, summer-time position working up to 40 hours per week.

 

POSITION SUMMARY 

Under general supervision of the Recreation Coordinator II, the Naturalist is primarily responsible for curriculum, and programming development and implementation; and organization and maintenance of the instructional museum and interpretive displays/exhibits. In addition, the Naturalist is responsible for maintaining a clean, organized and safe office and program space as well as provide recommendations for supplies for programs and maintenance for equipment. The Naturalist works with a team of Naturalists, supports the Senior Naturalist and provides direction and coaching to Naturalist Aide, volunteers and docents.  

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS 

Incumbents in this class are primarily responsible for interpretive programs at one of two nature sites, community events, outreach programs, and school sites (virtual and in person) throughout the county. The Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center (HSIC) focuses on salt marsh ecology and natural history and the Sulphur Creek Nature Center (SCNC) focuses on native wildlife and natural history. This class can be distinguished from the Naturalist Aide class as this has lead duties over the Naturalist Aide and receives direction by the Senior Naturalist.   

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Plan, schedule, prepare, market and implement interpretive programs for all ages in large and small group settings 

  • Develop curriculum and materials that is fun and engaging for interpretive programs and displays 

  • Organize and maintain a safe and clean program space and resident animal display 

  • Organize interpretive materials and supplies 

  • Report any repairs or maintenance needed on any equipment/tools used for programming 

  • Enforcing safety guidelines, District policies and procedures 

  • Recruit, train and oversee volunteers and Naturalist Aides 

  • Create training material and procedures 

  • Assist with marketing and outreach of programs 

  • Assists in the design and production of various interpretive media 

  • Acts as HARD and SCNC representative at public events 

  • Assists in planning and implementing resource management activities 

  • Assists in the operation and coordination of the HSIC and major recreation activities 

  • Performs minor custodial duties related to the maintenance of SCNC facilities and exhibits 

  • Assist in the implementation of on-going programs funded through grants and associated reporting requirements 

  • Performs other duties as assigned 

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT 

Employees predominantly work outdoors and/or classroom/indoor environment with loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road/surface hazards, vibration, chemicals, cleaning agents, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances, odors, and fumes. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing safety and departmental policies and procedures. Incumbents may be assigned an irregular working schedule including weekends, early mornings, evenings and holidays and may have to travel between various locations.  

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS 

Must possess strength, stamina, and mobility to perform medium to heavy physical work, to work around machines, to operate varied hand and power tools and equipment; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, over the telephone or radio. The job involves fieldwork requiring frequent walking in operational areas to perform work. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard, to operate tools and equipment, or handle animals.  Positions in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, reach, and climb to perform work.  Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 50 pounds and heavier weights with the use of proper equipment. 

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS 

Ability and Skill to: 

  • Develop engaging and instructional curriculum, materials and projects 

  • Self-Motivated, can work independently with minimum supervision or with a team 

  • Organized and detail oriented 

  • Proactively plan for maintenance of equipment and programming needs 

  • Work with and serve a diverse community 

  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions 

  • Maintain professional and effective working relationships with others 

  • Strong communication skills 

  • Bi-lingual is desirable 

Knowledge of: 

  • Design and techniques in environmental education and teaching methods to different abilities and modalities 

  • Various methods in youth development, behavior management and emotional, and physical safety 

  • Small office equipment such as computers, copy machines, projectors, and online streaming 

  • Basic budgeting, cash handling, register, inventory procedures and accounting 

Education/Experience/Training: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental education, biology, recreation, interpretation or similar field of study 

  • Proven experience in MS Office programs: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook 

  • Experience in Active Net, live streaming, social media venues, Photoshop and InDesign desired. Experience in environmental education/interpretive programs including curriculum development. Experience in camp programs preferred 

  • Experience in coordinating special events and activities 

 

Special Requirements: 

  • Strong interest and desire to work with local and/or Bay-estuary wildlife 

  • Pre-exposure vaccinations for rabies preferred (Sulphur Creek only) 

  • Must be 18+ years old 

  • Must be able to work weekends and evenings 

  • Verification of ID and ability work in the USA 

  • Ability to obtain First Aid and CPR certification required 

  • Provide proof of negative TB Skin Test 

  • Possession of a valid CA Driver’s License 

  • Any offer of employment to an adult employee who will have direct contact with minors is conditional upon a satisfactory fingerprint clearance and background check (DOJ) 

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