- Are you passionate about environmental education, interpretation, and conservation?
If this sounds like you, The Montgomery County Department of Parks is the place you want to be! We are currently seeking a passionate, highly motivated, and experienced Park Naturalist II to join our team at Brookside Nature Center located in Wheaton, MD. This position will be responsible for planning, developing, and implementing creative and innovative programs and services for a diverse audience. The potential candidate will have knowledge of Maryland natural history and is eager to help connect our diverse community to our local natural resources and foster its stewardship, including building local and regional partnerships with organizations in our culturally diverse Montgomery County community. Go to our website to learn more about the work of the HFEE Division: https://www.montgomeryparks.org/visit-nature/.
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is a six-time National Recreational and Parks Association Gold Medal Award Winner. The Montgomery County Department of Parks has a career staff complement of nearly 800 employees, and we serve a diverse population of more than one million residents in the Washington, DC area. We manage 424 parks on over 37,000 acres of parkland. Go to our website to learn more: https://www.montgomeryparks.org/.
DIVERSITY STATEMENT: Montgomery County Department of Parks believes that diversity in all dimensions of the organization supports and bolsters the innovative thinking essential to its success. Montgomery County Parks does not make hiring decisions on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, political affiliation, ideology or status as a Veteran.
- Examples of Important Duties
What the job will involve –
Planning, developing and implementing creative and innovative interpretive programs and services
- Provides expert knowledge in the development of interpretative programs.
- Develops and leads pre-school – high school programs, scout programs, public programs, and informal interpretation with a nature and environmental education focus.
- Interprets natural resources and builds upon that knowledge through self-learning and training courses/certifications.
- Recruits, supports, and supervises volunteers.
- Identifies and manages potential volunteer projects.
- Manages volunteer database, recruiting, interviewing, and recognition of volunteers.
- Development and management of internships.
Diverse Community Building
- Researches, develops, and builds local and regional partnerships with organizations in our culturally diverse Montgomery County community.
Providing Exemplary Customer Service to Visitors
- Greets visitors, provides interpretive program information, makes program reservations, and collects program and other fees.
- Responds to visitor, telephone, and staff inquiries concerning natural and cultural history and conservation matters.
- Promotes positive public relations for nature center programs and encourages public appreciation for the natural environment.
Animal Care and Facility Maintenance
- Provides care, enrichment, training, and maintains health of live animal collection, including amphibians, reptile, and invertebrates.
- Follows all protocols to ensure high animal welfare standards.
Important Skills and Characteristics
- Knowledge of principles and practices in interpreting natural history and culture to the public.
- Experience with developing and teaching school environmental inquiry programs.
- Passionate about environmental education, interpretation, and conservation.
- Strong knowledge of Maryland natural history.
- Demonstrate good program planning and program development skills.
- Demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills.
- Exhibit the ability, knowledge, and skills to maintain a successful live animal education collection that meets standards for animal care and welfare.
- Experience working with volunteers, including organizing volunteer events.
- Ability to communicate in another language a plus and preferred.
- Expert in Maryland natural history.
- Minimum Qualifications
- 1. Bachelor’s degree in natural, life, physical science, or related field; and three years of progressively responsible park naturalist experience; or
2. An equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Supplemental Information
Works in indoor or outdoor settings. Works scheduled weekends, evenings, and holidays (with flexibility to change schedule according to nature center’s needs) Exposed to inclement weather and outdoor hazards.
Very competitive and flexible benefits programs available!
Get to know Montgomery Parks and the opportunities available: https://www.montgomeryparks.org/about/divisions/
Classification Specification: Park Naturalist II, #4411
Person(s) hired for this position must provide proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (with limited religious or medical exceptions.)