Nature Center Interpreter

Organization:

El Paso County Parks

Location:

Colorado Springs, CO

Deadline:

Under direct supervision of the Nature Center Supervisor, the Nature Center Interpreter assists in providing interpretive services within a nature center and regional park to promote public understanding, enjoyment, and appreciation of natural areas, interpretive programs, and parks. Essential Job Functions ***This position works 25 hours per week on a variable schedule******Salary to be commensurate with qualifications*** Provides public information services, including orientation to the public regarding regional parks and trails; greets visitors and receives incoming calls; provides natural and cultural history information and roving interpretive services. Leads and assists with staff or volunteer-led interpretive programs and presentations. Assists with various special projects/events on the behalf of the Recreation & Cultural Services Division. Assists in the maintenance of displays and exhibits and other nature center facilities, equipment, and materials; researches, designs, develops, and assembles interpretive exhibits, programs, media, and materials. Researches, develops, and leads programs for a wide variety of audiences from toddlers to adults. Leads Environmental Education programs for elementary and middle school students. Assists with the organization and presentation of nature day-camps Performs other duties as required. Qualifications High school diploma or equivalent education required. Bachelor's degree in parks, recreation, environmental studies, or related field preferred. Minimum one (1) year experience working with interpretive/environmental education program preferred. Strong understanding of the professional commitment to the position and the nature centers and a team approach. Knowledge of regional natural and cultural history, interpretive principles, media and techniques. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, and the public. Ability to stimulate interest and lead people in various interpretive activities in the nature center and outside on the trails. Ability to assume assignments and complete them with adequate results. Ability to use various computer programs, including word processing, databases, and desktop publishing software; Microsoft Office proficiency preferred. Maintain regular and punctual attendance. Must pass conditional post offer background investigation, motor vehicle record check, and drug screen. Licenses/Certificates Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado Driver's License. Work Conditions Work is performed in an office environment, work room, and outside in the field year-round in inclement weather conditions; some travel may be required. Field work may involve transverse/negotiating undeveloped, rugged terrain. Required to work Saturdays; may be required to work occasional evenings. This is a part-time position regularly working up to 25 hours per week.