Nature Center Educator-Paid Intern

Organization:

City of Arvada/Majestic View Nature Center

Location:

Arvada, CO

Deadline:

Contact:

Anna Hoover

Position Purpose

Majestic View Nature Center and Community Park is a place to experience and understand the area's natural features by interacting directly with nature.  The 3,000 square foot Nature Center features hands-on nature displays, wildlife exhibits, a kid's area, classrooms, and meeting space. The park encompasses over 80 acres, including a lake and wetland areas, a beautiful demonstration garden, interpretive trails, prairie grasses and many wildlife species.

The Nature Center Educator Intern's main responsibility will be to teach school groups that book programs in April and May.  Typically, there are three elementary school field trips per week during the spring. Before the school season begins, there will be ample time to learn the curriculum and be able to assist with other responsibilities around the park and in the Nature Center.

Dates: Flexible; estimated March to June (MUST be available through the end of May). 

Hours: Variable 5-20 hours a week, up to 300 hours total

 

Job Functions / Scope of Authority

Responsibilities of the Intern:

  • Teach Majestic View Nature Center school programs on weekday mornings, occasional evening events, and other special projects.

  • Visitor engagement and become an ambassador for the Center during public hours.

  • Monitor safety, security and cleanliness of the Center and its surrounding grounds.

  • Provide a welcoming and memorable experience for Center visitors.

  • Work closely with the Nature Center staff and volunteers in creating new programs, exhibits, activities and participate in staff meetings.

  • Ability to perform some manual duties associated with programs and building use; arranging table, chairs and equipment, leading outdoor activities, cleaning after programs, aquarium care, or other duties as they arise.

  • Work flexible hours as assigned, teaching shifts are determined by when schools book their field trips at least 2-3 weeks in advance. 

  • Help plan, prepare, and facilitate Arvada's Trails Day event, annually the first Saturday in June.

     

    Perks*:

  • Opportunity to practice hands-on experience in the field of environmental education.

  • Develop knowledge of environmental education and interpretive sciences.

  • Facilitate refinement of interpersonal skills and development of work attitudes.

  • Receive valuable feedback of on-the-job performance towards improved effectiveness.

  • Help inspire environmental stewardship for kids and adults.

  • Friendly staff, volunteers, and chance to work with local students and teachers.

  • Gain experience with daily tasks of a nature center educator.

  • Work both inside and outside in a beautiful park overlooking the front range.

  • Receive class/course credit, flexible to accommodate different requirements.

 

Working Environment / Qualifications

Qualifications:

  • Interest to learn about nature and environmental topics.

  • Must enjoy interacting with kids and adults; previous experience working with kids is preferred.

  • Willing to teach children ages 3 to 10 years old.

  • Enthusiastic, high energy, positive attitude.

  • Self-starter, willing to learn new tasks.

  • Work well with staff, volunteers, and the public.    

  • Must pass a background check. 

 

City's Vision Mission Values

Vision Mission Values

The City's Core values are in every employee's individual Performance Plan which helps us to reinforce our expectations for living and working by our Core Values. 

Every City employee is expected to perform his/her job to the highest professional standards.  This includes upholding the City's values with integrity and accountability, acting in a manner that is respectful and inclusive towards others, and adhering to the City's policy on employee conduct as detailed in the personnel rules sec. 70-143. 

Vision: We Dream Big and Deliver

Mission:  We are dedicated to delivering superior services to enhance the lives of everyone in our community.

Values: 
Innovation: We excel in creativity, flexibility and the use of best practices while valuing diverse backgrounds, ideas and perspectives. 
Passion: We are a high performing, inclusive team inspiring each other to pursue excellence.
Opportunity: We value our diversity, embrace possibilities, face challenges, persevere and take action to deliver quality results.