Program Interpreter P/T
City of Boca Raton, FL - Boca Raton, FL

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SCHEDULE: Hours vary with weekends and holidays required.

GENERAL DEFINITION OF WORK: Performs intermediate paraprofessional work presenting nature programs and providing general information about the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center facility and exhibits to visitors of all ages. Work is performed under general supervision of the Environmental Programs Coordinator. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Conducts environmental programming for school groups, particularly for the Palm Beach County Schools program for 3rd, 5th and 7th grades, adhering to the Sunshine State Standards; other schools and grades possible. Conducts nature programs and tours emphasizing environmental concepts pertaining to the natural history, local flora and fauna, and ecology of the marine coastal environment. Interacts with and answers visitor's questions regarding exhibits, programs & natural history of the Environmental Complex. Prepares facilities and equipment (before and after) for programs, including cleaning, maintenance and storage. Develops new public programs (including writing a curriculum/lesson plan); Contributes to the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center newsletter, Hammock Happenings; Participates in developing and evaluating environmental programs that are offered to visitors; Participates in training volunteers on specific topics to improve their overall understanding and knowledge of the facility; Provides training in care and handling of educational animals to staff and volunteers. RELATED TASKS: Feeds, maintains, cares for and cleans cages of snakes, box turtles, freshwater turtles and hermit crabs on a daily basis; keeps accurate records of activity. Participates in various Gumbo Limbo Education Complex committees; Works with the Volunteer Coordinator and Environmental Program Coordinator to ensure the volunteers are receiving and relaying the correct information to visitors, includes conducting specialized training programs for volunteers as needed; Assists with outreach events and programs; Assist with special events on-site; Performs other tasks as directed by Environmental Programs Coordinator and/or Manager. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: General knowledge of local flora and fauna, particularly the dune, hammock and mangrove communitiesand in conducting programs relating to the environment; Ability to create and conduct lectures/presentations; Ability to communicate with the public in a courteous and professional manner; Ability to follow directions, work as a team and work independently; Ability to change the scope of instruction to be meaningful for any age group; Ability to operate video and audio equipment; Proficiency with computers and Microsoft Office Programs; Capacity to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, co-workers, officials, program participants of all ages, and the general public; Strong organizational skills; A positive attitude and a willingness to learn and teach. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school, some college level course work in education, environmental or biological sciences, ecology, conservation, or similar natural science preferred. Experience working with children. Experience working with the public and public speaking a plus. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. Must be able to walk, kneel and stand for long periods of time (including sand and water). Must be able to tolerate exposure to extreme temperatures, heights up to 40 ft., noise, dust, pollen, animals, insects, poisonous plants, and dark or confined spaces. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a valid State of Florida Class “E” driver’s license with no more than six (6) points in the last three (3) years. Must be available to work weekends and holidays. CPR and First Aid certification preferred.