Job Opportunity: Seasonal Interpreter – Lake Metigoshe State Park/North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department

North Dakota Park and Recreation LogoSeasonal Interpreter-Lake Metigoshe State Park
ND Parks & Recreation Department
Bottineau, North Dakota

Starting Salary: $12.00-$14.00/hour

Employment would begin April 18, 2016 and end September 5, 2016

Housing will be provided

Summary of Work
Interpreters are responsible to the Lake Metigoshe State Park (LMSP) Interpreter (Lead-Seasonal) in the absence of the full-time Interpretive Coordinator. The interpreter’s main duties involve delivering hands-on programming for school, youth, scouts and/or other groups visiting the park, whether they are visiting the park’s Outdoor Learning Center (OLC) or attending the weekend interpretive programs which are free and open to the public. Those visiting the OLC for programming are required to pay minimal fees and have prior arrangements pertaining to date, time and program topic(s). The OLC is open year round, but is busiest from May to July. Interpretive programs are scheduled from mid-May through Labor Day weekend. All entering the ND state parks are required to pay entrance fees.

All programs, both weekend interpretive programs and OLC programs, are hands-on and cover natural, cultural/historical and recreation topics and activities that promote awareness, appreciation, and preservation of the area’s resources. There is a wide variety of canned programs as well as equipment (pelts, compasses, gps units, canoes/kayaks, replica scats/tracks, field guides, test kits, etc.) onsite to utilize for programming.

Once staff arrives for the season, weekends are given a theme and staff work together to fill in the programming calendar. The OLC calendar will be mostly filled upon arrival date.

Job Duration:
Positions are generally 40 hours per week.

Minimum Qualifications
Requires a high school diploma or GED.Ability to clearly communicate instructions, directions and information to the general public, especially children.Good skills working with the public and interacting with people of all ages, interests, viewpoints and background skills.Ability to withstand exposure to varying weather conditions/temperatures for extended periods and work effectively during daylight and evening hours.Ability to operate audiovisual equipment.Ability to conduct nature programs/activities in variety of terrain and settings.Possess and maintain a valid State of North Dakota driver’s license with the ability to operate vehicles.Preference will be given to applicants who have training or experience in a communication, education and/or interpretive field.Requires satisfactory completion of the interview process and a verifiable record of satisfactory performance in previous employment.

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:
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)
3 professional references

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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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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