Staff Naturalist
Olmsted County, MN - Rochester, MN

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Associate of Arts degree in environmental education, environmental biology, or animal husbandry with progress shown towards attaining a BS or BA plus two year’s experience in dealing with the public.
Individuals required to use County vehicles and equipment must have a valid Minnesota driver's license and be free of any major traffic violations for the last three years

Nature of Work:
Under the general supervision of the Park Manager, prepares and presents environmental education programs to school groups and the general public. Conducts interpretive tours of the zoo and park environmental areas. Responsible for the daily feeding and health maintenance of zoo stock. Keeps accurate records of livestock inventory covering acquisition, disposal and treatments of animals in accordance with USDA, USDI, DNR, agency standards. Collaborates with other park staff on the design and construction of animal exhibits. Performs park maintenance operating power mowing equipment and miscellaneous power tools. Cleans the Nature Center and collaborates with the Park Naturalist on the design and construction of interpretive exhibits. Cleans park buildings, picks up garbage, and assists with trail maintenance and maintenance of outdoor areas. Staffs the Nature Center collecting and accounting for class and camping fees, answering questions from park visitors, and enforcing park rules. Supervises seasonal employees involved in all aspects of park operation.

Examples of Work:
Will, at times, be the only regular full time employee on duty and solely responsible for operating the park in a manner that insures the safety of park visitors and seasonal staff
Feeds zoo stock, cleans exhibits, and monitors animal health
Prepares and presents environmental education programs to school groups and the general public. Conducts interpretive tours of the zoo and environmental areas
Cleans park buildings including floors, bathrooms, sinks, etc. Picks up garbage
Collaborates with the Park Naturalist on the design and construction of interpretive exhibits. Collaborates with park staff on the design and construction of animal exhibits
Mows park lands operating power mowing equipment. Assists with trail maintenance including construction, mowing, litter pick up, and the design and signing of interpretive trails
Staffs the Nature Center collecting and accounting for class and camping fees, registers campers, and sells firewood. Answers questions from park users and enforces park regulations
Supervises seasonal staff in all aspects of park operation
Keeps accurate records of livestock inventory covering acquisition, disposal and treatments of animals in accordance with USDA, USDI, DNR, agency standards

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
Considerable knowledge of the care, feeding, and health requirements of zoo animals
Considerable knowledge of environmental biology
Experience in preparation and presentation of environmental education programs
Considerable experience in animal husbandry including work hazards and applicable safety precautions involved in working with zoo stock
Experience in public speaking and teaching groups of varying ages and environmental awareness levels
Ability to follow oral and written instructions
Ability to relate to and deal effectively with park users and park staff including the ability to enforce regulations and supervise seasonal staff
Ability to assess dangerous and disruptive behavior by park visitors and make sound judgments of what situations can be handled by park staff and which require law enforcement In compliance w/the Americans with Disabilities Act the following represents the Physical/Environmental Demands: This position requires a majority of time spent standing and walking as well as lifting. Weight of objects to be lifted, carried, pushed or pulled will range from ten (10) to fifty (50) pounds. Climbing of stairs and ladders is essential. Walking and standing on rough and uneven terrain. Movements such as stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, twisting, and bending are sometimes required. Other movements such as reaching and handling of materials are often required. Audio, visual and verbal functions are vital aspects of this position as well as the ability to operate a motor vehicle and other various types of equipment. The majority of the workday is spent outdoors with exposure to dust, fumes, noise, heights, extreme heat as well as extreme cold.
Persons with disabilities : the above is a general listing of job duties. Essential and non-essential functions may vary by individual position. Reasonable accommodations may be available for both essential and non-essential job duties.

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