Placer Nature Center is hiring!
Definition: The Placer Nature Center Naturalist is responsible for teaching on site and off site environmental science programs to children and adults. The Naturalist’s goals are to encourage students’ awareness and appreciation of the environment, broaden students’ knowledge of science concepts, and foster students’ commitment to the protection of the natural environment. The Naturalist is also responsible to coordinate volunteers if needed for programs.
Supervision: The Naturalist works under the senior staff naturalist and Place Nature Center Board of Directors.
Essential Functions/Duties include but are not limited to:
- Teach on site and off site environmental science school programs based on the California State Standards.
- Teach Boy Scout and Girl Scout Programs, Homeschool Programs, birthday parties, Science Saturdays, Summer Day Camps and other community group programs, ensuring that they are taught according to the requirements set forth by the curriculum and mission of PNC.
- Arrive when scheduled to set up and stay after programs to clean up instructional materials.
- Responsible for training and supervising interns.
- Provide supervision of students at all times during the duration of programs, extending to the release of students to their teachers or guardians. Maintain the highest possible degree of safety.
- Maintain positive communications with participant’s parents enrolled in Summer Day Camps as well as to all visitors to the nature center.
- Responsible for notifying senior staff naturalist or office manager of any safety hazards (i.e. fallen trees), and for closing any trail if necessary.
- Staff the nature center during public days. Coordinate weekend volunteers.
- Additional Duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Requirements:
- Commitment to the mission, vision and core values of the Placer Nature Center
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and demonstrate flexibility.
- Knowledge of California Plant and Animal Life.
- Knowledge of California Native Americans, as well as local indigenous people.
- Ability or willingness to handle a variety of animals including birds of prey, mammals, arthropods and snakes.
- Ability to memorize and recall facts, figures, and information.
- Ability to move up to 50 pounds and set up equipment.
- Ability to hike on trails, and traverse stairs and uneven terrain while carrying equipment.
- Ability to make independent decisions and respond to immediate needs of students, emergency situations, and program needs.
- Ability to work outside in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.
- Regular, reliable and punctual attendance is essential because of limited resources, costs, productivity and quality continuity.
- Ability to work irregular hours, including weekends and evenings.
- Fingerprinting and Live Scan is required.
- Computer experience (Microsoft Office, Social Media) required or willingness to learn.
- Must possess a valid driver’s license as job requires travel.
- Instruct and supervise children in an outdoor and indoor setting.
- Communicate effectively in the English language, in both oral and written forms.
- Create and maintain strong cooperative relationships with school personnel and volunteers.
- Understand and carry out oral and written instructions in an independent manner.
- Understand and apply pertinent personnel policies, laws, rules and regulations.
Education, Training and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university with major course work in science, education or related field. May substitute degree requirement with past experience, certifications, etc.
- Two years of experience working with children in an environmental educations setting as an interpreter, naturalist or equivalent. Background strong in thematic, hands-on programs.
- Demonstrate an understanding, patient and receptive attitude toward students of varied age groups, including adults and special needs.
- Current CPR and First Aid Certificates required within 90 days of employment. Placer Nature Center can assist with this requirement.
Mission: Placer Nature Center delivers community-based, volunteer supported environmental education programs to children, families, schools, and community groups.
Vision: Placer Nature Center's vision is to be a partner with, and a resource for, local schools, community groups, and agencies as we, together, deliver the knowledge and model the behaviors that make our community scientifically literate and ecologically sustainable.