Monday, February 8, 2016

Environmental Educator Wanted

Here is a great part time job opportunity guys. It's good to build up your experience for carriers you wish to pursue to in the future!

Environmental Educator

Position Type:
Lincoln Marsh/Environmental Educator

Date Posted:

Lincoln Marsh
Environmental Educator
General Purpose This part-time position is responsible for the preparation, presentation and evaluation of adventure and environmental educational programs at the Lincoln Marsh Natural Area and traveling outreach programs.
Substantial progress towards and/or a bachelor’s degree in environmental education or life sciences preferred or an equivalent combination of training, certification, and experience in environmental interpretation.  Skills and knowledge of environmental education required with experience in coordinating and presenting environmental education programs to diverse audiences including children 18 months through high school, adults and community groups.  Knowledge of nature-related activities and crafts recommended.  Should have experience working with children in both classroom and outdoor settings.  A working knowledge of parks and recreation field is preferred. Knowledge of local flora and fauna preferred. Ability to handle captive educational animals.  Enthusiasm, reliability, ability to take initiative and flexible schedule required. Must possess a valid Illinois driver’s license and first-aid/CPR certification (training provided).
Essential Duties

  1. Present, develop, coordinate, and implement environmental education and adventure programs including, but not limited to, the Wetlands Education Program, preschools, scout and school groups, summer camps, outreach programs, birthday parties, and other outdoor education programs as assigned.
  2. Assist in the preparation and implementation of special events.
  3. Assist with the production of program brochures and publicity materials.
  4. Provide proper care for captive educational animals such as fish, amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates.
  5. Maintain, organize, and inventory program equipment.
  6. Must follow, administer and implement Wheaton Park District policies and guidelines.
  7. Adhere to the standards and procedures as listed in the various Lincoln Marsh staff handbooks.
  8. Effectively communicate (via phone, email and text message) with supervisors, coworkers, and program participants in a timely manner
  9. Assure safety of program participants at all times.
  10. Supervision and enforce rules and regulations with program participants.
  11. Ability to travel to program sites at various institutions.
  12. Able to transport and safely care for captive educational animals.
Other Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Respond to participant’s complaints and concerns.
  2. Be familiar with Wheaton Park District emergency procedures.
  3. Attend staff in-services and staff meetings as required.
  4. Prepare written and oral reports as requested by supervisor.
  5. Be a mandated reporter for the “Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act”.
  6. Assist Environmental Education Supervisor with special projects.
  7. Seek and interpret input from residents and the general public.
  8. Other duties as assigned.
Psychological Considerations
Must be able to demonstrate leadership qualities.  May have to deal with stressful situations.  Must be able to respond to needs of participants with special needs. Must be able to effectively resolve issues that may arise with program participants, other staff, and volunteers.  Must be a positive role model for young participants.
Physical Demands: 
Must be able to:
  • Remain in a stationary standing position for long periods of time.
  • Able to hike up to 2 miles over natural terrain.
  • Frequent walking, standing and carrying items up to 50 lbs.
  • Able to use a variety of program equipment.
  • Required to wear protective equipment and clothing.
  • Must carry First Aid backpack at all times while conducting programs.
  • Rare repetitive hand/arm movements such as when working with / on computer / tools.
  • Continuously position ones’ self to stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, bend, twist, and reach.
  • Continuously lift, carry, push, pull objects weighing up to 50 pounds on your own and with assistance.
  • Continuously move objects over shoulders and head weighing up to 10 pounds on your own and with assistance.
Environmental Considerations: 
Will be exposed to or work in the following types of environments:
  • Insects and bugs
  • Pesticides and chemicals
  • Confined spaces
  • Poisonous plants
  • Heights of 50 feet
  • Fumes, odors, dust, or mold  
  • Extreme outside weather conditions
  • Office atmosphere with moderate noise
  • Extreme noise levels
  • Smoke-filled areas while other park district staff are performing controlled burns

0-28 hours per week
Hours are dependent on program schedule
Including some evenings & weekends
Summer camp hours, Monday-Friday 8am-1pm,
Additional hours may be possible

$9.50-$11.00 depending on experience

Wheaton Prk District is an equal opportunity employer EOE/M/F/D/V