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Ozark Natural Science Center Huntsville, Arkansas
Deadline Jan 18, 2019
Job Type Seasonal / temporary

Start/End Date: February 11th to Mid-May

General Description:
The Teacher Naturalist (TN) is the front-line educational staff for all ONSC programming and program-related operations. TN’s lead educational activities including interpretive hikes/field investigations on the trail, off-site trips, special topic classes, and various other activities.
Programs range from one day to a full week for the duration of the season. Work hours are determined based on program length. Teacher Naturalists are typically assigned to programs in their entirety. TN’s are required to stay onsite overnight during assigned programming (housing provided).

We are hiring 3 Teacher Naturalists for the winter/spring season. One of the positions could be part-time mostly Tuesday-Wednesday if a local person is interested.

Goals:

  • Provide exceptional learning experiences to participants of all ages.
  • Learn, demonstrate, and share conservation-minded habits.
  • Maintain safety as the number one priority in all center activities.

Duties:

  • Teach and lead groups of program participants of any age both in the field and the classroom
  • Actively participate in appropriate group briefing and debriefing meetings
  • Participate in staff training/enrichment sessions for field staff and general ONSC staff training and information sessions
  • Assist with the on-going development and refinement of current ONSC programs and the development of new programs as assigned
  • Organize personal equipment and supplies in preparation for field science instruction duties, including, but not limited to, backpack supplies, hand-held radios, water bottles, etc.
  • Provide logistical and supervisory support for ONSC programs and participants, including during ONSC meals, orientation of students and guests, maintenance of facilities and equipment
  • Making presentations to interested groups, hosting and providing supplies and assistance for visiting groups and other duties as assigned.
  • Provide at all times for the safety of students and peers and other ONSC guests to the best of your ability.
  • To be a professional representative of ONSC at all times
  • Use knowledgeably, maintain and return at your departure, all teaching and safety equipment assigned
  • Actively engage in self-improvement as a naturalist and informal science educator
  • To maintain in an appropriate manner, staff housing provided for you during your time of employment at ONSC
  • Maintain active communication with the Program Manager on issues of importance relating to programming and operations

Candidate Requirements:

  • BS/BA degree required. Degrees in environmental or natural science (i.e. biology, geology, environmental science, ecology) preferred.
  • Passion for the ONSC mission and genuine appreciation for the natural world and conservation
  • Demonstrated time management skills
  • Great speaking and oral presentation skills
  • Ability to hike long distances, over uneven terrain, in all seasons and varying weather conditions
  • CPR & basic First Aid trained, Wilderness First Aid preferred.
  • Ability to work as a team
  • Desire to continually develop as both an educator and a naturalist

Compensation:

  • $370.00 per 40 hour work week
  • Staff housing provided
  • Meals provided when programming is in session

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, send cover letter, resume and three references to:

Roslyn Imrie

roslyn@onsc.us 

Or call 479-202-8340 for more information

Closing Date: Jan. 25th

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.
A TN teaching about Jewel Weed to 5th graders. Uploaded by Ozark Natural Science Center
A TN teaching about Jewel Weed to 5th graders. Uploaded by Ozark Natural Science Center