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Interpretive Naturalist - Hayward Area Recreation and Park District

  • May 09, 2022 8:04 PM
    Message # 12774213

    Do you enjoy working outside with children? Are you able to speak confidently in front of groups? Do you have familiarity with environmental education or interpretive techniques?

    The Park Explorers Summer Camp program is seeking outdoor educators with interpretive experience to lead camps in our parks. The primary responsibility of this position is creating and leading interpretive programs highlighting nature in park settings while providing excellent customer service to parents and care-givers of our participants.

    The ideal candidate will enjoy igniting a sense of curiosity for nature. Training will be provided. This is a seasonal, summer-time position working up to 40 hours per week.


    Under general supervision of the Recreation Coordinator II, the Naturalist is primarily responsible for curriculum, and programming development and implementation; and organization and maintenance of the instructional museum and interpretive displays/exhibits. In addition, the Naturalist is responsible for maintaining a clean, organized and safe office and program space as well as provide recommendations for supplies for programs and maintenance for equipment. The Naturalist works with a team of Naturalists, supports the Senior Naturalist and provides direction and coaching to Naturalist Aide, volunteers and docents.


    Incumbents in this class are primarily responsible for interpretive programs at the Park Explorers Summer Camp Program. This class can be distinguished from the Naturalist Aide class as this has lead duties over the Naturalist Aide and receives direction by the Senior Naturalist.


    Plan, schedule, prepare, market and implement interpretive programs for all ages in large and small group settings

    Develop curriculum and materials that is fun and engaging for interpretive programs and displays

    Organize and maintain a safe and clean program space and resident animal display

    Organize interpretive materials and supplies

    Report any repairs or maintenance needed on any equipment/tools used for programming

    Enforcing safety guidelines, District policies and procedures

    Recruit, train and oversee volunteers and Naturalist Aides

    Create training material and procedures

    Assist with marketing and outreach of programs

    Assists in the design and production of various interpretive media

    Assists in planning and implementing resource management activities

    Assist in the implementation of on-going programs funded through grants and associated reporting requirements

    Performs other duties as assigned


    Employees predominantly work outdoors and/or classroom/indoor environment with loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road/surface hazards, vibration, chemicals, cleaning agents, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances, odors, and fumes. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing safety and departmental policies and procedures. Incumbents may be assigned an irregular working schedule including weekends, early mornings, evenings and holidays and may have to travel between various locations.


    Must possess strength, stamina, and mobility to perform medium to heavy physical work, to work around machines, to operate varied hand and power tools and equipment; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, over the telephone or radio. The job involves fieldwork requiring frequent walking in operational areas to perform work. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard, to operate tools and equipment, or handle animals. Positions in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, reach, and climb to perform work. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 50 pounds and heavier weights with the use of proper equipment.


    Ability and Skill to:

    Develop engaging and instructional curriculum, materials and projects

    Self-Motivated, can work independently with minimum supervision or with a team

    Organized and detail oriented

    Proactively plan for maintenance of equipment and programming needs

    Work with and serve a diverse community

    Understand and carry out oral and written instructions

    Maintain professional and effective working relationships with others

    Strong communication skills

    Bi-lingual is desirable

    Knowledge of:

    Design and techniques in environmental education and teaching methods to different abilities and modalities

    Various methods in youth development, behavior management and emotional, and physical safety

    Small office equipment such as computers, copy machines, projectors, and online streaming

    Basic budgeting, cash handling, register, inventory procedures and accounting


    Bachelor’s degree in environmental education, biology, recreation, interpretation or similar field of study

    Proven experience in MS Office programs: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook

    Experience in Active Net, live streaming, social media venues, Photoshop and InDesign desired. Experience in environmental education/interpretive programs including curriculum development. Experience in camp programs preferred

    Experience in coordinating special events and activities

    Special Requirements:

    Strong interest and desire to work with local and/or Bay-estuary wildlife

    Pre-exposure vaccinations for rabies preferred (Sulphur Creek only)

    Must be 18+ years old

    Must be able to work weekends and evenings

    Verification of ID and ability work in the USA

    Ability to obtain First Aid and CPR certification required

    Provide proof of negative TB Skin Test

    Possession of a valid CA Driver’s License

    Any offer of employment to an adult employee who will have direct contact with minors is conditional upon a satisfactory fingerprint clearance and background check (DOJ)


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