Three Rivers Park District

Interpretive Naturalist - Coon Rapids Da...

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
$46,720.00 - $70,480.00 Annually
Feb 16, 2017
Feb 22, 2017
Employment Status
Part Time
Job Type
Part-Time Non-Benefited

In a lead capacity, develops, conducts, and enhances interpretive programming to educate the public and facilitate an appreciation, enjoyment, and utilization of the environment and facilities of Three Rivers Park District. This is a Part-Time Non-Benefited position (24 hours per week).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Conducts interpretive programs to educate and stimulate the awareness, enjoyment, and appropriate utilization of the outdoors to a wide variety of park visitors diverse in age, ability, race / ethnicity, and socio-economic status.

Applies creativity and innovation in the development of a wide variety of school and public interpretive programs which meet the needs and interests of a variety of park visitors and also attract new park visitors.

• Takes the initiative in providing on-site and District-wide coordination of program development, program direction, and implementation of programs, site events, and special events.

• Takes an entrepreneurial perspective, collaborating with business and education communities and other organizations / agencies to plan, market, and advertise programs and events.

• Develops, organizes, and presents outreach programs. Applies creativity and innovation in the development of a wide variety of outreach methods which meet the needs and interests of the Park District and outreach audience and promotes the recruitment of new park users.

• Develops and implements evaluative tools that measure the effectiveness and appropriateness of school and public interpretive programs and makes adjustments as necessary to improve program quality.

Provides training, mentorship, and work direction on a daily basis to seasonal staff, interns, and volunteers, as apparent or assigned, to improve the overall effectiveness and impact of interpretive programs.

• Assists in volunteer orientations.
• Assists in seasonal employee training.

Provides input to the Outdoor Education Supervisor in overall outdoor education initiatives and operations.

• Recommends operational procedures that will improve the effectiveness of interpretive programs and events.

• Provides site-specific input to the budgetary process and implements as directed.

• In the absence of the supervisor, maintains operations and represents the supervisor when necessary.

Develops and maintains presentations in a variety of media including displays, program support materials, audio visual materials, and other forms of non-personal interpretation to increase the effectiveness and impact of interpretive programs.

Develops and maintains effective and collaborative working relationships with Park District staff, businesses, schools, and other agencies.

Maintains an active knowledge of the latest concepts and practices in interpretation.  Also keeps abreast of current developments in cultural history, natural sciences, education, and outdoor recreation fields as applicable to interpretive services.  Demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge of the aspects of the Park District's natural and cultural resources and makes an effort to increase their personal fund of knowledge for such use.

Demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge of the Park District's policies and procedures, understanding the operations and goals of other departments and of District-wide initiatives, and providing fact-based information to the public and Park District staff about these initiatives.

• Provides input to various District-wide initiatives.

• Provides information in a positive manner to the public and other Park District staff.

May perform specific assignments such as staff scheduling, volunteer coordination, library coordination, display / exhibit coordination and construction, information coordination (non-personal items such as brochures, etc.), animal care, newsletter writing and coordination, coordinating the internship program, educational events, or related, as apparent or assigned.

Performs other related duties as apparent or assigned.


QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS.  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE: Bachelor's degree in education, natural sciences, outdoor recreation, related or equivalent fields, AND two years of experience equivalent to full time as an Interpretive Naturalist. Any combination of post-baccalaureate education and experience equivalent to two full years experience may be acceptable.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:  Ability to read and interpret documents and studies, such as scientific research and publications.  Ability to write and prepare educational curriculum, exhibit text, reports, and correspondence.  Ability to effectively and accurately present both scientific and interpretive programs on a wide range of topics to school groups and the general public, reflective of the Park District mission.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from the Board of Commissioners, Superintendent, department heads, managers and supervisors, employees, and media agencies. Fluency in Hmong, Somali or Spanish preferred, but not required.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:  Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent. Ability to collect data and evaluate.  Ability to create, organize, maintain, and assimilate accurate records.

REASONING ABILITY:  Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.  Ability to organize work and the ability to direct the work of others.  Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical, written, or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.  Ability to follow instructions and keep detailed records of activities.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Must be interested in the environment and able to effectively view the environment through the perspective of a wide variety of individuals.  Must be a creative and innovative thinker.  Working knowledge of personal computers including word processors, spread sheets, desktop publishing, and databases.  Must be able to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other Park District personnel, school groups, and the general public.  As required, must be able to travel to Park District facilities, properties, and meeting locations to conduct on-site work in a timely manner.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and to manipulate and control office equipment and outdoor education material.  The employee will occasionally be required to traverse rough and uneven terrain as well as paved and unpaved trails.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl.  The employee needs the ability to perform physical requirements of various outdoor education activities such as walking and hiking.  The employee is regularly required to talk and hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of the job the employee is frequently required to work in outdoor weather conditions being exposed to hot and cold temperatures, precipitation, direct sunlight, dust, and pollen.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Selection Procedure
A fully completed Three Rivers Park District Online Application including supplemental application questions must be received by Human Resources by the closing date and time. Any materials received after the closing date and time will not be considered.
Applications will first be evaluated in a Training and Experience Assessment worth 100 points. Veterans Preference will be applied in accordance with Minnesota law. A score of 80 or better is necessary to be certified to an eligibility list from which appointments may be made. A top group of eligible candidates will be invited to an interview.

Final appointment is contingent upon the applicant passing a background investigation including a criminal history search. Costs of the background will be paid for by Three Rivers Park District.