The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is seeking a dynamic and engaging Natural Resource Specialist to oversee Long Branch Nature Center, its staff and volunteers. This employee will also plan, schedule, and run programs and events throughout the County for diverse audiences to promote environmental conservation and stewardship.
Specific duties include:
• Designing, presenting, and evaluating interpretive programs covering a wide range of natural and cultural history and environmental topics for a diverse group of audiences;
• Developing strategies, steps, and measurable goals for community outreach programs and special events for underserved communities;
• Seeking out partnerships and alliances with other groups and organizations to further educational mission of the Conservation and Interpretation unit to educate, conserve and steward the environment;
• Publicizing local natural and cultural history information and programming for Arlington through various media platforms;
• Coordinating and overseeing work and schedules of volunteers and staff;
• Developing and enhancing the capabilities of staff and volunteers under supervision through training and technical assistance;
• Performing administrative tasks, such as attending meetings and training, preparing reports, maintaining records, and assisting supervisor with budget development and management;
• Providing for the safety and security of facilities through site maintenance or oversite;
• Assisting with maintaining buildings, trails, animal collection, and gardens for educational and safety purposes; and
• Taking on roles and responsibilities of the Conservation and Interpretation Manager when manager is out of the office.
• Bachelor's degree in Environmental Education, Wildlife Sciences, Biology, Interpretation, or related field;
• Two (2) years of experience in park administration, natural resource management, environmental education, wildlife management, museum management, or closely related work.
Desirables: preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:
• Community outreach to promote environmental awareness, appreciation, and stewardship;
• Design and presentation of nature programs for diverse audiences;
• Managing a nature center, environmental education center, or park visitor center; and
• Ability to communicate (verbal and written) in a different language in addition to English.