Job Opportunity: Interpretive Naturalist – Turtle River State Park/ND Parks & Recreation Department (Deadline: 04/01/15)

North Dakota Park and Recreation LogoJob Title: Interpretive Naturalist – Turtle River State Park, North Dakota
Company: ND Parks & Recreation Department
Location: Arvilla, ND
Website: http://www.parkrec,
Salary: $3,380 to $3,933/month
Application Deadline: April 1, 2015
Apply to: Click Here to Apply
Job Type: Paid Job

Summary of Work
This position is the main contact for the Turtle River Outdoor Learning Center (TROLC) and lead Interpreter for Turtle River State Park (TRSP).

  • Develop, and present outstanding interpretive and environmental education programs, workshops and presentations for a variety of age groups – on and off site.
  • Develop and maintain in-house interpretive and educational audio- visual and other display materials and publications
  • Promote, evaluate, and make adjustments toward the overall effectiveness and success of the TROLC
  • Plan, schedule, and coordinate year-round park special events and interpretive programming.
  • Supervise and direct seasonal interpretive staff, interns, and/or volunteers in the development, scheduling, and delivery of Amphitheater programs, Dakota Explorer programs, and special events and activities.
  • Assist Department in development and supervision of state-wide interpretive and educational efforts
  • Manage & coordinate Turtle River State Park’s general media, Social media, and other advertising & marketing efforts

This position will require frequent weekend and holiday work; outside work under varying weather conditions and terrain; and some travel.

The Ideal Candidate will:

  • Be knowledgeable and able to articulate, with professionalism and enthusiasm, a variety of interpretive topics – biological concepts, environmental education concepts, ND flora/fauna, cultural & historical topics, leave no trace, geocaching, basic survival skills, camping, hiking, cross-country skiing, and other related topics and activities
  • Be enthusiastic, self-motivated, and an effective team member
  • Be willing and able to develop and deliver fun, creative, entertaining, and educational programs and events
  • Be knowledgeable in Microsoft Office products and able to efficiently create and edit a variety of professional promotional flyers, brochures, and other interpretive and educational materials.
  • Be knowledgeable, efficient, innovative, and enthusiastic with regards to the Park’s marketing & advertising opportunities

Minimum Qualifications
Requires a bachelor’s degree in a natural, historical, or cultural resource field; environmental education; or another closely related field. One (1) year of work experience related to the development and delivery of interpretive and/or environmental education programming.Valid North Dakota driver’s license by date of hire.

Application Procedures

All applications for open Parks & Recreation Department positions must be made via the State of North Dakota Careers site. Paper submissions will no longer be accepted. Application information package must be submitted online by 11:59 PM on the closing date listed on the job posting.

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The Parks & Recreation Department regrets it does not provide Sponsorships.

Application materials must clearly explain how experience and education are related to the minimum qualifications.

Additional documents to be submitted:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter that includes a brief description of the applicant’s background/qualifications and how work experience directly meets requirements
  • College transcripts (if applicable, copies or unofficial versions are acceptable)

Applicants are screened based on qualifications, successful completion of the interview process and a background and criminal investigation.

Applicants who are residents of ND and eligible to claim veteran’s preference must attach Form DD214. Claims for disabled veteran’s preference must attach a current statement of disabled status from the Veteran’s Affairs Office with the application for employment.

Anyone needing assistance or accommodations during any part of the application or interview process please contact Renae Gall, Parks & Recreation Department: E-mail: phone: (701) 328-5360, fax: (701) 328-5363 or TTY: 1-800-366-6888 (TTY Relay North Dakota) .

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Essential Functions:

  • Able to work cooperatively and independently.Able to develop, deliver, and evaluate environmental education programs and curriculum.
  • Able to communicate and deliver topics to the public clearly and professionally, while maintaining a high degree of enthusiasm
  • Able to handle multiple tasks, efficiently
  • Able to operate computer and associated software applicationsAble to drive car, van, pickup, and assortment of utility vehicles (valid driver’s license is required)
  • Able to lead Interpretive hikes / activities through a variety of weather conditions and terrain

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of North Dakota and this hiring agency do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, genetics, religion, age or disability in employment or the provisions of services and complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act.

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. ? 23-12-10.


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