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Summer Naturalist Intern

Jones County Employment Application
  • Temporary
  • Posted: January 1, 2024
  • Closes: February 21, 2024

Job Summary

General Job Description: Assist the Jones County Naturalist in conducting environmental education programming and staffing at the Central Park Nature Center. Gain valuable practical experience in program development and implementation, leadership, and habitat management. The naturalist intern may assume assigned tasks of increasing responsibility.

HOURS OF POSITION: 20 hours per week (Non-standard work week- Hours vary. - Some weekends & evenings.)

LOCATION: Central Park Nature Center - Central Park-12515 Central Park Road, Center Junction, IA. 52212

START & END DATE: Beginning as early as May 6th - Ending as late as August 30th (Beginning and ending dates are flexible within the above timeframe.)

SALARY: $15.44 per hour
 

Job Duties

Essential Job Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assist with and/or develop, organize, and present environmental education programs, field trip outings, and volunteer events for the public, civic and conservation gro ups, youth groups, daycares, and schools.
  • Assist with Nature Center exhibit/display creation and maintenance.
  • Assist with the maintenance and care of the Nature Center's live educational animals .
  • Open and staff the Central Park Nature Center on rotating weekends during the summer months.
  • Assist with habitat management practices such as interpretive pollinator garden care, prairie shrub/small tree removal, seed harvest, invasive species removal/control, and trail maintenance.
  • Create press releases, social media posts, and flyers for upcoming educational programs and events.
  • Attends mandatory safety training and staff meetings.
  • Perform other related tasks and duties, as directed by the Naturalist or Executive Director.

Job Qualifications

General Knowledge, Skills, and Ability Requirements:

  • Must be 18 or older to apply.
  • Have a beginning knowledge of environmental themes and issues, outdoor skills, recreation programs, basic ecology, field identification, and natural history.
  • Work outside in a variety of weather and terrain conditions, stand for prolonged periods of time, and lift 40 pounds.
  • Must be professional, courteous, respectful, dependable, and trustworthy.
  • Operate standard office equipment and related hardware and software; basic keyboard/typing skills, ability to maintain related records, reports and files; ability to prepare technical reports; and the ability to communicate ideas effectively and accurately (spelling/grammar) both orally and in writing in En glish.
  • Can establish and maintain effective professional working relationships with community officials, co-workers, volunteers, program participants, and the public.
  • Preference given to applicants with at least one year of college; preferably in a conservation, environmental science, education, or other related field.
  • Have a valid driver's license and dependable mode of transportation.
  • Employees will undergo post-offer, pre-employment background checks prior to employment.

Additional Information

Submit a Jones County application, resume with references, and cover letter to Jones County Conservation Board, Attn: Naturalist , 12515 Central Park Rd, Center Junction, IA 52212 or   

Email to:  naturalist@jonescountyiowa.gov  Contact Michele at (563) 487-3541, Extension 3 for additional information 

Return Application To

Submit a Jones County application, resume with references, and cover letter to Jones County Conservation Board, Attn: Naturalist , 12515 Central Park Rd, Center Junction, IA 52212 or email to naturalist@jonescountyiowa.gov Contact Michele at (563) 487-3541, Extension 3 for additional information.

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